Sunday, July 22, 2012

Knit and Purl is amazing, and so are free patterns!!

Ahhh the ol' knit and purl can do just about anything in a knit and purl design and it will be reversible. But "We want pictures Melissa!!!"

Ok Ok, here is the first installment of my series.
Its called the "Double Seed Stitch" found on page 11 in Barbara Walker's first treasury. Or, anywhere on the net, here is a quick google for ya.

"Foxycrafters" from Ravelry, tells me that this 4x4 stitch pattern is also called ‘Sugar Cubes’ in some stitch dictionaries.
This was done in Knit Picks Shine Worsted, in the Terra Cotta colorway.

"Ok this is front," you say "where's the back?"

This my friends, is a mobius headband. The top is front and the bottom is back. Can you tell where they separate?

I think this stitch pattern is perfect for a mobius anything. For that matter, ANY knit and purl combination is perfect for a mobius anything.

Lookie at the whole thing, ain't mobius cool?

And just for grins, here's the pattern for this headband. And if you don't wanna make it?? I sell these in my store in whatever color you want.

Double Bump Headband


Size: 19 inches circumference
Yarn: 22grams (approximately) of any worsted weight yarn
Needle: US8/5.00mm long circular needle (I used a 47" and I'm fairly certain it can be done on a 32" scrunched up.)
Gauge: 4 stitches per inch in pattern

Using a mobius cast on of some sort, I suggest this one except don't do the first round like she does it,  cast on 76 stitches, or any multiple of 4, or if you are using a different yarn/needle/gauge, a multiple of 4 that will fit your head. A note on sizing though, you want this a little smaller than the circumference of your head so it actually does it's job.

Place marker(fairly important in mobius knitting/crocheting) and....

Row 1 & 2: [k2, p2] repeat around. Just in case you have never done any mobius knitting, this will be a looong around, just keep going until you hit the marker again.

Row 3 & 4: [p2, k2] until you hit the marker again.

Repeat Row 1 and then do a tubular bind off for a 2x2 rib.

In case you're looking for a video for a tubular bind off for a 2x2 rib, I looked for one to put on the pattern and couldnt find one. I just did it like a 1x1 tubular bind off..

Basically, you take two dpns and put all the knits on the front needle and all the purls on the back needle and kitchener them together, making sure you start with a knit.

It will look right, trust me.

Or if you don't want to get all that elaborate with it, just bind off making sure your bind off stretches with the knitting.

Sew in the ends, put it on and show everyone how fabulous you look! And have someone take a picture and show me!!



  1. Can you do this pattern on straight needles?

  2. Yes you can but not this pattern! lol. This pattern is written for knit in the round.

    To make one of these with straight needles, you would just cast on desired width and work a length just shorter than the circumference of your head, and then twist and seam them together.

  3. Would it still be the same K2, P2 for two rows then P2, K2 for two rows?

    1. Yes you could! The stitch pattern will be in a different direction tho since you are knitting it in a different direction, no biggie.

  4. What in the world does Mobius mean? I've been knitting for 64 years and never heard of this before. Help!