Cast On Technique for the Mobius Capelet

Regrettably, we have found an error in the existing patterns for the mobius capelet. As of July 12, 2006, the newly printed patterns have been revised. Please find the new mobius cast on directions below, along with the new pictures and captions. Strickwear is very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused, and we apologize for the error.

New mobius cast on directions:
Mobius Beginning

Place a slip knot on the 40" needle. Onto the left needle cast on 120 sts using the backwards loop method (sometimes called the simple cast on or "e" loop). Turn this cast on 180 degrees on the needle so the bottom of the original cast on is now at the top. Pick up sts, from back to front, into what was the bottom of each of the loops. This is easier to do if you push the loops onto the cable part of the needle. Do not use the working yarn. Just go into the loop from back to front and put it on the needle. The right needle will be working to the left and the needles will become fused together. (see illustration) The cable part of the needle will double around itself. You will have a total of 240 sts now. Place a marker to indicate beginning and end of rnd. The mobius is worked from the center outward.

Rnd 1: Turn the work around so the working yarn is coming from the right needle. Knit until you come to the slip knot. Knit the slip knot. From here on the sts will be twisted at the base. You must take each st off and turn it around to the correct orientation (right leg of the stitch presenting itself on the front of the needle) and then knit it. This cannot be accomplished by knitting into the back of the st. Each one must be untwisted manually. After this first rnd all the stitches will be in the correct position to work them conventionally.

"e" loops being made

Completed "e" loops

"e" loops turned 180 degrees

Picking up from back to front

Many completed pick ups

Needles in correct position to begin rnd 1. Working yarn is coming from right needle; tail from left needle. Notice 180 degree twist of cables at 5 o'clock.

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