Friday, April 2, 2010
Mini Muk Luks ~ Crochet-Along ~ Part I
Hi and welcome to Wind Rose Fiber Studio. I know I have a few new guests joining in on this crochet-along and I'm very happy you're here!
If you have just discovered this post, we are going to be making these cute Mini Muk Luks together. I like to call these my Mini Muks. They are designed like traditional knitted muk luks which are usually knee high. These have the same great style, but are a little shorter, about mid calf. That's why they are Mini Muks.
As we work on this project together, I hope you will feel free to comment, ask questions, make suggestions and tell me to speed up or slow down. Whatever you need. This pattern is for you. Let's get started!
Mini Muks ~ Part I
Here's what you need to get started:
Two skeins of yarn: I like to choose one with some texture or pattern and then a second skein that is solid. They should be medium to worsted in weight (about a 4). Stay away from any yarn that is too light or too bulky. You also want to choose yarn that has some durability. We want our Mini Muks to last.
I searched through my stash and found this pretty tweed by Cascade. It's 90% Highland Peruvian Wool and 10% Tweed. I love the little bits of color and the texture they add. My second color is this denim blue by Patons made from Merino. The two yarns are just about the same weight and the colors look nice together so I'm all set.
Scissors, a Large Eyed Needle for finishing, and a size K(10.5) or 6.50mm Crochet Hook complete what we need to start our project. A little later on we'll look into some fabric or leather to reinforce the soles of our Mini Muks and keep them from becoming slip and slides.
beg - beginning
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
2 dc tog - two double crochet together
3 dc tog - three double crochet together
cl - cluster
sp - space
YO - yarn over
*Note: From now on I'll be referring to the textured or accent yarn, in my case the wine color, as Yarn A (You need approx 125 yds). The solid color, or in my case the denim blue, will be Yarn B (You need approx 225 yds). In the sample picture above, the green yarn is Yarn A and the natural is Yarn B.
**Note: To work 2 dc tog - YO, insert hook through st, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through first two loops on hook, YO and insert hook through same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through first two loops on hook, YO and pull through three remaining loops.
***Note: To work 3 dc tog (cluster) - YO, insert hook through st, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through first two loops on hook, (YO and insert hook through same stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through first two loops on hook) twice, YO and pull through four remaining loops.
The Pattern begins by making Six Squares as follows:
With Yarn A, ch 3
Row 1: 2 dc tog in 3rd st from hook, ch 3, (3 dc tog in same space, ch 3) 5 times, join with sl st to top of beg cl. Total of 6 cl.
Row 2: sl st in 1st ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc tog, ch 3, 3 dc tog in same sp, ch 3, (in next ch 3 space, 3 dc tog, ch3, 3 dc tog, ch 3) 5 times. join with sl st to top of beg. cl. Total of 12 cl.
Row 3: ch 1, 3 sc in same st, 2 sc in next ch 3 sp, sc in next cl, 2 sc in next ch 3 sp, sc in next cl, 2 sc in next ch 3 sp, (3 sc in next cl, 2 sc in next ch 3 sp, sc in next cluster, 2 sc in next ch 3 sp, sc in next cluster, 2 sc in next ch 3 sp) 3 times, join with sl st in 1st sc. finish off weaving in all loose ends.
So you can see we have kind of a soft square. The clusters that have 3 sc are the four corners. These squares make up really fast, but after you make two, it's a good time to check the size. My squares are 4.25" x 4.25". This works just fine for my legs. To see if your squares are a good size for you, hold the corners of two squares together around your lower calf just above your ankle. See the pictures below. If the corners meet comfortably without being too loose or too tight, you're in good shape. If your squares are too small, you can make them a little bigger by working row 3 in hdc or dc. You can also switch to a heavier yarn. If they are too loose, you may want to use a smaller crochet hook or a slightly lighter yarn.
That's all for today. I think it took me longer to write this than it will take you to make 6 squares! I'll be back in just a day or two to carry on. This is one of those patterns that may be harder to explain than to crochet. That's why pictures are so great. I may even end up taking a little video. Have a great weekend!
Mini Muk Luks - Part I Companion Video
Mini Muk Luks ~ Crochet-Along ~ Part I Mini Muk Luks ~ Crochet-Along ~ Part II Mini Muk Luks ~ Crochet-Along ~ Part III Mini Muk Luks ~ Crochet-Along ~ Part IV Mini Muk Luks ~ Crochet-Along ~ Part V