tunisian thick and thin hat

tunisian crochet hat (10)

tunisian crochet hat (16)I bought some lovely thick and thin off white yarn just over a year ago and I’ve been trying to find something to do with it ever since. Whatever pattern or type of stitch I tried it just looked like a knotted mess because of the abrupt changes in thickness. I can’t remember how I hit on the idea now but in the end I used it to make this hat in Tunisian crochet. It’s just Tunisian simple stitch (tss), in the round, using the thick and thin white yarn for the forward stitches and a slowly colour changing yarn for the return.

tunisian crochet hat (1)

I used a 5.5mm double ended Tunisian crochet hook because that’s the only one I have:

  1. chain 90 with the white yarn (or whatever you need to easily fit around your head)
  2. ensuring the chain is not twisted start picking up stitches from the beginning of the chain.
  3. once you have a few on the hook (say 30 or so) turn the hook and start to work the stitches off in your second yarn.
  4. keep going back and forth until the piece is about 12cm (6″) long.
  5. now you start to decrease. When working forwards (white yarn) pick up two stitches together every 10 stitches or so. Keep going this way for another few cm.
  6. now pick up 2 stitches every 5 stitches or so – we are decreasing faster.
  7. When you have less than ~25 stitches left then start to decrease every other stitch. i.e. on the forward pass pick up 1 stitch, then 2 together, then 1, etc.
  8. when you can no longer work because there are too few stitches left on the hook work all the stitches off the hook in the normal way then pull the yarn ends tight and fasten off.
  9. weave in any loose ends and you’re done.

here is a close up of the right side of the stitches:

tunisian crochet hat (13)

and the wrong side:

tunisian crochet hat (12)

because of the pooling of thick stitches you can see in the photo below that I started to decrease at the end of the blue section and then started to decrease faster at the end of the second orange section:

tunisian crochet hat (9)tunisian crochet hat (10)tunisian crochet hat (16)


This is a free pattern & you can sell any items you make from it – I wish you huge success. It is not required but you would make me very happy if you included a link to this pattern in any blog posts / item listings / etc. Writing and testing a crochet pattern is hard work and I retain copyright of the images and the written pattern so please do not copy or distribute any part of this pattern and do not use these images in your listings – use only images of the actual items you create. Thank you and happy crocheting.

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