Posted by: mamas2hands | January 13, 2010

The Twists and Turns of a Moebius

I am a geek.  I freely admit this.  So it is fitting that the first design I ever sold would reflect my geekery.

Lace With A Twist Wrap – DRG Publishing Photo

I had thought a lot about making  a Crocheted Moebius as a sort of Poncho/wrap.  I had seen many patterns, but most were having you make a rectangle then add the twist and seam the ends together.

One of the lovely things about crocheting a moebius is that you can make a “true” moebius.  Taking a flat foundation, you twist it 180 degrees before joining in a ring.  That twist is the trick.

In case you aren’t certain what a moebius is here is a photo of a moebius made from a strip of paper.

Paper Moebius Strip

In Geometrical language a Moebius is an object with only one side and one edge.  Though, as you can see from the photo,  it appears to have 2 sides and 2 edges.

If you make a moebius yourself with a strip of paper you can test this.  Cut a strip about 1 inch wide and 10 or 12 inches long.  Twist the strip once and staple the ends together.  You can use a pencil to draw a continuous line that will meet up with the beginning point.

That line is drawn on the one side of the moebius.  When I made my moebius for these photos I used pinking shears on one edge so you can see how the edge becomes continuous.

That continuous edge works to your advantage when crocheting a moebius .  Each crocheted round creates what appears as a row on either side of your foundation round.  So it gives the look of 2 sides.  It’s a bit mind-boggling at times (one of the reasons I like geometry) and looking at the finished garment you would be certain there are 2 separately worked sides.

One trick with working rounds this way is to turn each round, otherwise you end up with one side of the foundation that is the “Right side” and the other the “Wrong side”.   By turning at the end of each round and working back the way you came you avoid that problem and the finished garment will appear more balanced.

Being the geek that I am, crocheting a moebius is a great deal of fun.  I find it lovely to work 1 round and end up with double the fabric length.  I know that technically I am not really doing less stitches for the accomplishment…but it is still a fun illusion.  For “Lace With A Twist Wrap” after 13 rounds from foundation to finishing it’s a wrap. ;0)

Addendum January 3, 2013: I’ve had requests for this pattern from a number of folks. I don’t own the pattern, it belongs to Crochet! Magazine/Annie’s Publishing. You may be able to acquire a back issue of the March 2010 magazine or if you get a digital subscription you might be able to acquire a back issue that way. Or contact Crochet! Magazine thru their website www.crochetmagazine.com. Hope that helps those of you on the search for this pattern. 


Responses

  1. That is a beautiful wrap! Thanks for explaining about turning to make a balanced look in the finished item.

  2. I like the wrap, I love the idea of going for a mobius strip. You’ve done great, here. Congratulations!

  3. […] is also often a source of inspiration for me in creating designs.  A prime example of this is my “Lace with a Twist” wrap, which is a […]

  4. How do I get the pattern for this lovely wrap? The red lace mobius wrap) Thanks for your time.

    • You’ll need to get hold of the March/April 2010 issue of Crochet! Magazine. They own the pattern. I’m glad you like it.

  5. I thought I understood Mobius strips but my mind is boggling at what it would be like to crochet one. I may have to try it!

    • Do give it a try. Word of warning, it can be a bit addictive.

  6. Thank you for sharing. I’m not quite sure I understand, but I guess I’ll figure it out.

    • Donna,

      Try making your own paper version with 2 different edges on the strip of paper you use. It might make more sense to you then. I tend to need a physical object in my hands to make concepts like this click.

      • Took your advise. Presto the lightbulb came on. Just finished my first mobius and now I’m trying to decide what color I want next. Thanks again.

  7. Lovely. makes me want to try one.

  8. Where can I find this pattern…I don’ttotally understand the concept but I would love to try it.

    • You’ll need to get hold of a back-issue of the March 2010 Crochet! magazine.

  9. If you go to Crochet Magazine, it’s a free pattern. It’s great!

    • I can’t seem to find it on the website. Can you please post a link?

      • Michell, I don’t think it is on the website any longer. That pattern came out in the March 2010 issue of Crochet! Magazine. You might be able to get it by subscribing to the digital version of Crochet!, they usually include back issues with those subscriptions. HTH

  10. Now I think I understand the concept but making it might be tricky. I’m gonna try though. I have the Crochet! magazine but your explanation really helps.

    PS. I never did like geometry but I won’t hold that against you or the pattern. ;]

  11. I found the PDF of the pattern here: http://www.crochetmagazine.com/patterns/pdfs/LaceWrap.pdf

  12. I have tried to make this since the magazine came out. I would make it and tear it out. then I gave up. until recently I found this site. I FINISHED MY WRAP THIS MORNING. and it looks just like the picture. THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THE INSIDE SUGGESTIONS. Barbara 🙂

    • Yay! It’s always good to know my blog ramblings help someone. So glad you are happy with your wrap.

  13. beautiful, am hoping to do one some what similar when I get better a crochetting.

  14. […] That was how my “Lace with a Twist Wrap” came to be in the March 2010 issue of Crochet! Magazine. Of course there were other adventures with this as it was my first time writing a pattern.  I think it was assumed by the Technical Editor, since I was a “new” designer, that I wouldn’t write the pattern correctly. Unfortunately the corrections that were made to the pattern actually introduced errors to it. Fortunately, many folks have successfully made this wrap and it spawned one of my most popular posts on my blog: “The Twists and Turns of a Mobius” […]

  15. […] If you want to learn more about moebius strips and my geeky fascination with them take a look at my post: The Twists and Turns of a Moebius. […]


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