Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Freestanding Knit Mustache

Halloween is just around the corner, but having a knit mustache isn't just a Halloween knitting project. Mustache knitting patterns have been taking over a storm, as has wearing fake mustaches. I wish I could remember the event, but there was something in Cambridge a few years ago where people wore fake mustaches to support a cause.

In any event, after making my search for free mustache knitting patterns, I was inspired to design one of my own. I hope you enjoy my take on a free standing mustache.

  • Knitting Needles: 3 dpn Size 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Hand dyed KnitPicks Palette yarn
  • Gauge: Not important for the completed project
  • Misc: yarn needle (for weaving in loose ends)
  • Finished Size: ~4 inches long

Instructions - The chart to the right represents half of the knit mustache. It is knit in the round to give it some more volume.
  1. Cast on 4 stitches (onto 2 double pointed needles). Join to knit in the round.
  2. K2tog (knitting into the front and back of those two stitches), Slip 1, Kfb, pass slipped stitch over (PSSO) the two stitches. (4 sts)
  3. Repeat round 2
  4. Kfb, K2, Kfb (6 sts)
  5. Kfb, K2tog, SSK, Kfb (6 sts)
  6. Repeat round 5
  7. K across
  8. K across
  9. Kfb, K4, Kfb (8 sts)
  10. K across
  11. K3, Kfb, Kfb, K3 (10 sts)
  12. K across
  13. Kfb, K3, Kfb, Kfb, K3, Kfb (14 sts)
  14. K across
  15. K6, Kfb, Kfb, K6 (16 sts)
  16. K across
  17. K across
  18. K across
  19. *SSK, K4, K2tog* twice (12 sts)
  20. K across
  21. K4, K2tog, SSK, K4 (10 sts)
  22. K3, K2tog, SSK, K3 (8 sts)
  23. SSK, K4, K2tog (6 sts)
  24. K1, K2tog, SSK, K1 (4 sts) This is the center portion of the knit mustache
  25. K1, Kfb, Kfb, K1 (6 sts)
  26. Kfb, K4, Kfb (8 sts)
  27. K3, Kfb, Kfb, K3 (10 sts)
  28. K4, Kfb, Kfb, K4 (12 sts)
  29. K across
  30. Kfb, K4, Kfb, Kfb, K4, Kfb (16 sts)
  31. K across
  32. K across
  33. K across
  34. K6, K2tog, SSK, K6 (14 sts)
  35. K across
  36. *SSK, K3, K2tog* twice (10 sts)
  37. K across
  38. K3, K2tog, SSK, K3 (8 sts)
  39. K across
  40. *SSK, K4, K2tog* twice (6 sts)
  41. K across
  42. K across
  43. SSK, Kfb, Kfb, K2tog (6 sts)
  44. Repeat round 43
  45. SSK, K2, K2tog (4 sts)
  46. S1, Kfb, PSSO both stitches; K2tog - knitting into the front and back of both stitches (4 sts)
  47. Repeat round 46
  48. Cut yarn, and pull through remaining stitches. Weave in loose ends.
If you like, you can attach yarn to either end of the mustache to tie it on to the back of your head, or fix it to your upper lip with some double sided tape. Enjoy!

The original sketch of this mustache. I drew the curvature I wanted, and then "pixelated" it with the graph paper.

The knit mustache fits my original design pretty well (of course, much smaller!)

Sizing up the half mustache on Keith's face.

I received a question about knitting in the round on two double pointed needles. This is keeping the live stitches on two needles and knitting with the third needle. I hope this video helps clear things up!

Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.
K - knit
P - purl
I-cord - knit stitches on dpn's without ever turning the needle (effectively knitting in the round with a small number of stitches.)
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
PSSO - Pass Slipped Stitch Over
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.

This knitting pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. You are not to distribute or reprint this pattern without the permission of ChemKnits. © 2011 ChemKnits


  1. Icannot knit this mustache, ´cause I´m giggling all the time, hilarious pattern!!!

  2. Thanks! I'm glad that it made you laugh :)

  3. In the second row you put k2tog. Did you mean to put KfB?

  4. I do mean K2tog in row 2. You maintain the same number of stitches while getting a little bit of a slant at the tip of the mustache. I know it is a bit odd!

    Alternatively, you could work that round as an I-cord and then weave in the yarn end or block the make the end curl up a bit. Good luck!

  5. I am trying to make a stuffed animal so what would i do than

    1. A stuffed animal mustache (with a face on it) or put the mustache on a stuffed animal? You could stuff the mustache with polyfill stuffing to make it more 3-dimensional... Unfortunately I need more specifics to know how to answer your question.

  6. Comment posted on Video "How to Knit an Icord with 3 stitches" -

    Is this how you would begin the moustache pattern from your "freestanding moustache" pattern from your blog from Oct 2011? I'm confused about how to knit in the round with only 2 dpns, especially with only 4 stitches cast on. Could you do a video on this technique?

    1. When I say knitting in the round on two dpn's, I am using 3 needles. The live stitches are on two needles. I created a video in response to the above question to give a better idea of what I mean when I say knitting in the round on two dpn's.


  7. Hi Rebecca, thx for this awesome pattern. May I take this one to cast a Video (German) how to knit your mustache? I will also link to your blog.

    1. Lutz,

      I would love for my pattern to help wtih Movember awareness. Please send me a link to the video once it is up. :) Please link to the pattern page.


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