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The Single Crochet Tunisian Hat is a free crochet pattern called “Bee Happy Beanie”. It’s crocheted with single crochet stitches that are connected with a Tunisian crochet style stitch called Quadruple Single Crochet.
It was 2016 when I first created this Single Crochet Tunisian Hat. I had just started my website and this pattern was one of the first patterns I created and published. In fact, during that time Facebook still showed you all the posts from all the groups you joined in chronological order. That meant when I posted a picture of this hat, it went viral. I could read the comments as they flew in so fast that the app kept crashing.
It was exhilarating and scary at the same time. I didn’t know what to do. All I knew was that I wanted to make crocheters happy. And as crocheters pointed out that it looked like a beehive, I called the hat the Bee Happy Beanie.
This Single Crochet Tunisian Hat Pattern is written for an adult/teen sized hat, but can be adjusted for different sizes, using a multiple of four.
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How to Crochet the Single Crochet Tunisian Hat
You will need:
- 5.5 mm hook
- Tapestry needle and scissors
- Worsted weighted yarn, I used premier yarns Deborah Norville Collection (in color white and red for one of the beanies)
- pom-pom using a pom-pom maker (click for video tutorial)
4 sc x 4 rows = 1 square inch
- BLO sc
- Outline Squares using quadruple sc, pictures with instructions are at the end of the pattern
Instructions for the Single Crochet Tunisian Hat:
Brim using Half Double Crochet Stitches:
Start with red yarn
Row 1: Chain 8, 1 hdc in 2nd chain from the hook, 1 hdc in each chain till the end, ch 1, turn (7 sts)
Row 2-44: 1 hdc in BLO (back loop only) in each st till the end of the row, ch 1, turn (7 sts)
You can shorten or elongate the brim depending on the head size; the beanie body will be made in multiples of 4 sts, so just keep that in mind.
Once you are finished making the brim, fold it in half and sl st up the side. Next, turn the brim so the seam of the sl st is on the inside of the hat and the loop with the hook is on top.
Single Crochet and Tunisian Crochet Hat – main
Row 1: Continue with the loop you were left from the brim, ch 1 and sc in the same st. Sc all around the top of the brim, spacing the sc in a way that you end up with 72 sts (multiples of 4), join at the end of the round with a sl st. Drop the red yarn and change to white during the sl st. (72 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in BLO in the same st, 1 sc in BLO in each st all around, sl st to first sc to join (72 sts). Change color yarn to red during the sl st.
Row 3-5: Ch 1, sc in BLO in the same st, 1 sc in BLO in each st all around, sl st to first sc to join (72 sts). Change color yarn to white during the sl st.
Row 6: You will now be using the quadruple sc (if you are unfamiliar with this stitch, please use the video tutorial or the picture instructions at the end of this pattern). Ch 1, 1 Quad sc in the same st, 1 sc in BLO in the next 3 sts, *1 Quad sc in the next st, 1 sc in BLO in the next 3 sts, repeat from * till the end, sl st to to first sc to join (72 sts). Change color yarn to red during the sl st.
Row 7-9: Ch 1, sc in BLO in the same st, 1 sc in BLO in each st all around, sl st to first sc to join (72 sts). Change color yarn to white during the sl st.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 1 sts, *1 Quad sc in the next st, 1 sc in BLO in the next 3 sts, repeat from * till you have 1 st left in which you place 1 sc in BLO, sl st to to first sc (the quad sc) to join (72 sts). Change color yarn to red during the sl st.
NOTE: the quad sc is stacked exactly above and between the 2 quad sc from 4 rows below (see pictures below from more details).
Repeat rows 3-10 two more times for a non-slouchy beanie and three (or more) times for a slouchy beanie.
Last row (should be in red yarn): Ch 1, sc in BLO in the same st, 1 sc in BLO in each st all around, sl st to first sc to join (72 sts). Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Finishing the Single Crochet Tunisian Hat
Cut a long piece of red yarn (estimating to be longer than the circumference of the beanie). Turn the beanie inside out. Next, using a darning or tapestry needle sew a running stitch all around the top of the beanie. Pull and tie tightly. Make a knot and weave in your ends. And attach a pom-pom if you like (I have a tutorial on using a pom-pom maker here).
Quadruple single crochet (Quad sc) picture instructions:
The Quadruple Single Crochet stitch is a like a combination of single crochet rows in the back loop only with Tunisian crochet on the surface right on top.
Step 1: insert hook under front loop of st, yo, and pull loop through
Step 2: [insert hook under front loop of st that lies below st just worked, yo and pull loop through] 3 times
Step 3: [yo and pull loop through first 2 loops on the hook] 4 times
Step 4: (not part of Quad sc, but part of Outline Squares stitch), 1 sc in BLO in next 3 st
VIDEO TUTORIAL for the Quadruple Single Crochet Tunisian Stitch:
It uses a special stitch that is called the outline squares stitch that uses the quadruple single crochet. Don’t be scared about the way it sounds, it is actually very easy and once mastered is very fast to create. A video below can help you with the stitch (not a full tutorial, only helps with the stitch).
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