Quick Chunky Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

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It’s almost Winter here in my corner of the world, and as someone who lived without heat last Winter season, I personally know how absolutely COLD it can really get outside. The thicker clothes are always the ones that kept me warm, and beanies are no exception.

When I created this pattern, I wanted something that anyone could make in an hour or less, that was warm and thick, and could be made to adjust to all sizes and ages. This beanie ended up being perfect for just that.

I had purchased a few skeins of Lion Brand Mandala Thick and Quick from a local buy & sell group, and honestly didn’t know why I did it or what to do with it. I thought the colors were hideous (I got the colorway Swirl), so I decided to make a bunch of hats to donate to the homeless shelter in my town. Homeless shelters are never short of the need for winter items, so this quick and fun project is perfect for just that.


Materials Needed

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Stitches & Abbreviations {USA}

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch(es)
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • blo – back loop only
  • sl st – slip stitch

Note about Sizing

The following size chart is just a general estimate for how big your hat will need to be. It will help to measure the head of the person you are making the specific hat for.


The Pattern

{Pattern written as if for adult sizes. Please follow chart to adjust the size to fit your need}

  • ch 21
  • in 3rd ch from hook, hdc 1. hdc 1 in all st across. ch 2 & turn
  • hdc 1 in the 3rd loop of hdc from previous row. This will be the loop UNDER the two loops that you would normally go through in the stitch.
  • do this for all stitches across. ch 2 & turn
  • you will need to repeat this until your work reaches one inch shorter than the circumference of your head (see chart above)
  • do not ch 2 on last row.
  • insert hook into BLO of 1st st of last row closest to hook and 1st ch of foundation chain. sl st through both. do this for each st and corresponding foundation chain.
  • ch 1 and cut a long tail.
  • weave tail back and forth through the top of the beanie with the yarn needle, cinching closed as you go.
  • with yarn still attached to needle, weave in ends on the INSIDE of the beanie

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