This Beginner Tunisian Toddler Scarf is my last-minute, Christmas gift for my little niece.
As many of us crafters, I am always wanting to gift all my family and friends some handmade gifts for Christmas. Usually, around November, I compile a long list of people and assign each one of them an ambitious or not so ambitious project. Then, around December, I start panicking and realize I’ll not be able to crochet even half of those gifts! So, I normally try and think of super-fast projects that I can ideally work up in no time. Doesn’t it sound familiar to you?
My Diagonal Lattice Tunisian Headband is one of those projects. This Beginner Tunisian Toddler Scarf is another quick project that works up really fast and is still a nice and fun gift.
About the Yarn and the Design
For this scarf, I used Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran, which is extremely soft and warm. The design is quite simple and it consists of alternating blocks of rows in Tunisian knit stitch and Tunisian reverse stitch. These are both easy stitches that are perfect for a beginner at Tunisian crochet. Moreover, you do not need to use any special hooks. Your regular, steel hook will be enough to accommodate all the stitches for this scarf.
Since I wanted to make this pattern available to beginners (as far as photos allow), I included step-by-step instructions for each step, from casting on the stitches to the knit and reverse stitches.
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– 1 Skein of Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran. I used color 811, Bright Peach.
– 8.0-mm (L/11 US, 0 UK) Crochet Hook. You do not necessarily need to use a Tunisian crochet hook for this project. The scarf will fit on your regular steel hook.
– Tapestry Needle
– Two white pompoms
Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)
Ch – Chain
Return – Standard Tunisian Return
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch
Trs – Tunisian Reverse Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over
- 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.
- The instructions below only describe the forward pass. The return pass is always a Standard Tunisian Return.
The Beginner Tunisian Toddler Scarf is 44” (112 cm) long and 4.5“ (11.5 cm) wide.
- Working the Tunisian Knit Stitch, 12 sts for 14 rows in 4” (10 cm).
- Working the Tunisian Reverse Stitch, 12 sts for 12 rows in 4” (10 cm).
Using Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran and the 8.0-mm hook, ch 15.
Leave a long tail at the beginning of your chains, which we will use to attach the pompom at the end.
1. Make a foundation row. Working in the back bumps, insert your hook into the second ch from the hook, yo, pull up a loop. Pull up a loop in every remaining ch.
At this point, your work should look something like panel 3 in the picture below. You can now start working on the return pass.
For this scarf, the return pass is always a Standard Tunisian Return.
Yo (panel 4 in the picture above), pull through the first loop on your hook (panel 5 in the picture below), *yo (panel 6 in the picture below), pull through two loops* (panel 7 in the picture below). Repeat in between * for all the loops on your hook.
At the end of the return round, you will only have one loop on your hook (panel 8 in the picture below).
2-16. Remember to sk the very first vertical bar. 14 trs.
How to Crochet the Tunisian Reverse Stitch
Bring your crochet hook to the back of the work. Identify the back vertical bar of the next st. Insert your hook from right to left in the back vertical bar, yo, pull up a loop.
The Trs is essentially the same as a Tunisian simple stitch with the only difference that it is worked on the back of your work.
17-30. 15 tks.
How to Crochet the Tunisian Knit Stitch
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.
Repeat rows 2-30 four more times.
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 attach the pompom to your scarf.
How to Attach the Pom Pom to your Scarf
To attach the pompoms, we will be using the long tails either at the beginning or at the end of the scarf.
1. Using a tapestry needle, draw your yarn through the top of the sts on the short side of the scarf. Use alternating movements from back to front and from front to the back of your work.
2. Pull the yarn tightly making the end of the scarf wrinkle.
3. Secure your pompom by drawing the tail through its center.
4. Complete by drawing your yarn through the short side of the scarf again. Make sure to follow the same direction as in step 1.
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Your Beginner Tunisian Toddler Scarf is ready!
I hope you enjoyed crocheting the Beginner Tunisian Toddler Scarf. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help or support. I am looking forward to seeing all your beautiful makes on Facebook and Instagram!