Moebius Basketweave Cowl

Just one skein of yarn, a few hours of knitting, and a quick seam! Free pattern + free video tutorial.

Size: approximately 40” long (before seaming into a moebius) and 7” wide
Needles: Size 15 US, 24” or 32” circulars
Yarn: One skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick (a super bulky weight yarn), 106 yards (The colors I used were Cranberry and Charcoal)
Additional Materials: tapestry needle for weaving in ends and seaming
Gauge: 2.5 stitches per inch in stockinette

This pattern is a FREE RAVELRY DOWNLOAD, and the video can be viewed at the bottom of this post. (There are also links to the three parts of the video in the pattern.)

I am getting many questions about modifying this pattern. It’s a simple pattern and easy to modify. Here are some guidelines:

You can use any yarn/needle combination you like. To knit the pattern as written, you will need to find a yarn/needle combination that gives you 2.5 stitches per inch. (You can also get gauge by holding more than one strand of thinner yarn together.) If you would like to use a different gauge, you can knit a swatch, measure your stitches per inch, then determine how many you will need to cast-on to get 40″ total length. Remember, you will need to cast on a multiple of 4, plus 2 extra stitches for the seam.

If you use a different yarn weight and gauge, here is how you can determine the yardage you will need. Start with a full skein/ball of yarn, and measure that on a kitchen scale. Knit the first 5 rows of the pattern, and measure the yarn again. Subtract the weight of the used skein from the weight of the full skein. This number is 1/4 of the number of grams/ounces you will need to finish the cowl. If your gauge is considerably smaller and you’d like to work more than 20 rows, you will need to double the weight of the first 5 rows, then multiply it by as many 10 row repeats as you’d like to work.


66 comments on “Moebius Basketweave Cowl

  1. Kim – two things, first, how to avoid this in the future. You have to make sure you’re getting the correct gauge (stitches per inch) as listed in the pattern when you start any project, so that your project size and yarn amounts used will be the same as the pattern. Knitting in incorrect gauge (loose or tight) will give you different results than the pattern.

    To salvage your project, you can unravel one pattern repeat so that you have enough yarn to bind off and seam, and then try to get a little more length out of the cowl when you block (hand wash, set out flat to dry). Or you can visit the yarn shop/online shop where you purchased the yarn, and see if you can buy more in the same dye lot.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

  2. Staci, I love your patterns!!! I actually learned how to knit from watching your youtube tutorials, No one in my family or friends know how to knit, I watched so many other tutorials and it seemed so hard, but a friend told me about your tutorials they have been the most simplest yet the most helpful. I have only been knitting for about a year now but you have definitely helped me so much. I learned to knit everything I know from basically your patterns and videos they have helped me. I live in mexico and there are no private classes or knitting groups or anything like that here so i have only been able to use the internet to learn how to knit but I LOVE KNITTING now.Thank you so much for your easy explanations. You really do an excellent job with your work!!

  3. Aliki – you would need to test knit it for yourself, I can’t really answer that off the top of my head. This stitch was chosen because it looks good on both sides, it lies flat, and the stitch combo made a gauge in this yarn that worked for the overall look and plushy-ness of the cowl.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

  4. Hi Staci,

    I’m a new knitter. I knitted this cowl and it is a bit short for my liking. Could I knit this same pattern in the opposite direction by casting on 18 stitches and knitting to my desired length?

    I love your site and tutorials! Thanks so much…

  5. Hi Staci, I’m new to knitting but I thought I would try this scarf. I have a question regarding this pattern. This pattern says to repeat the stitches that have ** around it until you get to the last 5 stitches. When you start the second row do you just knit just what’ts in ** until you get to the last 5 stitches? Thank you, Barbara

  6. Thank you so much, this turned out beautifully and it was so fast. Thank you also for sharing how you stitched the seam, it looks great. Your detailed instruction really remove unnecessary frustrations and guesswork from the project.

  7. I want to make a flat, straight basket weave scarf. I found this scarf of yours on YouTube. Once I’m better at this, I’ll make your scarf, it’s lovely. For now, I’m doing 28 stitches, changing every 4 (knit/purl).

    My problem is, my stitches all look the same. There is a pattern developing and it’s clear where I change stitches, but that’s all. I pay close attention, and know that I change stitches, but the ones that look like a chain (purl ?), only happen once in awhile. Most are the bump type of stitch. I watched you knit/purl, and many others, and feel I’m doing the same thing. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

  8. Well duh. I watched yet another video and figured out my mistake. I’d delete this if I could, but just know that the problem was solved. Thank you.

  9. Hi Staci,
    Thank you so much for this great pattern. I just finished knitting it using the yarn you suggested and the size 15 needles. When I was done I measured the length (before seaming) and it was approximately 36 inches instead of the 40 inches I was expecting from the pattern description. My question is this: if you cast on 90 stitches and have a gauge of 2.5 stitches per inch, wouldn’t the final length be 90 / 2.5 which is 36 inches? Does the 40″ inch length come from blocking and steaming? I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question. I am a beginner.

  10. Love the scarf and the video. I made this scarf and I get so many compliments. Can you convert the instructions to crochet with chunky yarn? I would like to teach my mother how to make this scarf but she only crochets.


  11. I followed the pattern and cast on 90 stitches, I didn’t realise that this means that you don’t get opposite knit and purl at the ends of the rows so when I do the join I’m going to get 9 stitch blocks.

  12. Hi Staci. Thanks for this pattern.
    I was wondering – how do you wrap the finished cowl to look like your picture?
    Is it twisted? Tucked?

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