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.
Pattern for the WIldwood Slouchy Beanie is HERE
Pattern for the Wildwood Striped Cowl is HERE
Don’t forget to share a picture of your beanie on Ravelry, Facebook and Instagram! I would love to see them.
Tried this. Finished it in one evening. I modified it for me. Love this. Quick and easy. Thank you for sharing 😊
Rebecca Mahon says
Approximately how many yards total does this hat use in #6 weight yarn?
Melanie Gray says
Wow how lovely! Made 2 in 1 go!
At end i just 2togsc till the hole was closed!
Amy Brian says
Thank you for being kind enough to share this pattern! It’s lovely and I can’t wait to try it. My love of crocheting keeps growing because I am always being inspired by artists like you. So, again, thanks!
I’m on row 6 of the body, and my groups are growing when I try to do row 7. Are we to (sc, dc) in each chain st at the beginning of the row, or in the next stitch? This isn’t really clear. I’ve removed the row 5 times.
gina boggan says
if i have a n/15 10.00mm needle how would i adjust the pattern?
Delores Lawson says
OMG , this is a wonderful pattern. Simple and easy to work up. I enjoyed making the hat and so quick. Thank you so much for sharing your patterns with us. I’ve got to try more of your patterns. Xoxo
Love this pattern but when I cinch after round 10 my hat puckers. Any way to avoid that?
Charlotte Lackey says
I wondered if you could let me know what changes to make so this will fit a child, and not slouchy?
I would make the band with less stitches across. The pattern works out as long as you have an even number of stitches. You can use this size chart for the circumference (band length) and height. Crochet Hat Size Chart
Lourdes V says
Thank you so much for the pattern! It is so quick to make and the result is a beautiful and warm beanie 🙂 I’ve made so many of them I lost count! I even modified a couple to be messy bun beanies 🙂
I am so glad you like this pattern Lourdes!
Hollie Hernandez says
Made one and I love it. I’m going to attach the fur pom. I’m off to get more yarn to make more ❤️
This is a great beanie. Thank you for sharing ! ! ! ! !
This is a great beanie. I hope i can make it. Thank you for sharing ! ! ! ! !
You’re welcome. ?
Very cute! Love the color. Going to try it out.
Thank you JC, I’m glad you like it.