I couldn’t find a good baby beanie tutorial using the Tunisian crochet method, so I decided to create my own. I used a size J Tunisian hook and Lion Brand Fisherman’s wool that I hand-dyed using Koolade and food coloring.
I’m not sure of how much yarn I actually used for this project, but I’m pretty sure it was less than 100 yards.
I worked this up in two pieces starting from the brim (worked flat) and mattress stitched the two parts together. This is my first pattern, so if something doesn’t make sense, please let me know!
Base: Chain 21. With one loop on hook, pick up each st across. Return row as you normally would with Tunisian crochet.
Row 1-18: TKS across (21 stitches) and return, or until your beanie is 4.5” long.
Row 19: Decrease to 11 stitches by only adding a TKS in every other vertical bar. Repeat for 3 rows.
Row 22: Decrease to 6 stitches by only adding a TKS in every other vertical bar.
Row 23: Repeat row 22 and tie off, leaving at least 12” to weave pieces together.
Repeat for the other half of the beanie.
Once both sides are complete, use a mattress stitch to sew the pieces together. Start the mattress stitch at the end of the top of the last row (you will be leaving a hole at the top).
After you have mattress stitched the sides together, take a scrap piece of yarn and weave it through the top of the beanie, pull it closed from the inside, and tie off. This is how you will make the beanie more fitted and look like it was created in the round vs. being worked flat.