finally, a finished project – the mobius cowl

I’m not great at finishing projects unless I have a deadline, but I did it. This cowl was the perfect combination of fast and easy for me to be able to finish it in one week. Actually, it would only take a couple of nights to make, but my attention span is shorter than most. I get distracted by shiny things and am off on another tangent quicker than you can blink.

I even learned a few things with this project. I had never heard of or tried the knit one below or purl one below stitch before, so I had to look it up (seeย video instructionย here). Knitting and purling into the stitch below makes the extra large ribbing and gives the cowl stretchiness. I also learned a new-to-me stretchy cast off method when I looked up the best way to cast it off loosely.

Here is the original picture for the cowl – I think mine is very close. The model does a much better job at showing it off than I do. I am not photogenic and normally stay behind the camera, but there were no victims around to photograph this afternoon.

The pattern is a free pattern by Bernat (which I didn’t find out until after I’d already bought the booklet – though there are a few sweaters in the booklet that I might try as well). Just in case you would like to give it a try, here it is.

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55 thoughts on “finally, a finished project – the mobius cowl

  1. jmgoyder says:

    I wish I could be this creatively crafty!

  2. Jennifer says:

    You wear it well. That model has nothing on you! Nice job!

  3. You will get a lot of use out of this. How clever you are.

  4. Lauren says:

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE it!

  5. I MUST learn to knit! Love this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Heidi this is beautiful, lovely knitting. And it does suit you, you look great!

  7. That is amazing. Much prettier than my cowl, it sure looks like it will keep you warm.

  8. I love it — I tried to learn how to knit, but my mind and hands would not co-ordinate and for some reason I wanted to knit backwards or something and then I would knit for a while successfully then forget–and you think you have a short attention span
    I truly beleive that my brain is not connected to most of the rest of my body

  9. An excellent project and you wear it well!

  10. One of my favorite childhood memories was watching mom knit. She was a pro and could whip out a sweater in a few days of concerted effort. One time she made three black and white sweaters out of heavy wool knitting yarn (so that she, dad and I matched our parti-colored Cocker Spaniel, Andy). We all agreed that Andy looked the best out of the four of us.

  11. Tammy says:

    I really like it! What a great add to a jacket!

  12. Sarah says:

    Heidi, thank you for this! I’m crazy about this cowl, and I MUST make myself one. It’s perfect, I’m even gonna make it in gray. Hope you don’t mind I’m copying you, but I just love this. It looks so good on you too. Congrats!

    • I don’t mind at all – I hope you do make it and enjoy it. I think I’ll get. Lot of use out of mine – should look good with a black coat and red purse, I think.

      Knitting around the big twist gets a little unwieldy towards the end, but it all works out ok.

      • Sarah says:

        Yes! Perfect with a black coat and red purse. That is so cute.

        I’m a little concerned about that twist, but I’m going out to buy the yarn and give it a try anyway. This is just what I need….both the project AND the cowl. I think I’ll make the gray one, and also a brown-ish one too. I can see this as an everyday cowl for me.

        I’m putting you in charge of project ideas now…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sarah says:

    Oops…wanted to thank you for the links to everything too. Helpful as can be! Thanks!

  14. Somer says:

    Looks like I need to take up knitting. I can crochet like crazy, but this cowl is gorgeous, and I I prefer your photo to the model one any day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Lovely! You have a real talent for knitting. Will you be selling these?

  16. It looks really cosy and warm and what a good job you have made – you just need to do the Beret now to complete the picture!

  17. Roar Sweetly says:

    Wow, I love this! Very polished, it looks like a designer store bought product!

  18. Laura says:

    What a great knit. Beautiful job!

  19. emmycooks says:

    I love that–and it looks great on you! I, unfortunately, can only knit flat things. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Lynne Ayers says:

    That looks cool … uh, warm. I hate cold neck. Wanna make me one? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Whatever the price of the yarn and postage is – I wouldnt charge for my time – its just tv watching busy work.

  22. LOVE it! I wish I could knit. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I tried to learn….I do not have the patience for it. Can’t crochet either. Those parts of my genetics are missing!

  23. Really lovely. Well done you!

  24. Heidi,
    Well done! It looks just like it’s supposed to and is adorable.
    You are very talented and I love the color you chose ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. […] working on another Bosc Pear scarf for a friend of mine. AND, I’ve purchased the yarn for Heidi’s Mobius Cowl too, which I want to do as soon as the sweater is done because it looks so warm and […]

  26. […] no I’m not. It’s gathering dust in my basket at the moment, but I did finish a cowl to keep me warm this winter, and I am currently working on my first ever pair of […]

  27. What a great accessory! yours looked so beautiful, I got inspired and made one as a gift for a friend. Cute, fast and easy. Win! MANY thanks!

  28. […] (ok, it remains unfinished and will probably be unravelled because I just don’t like it), a cowl scarf, fingerless gloves and I’m working on a toque for the mini-nephew. I really impressed myself […]

  29. Hi Heidi!

    I saw your project for the Mobius Cowl:

    and just love that idea! I am the editor of and would love to feature your tutorial on my site with full credit to you. I’ve noticed you have some other great projects on your site, and I would love to link to all of your other free knitting patterns as well. I know my readers would just love them and in return would generate some nice traffic to your site. If you agree and would like us to feature your project and/or other free projects, our readers will simply click the link to your blog to get your full tutorial. Itโ€™s really that simple. Your project will look similar to this project already on my site:

    My site is part of Prime Publishing and we publish 19 cooking and crafting web sites. We have over 3.5 million active e-mail subscribers and about 10 million page views per week. You can learn more about us at

    Please let me know if you would like to get started.

    Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you!

    Julie DaMario
    Prime Publishing LLC

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