I’ve spent all morning messing around with moebius cast-ons, and I ended up finding a technique that gave me a neat centre to work out from for my next double knit experiment. It is quite convoluted, though.
First, I tried just doing the normal moebius cast-on, the only one I could find when googling, except with 2 colours at once.
At first it seemed promising, the front of my work looked the way I wanted –
The back, however, got these weird loops around the stitches. They’re for whenever my yarns had gotten twisted together, and I untwisted it to knit the colour I wanted. I guess hypothetically this method would work fine, if you’re some kind of knitting master genius who manages to keep their 2 colours from ever crossing.
So, I figured I need a way to make sure my yarns don’t get twisted together on my needles. This is where it begins to get weird. I cast on each colour on a separate set of needles, and then knit them together onto my main needles.
I knit them together, knitting the red and purling the green.
Everything worked out until I finished the first round, and it was time to do the stitches that had previously been the bottom row. To get the moebius twist, the purl colour has to go to the back now. This means that instead of moving the yarn to the front for purls and to the back for knits like one normally would, it moves to the middle of the two needles for purls. It got pretty tight in there but it’s doable.
I tried to take a couple of pictures to show how the purl stitch is done, but also I’m not a very good photographer (or blogger. Or knitter. Or explainer, as I’m sure has become abundantly clear by now)
I was going to end with some pictures of the end result, but I only have 2 rows done so far and I already put those pictures on the top of this post. Sooo, um, the end?