Is it too much to declare that you’ll love this chunky yarn crochet hat pattern? It has a relaxed fit, wonderful texture, and fun stitches! If you can half double crochet, you can easily learn the modified half double crochet used in this hat!
Below you’ll find the free crochet pattern for an adult sized hat and a child sized hat. If you prefer to have a pattern that is nicely formatted for printing you can purchase one here for a small fee. Either way you’ll want to make sure you save it on Pinterest.
We are coming to the end of warm winter hat season which is always bittersweet.
Snow thawing and flowers blooming couldn’t be sweeter but warmer weather does mean that more people are putting down their hooks and heading outside. Getting outside is WONDERFUL but our little crochet community just takes a bit of a summer vacation and it gets a little lonelier in the online world.
No need to worry about that yet though! We are still expecting another snow storm this weekend and my daughter’s new chunky hat came in handy today while playing hard in the snow.
Yarn used for the Chunky Crochet Hats
For both the adult and kid version, I used I Love This Chunky Yarn from Hobby Lobby which is a #5 bulky weight plied yarn. I really liked how it added even more texture to the already textured surface of the crochet stitches and was easy to work with!
The French Lilac and Heathered Ivory colors used for the child size have been discontinued but Plum Berry and Sand Frost would be great substitutes which I think will look even better.
Once I got the Heathered Ivory home from the store and saw it in natural light, I thought it should have been named Buttered Popcorn…… which is great for a snack but I wasn’t so sure about the color on a yarn. It did work up prettier than I thought it would.
The hat is started by working the band first. Using the sizes in the ear warmer chart, the hat band can easily be adjusted for a different size head by changing the number of rows worked.
The half double crochet stitches of the brim are worked entirely up through the 3rd loop of the half double crochets in the row below.
After the brim is joined, a sc round is worked around the entire brim. Although 1 sc is worked in every row in the band, adding an extra single crochet as you start and then finish the round will leave you with 2 more single crochets than rows. (ex: 41 rows and 43 scs.) The number of single crochets does not need to be precise as long as the band is not pulled out of shape.
The hat is also worked with the right side facing in. When you are finished, you’ll want to turn it inside out before adding the pom pom.
With the variegated yarn, the join of each round is almost invisible, but it does stand out more with a solid colored yarn. Instead of starting with a hdc, you could try a mhdc by pulling up a loop through the last stitch of the previous round.
Special Stitch Instructions:
To see step by step photos of the modified half double crochet check the stitch instructions in the Striped Dishcloth.
Modified half double crochet (mhdc): insert hook into the same stitch of the last completed stitch, pull up a loop, yo and insert hook into the next stitch pull up a loop, yo and pull through all four loops on the hook.
Modified half double crochet 2 together (mhdc2tog): Insert hook into the NEXT stitch, pull up a loop, yo and insert hook into the next stitch pull up a loop, yo and pull through all four loops on the hook.