Starlooper Mobius Cowl Scarf by Vashti Braha

Starlooper Mobius Cowl Scarf

September 2014
DesigningVashti Treat Medium-Z
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5.5 mm (I)
200 - 400 yards (183 - 366 m)
Several cowl, moebius, and loop scarf styles, 9.75" {24.75 cm} wide.
both US and UK
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I’ve combed through 200 crochet sources and haven’t yet found pre-1973 occurrences of this simple, reversible, accordion-like star stitch. I’ve modified it to emphasize its natural pleated texture and lovely scalloped edges. 

This Starlooper pattern includes a choice of finished dimensions and optional accent stripes. Depending on when you stop crocheting it and how you seam it, you’ll need 1 to 2 skeins (219 - 438 yards or 200 - 400 meters) of medium weight yarn. I used DesigningVashti Treat Medium-Z yarn, but any smooth medium weight yarn would be great.

The edge-as-you-go feature would also bring out the best in a self-striping or tonal yarn.

It’s a fast project to memorize and to crochet.

Starlooper is the third in a series of quick and easy star stitch projects that I designed while creating booklets for CGOA star stitch classes. My goal is to design with different kinds of stars in ways that take advantage of the unique charms of each. For more, see my newsletter issues #59 and 60.

Skill Level Easy. I’ve kept pattern abbreviations ot a minimum.

After using this pattern, you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to crochet a simple, useful star stitch pattern.
  • How to heighten the best qualities of this star stitch, and understand its texture.
  • How to create several cowl, moebius, and loop scarf styles from one simple pattern.
  • How to use simple edge-as-you-go patterns like this one with yarns in your stash.

Finished Dimensions  Each row measures 9.75” {24.75 cm} across; inner circumferences are stretchy and approximate. Wearing styles are determined by the total number of rows.

  • Snug Cowl: at least 180 yds {165 m} for at least a 19” {48.25 cm} circumference.
  • Flat Neckwrap (unseamed): A full skein of 219 yds {200 m} or slightly more: 28” {71.12 cm} long.
  • Relaxed Cowl (seamed) & Layered Neckwrap (unseamed): Approx. 280 yds {256 m)}: 35” {89 cm} circumference or unseamed length.
  • Shoulder “Moebi:” Approx. 315 yds {288 m}: 43” {109.22 cm} circumference.
  • Long Loop Scarf and the Multilayer Cowl:  52” {132 cm} circumference; stretches to approx. 59” {149.86 cm} when hung. The Multilayer Cowl at the bottom of page 7 is the Long Loop Scarf wrapped twice around the neck. 

Yarn Used: Treat Medium-Z (discontinued; 100% fine quality imported Merino Wool; 219 yds {200 m} per 3.5 oz {100 g} skein): one skein or two, depending on desired finished dimensions (see above).

Substituting a similar yarn is easy: Choose a smooth #4 Medium Weight yarn with a bouncy wool texture that lists a crochet hook size range from US H/8 {5 mm} to US J/10 {6 mm} on its label. These yarns may also be referred to as Worsted, Aran, Afghan, and occasionally “Light Chunky” Weight.

Starloopers in bouncy wool type yarns will look more corrugated or pleated; in a silky plant yarn it will flatten. Consider a self-striping, tonal, ombre, or variegated yarn, or add a few contrasting stripes as shown in some of the photos. 

You can also crochet it with two strands of a sport weight yarn held together throughout. I mention this because I’ve been enjoying the effect of crocheting Star stitches with multiple colors or strands held together. Choose a #2 Fine Weight yarn with a recommended crochet hook size range of US E/4 {3.5 mm} to US G/6 {4.0 mm}. These yarns may also be referred to as Sport {Light DK, 5-Ply}.

UK and Australian equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets { }.