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February 8, 2013 / KristenMakes

New Design: Mixtape Mobius

OK, so I didn’t just spend the time that I was offline in Germany, then Florida, then moving house (btw, our new flat is still technically offline, just snuck in a bit of online time elsewhere to post).  I’ve also been teaching another round of Knitting Basics at The Stitchery in Glasgow (I love teaching new knitters!) aaaaand…. I have also released a new pattern!

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The inspiration for the design was my friend Mica’s yarn.  If you aren’t yet familiar with YarnPony, I suggest you get onto her site and have a browse.  Her colours are fantastic.  I find that quite often many hand-dyers go for the really bright colours that, while stunning and vivid, aren’t really my style for garment-knitting.  YarnPony, however, seems to have delved right into my mindgrapes and emerged with Kristen’s favourite colours. YarnPony is also on Ravelry too.

I got to use YarnPony when designing my latest: the Mixtape Mobius.  While technically a Mobius with one continuous side, the stitch pattern of this design yields two lovely surfaces that work together harmoniously like the perfect mixtape – remember mixtapes!?

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It’s a really interesting stitch pattern in that while not technically stranded, the result looks like complicated stitchwork – it’s actually quite easy!  The colours come alive with the stitch and each side of the fabric is really interesting upon close inspection!

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I joined the loop with my favourite join: the 3-Needle Bind-off.  I finished the edges with an i-cord edging, which is interesting on a mobius – you don’t have to do 2 edges, just 1 long magical edge.

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It’s just the kind of project I like: a simple knit with a few twists and interesting techniques.  I really enjoyed knitting this, it’s a great project to curl up on the couch with.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out as well.  The yarn is so light and the stitch pattern so bouncy that the cowl becomes really cosy and fun to style.

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YarnPony will be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, so if you’re able to make it then you can give the yarn a squeeze for yourself!

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  1. sazknits / Feb 8 2013 6:06 am

    I love this! It zoomed into my queue yesterday and I suspect I’ll be choosing some of Mica’s yarn at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival for it :)

  2. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! / Feb 8 2013 11:52 am

    Gorgeous! A really pretty pattern, I love the contrast of the stitch patterns. :)

  3. indigorchid / Feb 8 2013 12:12 pm

    Oh, so pretty! I love the concept of moebius, and I so agree with hand-dyed yarn not being in my color-preferences at all. I’m excited to check out the yarn now!

  4. Rue / Feb 8 2013 11:12 pm

    Kristin, I love this pattern! And the YarnPony colors are gorgeous! I love the muted tones and want to order all of it. Now I’ve got to scroll back up and find the link to actually order some.

  5. Sue / Feb 9 2013 3:36 pm

    Love those colors. Nice to see the finished product.

  6. Amanda / Feb 10 2013 5:19 am

    Wow! That yarn and pattern is just delicious! I could not love those colours more- must go buy!

  7. Nicole / Feb 10 2013 10:34 am

    I just adore this and I love love love the colors!!!

  8. WeeFee / Feb 22 2013 4:49 am

    I saw this ‘in the fleece’ as it were, at one of Mica’s events, and love it! Although I think when I make it, I’ll make it casting on all stitches and knitting the first half ‘front’ and the second half ‘back’ to make a true mobius that will confuse :)

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