Prague Cowl

I’m home in Oklahoma for the holidays, and it’s really cold! It was 14°F when I arrived, and it’s gotten down to 0°F during the night. I’ve grown accustomed to warm weather while living in California for the past 2 and a half years, so I made sure to bring a lot of warm clothes with me to survive. One of my favorite warm things to have is this mobius cowl.

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I made this cowl before a trip to the Czech Republic last spring. I used this pattern and Berroco Brio yarn (in this color, but it’s discontinued! There are still a lot of other great colors though… If you can’t tell, I really like that subtle sparkle). The cowl is a mobius strip, which is a really cool mathematical object – you can think of it as a surface with only one side and one edge.

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One could imagine making a mobius cowl by knitting a rectangular strip, twisting it once, and sewing the ends together. The cool thing about this pattern is that it’s knitted in the round using a mobius cast on. It was kind of confusing at first but very simple after the first round or two. I really like the texture and stretchiness that comes from the alternating knit and purl rounds. And, again, it’s super warm!

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I wore it all around Prague while I was traveling (it was about 40°F, sometimes rainy, and I only saw the sun like once).

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Prague Castle

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Mala Strana

I’ll be heading to Boston for New Year, and I’m sure this cowl will be useful there as well. Who else is hoping for some snow for the holidays?

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