Thursday, November 10, 2011

1 Skein Malabrigo Rasta Project - Double Moss Mobius Cowl

Wow, I can't believe that Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away.  That means it's time to get hopping on all those handmade Christmas gifts.  If you are a knitter or crocheter, Malabrigo Rasta is a beautiful kettle dyed bulky weight yarn for those quick knit gifts.  It's a bit pricy but with 90 yards (82 meters) and using large knitting needles, one skein makes a great gift in about 2 or 3 hours!
 
Here is the first gift I have completed.
 

1 Skein Rasta Double Moss Stitch Mobius Cowl
 
This pattern is a quick knit for those times when you want to give someone you love a homemade gift but time is short.  The texture from the double moss stitch really enhances the beauty of the yarn while making this completely reversible!  This project is knit from the inside out. In other words, you will cast on and that will be your center of the cowl.  Then, every round you knit will add stitches to either side of this cast on.

Materials
1 skeins Malabrigo Rasta, 150g (82 m/90 yd )
1 US 17 or 12.75mm 40"/100cm circular needle
1 Stitch Marker

Techniques
Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
Mobius Cast-On and Set-Up (refer to Cat Bohrdi's book "Treasury of Magical Knitting" or her youtube video  http://youtu.be/LVnTda7F2V4)
Binding off in pattern

Gauge
2 st to the inch in double moss stitch

Dimensions
38 inches in circumference, 6 inches wide

Abbreviations
MCO  Mobius Cast On
K2  Knit 2
P2  Purl 2

Directions
MCO 70 stitches
Round 1 K2 P2

(NOTE:  when you see your stitch marker on the bottom cable and you are beginning to knit the second half of this round, you should have your p2 and k2 lining up with your previous p2 k2 stitches.)

 
Round 2  P2K2
Round 3  P2K2
Round 4  K2P2
Round 5  K2P2
Round 6  P2K2
Round 7  P2K2
Round 8  K2P2

Bind off in pattern

You will have approximately 1 yard/meter of yarn leftover.

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