The idea for this chunky crochet beanie was born last Christmas during a completely calm frenzied session of last minute gift making. I ended up keeping that first mock-up for myself because it turned out a little stiff (I should have used a bigger hook). Amazingly enough I ended up getting all the gift crocheting done that I wanted to! Win!!
Anyways, fast forward to a Labor Day weekend road trip where I tweaked the pattern for the first hat and came out on the other side with this beauty, the Wildwood Chunky Beanie. This is the 2nd pattern in my Wildwood Collection Series. You can find the first pattern here: Wildwood Striped Cowl.
As with the cowl, I used the Grit Stitch for this hat. It is one of my favorite stitches. You can find a tutorial HERE. When you work it in rows it creates a subtle zig-zag pattern but when you do it in the round it makes this fun diagonal pattern. This hat takes less than one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and uses a 11.5/P hook.
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- 1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn I used the color named Butterscotch.
- 11.5mm/P crochet hook
- Large Eye Needle to weave in ends
Gauge and Sizing
- Gauge: 4 sts x 3 rows on band = 2 in.
- Finished Hat measures: 10 in tall x 9.5 in wide. It should fit most adults.
- I use US Terminology
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Dc: double crochet
- Sc: single crochet
- BLO: back loop only
- Sk: skip
- Sl st: slip stitch
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Ch 1 does not count as a stitch
- The pattern is written for a slightly slouchy style beanie. If you would like it slouchier add more rounds to the body. If you want a more fitted hat crochet 1 or 2 less rounds on the body.
Row 1: Being sure to leave a long tail, Ch 6. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Turn
Row 2: Ch 1, Working in BLO, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each across.
Row 3-30: Repeat row 2. Do not finish off. Join short ends of band together with a sl st. Use your beginning tail to whip stitch band the rest of the band closed.
If you look at your band you will see little holes along at the end of the rows along the top. These are the spaces you will be putting your stitches in around the band for round 1.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, (sc, dc) in same space as ch 1 and in each space around the band. Join to top of 1st sc. (30 stitches/15 groups)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, dc) in same st as ch 1, *Skip 1 st (sc, dc) in next. Repeat from * around. Skip last st, join to with sl st to top of 1st sc. (30 Stitches/15 Groups)
Rnd 3-8: repeat round 2 (30 stitches/15 Groups)
Rnd 9 & 10: ch 1, sc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, Sc2tog around. Join to top of 1st sc2tog with sl st.
Counting is not necessary for these last 3 rounds, since we are just using the sc2tog as a means of cinching the hat together. If your stitches don’t end up exact that’s ok, just fudge it and move on to the next round
At the end of round 10, finish off and cut your yarn, thread it through your tapestry needle and weave the yarn in and out around the small remaining hole, cinch it and put a couple stitches in it to secure.
Weave in all ends and attach a pretty yarn or faux fur pompom if you wish.
There is still more fun coming up in the Wildwood Collection including a worsted weight hat and a chunky cowl. Each will use the same Grit Stitch but the construction will be slightly different. I love that you can mix and match these pieces to compliment your fall wardrobe.