Stash-busting Burger

I can think of only one thing more rewarding than checking an item off of a to-do list—checking the last item off of a to-do list. But either way, checking boxes brings me a lot of joy. That’s one reason I love the hamburger crochet pattern I’m sharing today. Each component of the hamburger only takes a little bit of effort, so you can rattle off the pieces fairly quickly. And after you check off all the pieces, you’ll end up with an adorable, stacking toy.

I made this hamburger for my 15 month old nephew. He has annexed a section of his parents’ kitchen for himself, where he conducts cooking experiments in his own mini-kitchen. As I began this project, I imagined him stacking pieces of lettuce, cheese and tomato in order to make a tasty pretend meal for himself while his parents prepared the real deal. Mmmmm.

If you don’t crochet or if you have forgotten the basic skills, don’t stop reading. I learned the basics of crochet approximately 15 years ago from a nice neighbor. After making a couple of funky beanies, I only crocheted about once every four years after that. I am not exaggerating when I say that every time I crochet something new, I have to relearn at least half of the skills over again. And that’s why I love the internet. I have selected some very clear tutorials and linked them at the end of this post so even you (who either don’t know how to crochet or forgot how to make a single crochet stitch) can be successful at this.

The variety of yarn colors this pattern calls for makes it a good stash-buster. When I made this, I didn’t have much of a stash, but I easily found remnants of tan, cream, brown, red, yellow and green yarn at my local thrift store. You can use whatever yarn you find and like. Just make sure all of your yarns are similar weight so that the pieces will be in proportion to each other. Each part of my burger cost between $0.25 and $0.75. You can barely get a cheaper burger than that at the drive-through!

The pattern I used comes from the blog Amigurumi Food. They offer a range of adorable food crochet patterns, many of which are free for personal use. I followed the directions pretty closely with the exception of the cheese. I wanted my slice of cheese to hang out over the round tomato and burger pieces like a classic fast food ad. I think the square shape adds visual interest and breaks up the tower of cylinders. Here is my super simple square cheese pattern:

Cheese

Start with gold colored yarn
Make a slip knot and ch 16
R1-R15: sc across (15)
Tie off and weave in your ends
Block as necessary (it will likely be necessary—the corners love to flip up)
If 15 rows doesn’t quite create a square for you, add or subtract a row or two until it’s square.

Almost all of the pieces in this pattern require you to use a magic circle or magic ring to start crocheting in the round. If you don’t already know how to do a magic ring, it’s a great skill to have. This pattern gives you the opportunity to practice it eight times! You’ll be very comfortable with it by the time you are done.

You’ll also get the opportunity to practice weaving in your ends—a lot. I know that weaving in your ends can be tedious, but once you figure out a method that works for you, it goes quickly. Taking the time to finish your projects carefully will ensure that your work stays together and looks beautiful.

 

Learning Resources:

  • Crochet basics (including foundation chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), half double crochet (hdc), treble (triple) crochet (tc)): words & pictures here or video here.
  • Single crochet decrease (dec): words & pictures here or video here
  • Single crochet increase (inc): video here
  • Weaving in ends: words & pictures here or video here
  • Magic ring or magic circle: helpful video here

And so you can have the joy and satisfaction of checking off some boxes, here is a checklist specifically for this project.

Happy crocheting!

What are your favorite stash-busting projects?
Do you prefer tutorials with videos or with words & pictures?

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