Crocheters of all experience levels are sure to find a cozy new project with the following free chunky crochet hat patterns. These beanies, toques, and caps include a variety of techniques and stitch patterns to help you create your new favorite winter hat.
This guide will help you choose the right bulky beanie pattern and the best yarn, supplies, and pom poms for your project!
Why You’ll Love Crocheting a Bulky Hat!
Best Yarn for Chunky Beanies
Unsurprisingly, chunky hats are usually made from chunky-weight or bulky-weight yarn. These categories of yarn are thicker than the average-sized worsted weight.
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Free Crochet Chunky Hat Patterns
Now that you know the basics of crocheting a chunky beanie, it’s time to choose a pattern. This list of cozy hats includes something for crocheters of all skill levels, even if you’re just learning how to crochet.
Beginner Beanie Tutorial
Faux Cabled Ponytail Hat
Braided Cable Slouchy Hat
Men’s Chunky Beanie Pattern
Chunky Ribbed Beanie
Ski Hats For the Whole Family
Waffle Stitch Beanie
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Ribbed Slouch Hat
Herringbone Stitch Toque
Spiral Crochet Hat
Quickie Beanie Pattern
Fast Shell Stitch Hat
Puff Stitch Crochet Hat
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Beginner Bulky Beanie
Cable Pineapple Crown
Crochet Winter Cap
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Bobble Stitch Toque
The recommended super bulky Lion Brand Hometown or Thick & Quick yarns make this pattern work up very quickly. Instructions are included for sizes from infant to adult large.
Cozy Hats for the Family
Easy, Flexible Chunky Hat
Chunky Bun Beanie
One Hour Chunky Crochet Beanie
Colorful Snowflake Toque
Cabled Cat Hat
Grit Stitch Beanie
Faux Knit Hat Pattern
Two Strand Ribbed Beanie
Heart Stitch Hat
Chunky Cap With Rolled Brim
Super Chunky Granny Stitch Cap
Simple Heart Beanie
Colorwork Cactus Hat
Neutral Chunky Crochet Beanie
Walcot Beanie - Seamless, Chunky Crochet Hat Pattern
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Finishing Off Your Hat
Finishing off your hat is often done simply by sewing or stitching the top closed. When working in the round, finishing off your beanie is just weaving in the ends and pulling closed the top.
When making a hat from a flat piece, you’ll seam the panel into a tube and then cinch the top closed.
Pro Tip: If your hat pattern is worked flat, leave a long tail when fastening off. Use this tail to do the seaming to avoid creating another end to weave in.
FAQs About Making Hats
Most crochet hats are quick and can be completed in a day or two. For an even faster project, choose a beanie pattern that uses chunky yarn and is worked as a flat rectangle.
You will need to meet the weight requirements of your chosen hat pattern. The fiber used is a personal preference, but the most common for hats are acrylic and wool.
Acrylic is warm, inexpensive, and easy to find. Wool is sometimes softer and water-resistant but doesn’t work for people with allergies to animal fibers.
The main way to adjust hat sizing is to increase or decrease the number of stitches in the hat circumference.
Another option is to crochet the hat using a slightly tighter or looser gauge than what’s listed in the pattern. (Usually, this means decreasing or increasing your hook size.) The result will be a smaller, tighter hat or a larger, looser hat.
To make a slouchy hat more fitted, you can roll the brim of the hat. Another option is eliminating rounds to create a shorter, less slouchy hat. In most designs, this will not change the look of the hat much. If you would prefer a slouchier hat, you can always add rounds to your hat.
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