Mustaches are HUGE and but let’s face it I can’t grow a handlebar mustache to save my life, and I don’t want a fad like this tattooed on my finger. SO I created a fun knit version for anyone who just wants a temporary mustache.
I knit it flat and then connect both sides to form a tube that fits over my finger. Seams tend to get big and bulky so I wanted to create the back to be as seamless as possible.
SO I decided to try my hand at the provisional cast on and then do a three needle bind off! I love learning new techniques.
It starts with a crochet chain, then you slip the needle along the back loops and start knitting into those chains. Then when your done you carefully take the crochet chain apart slipping another needle into the loops that are left once you take out the crochet.
You’ll be holding the two needles together and using a third needle work a final knit row, binding off as you go, knitting the beginning and end loops of each row together.
worsted weight yarn- two colors- I used cream and brown)
J- hook 5.5 mm
size 7 needles (three of them)
with scrap yarn and your crochet hook chain 19. Add a knot to the starting tail.
skip first chain, weave knitting needle through back loops of the next 17 ch, skip last chain
row 1- knit main color into the crochet chain
you should have 17 knit stitches on your needle
row 2- purl across
row 3- knit across
row 4-8 repeat rows 2 and 3
The mustache pattern
row 9- (cream) knit 3, change color (brown) knit 4, (cream) knit 3, (brown) knit 4, (cream) knit 3
row 10- (cream) purl 2, (brown) purl 6, (cream) purl 1, (brown) purl 6, (cream) purl 2
row 11- (cream) knit 1, (brown) knit 1, (cream) knit 2, (brown) knit 9,(cream) knit 2, (brown) knit 1, (cream) knit 1
row 12- (cream) purl 5, (brown) purl 3,(cream) purl 1, (brown) purl 3, (cream) purl 5
cut the brown and weave in the two ends
row 13- knit across
row 14- purl across
rows 15- 20 repeat rows 13 and 14
now we’re going to work on our first edge, the provisional edge. Remember the knot we did at the starting side of the crochet chain? Start at the OTHER end and take out the knot.
slowly pull out the chain, while doing that weave another knitting needle into the loops that are left when you pull the chain out.
now your piece is on 2 needles, both needles should have 17 loops
Now for the 3-needle bind-off. Place the 2 needles together, right sides together!
Stick the third needle into both the front and back needles like your going to knit them. Which is exactly what we’re going to do, knit!
YO the third needle and pull back through both of the needles. Pull the two loops off the two needles. Now you have one loop from our new “row” on the third needle an 16 loops on each of the other two needles.
Repeat – Stick the third needle into both the front and back needles YO the third needle and pull back through both of the needles.
Now you have 2 loops on the third needle, do a bind off, bringing the first loop over the 2nd and off the needle leaving just one loop again. Keep going all the way across.
finish off and weave in ends.
Turn right side out, place on finger and enjoy!!!
I made a few smaller versions. I still don’t have one I’m in love with.
This teeny one I started with only 15 loops and so took off the first and last loop of each row in the pattern. I also only did 5 rows before and after the mustache pattern.