|Joy & the long, long strap|
Carol taught us the fine points of creating a moebius by leading some exercises illustrating the special problems involved with moebius construction. The biggest problem is determining the length. While you can wrap a tape measure around your neck to get a measurement, tape measures don't drape and often won't hang straight. You can make a long chain and keep trying it on in front of a mirror, but the chain is too light weight; a chain that looks the proper length might actually yield a garment that is longer than you wished. A better option is a long strip of fabric; it is easier to see, and you can wrap it any way you want and it will likely stay in place.
To illustrate that this garment really is not one-size-fits-all, we put the same moebius on people of different heights and body types. This gave everyone a better idea about how long the moebius needs to be in order to be worn in the method desired (around the neck as a scarf, doubled up, around your shoulders, or down on the arms).
Some other good tips:
- Start with a foundation chain, not a regular chain. It is stretchier than a regular chain and makes it easier to get the 180 degree twist right.
- After making the foundation chain, crochet only one full row before trying on the moebius. This will give you a good indication of final size and drape and you won't have far to frog if you don't like the length.
- While the demonstration project used a double crochet/chain one combination, you can use any stitch pattern, or stitches of any height. Stitch patterns that have obvious right and wrong sides will produce a moebius that is half right and half wrong.
- Once you have decided on your stitch pattern, make a 6" square swatch of your design to keep handy when you start your project.