Tunisian Crochet Beehive Lovey

How sweet and bobbly can a baby lovey be? I guess not more than this Tunisian Crochet Beehive Lovey!

For this Tunisian crochet lovey, I chose to use the Tunisian bobble stitch.

The Tunisian bobble stitch is comparable to a regular crochet bobble, but it is in my opinion way softer than regular crochet bobbles. As a result, the texture is so soft and squishy that will feel like a cloud!

The Amigurumi Bee has already discovered how comfy this beehive is and she’s totally enjoying flying around it!

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Materials

– 7-mm (2 UK) Tunisian Crochet Hook with a wire of 105 cm (41“)
– 6.0-mm (4 UK, J/10 USA) Crochet Hook (for the border)
– DK, Light (3) Yarn. I used Gründl Lisa Premium Uni, color 10 (yellow)
– Tapestry Needle

Yardage

The project requires only approximately one skein (50 g), but depending on your crochet tension, it can require a bit more.

Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch – Chain
Return – Standard Tunisian Return
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tbo – Tunisian Bobble Stitch
Tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over

Special Stitches

Tunisian Bobble Stitch (Tbo)
You can find a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet the Tbo in this blog post.

Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss)
See how to crochet the Tunisian simple stitch in this free tutorial.

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 total stitch count is indicated within brackets at the end of each row.
  • The total stitch count includes the first loop on your hook.

Size

The Tunisian Crochet Beehive Lovey is a square with a side of approximately 11.5″ (29 cm).

Gauge

15 sts for 12 rows in 4″ (10 cm).

Tunisian Crochet Lovey Pattern

With the 7.00-mm Tunisian crochet hook and Gründl Lisa premium uni, start a Tunisian foundation row with 38 sts.

Row 1. Tss in each st (remember to sk the first st!). (38 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

Row 2. Tss 1, (tbo 1, tss 1) twice, tss 2, (tbo 1, tss 1) three times, tss 2, (tbo 1, tss 1) four times, tss 2, (tbo 1, tss 1) three times, tbo 1, tss 1, tbo 1, tss 1 in the last st. (38 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

Row 3. Tss in each st. (38 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

Row 4. (Tbo 1, tss 1) twice, tss 2, (tbo 1, tss 1) four times, tss 2, (tbo 1, tss 1) three times, (tbo 1, tss 1) four times, tss 2, tbo 1, tss 1, tss 1. (38 sts).
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

Row 5. Tss in each st. (38 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

Row 6. Tss 6, (tbo 1, tss 1) four times (these bobbles are worked in the vertical bars of the bobbles from row 4), tss 10, (tbo 1, tss 1) four times, tss 4, tss 1. (38 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

Row 7. (Tbo 1, tss 1) twice, tss 12, (tbo 1, tss 1) three times, tss 12, tbo 1, tss 1, tss 1 in the last st. (38 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

Row 8. Tss 7, (tbo 1, tss 1) three times, tss 12, (tbo 1, tss 1) three times, tss 5, tss 1. (38 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

Row 9. Tss 1, (tbo 1, tss 1) twice, tss 10, (tbo 1, tss 1) four times, tss 10, tbo 1, tss 1, tbo 1, tss 1 in the last st. (38 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

Row 10. Tss in each st. (38 sts)
Return. Standard Tunisian return.

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Row 11-28. Repeat rows 2-10 two more times.
Row 29-31. Repeat rows 2-4 once more.

Close your work by sl st in the front bars of each st.

Border

With the 6-mm crochet hook, make a simple sc border all around. At the corners, ch 2 at each corner.

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

Your Tunisian Crochet Beehive Lovey is ready and squishy!

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9 thoughts on “Tunisian Crochet Beehive Lovey”

  1. Hi, if you want to make a bigger project you can simply add multiples of 9.
    I am also working on making a chart of the pattern, which would be easier to customize. However, for now, I still don’t have it ready. Please, let me know if you manage to enlarge the lovey with the multiples of 9 rule!
    Looking forward to seeing your big lovey 🙂

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      • Hi Debbie,
        you’re right. So, I explained it wrong…
        What I meant is that you need to add or subtract a multiple of 9 because one hexagon takes 9 sts: it is (1 tss, 1 tbo) 4 times and one more tss.
        In the lovey I made, I had (9*3) = 27 sts for the central hexagons, 6 sts at the beginning, and 5 sts at the end, for a total of 38.
        I hope it makes a little more sense like this. I’ll try to update the post soon and maybe venture into drawing a chart (?!)…let’s see. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail if this is not clear.
        Best,
        Raffaella

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    • Hi Margina, so, when you are at row 5, if you look at your bobbles after the return pass, you’ll see that there is a vertical bar that is just on top of the bobble. That vertical bar is where you work your Tss in the next row and it is also where you want to work your bobbles of row 7.
      Please, let me know if this helped. In case it is not clear, give me a couple of days and I’ll make a picture of what I mean. 🙂

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  2. Hi, this is a lovely pattern. I have never tried Tunisian crochet before. Is there a video to show how to make it?
    Thanks
    Pauline

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