Currently, I don’t know how to knit. I actually tried learning how to knit before I learned how to crochet. For some reason I just could not grasp holding two needles together. I wanted to learn because I love the look of knitted pieces. Maybe some day I will learn, but for now I am happy with the look of Tunisian crochet.
If you have never tried Tunisian crochet, you have to! It looks harder then it is, I promise! The Tunisian Knit stitch looks exactly like a traditional knit stitch. The body of this beanie is crocheted using only this type of stitch. The band is crocheted using both the Tunisian Knit stitch and Purl stitch. These are the only two types of stitches you will need to know to crochet this beanie.
This beanie is extremely beginner friendly. I would recommend watching the video tutorials below before you start. They are very helpful in showing the different stitches and how to bind off.
I hope you enjoy this pattern!
~ The first loop on your hook is the first stitch.
~ The Return Pass is always the same throughout the pattern.
~ You will experience some “curling” with your work. This is normal in Tunisian crochet.
1 skein of Lion Brand Basic 175 or any comparable yarn. The color in the pictures is Whisper.
6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook
Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS)
Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS)
Yarn over (yo)
Note – You will be working in the horizontal bumps found at the back of your foundation chains for your first row.
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. 64 loops on 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.
Row 2 – Work TKS in next st. Then work TPS in the next 2 stitches. *TKS in the next two stitches, TPS in the next two stitches.* Repeat *til end of row. 64 loops on hook. Work Return Pass.
Rows 3 thru 7 – Repeat row 2
The Body of the beanie is worked only in Tunisian Knit stitches.
Row 8 – Work a TKS in every stitch across. Work Return Pass. (64)
Rows 9 thru 24 – Repeat row 8 (64)
Rows 25 thru 30 are decrease rows. To complete a decrease in Tunisian crochet you simply skip a stitch.
Row 25 – Work 8 TKS, sk next st. *7 TKS, skip next st* Repeat *til there are 7 stitches left. Work a TKS in each stitch left. 57 loops on hook. Complete Return Pass.
Row 26 – Work 7 TKS, sk next st. *6 TKS, sk next st* Repeat *til there are 7 stitches left. Work a TKS in each stitch left. 50 loops on hook. Complete Return Pass.
Row 27 – Work 6 TKS, sk next st. *5 TKS, sk next st* Repeat *til there are 7 stitches left. Work a TKS in each st left. 43 loops on hook. Complete Return Pass.
Row 28 – Work 6 TKS, sk next st. *4 TKS, sk next st* Repeat *til there are 6 stitches left. Work a TKS in each st left. 36 loops on hook. Complete Return Pass.
Row 29 – Work 3 TKS, sk next st. *TKS 4, sk next st* Repeat *til there are 2 stitches left. Work a TKS in last two stitches. 29 loops on hook. Complete Return Pass.
Row 30 – Work 2 TKS, sk next st. *TKS 3, sk next st* Repeat *til there are 2 stitches left. Work a TKS in last two stitches. 22 loops on hook. Complete Return Pass.
Row 31 – Complete TKS in each st across. 22 loops on hook. Complete Return Pass.
Bind off leaving a long enough tail to sew short sides of the beanie together.
To bind off : The bind off in Tunisian crochet is similar to how you work slip stitches in traditional crochet. To Bind Off, insert hook under the next vertical bar from right to left, yarn over and pull up a loop through both the vertical bar and the loop on hook. Watch video tutorial above.
What your work will look like after 31 rows.
Line up short sides and sew together.
Next, attach yarn to a slip stitch at the top of the beanie. Thread a needle and weave the needle in and out of each ss until you reach the beginning. Pull to tighten and fasten.
I made my own faux fur pom-pom. If you would like to make your own you can follow the video tutorial HERE.
If you love a knit look like me, I really hope you try this pattern!