(Can you spot Tim wondering what I’m doing outside the door?)
I call it my ‘Eternal Serpent’ scarf, my take on the infinity scarf. ‘Serpent’ because of the lovely green tone this scarf takes. I used my handspun lime sorbet yarn, as well as a skein of kettle dyed, extrafine Merino from Manos del Uruguay in the colourway Agua. Both yarns are worsted-weight (10-ply) and they complement each other wonderfully!
And ‘Eternal’ because it’s a Möbius strip; a shape which is formed by adding a single half-twist to a band. A Möbius has only one side and one edge, so that if you draw a line around it, you would end up back where you’d begun, having traversed the entire surface.
Infinity scarves and shawls are very popular at the moment, you’ve probably seen them around. However, most infinity scarves are made by crocheting the scarf in its entirety, then adding the half-twist when the two ends are joined together.
In contrast I made this scarf by first crocheting a length of foundation double crochet, then joining the ends of this foundation row with the half-twist. After that the scarf was made by crocheting around the Möbius strip I’d already created, which was really fun to do :) Though it took a bit of getting use to the fact that I had to go around ‘twice’ before I got back to the beginning.
Here you can see the detail of the stitch pattern. The body of the scarf is made using only front-post double crochet. The two sides appear to differ because the Möbius shape means that one side (left) is showing the front of the stitch, and the other (right) the back. As a result we have these contrasting ridges or cables, which I edged with reverse single crochet.
The stitch pattern, combined with the fact that post stitches love to curl in on themselves, add to the ‘Serpent’ aspect of this pattern. For this reason I didn’t block the scarf, I didn’t want to reduce its natural movement, I just gave it a nice wash to let the stitches settle.
This pattern is simple and versatile, and I’m definitely going to share it here. However, it makes use of a lot of techniques that, while not difficult, might not be so well known. So first I’m going to spend the next several days going through tutorials to cover everything one would need to make this scarf :) being…
- Foundation stitches
- Post stitches
- Standing starts
- Invisible joins
- Reverse single crochet