How to Crochet Chunky Hat for Beginners

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Learn to crochet a chunky hat with this free crochet pattern. This easy and fast beanie pattern comes in 4 different sizes to fit the whole family. Moreover, we inlcuded a guide on how to adjust the pattern for different weight of yarns.

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Crochet chunky beanie for beginners

Top-Down Crochet Hat Patterns

For beginners, top-down crochet hat patterns are an excellent choice. They allow you to crochet the hat from the top, gradually working your way down towards the brim.

This approach offers flexibility, allowing you to customize the hat’s size and fit as you go. Additionally, working from the top down allows you to try on the hat as you crochet, ensuring a perfect fit.

Why you will love this pattern:


  • FAST TO MAKE – Using bulky/chunky or super bulky/chunky weight yarn helps you crochet this beanie for one hour!
  • EASY – Throughout the pattern we will use only one stitch- the basic HDC stitch!
  • GIFT OR SELL – Quick to make this pattern will become your go to project when you need to make a bunch of them for craft fairs or donations.

How to crochet a chunky hat for less than an hour?

Using super bulky weight yarn allows you to finish your hat in an hour or even less. When we crochet with thicker yarn, we usually use bigger crochet hook such as 8,9 or 10mm.

To finish our chunky hat, we will follow a few steps:

First step: Measure your hat circumference and choose the right size from the size table.

Second step: Crochet the crown of your hat till you reach the needed measurements (see size table)

How to measure your hat's crown when crocheting top down beanie

Third step: Stop increasing and continue adding height till you have your desired length!

how to measure the height of your crochet hat

Supplies needed to crochet chunky hat

  • chunky/bulky weight yarn or super bulky/chunky weight yarn
  • crochet hook size 8, 9, or 10mm (whichever helps you obtain the gauge)
  • pair of scissors
  • faux fur pompom (optional) or a pompom maker to make your own yarn poms

What yarn to use for crochet chunky hat?

”Circle of life” crochet chunky hat uses super bulky weight yarn. My absolute favorite is the Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn by Lionbrand. This yarn comes in various colors and has the perfect weight and fibre content.

With its 20% wool fibre this hat will keep you warm and cozy! On the other side, the weight of this yarn is neither super thick nor thin.

Can I use chunky/bulky yarn instead of super chunky/bulky?

While I was designing this chunky hat pattern I tried a few different weights of yarn. One yarn I used was chunky weight! Even though I used the same hook size in the end, my hat turned out one size smaller.

Therefore, if you don’t have super bulky/chunky weight yarn, you may need to adjust the pattern for your size. Don’t worry we added a section explaining how to do it for you.

Below you will see the difference between the sizes using super bulky weight versus bulky weight yarn!

The pattern used is for toddler size. But the white/black one is made with super bulky yarn and fits toddler size. Whereas, the melange colored one was made using chunky yarn and fits 9-12 months size.

easy crochet chunky hat pattern for beginners
Crochet hat with super bulky weight yarn!
crochet easy hat with variegated yarn for beginners
Crochet hat with chunky weight yarn!
Crochet chunky hat pattern pdf

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A few Suggestion for Yarn substitute

have you heard that there is an online site for yarn substitution? Yarnsub.com is the best place to find alternative to a yarn that you can’t find in your local store or online.

Below I will give you a few example of yarns that I suggest you will work the best with this pattern.

How to adjust the pattern to fit you?

“The Circle of Life” chunky hat is crocheted top-down. This means we will start from the crown and continue adding height to our hat.

The crown is the upper part of our hat. This is the part where we will increase by adding stitches in each round till we reach the needed diameter for our size.

After the crown is done we will continue without any increases adding height to our hat.

In the size chart you will see the optimal sizes for each hat size.

When crocheting make sure that when you reach the last round of increases your hat’s crown matches the one from the table. If not adjust your hook and yarn accordingly.

If you use a chunky/bulky weight yarn instead of super chunky/bulky with 10mm crochet hook your hats will turn out one size smaller.

If you check the size chart below you will see that the crown size has pretty close numbers. Therefore, the best way to adjust the pattern for your needs will be to adjust the starting stitches or to add more rounds of increase.

For two of the sizes I changed the starting number of stitches. Moreover, even though the large adult size has the same stitch count as the teen/adult small size, the hat is still bigger. Actually that is because the adult large hat has more rounds making the hat wider to fit larger head circumference.

How to measure your hat’s crown and height?

As we said above, the crown is the circle part of your hat’s beginning. We increase our stitches in each round till we reach the measurement for our size.

How to measure the crown?

Firstly, when you finish the last round of increases (round 4 or 5 depending on the size) lay your circle on a flat piece. Take a measuring tape and place it across the middle of your circle.

Measure the length from one side till the other side.

how to measure your crochet hat's crown when crocheting top down hats

How to measure the height of your top down crochet hat?

The height of your hat is the part after the crown. Once the crown is done we continue crocheting the hat without any increase. This helps us add height to our hat.

When measuring the height, you need to measure it from very top (first round). So lay your hat on flat surface again, take your measuring tape and place it to the very top of your hat.

Measure straight downwards to have the actual height of your hat.

how to measure the hat height when we crochet top down beanies

Print this pattern

Below you will find the free crochet pattern of the chunky hat- Circle of Life. But I know some of you prefer a hard copy instead of using a screen.

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Easy crochet beanie for beginners

Circle of Life- Crochet Chunky Hat Pattern

The pattern is written in US crochet terms!

The initial chain 2 is not counted as a stitch.

The pattern is worked in contonous rounds. Do not join your rounds in the end.

Use a stitch marker to mark your first stitch!

Alternative start to the MR- start with ch 6, sl st in 6th chain from your hook to form a ring.

The hat is crocheted top down. We start from the crown and continue towards the body.

Throughout the pattern we will work in the third loop of HDC stitch we made in previous round(See Special stitch section below)

The gauge for this pattern is not important. You need to achieve the right size for your hat’s crown.

Before you start crocheting check the size table.

Skill Level:

Easy/ Beginner

Gauge: 9 sts x 8 rows

Worked in HDC in back loop

Crochet chunky hat pattern pdf

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How to crochet half double crochet in third loop known as camel stitch?

Despite of looking hard to crochet the HDC in third loop is pretty simple. Once you understand how to identify the third stitch you will have no problem at all.

When we crochet a HDC stitch we have 3 loops in every stitch. The first two stitches are the front and back loop on top of our stitch. Looks like a horizontal V. Beside, those two loops we have a third loop behind the back loop.

If you turn your work a little you will easily spot the third loop. Only the first stitch can be hard to spot because we will be working in continuous rounds. When you start your second round which will be your first working in the third loop make sure not to miss the first stitch.

In the photos below you will see how to spot the third loop of your HDC stitch in 2 steps.

Step 1: Identifying your front and back loop.

How to crochet a hdc in third loop step by step

Step 2: Identifying the third loop of your HDC stitch.

how to crochet in third loop of hdc known as camel stitch

Crochet Hat Size Chart:

SizeHead
Circumference
Hat Crown
Diameter
Hat Height
Toddler (1-3 years)18-20 inches5.5-6 inches7 inches
Child (3-10 years)19-21 inches6-6.5 inches7.5 inches
Teen/Adult Small21-22 inches6.5-7 inches8 inches
Adult Large/Men23-24 inches7.25-7.5 inches8.5 inches

Crochet beanie pattern:

easy crochet chunky hat for beginners

Size toddler (1-3 years)

Rnd 1: Start with MR, secure with slip knot, ch 2, make 10 HDC into the ring (10)
Rnd 2: make 2 HDC in each stitch around (20)
Rnd 3: *HDC in first , 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 10 times (30)
Rnd 4: *HDC in next 2 , 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 10 times (40)
Rnd 5-13: HDC in each stitch around (40)
Rnd 14: Sl st in each stitch around (40) FO.

Size child 3-10 years old

Rnd 1: Start with MR, secure with slip knot, ch 2, make 8 HDC into the ring (8)
Rnd 2: make 2 HDC in each stitch around (16)
Rnd 3: *HDC in first , 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 8 times (24)
Rnd 4: *HDC in next 2 , 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 8 times (32)
Rnd 5: *HDC in next 3, 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 8 times (40)
Rnd 6-14: HDC in each stitch around (40)
Rnd 15: Sl st in each stitch around (40) FO.

Size teen/adult small:

Rnd1 : Start with MR, secure with slip knot, ch 2, make 10 HDC into the ring (10)
Rnd2 : make 2 HDC in each stitch around (20)
Rnd3 : *HDC in first , 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 10 times (30)
Rnd4 : *HDC in next 2 , 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 10 times (40)
Rnd5 : *HDC in next 3, 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 10 times (50)
Rnd6-14: HDC in each stitch around (50)
Rnd15 : Sl st in each stitch around (50) FO.

Size Adult Large/Men

Rnd1: Start with MR, secure with slip knot, ch 2, make 8 HDC into the ring (8)
Rnd2: make 2 HDC in each stitch around (16)
Rnd3: *HDC in first , 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 8 times (24)
Rnd4: *HDC in next 2 , 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 8 times (32)
Rnd5: *HDC in next 3, 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 8 times (40)
Rnd6: *HDC in next 4, 2 HDC in next * rep from * to * 8 times (48)
Rnd7-14: HDC in each stitch around (48)
Rnd15: Sl st in each stitch around (48) FO.

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