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Super Bulky Hat Knitting Patterns


Klara Nilsson | Updated on October 21, 2021

Super bulky hats are the perfect knitting project for beginners looking to expand their repertoire. The chunky yarn and big needles produce a thick, comfortable fabric that’s warm and very quick to knit up.

Unfortunately, there are so many free and paid patterns to search through online, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve found 13 of the best super chunky hat knitting patterns and put them all in one place – so you can focus on knitting!

We’ve included both free and paid patterns, as well a selection of slouchy beanies, pom poms, and other hat shapes. Though they’re different in design, all of these patterns work with bulky yarn and large needles, which means they shouldn’t take long to knit at all. If you’re looking for easy knitting projects for winter, you can also check out our list of balaclava knitting patterns and hat knitting kits.

For intermediate knitters, there are also patterns that use techniques that can help you improve your skills in preparation for larger projects.

13 Easy Super Chunky Hat Knitting Patterns

Whether you’re looking to make a gift, practice your knitting, or just to add some style to your winter outfits, this list includes the best-looking free and paid knitting patterns for easy bulky hats and beanies of every size.

Most of these hat knitting patterns only require one skein of yarn, and you can decide whether you’d like to add a pom-pom to all of them.

1. Super Chunky Modern Bobble Hat

Chunky Modern Bobble Hat
Price$4.02/£2.89
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Techniques Used2×2 Rib Stitch
Completion Time6 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteChunky Bobble Hat – FenlandGreen on Etsy

This super chunky bobble hat pattern is a winter staple. Its modern design is super stylish and will fit all adult sizes.

The example featured uses super chunky yarn from Sirdar, but any super bulky yarn will work well. Combined with simple instructions, this is a project the average knitter will finish in an evening or two.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 15/10mm Knitting Needles
Yarn Weight82m = 100g/Super Chunky
Yarn Quantity1x 100g ball
Suggested YarnSirdar Hayfield Bonus Super Chunky – Wool Warehouse

2. “Bobble-Optional” Chunky Hat Pattern

Bobble-optional hat
Price$9.73/£7.00
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time3 Hours
Techniques UsedKnit Stitch, Purl Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteBobble-Optional Hat – Lauren Aston Designs

If you’re wondering how to use any leftover chunky yarn, this stunning pattern from Lauren Aston Designs is an ideal choice.

Knit in the round with circular needles, this is also a great choice for beginners looking to knit a hat and learn how to use circular needles in the process.

The design uses easy knit and purl stitches with a soft rib at the bottom to create a comfy, snug fit. You can fold it up for a tighter fit, or leave it folded down for a slouchy, chunky beanie-style hat.

What’s more, the pattern comes with instructions for adding a chunky bobble too – so you can decide how you want your hat to look! Simply choose your colour combination and get started.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 15/10mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
Yarn WeightSuper Chunky
Yarn Quantity100g (+20g for the optional pompom)
Suggested YarnSuper Chunky Yarn – Lauren Aston Designs

3. The September Hat

The September Hat
Price$4.76/£3.45
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time7 Hours
Techniques UsedBrioche Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteThe September Hat – PetiteKnit

The September Hat by PetiteKnit is knit using circular needles in brioche stitch and brioche-purl. This chunky hat knitting pattern is contemporary, stylish, and relatively easy. However, you’ll need to know how to knit with two strands of yarn at once.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needles (16 Inch Cable)
Yarn Weight50g = 235m & 25g = 212m
Yarn Quantity50g Yarn A
50g Yarn B
Suggested YarnSunday – Sandnes Garn
Tynn Silk Mohair – Sandnes Garn

4. Youngs Chunky Beanie

youngs beanie
Price$4.60/£3.37
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time8 Hours
Techniques UsedStockinette Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteYoungs Beanie – Witre Design

This bulky hat knitting pattern from Witre Design is a contemporary pattern that looks great in bold, vibrant colors. The hat is knit using the stockinette stitch from the bottom up with a wide ribbed cuff.

The final hat measures roughly 60-63cm in circumference with a fluffy texture and a tight, durable, oversized fit perfect for cold weather. While the yarn used is light weight, it’s knit tightly and doubled over to create a super chunky hat.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightChunky
Yarn Quantity50-100g Yarn A
50-100g Yarn B
Suggested YarnRauma Finullgarn – Wool and Company
Rauma Iris Alpakka – Ravelry

5. Quick and Easy Bulky Bobble Hat

easy bulky bobble hat
PriceFree
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time4 Hours
Techniques UsedKnit Stitch, Purl Stitch, Stocking Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteBulky Bobble Hat – LoveCrafts

This free bulky hat pattern from Julie Taylor is simple, fast, and comes with instructions for children’s sizes all the way to adults.

Like most of the knitting patterns in this list, it’s perfect for beginners – you can even use old scraps of chunky yarn to get started.

Depending on your preference, the pattern instructions include details for knitting flat on straight needles as well as knitting in the round with circular needles.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 11/8mm Knitting Needles
US Size 15/10mm Knitting Needles
Yarn WeightSuper Bulky (5-6 wpi)
Yarn QuantityS: 75g/60m
M: 85g/68m
L: 100g/80m
Suggested YarnWendy Serenity Super Chunky – Outback Yarns
Crazy Sexy Wool – Wool and the Gang

6. “Arctic Circle” Toque Beanie Hat Pattern

toque beanie
Price$6.58/£4.73
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Completion Time5 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteArctic Circle Hat – LambandCoDesigns on Etsy

This original design is a fun, easy, and unique hat knitting pattern that’s great for newbies looking to experiment with colorwork.

The instructions come with specifications for babies, children aged 3-8, and adults. Designed with a big bobble and super thick yarn, this hat will stay true to its name and keep you warm in winter.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 11/8mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightSuper Bulky (6 wpi)
Yarn Quantity2 Balls
Suggested YarnCozy Wool Yarn – Loops & Threads

7. The Stockholm Hat Knitting Pattern

the stockholm hat
Price$4.76/£3.45
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time8 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteThe Stockholm Hat – PetiteKnit
This bulky, baggy hat is worked in rib stitch using two threads of soft wool and one thread of silk mohair. Knit from the bottom up, you’ll need to sew an elastic thread into the brim to size the final design properly.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 6/4 mm Circular Needles (16in Cable)
US Size 6/4mm Double Pointed Needles
Yarn Weight50g = 235m/257 yards
Yarn Quantity100g Yarn A
25g Yarn B
Suggested YarnSunday – Sandnes Garn
Tynn Silk Mohair – Sandnes Garn

8. “Steve’s Beanie” Men’s Chunky Knitted Hat

mens chunky beanie hat
PriceFree
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time5 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteSteve’s Beanie – LoveCrafts

This chunky men’s beanie knitting pattern looks great in bold colours like red, yellow, and green. It’s completely free, instantly downloadable, and super easy to get started.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 8/5mm Double Point Needles
Yarn Weight170g = 288m
Yarn Quantity1 Ball
Suggested YarnCaron Simply Soft – LoveCrafts

9. The “Everyone” Hat

the everyone hat
PriceFree
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time3 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteThe Everyone Hat – Brooklyn Craft Company

If you’re looking for easy practice, the “Everyone” hat is a pattern you can knit again and again when winter comes. You can give them to friends, charity, or keep them to yourself!

Knit in the round with super bulky yarn, this classic bobble hat is 100% free and includes sizing instructions from babies to adults.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 15/10mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
US Size 15/10mm Double-Pointed Needles
Yarn WeightSuper Chunky
Yarn Quantity1 Ball
Suggested YarnCrazy Sexy Wool – Wool and the Gang

10. Super Chunky “Colour Pop” Hat

colour pop hat
Price$9.73/£7.00
Difficulty LevelBeginner/Intermediate
Completion Time3 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteColour Pop Hat – Lauren Aston Designs

This knitting pattern is aimed at beginners. In truth, the most difficult thing about it is choosing the colour pop combination!

The final product is chunky, cosy, and perfect for staying warm in the winter. If you’re looking for a subtle alternative to the bobble hats in this list, the Colour Pop Hat is a stylish option.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 15/10mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
Yarn WeightSuper Chunky
Yarn Quantity70g x 1 Color, 20g x Color Pop
Suggested YarnSuper Chunky Yarn – Lauren Aston Designs

11. Simple Chunky Wool Knit Hat

chunky wool hat
PriceFree
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time5 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteSimple Chunky Knit Hat – Ashley Lillis

Another bulky hat that is knit in the round, this beginner-level hat pattern from Ashley Lillis is super simple.

The ribbing at the bottom allows the hat to fit perfectly on most adult heads, while the length lets it fold over for a slouchy silhouette.

Follow the pattern for a quick knit, or mix it up with different colours and stitches!

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 17/12mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
Yarn WeightSuper Chunky
Yarn Quantity1 Skein
Suggested YarnCrazy Sexy Wool – Wool and the Gang

12. Snow Day Hat by Purl Soho

snow day hat
PriceFree
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time3 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteSnow Day Hat – Purl Soho

Aptly named, the Snow Day Hat is an excellent winter accessory for kids and adults.

The pattern from Purl Soho is completely free and comes with instructions for all ages. The classic marled look is achieved using two strands of 100% merino wool, which also lends a super soft texture.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 15/10mm Circular Needles (40cm Cable)
US Size 15/10mm Double Pointed Needle
Yarn Weight79m = 100g
Yarn Quantity2 Skeins
Suggested YarnSuper Soft Merino – Purl Soho

13. “Opposites Attract” Bulky Hats

opposites attract hat
PriceFree
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time3 Hours
Designer’s Website“Opposites Attract” Hats – LoveCrafts

This is a good hat pattern for knitters new to fair isle. Knit in the round with double pointed needles, the design begins with the ribbed edge and continues in a simple 6-stitch pattern.

The instructions include both a chart and written details, as well as measurements for adults, babies, and children. All you’ll need is two 100g balls of super chunky yarn, and you’ll be able to make a set of two fun bulky hats!

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 13/9mm Double Pointed Needles
Yarn WeightSuper Chunky (100g = 96m)
Yarn Quantity2x100g Skeins in Contrasting Colors
Suggested YarnDrops Andes – Wool Warehouse

Bulky Hat Knitting Patterns: What You Should Know

Can You Knit a Hat Using Straight Needles?

While the majority of hat knitting patterns require knitting in the round using circular or double-pointed needles, it’s also possible to knit a hat using straight needles.

If you want to avoid knitting in the round when creating a hat, you can work back and forth in the traditional way by knitting the hat flat and then seaming the two panels together.

How Much Yarn Will I Need to Knit a Chunky Hat?

Generally speaking, a 100g skein or ball of super chunky or bulky yarn will be enough for you to knit a hat. This will depend on the measurements you’re following, the stitches you’re using, and the age of the person you’re knitting for, but adult chunky knit hats rarely need more than 100g of yarn.

What Type and Size of Needles Do I Need?

Chunky yarn will almost always need large needle sizes. The smaller the needle size you use, the tighter the resulting knitted pattern will be.

If you’re knitting a bulky hat using chunky wool, you’ll generally need needles around 10mm (US Size 15), though this can be as low as 8mm and go up to around 12mm on average.

When it comes to the type of knitting needle you’ll need, every hat pattern will be different. However, as a rule of thumb, most chunky hat patterns will be knit in the round using circular or double-pointed needles.

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