Oakland Chunky Crochet Hat | Free Crochet Pattern | The Unraveled Mitten

Sometimes designs take forever to hash out and sometimes they happen in one sitting. That was this crochet hat. I sat down with my hook and some Wool-Ease Thick ‘n Quick in my favorite Hudson Bay and voila’ the Oakland Chunky Crochet Hat was born.

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Hats are my go-to crochet projects for when I can’t decide what to make or when other things I start aren’t working out like I want. Sometimes a quick hat is all I need to get the creative juices flowing. What’s your go-to?

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This works up fast… like an hour or two… and would make a great gift or addition to your market tables this fall/winter. It uses one skein of Wool-Ease T&Q and features a simple stitch pattern of alternating rows of single and double crochets worked in the back loop.

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The Yarn

Wool-Ease Thick and Quick from Lion Brand Yarn is my very favorite super bulky yarn. It’s soft and comes in so many great colors. I just love the prints/stripes collection, which includes this Hudson Bay color, Fossil and a few other gorgeous blends.

My secret trick to working with super bulky yarn is to use a crochet hook 1 or 2 sizes bigger than called for on the ball band. In this project I used a 11.5 mm hook. Using a larger hook makes your project have really great drape.

Check out these other chunky crochet hat patterns: Wildwood Chunky Beanie | Maggie Beanie


-1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Hudson Bay (87 yds/5 oz)

11.5mm crochet hook


-Tapestry Needle

-Button (optional)

Gauge and Sizing

Gauge: 6.5 stitches x 5 rows.

Pattern for gauge: alternate rows of dc and sc

Finished: 9in wide x 11 in tall laying flat. Should fit most adult women.


-I use US Terminology

-Ch(s): chain(s)

-Sc: single crochet

-St(s): stitch(es)

-BLO: back loop only

-Slst: slip stitch

-Dc: double crochet

-Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together, single crochet decrease


-Brim is worked flat

-Body of hat is worked in joined rounds

-Each round is worked in the back loop only

-Ch 1 and 2 do not count as a stitch

-You can find the matching cowl pattern here

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Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn (6)

Row 2: Ch 1, working in BLO, sc same st as ch 1 and in each st across. turn (6)

Row 3-32: repeat row 2. After last row, join short ends together using a sl st in back loops. Do not break yarn, continue to body of hat.


Rnd 1: Ch 2, Dc 32 times evenly around, placing 1 st at the end of each row. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (32)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, Working in BLO, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. (32)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, Working in BLO, dc in same st as ch 2 and in each st around. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (32)

Rnd 4-9: Repeat rows 2 & 3.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, Sc2tog starting in same st as ch 1. Sc2tog around. Join to top of 1st st with sl st.

Finish off yarn leaving long tail. Using tapestry needle, weave yarn tail in and out around the hat and pull to cinch top closed. Weave in ends.

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  1. I love this pattern, and have the yarn, but the closest sized hook I have is a Clover sized 12.0 mm (just .5 mm) larger. Will that make a huge difference? BTW, I’m a “tight” crocheter. Thank you for this gorgeous pattern!

  2. Looking forward to trying this, thank you.
    I don’t understand what you mean on the 1st row of the body when you say “placing 1 st at the end of each row”

    1. You’ll be crocheting along the side of the ribbed band so you make your stitch in the end of the each row of the band.

  3. I have cut the end but I can’t get it to “cinch” at the top. It won’t pull at all. Basically I have created a knot??

  4. This is a pretty easy pattern but I found the hat to end up too large even after I checked my gauge. I ended up going 30 sts for my band, then only completed to round 6 before skipping to round 10. This made for a better height for me. I used Copenhagen yarn so maybe it’s a bit bulkier than what you used? Anyway, great pattern and easy to follow – thank you!

  5. Do you have a size chart or size alteration? Or can you tell me how? I know you have to decrease but I’m not good at incorporating that into a pattern. Thanks!

  6. I’m still new to making hats..can this easily but made to fit children? Ages 12,7 and 3? I’d like to make them as Christmas presents but not sure how many rows to do for the ages that I need. I’ve read measurements but I want it to look right so thought i’d ask!

  7. I love ur hats the pattern is quick the brim is thick and with that chunky yarn so warm I made 10 so far I’m going to visit my dad in Iowa and going to bring them to a homeless shelter they are going to love these hats so excited thank you for sharing happy in Texas!

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