Knit a Simple Mobius Cowl

New project alert! If you like to give handmade presents, this knitting project makes a great gift or stocking stuffer for all ages. Remember that time I made the overly ambitious goal of making 6 quilts for Christmas? What was I thinking? I managed to only make two quilt tops and quickly gave up on my insane idea. This year is going to be different. I’m actually going to be able to complete my hand made presents because I’ve kept things super simple and easy.

Six weeks ago, I discovered something called the Mobius on cast method through a pattern on Ravelry. Now I can’t stop knitting these warm and cozy cowls!

Pretty cute eh? The model is not so bad either! I’m positive the pattern is meant for adults but I used the smaller size for my 3.5 year old and it fits fine. Maybe a little on the big side but that’s okay. Here is a closer look at the cowl:

For each of my cowls, I used Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn by Lion Brand (bought with Michaels 40% off coupons of course). The Barley and Charcoal yarns have a lot more texture so the finished cowls looks and feel a bit thicker than the Raspberry. This is how my charcoal scarf turned out:

I know, you’re wondering how I find time to knit so many cowls with a baby and two energetic kids…let’s just say that as I mom, I’ve mastered the art of multi-tasking! Like I said, this is a very easy project that can be worked up fairly quickly.

Want to give it a try? I hope so because the pattern can be found online at Ravelry or you can download the free PDF.

To make the cowl/scarf you have to watch Cat Bordhi’s Mobius cast on method video first. Watch it a few times before trying to cast on yourself. It may seem complicated, but once you get the hang of the cast on method, it’s actually unbelievably easy! Cat recommends using 47″ circular needles but Michaels never seem to have them so I made do with 36″ ones which I believe the Bulky Mobius pattern calls for anyhow.

Infinity scarves or cowls are great for my kids because I don’t have to worry about tying and twisting or having the loose ends get caught. The Bulky Mobius Cowl pattern is nice because the finished piece is compact, easy to pull on or off and there is no right or wrong side – it looks good all around.

*Here is an updated photo (added Jan 2013) of my oldest daughter wearing a pink Mobius scarf that I worked up over the holidays:

Knit a Simple Mobius Scarf

Well, I better finish off this post and get back to my knitting as there are only 5 more weeks until Christmas! If you have any questions about this project or need some tips, be sure to post them in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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  1. What size circular needle did you use with the Lion Brand wool-ease chunky?

    • I believe I used size 10 needles (6mm) with the Lion Brand wool-ease chunky yarn. I used whatever needle size the yarn label suggested.

      Good luck!

  2. Norma Shute says:

    Have made several of these and people who I gave them to absolutely love them.

  3. stephanie says:

    Hi there, I found your website by looking up scarves for kids. Can you tell me how much did you cast on for your little girl? I’m planning to make one for my daughter. Your website looks interesting. I’ll be surfing around. :-) thanks in advance.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      If I remember correctly I cast on 46 stitches using the Mobius cast on method. The pattern suggests 46-50 stitches. It’s such a fun scarf to make – I hope you enjoy making one for your daughter! Best of luck!


  4. The Lazy Farmer says:

    I worked and worked at this and began to think I was a complete idiot. Went to bed last night feeling quite degratated but when I woke up I decided to try again. Yeah!! I got it. My problem had been not having the cable from my needle in a loop. Now I ‘ve got that corrected I am off and away. Just need to count my stitches and will begin knitting. Will be following the video again to knit. Love your marker by the way. Nice that your video is so well done and I can pause and start when I need time to catch up. Well done.

  5. Norma Shute says:

    Thanks for this pattern, have made a few now, and totally enjoying this technique.

    • Great! It’s really neat how the Mobius cast on works. Super easy once you get the hang of it. Glad you like the pattern:-)

  6. I was wearing my cowl this morning, with my nightgown and robe; the heat wasn’t on yet. I was very cozy! Thanks for a quick and easy pattern. Well done, Shani!

    BTW, you have a very cute model for your creations; she’s why I tried this one. Lovely girl. :-)

    • Thank you so much Ellen! I love this pattern because it can be worked up quickly. And yes, very cozy – definitely need to wear one with pjs every morning!

  7. Stephanie says:

    I’ve tried a similar mobius cowl before, and you know how you make the twist? Somehow, after knitting a number of rows, I actually lost the twist and don’t know how! So it ended up being just a simple cowl. I’ll give this one a go – I love the chunky look to it :)

    • Hey Steph! I had the opposite problem before. I tried knitting a regular cowl neck scarf and made a twist by mistake. I ended up taking it apart and starting over!

  8. Norma Shute says:

    This looks fantastic, I soooooo want to try it for myself!!!!

  9. Dear Shani.
    Thank you so much for my gift!!! I was over the moon when I opened the packaging!
    I wish you and Olivia all the best in the coming year.
    Take care,

  10. So awesome! These look so cozy! Great pics and cute model. Hugs to Olivia :)


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