Hurray for Crafty Friends! Without the internet I would never have met some of the incredibly lovely people I know now. For example: Jill at Made with Moxie.
Learning to crochet is easy and inanimate objects like coffee mugs should wear sweaters. Hipster mustachioed mug sweaters, in fact. It’s like a yarn bombing at breakfast. I can show you how.
My name is Jill and I write a blog called Made with Moxie. I taught myself to crochet almost four years ago. My daughter was just born. She had some pretty wicked allergies so she would nurse for what seemed like forever and then she’d fall asleep on me. I dared not move because she slept poorly with her digestive distresses. And so I was trapped, but a maker’s got to make, so I taught myself to crochet.
I learned to crochet because I can do it with one hand. I learned crochet because my grandmother crocheted. I learned crochet because I like brightly colored granny squares. With a baby asleep on me, I learned to crochet without videos. Like every new mom, I wanted to make hats. I’m going to help you learn to crochet today. All you need is a ball of yarn and a hook.
The first thing you should learn to do is to crochet a chain. It’s the starting point of a lot of crochet patterns. Do it until you feel comfortable chaining. Then learn how to turn in order to make a new row of stitches. The basic crochet stitch is called a single crochet, or an “sc”. It’s the building block of all crochet stitches. Here’s a clear step by step illustration of how to single crochet. Just practice making rows and rows of single crochet. Hell, you can make a scarf that way, or dish rags, or mug rugs. The thing I love about crochet is that you can practice and practice all you want, then just take your hook out and pull the yarn. It all unravels and you can start fresh again with nothing ruined.
You should get familiar with a the standard abbreviations used in crochet patterns. Without a guide, a crochet pattern can look like crazy talk. Don’t memorize them. I still look things up. Heck, if you’re serious, I recommend The Crochet Stitch Bible. It is a fabulous stitch reference.
Once you have warmed up to crochet you can totally make this Mustachioed Mug Sweater. The pattern is simple, straightforward and perfect for a beginner. You’ve totally got this! Get stuck, can’t google the answer and need help? Shoot me an email: thatmoxiegirl [at] gmail [dot] com.
Moxie’s Mustachioed Mug Sweater:
What you need:
Two colors of size 4 yarn (yarn A and yarn B)
Size I/9 5.5mm crochet hook
Two buttons: 1/2 to 1″
Needle and thread
Row 1:With yarn A ch 31. Turn.
Row 2, 3 & 4:Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 5:Change colors. With yarn B, sc in each stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 6 & 7:Change colors. With yarn A, sc in each stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 8 & 9:Change colors. With yarn B, sc in each stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 10:Change colors. With yarn A, sc in each stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 11, 12 & 13:Change colors. With yarn B, sc in each stitch. Ch 1 and turn.
Button holes:Chain 6 with yarn B. Turn Sweater on its side. Sc up the side. I used 12. Chain 6, then sc into corner. Tie off yarns and weave ends into sweater.
Buttons:Use needle and thread to sew each button on to the corner of opposite sweater side.
Print out the Free Moxie Mustache Template and use it to cut out a felt mustache for your mug sweater. Then stitch it on to your Mug Sweater. Use the mirror. No one likes a cockeyed mustache. Get crazy and stitch a different mustache on each side of your mug sweater.
Let the silliness abound!
If you want to learn to make hats, I highly recommend you learn to make a Magic Ring. It’s an awesome way I start every one of my hats. Do not pay money for basic hat patterns. I find tons of free patterns through yarn companies and at free crochet pattern sites. Don’t be discouraged when you think patterns are dated and not modern looking. Changing your yarn can easily make older patterns new and cool. Switch out that mustard yellow acrylic yarn for a lovely heathered grey wool yarn and you will have a hat worthy of Anthropologie status.
Feeling lazy? You can just follow my Crochet-tastic Pinterest board. It’s full of free patterns and great tutorials I’ve been hording.
Thank you so much, Kelley for having me stop by and chat with y’all. I have a sweet little Beginner Crochet Kit Giveaway as a parting gift! I’ve sewn up a crochet hook tool kit with Amy Butler canvas. The tool roll up has ten pockets for hooks, stitch markers and rulers. I’ve started you off with three different sized crochet hooks. And I’m also throwing in a skein of my favorite worsted weight 100% cotton yarn in variegated rainbow!