Kombu Moebius Cowl & Hood by Kendra Nitta

Kombu Moebius Cowl & Hood

November 2010
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
85 - 340 yards (78 - 311 m)
toddler, child, adult (see below for yarn requirements)
This pattern is available for $6.00 USD
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An easy-to-memorize knit-purl pattern and worsted-weight yarn make this unisex Moebius a surprisingly quick knit. The pattern includes both charted and written-out instructions for both a cowl and a hood, each in three sizes: toddler, child, and adult.

This project is suitable for adventurous beginners, and includes a photo tutorial for grafting in pattern. Wear the hood as shown, or fold back the 3x3 ribbed cuff for a sportier look.

Yarn Requirements


  • Toddler: 85 yards
  • Child: 95 yards
  • Adult: 100 yards


  • Toddler: 150 yards
  • Child: 225 yards
  • Adult: 340 yards

Super-soft, machine-washable organic cotton is perfect for layering year-round, and Moebius knitting is ideal for that long circular needle or interchangeable cable you already own for magic-looping (or a great excuse to buy a new one)!

This design is named “Kombu” -- the Japanese word for kelp -- because the stitch pattern it uses was adapted from the “Seaweed” pattern in Barbara G. Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. The first syllable is pronounced “comb” like a hair comb.

Note: The child size is the most versatile. It was loose (but still wearable) on my 2.5 year old niece, and a little snug (but still wearable) on me (a petite adult).