Here you can find my free crochet pattern of the Lovely heart bun hat – knit stitch version. It’s a great hat to make for Valentine’s day. This version is made with the knit stitch, also called the waistcoat stitch or central single crochet stitch.
Normal version of this hat
The knit stitch looks amazing but takes a lot of time. Also many people seem to have problems with the tension of the knit stitch. So I decided to make another version with normal crochet stitches which is faster and better if you’re planning on selling these hats or if you don’t have that much time. Click here for this normal version.
I’ve made a video explaining how to make the knit stitch/central single crochet stitch
– 6mm hook (US J hook)
– Worsted yarn that matches the hook size. Pink and grey (or any other color you like).
Abbreviations/stitches you should know:
Sc: Single crochet
Inc: increase (2 stitches in next stitch)
Dec: decrease (next 2 stitches together)
**: repeat between **
(): amount of stitches at the end of the row
Csc: Central single crochet (I use this abbreviation because it’s easier than writing ‘knit stitch’ everywhere)
Other notes: I worked in joined rounds (vs. continuous rounds). I started each row with a chain (which I don’t count as a stitch) and then I worked the first csc in the same stitch as the slip stitch. Also, the rows where I made hearts, I carried the other yarn across and crocheted over it.
Use grey yarn
R1: chain 8
R2: skip 1st chain, 7hdc, chain 1 (7)
R3-R41: 7hdc in back loops only, chain 1 (7)
You have now made 40 rows of hdc. Measure the rib around your head, because the size can differ depending on which yarn you use. If you need a longer or shorter rib, work in an amount of stitches that can be divided by 4.
Hold both ends together and sitch them together with hdc in the back loops only.
Crochet knit stitches
Each row of the rib counts as 1 stitch. For example, 40 rows are 40 stitches.
The pattern will now be worked in rounds.
I close every round with a slip stitch in the first stitch of the round. Also, I start every row with a chain (which doesn’t count as a stitch). The first stitch is made in the same stitch as the chain.
R1: *1sc, 2sc in 1sc* around (60)
Note: This means you make one normal single crochet and in the next stitch you make 2 single crochet stitches in one stitch). This way you’ll end up with 60 stitches
From now on we will crochet knit stitches (also called central single crochet, csc) instead of normal single crochet stitches. It is very important that you make the stitches loosely. You’ll automatically start making the stitches too tight, so really try to make them looser than you normally do. Make sure to fit the hat often on your head to check if your hat is not too tight yet.
One more note: make sure you’ll start the hearts in the middle of the previous rows.
R2: *3 grey csc, 1 pink csc* around (60)
R3: grey csc around (60)
R4: 2 grey csc (to start in the middle), *1 pink csc, 3 grey csc* around, 1 grey csc
R5: grey csc around (60)
R6: 1 grey csc (to start in the middle), *1 pink csc, 3 grey csc* around, 1 pink csc, 2 grey csc (60)
R7: grey csc around (60)
R8: *1 grey csc, 1 pink csc* around (60)
R9: *1 pink csc, 1 grey csc* around (60)
Now change yarn, pink will now be the ‘main’ color, grey will only be used for making hearts
R10: *1 grey csc, 1 pink csc* around (60)
R11: pink csc around (60)
R12: *2 pink csc, 1 grey csc* around (60)
R13: pink csc around (60)
R14: *3 pink csc, 1 grey csc* around (60)
R15: with pink, *4 csc, next 2 csc together* around (50)
R16: *4 pink csc, 1 grey csc* around (50)
R17: with pink, *3 csc, next 2 csc together* around (40)
R18: with pink, *2 csc, next 2 csc together* around (30)
If you want a bun hat, you can stop now. If you want a full hat, continue making decreasing rounds
R19: with pink, *1 csc, next 2 csc together* around (20)
R20: with pink, *2 csc together* around (10)
R21: with pink, *2 csc together* around (5)
Leave a long end and use a sewing needle to go through all last 5 loops that are left. You can add a pompom if you like!
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