How to Crochet an Adult Kufi

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Kufi hat for Middle Eastern men adapted for all men.
Kufi hat for Middle Eastern men adapted for all men. (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Kufi caps are what men wear as skull caps, particularly in the Middle East. However, there are now variations on a theme for Western men too. Many men who shave their heads bald wear these during the winter or under motorcycle helmets to keep their heads warm. You can make these out of cotton thread or thin to medium yarn. Add in a scallop design for a variation which makes the cap more interesting. We will use the "Husband Hat" pattern which is a variation of Lion Brand Yarn's Easy Stripes Hat, #70731AD, adjusted by Widney Woman. The original from Lion Brand uses two colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Hook size: H
  • 1 to 2 skeins bulky yarn (soft)

Start your project with 4 chains, then join the last stitch with a slip stitch in the first chain to form the base circle ring. For row 1, work 6 single chain in ring, join with slip stitch in beginning chain. For row 2, chain 2 in each single chain, join with slip stitch in beginning chain, 12 single chain. For row 3, chain 1, single chain in next single chain, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from, join with slip stitch in beginning chain, 18 single chain. Row 4: Chain 1, single chain in each of next 2 single chains; repeat from around, join with slip stitch in beginning chain, 24 single chain.

Begin row 5: chain 1, single chain in each of next 3 single chain, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from around, join with slip stitch in beginning chain, 30 single chain. For row 6, chain 1, single chain in each of next 4 single chains, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from around, join with slip stitch in beginning chain, 36 single chain. Row 7: chain 1, single chain in each of next 5 single chain, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from, around, join with slip stitch in beginning chain, 42 single chains.

Begin row 8: chain 1, single chain in each of next 6 single chain, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from around, join with slip stitch in beginning chain, 48 single chains. Row 9: chain 1, single chain in each of next 7 single chain, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from around, join with single stitch in beginning chain, 54 single chains. Row 10: chain 1, single chain in next 8 single chain, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from around, slip stitch in beginning chain, 60 single chain. (Note: Keep increasing as necessary to fit adult head.)

Begin row 11: chain 1, single chain in next 9 single chain, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from around, slip stitch in beginning chain, 66 single chain. Row 12: chain 1, single chain in next 10 single chain, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from around, slip stitch in beginning chain, 72 single chains. Row 13: chain 1, single chain in next 11 single chain, 2 single chain in next single chain; repeat from around, slip stitch in beginning chain, 78 single chain.

Begin row 14 and continue the same pattern through the next rows, past row 19: chain 1, single chain in each single chain around, slip stitch in beginning chain. For rows 20-21: chain 1, double chain in each single chain around, slip stitch in beginning chain. Fasten Off. Weave in ends to tidy the job.

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