Surely that good old cosy muffler that you keep at the back of a shelf in your wardrobe for those awful cold winter days made you wonder whether this knitted item can be done through the art of crocheting as well. As a matter of fact, this knitted pattern is one of the easiest patterns that can be converted into a crocheted one. The front post double crochet stitch is the crochet stitch which does all the magic! So in today’s instructions we shall teach you how to crochet the good old muffler which is a beginner-level pattern. Oh, and also is an adorable fashion item that can be turned into a gift for your husband, father, brother or boyfriend.
Materials needed, tips and how to:
1. There are many types of yarn which can be used, it is a matter of personal taste whether you prefer a chunky muffler or a lighter one. Either way, make sure you have enough yarn to finish your project. For the muffler shown in the pictures we have used 3 skeins of light acrylic yarn which is also a bit elastic and slightly twirled. Each skein is of 280m, 100gr. We got the yarn from a local shop.
2. We have used a 5.5mm crochet hook for the entire project. If you prefer worsted or chunky yarn, make sure you use the right crochet hook in order to have a cosy and fluffy muffler.
3. Our muffler is about 2m long and 15cm wide, based on a large foundation chain and on 25 rows. The muffler is worked on the long side. Obviously, the length of the muffler depends on the type of yarn and on the hook size used.
4. Make sure you have some left over yarn to make the tassels. They will be attached on both short sides at the end.
How to crochet the front post double crochet stitch: (abbreviated fpdc)
The front post double crochet stitch is a raised stitch on the surface of the fabric you are working. The base of the front post stitch is the double crochet stitch. However, a row of front post stitches is slightly smaller than a row of double crochet stitches. Follow the images below while practicing these steps:
*Yarn over the hook once (you have 2 loops on your hook); insert hook between a double crochet stitch and the following one from the previous row from front to back, then insert the hook from back to front between that double crochet stitch and the following one; yarn over hook once and pull it around that double crochet stitch (you have 3 loops on your hook); Yarn over the hook once and pull the yarn through the first 2 loops (you have 2 loops on your hook); yarn over the hook one last time and pull the yarn through the last 2 loops on the hook to complete the front post stitch.* Take notice of the fact that the front post stitch is executed around a stitch from the previous row instead of being executed in top of the respective stitch. Also take notice of the fact that this stitch is above the stitch from the previous row, hence the name given as the “front post stitch”. Repeat from * to * to make more front post stitches.
Instructions for the muffler:
Make a foundation chain of 351 chains. The front post double crochet stitch does not require a multiple number of chains.
Row 1: Skip first 2 chains from the hook (they will count as a half double crochet stitch here and throughout); make double crochet stitches from the 3rd chain across the foundation chain to the end of it; chain 2 and turn. (350 stitches on first row)
Row 2: Skip the last executed double crochet stitch from the previous row on the ending side of it; in the space between that last stitch and the following one repeat the instructions given previously on how to crochet the front post double crochet stitch; repeat these steps onward to the end of the row; make a half double crochet stitch in top chain of the beginning chain-2 from the previous row to complete this row (alternative method: instead of making this half double crochet stitch at the end of the row you can make a double crochet stitch using a smaller crochet hook size; also, instead of crocheting this ending stitch in top chain of the beginning chain-2, you can execute it in the space between the last stitch from the previous row and the beginning chain-2 on the side, this will not change too much the look of the 2 ending sides); chain 2 and turn. (350 stitches on this row, including the beginning chain-2 and the last half double crochet stitch/double crochet stitch at the end of the row)
Rows 3-25: Repeat row 2 to complete the pattern; cut the yarn and fasten off.
How to attach the tassels:
We set a default length of 1.2m for each tassel. However, you can adjust this length to better suit your taste if either you prefer them longer or shorter. Now fold the thread in 2, then again and then again. Now the tassel has 8 loose ends. Use your finger or a crochet hook to grab the tassel by its middle loop, insert it through the chain-2 spaces and stitches on the ending sides and pull the tassels through; make sure the middle loop is large enough; grab the loose ends of the tassels with your fingers or wrap them around the crochet hook and pull them all together through the middle loop; continue pulling until the tassel is completely knotted; adjust the tassels with the help of a pair of scissors.
A second way to attach the tassels is as follows: Fold the thread in 2 and then once again; now the tassel has 4 loose ends instead of 8; grab one of the ends of the tassel with your fingers or with the help of a stitch marker and insert it through a chain-2 space on the side and pull it through; insert this same lose end in the following space and pull the tassel through, until the 2 endings are equal; the tassel went around the space between 2 rows, forming a loop; slightly enlarge this loop in order to pull the 2 endings of the tassel through it; continue pulling the loose ends until the tassel is completely knotted. Despite the fact this second method is more challenging, we preferred it in order to avoid the muffler’s ending sides loosen up too much in time.
Dear crafters, these are our complete instructions on how to crochet the good old muffler. Was it hard? We surely hope this pattern was helpful! Feel free to use these instructions to make items which you can sell. Also feel free to give us a helping hand by sharing this pattern or downloading it for a small sum. It will count as a donated skein of yarn!
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