Beginner Tunisian Toddler Beanie

The Beginner Tunisian Toddler Beanie is such a great project for both producing a cute and warm hat for your toddler and at the same time, practicing your Tunisian crochet skills.

I crocheted this beanie in my let’s-crochet-as-fast-as-possible craziness that preceded Christmas. So, you can imagine I didn’t have much time to write up the pattern just before the holidays started.
Now, I am back from my Christmas holidays, which I spent back home in Italy, I am full of energies, and I think that publishing this pattern today, on the last day of December, is a good way to end my crochet year. And wishing you all a Happy 2020!

So, let’s talk a little bit more about the Beginner Tunisian Toddler Beanie.
I wanted this beanie to match the Beginner Tunisian Toddler Scarf so that I could gift a beanie+scarf set to my toddler niece. I ended up gifting the set to someone else than my niece, but that’s a different story. The little girl who got it looked super cute in her beanie and scarf, and that’s all that counts!

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Why Tunisian Crochet instead of Knitting?

At first sight, it might be difficult to tell if the beanie is knitted or crocheted. So I have also been asking this question to myself. Why should I crochet something that looks just like knitting? What’s the point? Why don’t I just knit it?

Let’s go in order.

Just to start with, I am not really a knitter and you cannot start learning a new technique when you are in the Christmas presents prep rush. As a side note, I have been practicing some knitting during my holidays back home and I quite enjoyed it! Maybe I’ll talk more about my knitting adventures in another post soon.
Going back to our beanie, even if I had been an amazing knitter, I would still choose Tunisian crochet. Why? Simply because it is warmer!

Tunisian crochet produces a very thick layer that is basically double of the one obtained with knitting. And yet, even if it is so thick, Tunisian crochet is super soft and squishy!
Isn’t that a good enough reason? If you agree or disagree, just drop me a comment and let me know what you think about it.

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Materials

– 157 yd (144m, 80 g) of Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran. I used color 811, Bright Peach.
– 6.0-mm (J/10 US, 4 UK) Crochet Hook
– 8.0-mm (L/11 US, 0 UK) Tunisian Crochet Hook. You must be able to accommodate a total length of about 15”.
– Tapestry Needle
– One white pompom

Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch – Chain
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over

Special Stitches

Tunisian Knit Stitch (Tks)
Insert your hook from right to left and from front to back in the space between the front and the back vertical bars of the designated st, yo, pull up a loop.

How to crochet the Tunisian Knit Stitch

Standard Tunisian Return (Return)
Yo, pull through the first loop on your hook, *yo, pull through two loops*. Repeat in from * for all the loops on your hook. At the end of the return row, you will only have one loop on your hook.

Pattern Notes

  • Always skip the very first st.
  • The first stitch is included in the stitch count.
  • The last stitch is worked under both loops of the final ch from the previous row.

Size

The Beginner Tunisian Toddler Beanie is will fit a toddler with a head measurement of 18-19” (45.5-48.5 cm).

Gauge

  • For the brim, 28 rows of sl st in 4” (10 cm).
  • For the body of the beanie, working the Tunisian Knit stitch, 13 sts for 14 rows in 4” (10 cm).

Pattern

Brim

Using Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran and the 6.0-mm crochet hook, ch 7.

1. Sl st into the second ch from the hook and into all the remaining chains. (6 sts)
2-93. Ch 1, turn, sl st across. (6 sts)

You should obtain a brim that is 1.7″ (4 cm) in height and 13.75″ (34.5 cm) in length.

Slip Stitch brim for the Beginner Tunisian Toddler Beanie
This image shows a much smaller brim than what you have and it is only to show how the sl st brim should look like.

Body of the Beanie

Switch to the 8.0-mm Tunisian crochet hook.

Ch 1.
1. Working on the long side of the brim, pick up a loop from the side loops of each row of the brim, including the very first ch of the ch-7. (94 loops on your hook)
Return. Yo, pull through one loop, *yo, pull through 3 loops on your hook (this way we will close two sts together). Repeat from * for 46 times. Yo, pull through the last two loops on your hook.

How to Tunisian crochet the first row of the body of the beanie.

2. Tks inserting your hook into both of the sts closed together in the previous return pass. Repeat for all of the 46 sts. Last st. (48 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian Return.

How to Tunisian crochet the second row of the body of the beanie.

3. Tks in each st. (48 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian Return.

Keep repeating row 3 until your piece measures about 8.5” (21.6 cm) in height. (48 sts)

Note that the body of the beanie will be slightly larger than the brim.

Bind off by sl st into each st. To do this neatly, work each st as for a tks but sl st it instead of keeping the loops on your hook.
Leave a relatively long tail to seam the beanie.

Finished Beginner Tunisian Toddler Beanie laid flat.

Seaming

Lay your beanie flat with the right side facing up and fold the two short sides towards the center of the beanie.
Using the yarn tail and your tapestry needle, seam the beanie along the two short sides with the mattress stitch.

In order to avoid gaps, pay attention to include the extra loop that is just next to the side sts (panel 2 in the image below).

Seam the beanie by joining the two short sides.

Finishing

Cut a length of yarn and using your tapestry needle, draw the yarn through the top ch of the beanie. These are the chains that you create when you bind off your Tunisian crochet project by sl st.
To do this, alternate the direction of the needle between in-out and out-in compared to the inside of the beanie.

Once you have completed the round, pull the two ends of yarn tightly and close the top of your beanie.
You are now ready to attach your pompom on the top.

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Close the top of the Beginner Tunisian Toddler Beanie and attach your pompom.

Your Beginner Tunisian Toddler Beanie is ready!

I hope you enjoyed crocheting the Beginner Tunisian Toddler Beanie. I am looking forward to seeing all your beautiful makes on Facebook and Instagram!

Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help with your project.

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