Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week! In honor of Valentines Day coming up, I thought I would create a valentine pattern. It’s still very cold and frigid outside here in Jersey so I decided I would create a cute and chunky crochet beanie pattern.
This beanie pattern is actually created using the tunisian crochet technique. If you have never done tunisian crochet before don’t let that scare you! I promise, it’s not as hard as it seems!
There are only two tunisian crochet stitches that you will need to know for this pattern. They are the Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks) and the Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps). The majority of the beanie is worked in the tks. I have linked videos below that will show you how to complete each type of tunisian stitch. I would recommend watching these videos first to familiarize yourself with the technique.
The heart motif that you see in the pattern is worked by completing color changes while working the tks. I have a graph of the heart shown below. This graph will show you when to complete the color changes.
You will first create the band by alternating the tks and the tps. Then, the body of the beanie is worked only with the tks.
Here is a list of videos to watch before you get started!
Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks)
Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps)
Note – You will also need to know how to make a color change. There is a great video from the Crochet Crowd showing how to make these color changes when working the tks. It also shows how to carry your yarn while making these changes. I would fast forward to about the 11:50 mark in the video.
There are a total of 5 heart motifs for this pattern. Each motif has 2 white stitches between them. The pattern begins with 1 white stitch and ends with 1 white stitch. These two white stitches will make up the two white stitches in between the heart motifs when seemed closed.
Graph showing heart motif pattern
The yarn that I used in this pattern is called Cozy Wool by Loops & Threads. I bought the yarn at Michaels craft store. If you do not have access to a Michaels craft store, a good comparable yarn would be Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.
Enjoy the pattern!
1 skein of Cozy Wool by Loops & Threads in the color Fleece and the color Clematis
10mm tunisian crochet hook – This is the hook I use
Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks)
Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps)
Yarn Over (yo)
Right Side (RS)
Note – You will be working all rows with the RS facing you. You will not turn your work.
With Clematis (Purple)
Note – You will be working in the horizontal bumps found at the back of your foundation chains for your first row. If you are confused as to what the horizontal bumps are, here is a great VIDEO to watch.
Row 1- Forward pass: (Right to left). Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook. yo, draw loop through and leave on hook. *Insert hook in next ch. yo and draw loop through and leave on hook. Rep from * to end of chain. Do not turn (45 loops on your hook)
Row 1 – Return pass: (Left to right). Yo and draw through first loop on hook. *Yo and draw through 2 loops on hook. Repeat from * until you have 1 loop remaining on hook. Do not turn. Loop remaining on hook becomes first stitch of next row!
Insert hook from front to back below chain formed by previous reverse row, to right of front vertical thread, but to left of corresponding back thread. Yo and draw up a loop and leave on hook.
Bring yarn to front of hook. Insert hook from right to left behind single vertical thread. Wrap yarn around hook from back to front and pull yarn through vertical thread and draw up a loop on hook.
Row 2 – Forward Pass: (right to left) 1 tks in the first stitch, 1 tps in the next. *1 tks in the next stitch, 1 tps in the next. Repeat * til end of row. (45 loops on hook)
Row 2 -Return pass: (left to right). Yo and draw through first loop on hook. *Yo and draw through 2 loops on hook. Repeat from * until you have 1 loop remaining on hook. Do not turn. Loop remaining on hook becomes first stitch of next row!
Rows 3-5 : Repeat row 2 alternating between the tks and tps to create the ribbing.
Note – on the Return Pass of row 5 you will change to Fleece (white). To change colors, wait until there are two loops left on the hook of the return pass. Make a loop with the new color and pull it through the two remaining loops on the hook. Here is a video if you are a little confused.
Row 6 – (with Fleece) Forward Pass: 1 tks in the first stitch and each remaining stitch of the row. (45 loops on hook)
Row 6 – Return Pass: same as return pass for row 1
Row 7 – Repeat row 6
Note – For the next 6 rows (rows 8 – 13) you will be referring to the heart motif graph above. It is important to remember that the last loop on your hook when completing a return pass, is the first stitch of the next row.
To help explain how the graph works, I will give instructions on the first row of the motif (row 8)
Row 8 – Forward Pass: (loop on hook is first stitch) 1 tks in first stitch and the next 2 stitches. For the next stitch, insert your hook into the next stitch (drop fleece). Make a loop with Clematis (purple) put loop on hook and draw the yarn through the stitch. (1 purple stitch made). For the next stitch, insert your hook into the next stitch, pick up fleece (drop purple), yo and pull up a loop. Complete 1 tks in the next 7 stitches. On the 8th stitch switch to purple. *Complete 1 tks in the next 8 stitches, in the next stitch change to purple. Repeat * til end of row.
Row 8 – Return Pass: The return pass in the same for all rows. The only difference is when you come to a purple stitch (It will be the second loop on your hook in the return pass) you must pick up purple and yo and draw through two loops. You will do this on the return pass every time you come to a purple stitch. For a video tutorial click Here and fast forward to 13:30 in the video.
Follow the heart graph for the next 5 rows (rows 9- 13)
Rows 14 – 17: Repeat row 1 (all rows with Fleece)
We will now start to decrease our rows. To complete a decrease in tunisian crochet you simply just skip over a stitch.
Row 18 (Forward Pass)- 1 tks in the first two stitches, skip next stitch. *1 tks in the next three stitches, skip next stitch. Repeat * til there are 2 stitches left. Skip the next stitch and complete 1 tks in the last stitch. (35 loops on hook).
Row 18 (Return Pass) – Same as row 1
Row 19 (Forward Pass) – 1 tks in the first stitch, skip next stitch. *1 tks in the next two stitches, skip next stitch. Repeat * til there are two stitches left. Skip the next stitch and complete 1 tks in the last stitch. (23 loops on hook)
We are now going to bind off. To bind off in tunisian crochet you essentially are creating slip stitches. To bind off, insert hook from right to left through single vertical thread. Yo pull through single vertical thread and the loop on your hook. Complete this stitch in each stitch across until you have one loop remaining on your hook. At this point, you can now bind off like you would in traditional crochet. Here is a video showing how to bind off.
Before we sew up the shorter sides, go ahead a weave in all those yarn ends!!!
Once all your ends are weaved in, you can sew the shorter ends together by either a flat slip stitch, whip stitch or mattress stitch.
When you have sewn the shorter ends together we can begin to close the top of the beanie. Cut a piece of the Fleece colored yarn about 20″ long and tie to one of the top slip stitches you made when binding off. Thread a tapestry needle and weave the needle in and out of each slip stitch all the way around. Stop when you get back to the beginning.
Flip your beanie upside down and pull yarn through center of beanie to close. You will need to pull fairly tight to make sure it is closed. Weave your needle in and out through the top of the beanie to sew shut. Weave in your loose end.
I used my Clover pom-pom maker to create the pom-pom. There are numerous tutorials on Youtube that show various ways to create a pom-pom.
Thank you so much for folloiwng along! Please be sure to check out some of my other PATTERNS!