This week I am excited to share with you my new hat design. A while back I was browsing Pinterest for some new Tunisian stitch ideas and I came across the weave stitch and instantly fell in love with it. The following day I immediately took out some yarn and a Tunisian hook and got to work learning it. My first project with this stitch was actually my Prehistoric Mammoth Cave Adventure Bag (pattern coming soon) but after only completing a few rows I knew this was a stitch I would be using in a whole load of projects in the future! Whilst working with it I could see it being useful for bags, wash cloths, scarfs and even hats. As it happened, Lily’s hat was misplaced from her preschool (though I am sure someone else just took it and kept it!) so she needed a new one, and the weave stitch idea was something I immediately pursued.
The only guidelines I was given by Lily were that she wanted it blue and black and it needed to have a pom pom, otherwise I was free to create as I wanted to. So obviously I used the Tunisian Weave Stitch for it. The actual stitch is easy enough to work if you can do the Tunisian Full Stitch and the Tunisian Knit Stitch then you are set. Its basically a row of knit stitch in one colour, and then a row of the full stitch in a contrasting colour and you repeat this pattern to get the weave effect. If you want a straight piece of work, you do have to alternate skipping a stitch at the beginning and end of each row of the full stitch part, although for the hat which is sewn together anyway this doesn’t really make any real difference.
Like a lot of Tunisian pieces, this does have the tendency to curl at the ends, which is not a problem on the top end where it is all sewn together,
but can potentially be an issue for the open end of the hat. To combat this I added a RIB band at the bottom, alternating between a knit and a purl stitch for a few rows in whichever colour is the most prominent. This gives the option to either have a normal hat with a thick band folded up, or you can leave it down for a more slouchy fit hat. On the other end, figuring out the decreases at the top of the hat was a challenge, as I haven’t really had to do many decrease stitches in Tunisian crochet, although with a little YouTube help I worked it out. I then topped the finished hat with a fur pom pom which I made from the new really furry chinchilla yarn by James C Brett.
Lily loved her new hat, which she immediately tried on and has been wearing since I made it for her. In fact I loved her hat so much that I decided I wanted to create a version for myself. So after working out the measurements I made myself one in black and lilac and also added the same pom pom to the top. Once I had made the adult hat, I sat and worked out a couple of variations so that the hat could be made for a toddler, child, small adult or teen and a larger adult size. Today I want to share the pattern for those hats so you can make them yourself. You just need 100g of two contrasting colours (a little less for the second colour) and a Tunisian crochet hook and as it’s all made in chunky yarn this is a pattern you can work up quickly in an evening. You can find this pattern with all the sizes mention above for FREE here.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post on the Tunisian Weave hat and I look forward to seeing your finished hats!
See you next week,