FREE PATTERN – Chunky Crochet Beanie for Beginners + Video Tutorial

Looking for a super easy and cozy chunky crochet beanie pattern? Then you have found it. It’s modern, beginner-friendly and it will definitely keep you warm this winter. The pattern includes 4 different sizes from Toddler to Adult.

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chunky crochet beanie

Here’s the beanie pattern you have been waiting for 😀 The Chunky Crochet Beanie pattern that only takes you a few hours to make. It’s super beginner-friendly and still looks absolutely amazing. 

The Chunky Crochet Beanie is only made using two absolute basic crochet stitches, called single crochet and half double crochet. This makes it a really easy crochet project. In the free video tutorials in the pattern below, you’ll learn exactly how to make these two easy crochet stitches.

So if you’re a beginner this is your go-to crochet pattern to make a really modern, cozy & chunky crochet beanie.

how to crochet a beanie for beginners

Inspiration for The Chunky Crochet Beanie

Would you like to have a really easy and still super cozy looking beanie for fall and winter? I know I would 😀 It should only consist of some of the most basic crochet stitches which would make it a really good beginner pattern. 

These were some of the thoughts I had before I started making this pattern. Another thing was that I wanted the beanie to have a ribbing that’s was a part of it. I mean not a ribbing that’s going to be attached before or after you’ve made the actual beanie. And the beanie should also have a super chunky look and be made using thick, warm yarn.

In the beginning, I just started out making a beanie for adults. I was selfish – it was for myself 😉 When it was done the beanie looked really good and I was super content with the overall look. I tried it on a little boy I know for fun and he looked so cute wearing this oversized beanie. I realized that the pattern would be really cute for toddlers and children too. And could look cool on men as well if you perhaps leave off the pom pom. 

That’s why the pattern for The Chunky Crochet Beanie is unisex and contains information on how to make it in 4 different sizes: Toddler, Child, Teen and Adult.

And depending on the color you choose it can be for both boys and girls, men and women. 

basic crochet beanie pattern

Here you have the opportunity to make the cozy chunky beanie for both yourself and as gifts for both big and small loved ones. It will definitely be a great addition to your fall and winter wardrobe and keep everyone warm. 

You can also make lots of beanies in different pretty colors to build up your craft fair inventory as it works up super fast. One crochet beanie in the size Adult Small only takes one hour to complete! And once you get a hold of the easy 2-row repetition you can almost close your eyes, sit back and relax or watch the next episode of your favorite Netflix series 😀

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The Chunky Crochet Beanie is worked in rows lengthwise. It is made in only one piece which is sewn together to form the beanie. It’s made from a simple and easy 2-row repeat.

A part of the repetition will create the pretty ribbing as shown in the pictures. That means that you don’t have to crochet a ribbing before or after you’ve made the beanie and then attach it. Really easy right 😀 

The pattern below includes in-depth written instructions which will guide you through exactly how to make your own beanie. You’ll also find really helpful video tutorials a little further down. 

free bulky yarn hat pattern

Before you start always measure your head. This way you are able to choose the best size for you as described below in the size guide. If you’re making the beanie for someone else it’s also a good idea to do the same. If it’s a present don’t do it though. It’s going to look pretty wired if you go around measuring other people heads and not telling them why 😉 (Could be fun though)

When you’re done making your beanie you can choose to add a yarn or faux fur pom pom it. It will create a super cozy and modern look. Or you can choose to leave off the pom pom to create a more minimal look.

What you need to know to make the Chunky Crochet Beanie

To make The Chunky Crochet Beanie you only need to know the following basic crochet stitches:

How to make a single crochet (UK double crochet) – watch this video tutorial on how to single crochet 

How to make a half double crochet (UK half treble crochet) – watch this video tutorial on how to half double crochet 

If you’re a beginner I recommend that you watch the video tutorials and test out the techniques before you start making The Chunky Crochet Beanie. Pause the videos, reverse and watch them again. Do this as many times as needed to feel comfortable with the techniques.

chunky yarn hat crochet pattern


Beginner +


Hook 9 mm
Darning needle
1 stitch marker
Yarn or faux fur pom pom, approx. 4’’ / 10 cm


Hobbii Amigo Giga
Yardage: 150 grams = 95 meters (103 yds)
Color code: Sand (03)

The Hobbii Amigo Giga is like a dream to work with. It’s a super soft and light high-quality acrylic yarn and it comes in a variety of lovely shades. In my opinion, it’s a very beginner-friendly yarn, because it doesn’t unravel even if you have to unravel your work many times. 

Toddler: 1 skein
Child: 1,5 skeins
2 skeins
Adult: 2 skeins

The model in the picture is wearing a size Teen.

ALTERNATIVES: Other Super Bulky / Super Chunky / 14 ply / 6-weight yarn, e.i. Hobbii Amigo Giga or Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky.

chunky crochet beanie pattern


(This is an expression of how tight your work is)
4” / 10cm square = 10 stitches wide x 7 rows tall in half double crochet using hook size 9 mm

Always make a test before you begin. If the gauge does not match the specified crochet hook, try changing to a larger or smaller one so that you find the hook with which you can achieve the specified gauge.


Always choose the size that matches your head circumference the best. E.g. If your head circumference is 21’’ choose the size Small Adult. If your head circumference is 20 2/3’’ choose the size Child. 

Please feel free to choose any finish size – even if the size name doesn’t match the age of the person you’re making the beanie for.

Sizes in inches:
Toddler: Fits 19’’ head – 7’’ tall
Child: Fits 20’’ head – 7 1/2’’ tall
Teen: Fits 21 1/2’’ head – 8’’ tall (can be used for teens)
Adult: Fits 23’’ head – 8 1/2’’ tall

Sizes in cm:
Toddler: Fits 48 cm head – 18 cm tall
Child: Fits 51 cm head – 19 cm tall
Teen: Fits 54,5 cm head – 29 cm tall (can be used for teens)
Adult: Fits 58 cm head – 31,5 cm tall

how to crochet a hat for beginners


Stitch counts for the different sizes are written in the order:

Toddler (Child, Teen, Adult Large)

At the end of each row you can see the total number of stitches for each size as follows:

[ 21 (24, 27, 28) ]

When you start in 3rd chain from the hook on row 1 these chains will count as 1 hdc.

When you start in 4th chain from the hook on row 3 these chains will count as 1 hdc.

Always read the pattern thoroughly. You will find an explanation of all abbreviations below, both US and UK terms. The pattern uses US terms.


st(s): stitch(es)
ch: chain
sc: single crochet (UK double crochet)
hdc: half double crochet (UK half treble crochet)
blo: crochet in the back loop only
flo: crochet in the front loop only


I love to see your finished projects and WIPs! Use #thechunkycrochetbeanie #yippieyarnyay and tag @yippieyarnyay on Instagram to show off your work and have a chance to be featured.

Let’s move on to the pattern 😊


pinterest chunky crochet beanie


The beanie
Use hook 9 mm. Ch 22 (25, 28, 29). Work in rows.

Row 1: Start in 3rd ch from hook (this counts as a hdc), 1 hdc in each of the next 16 (19, 22, 23) sts, 1 sc in each of the last 4 sts (for all sizes), ch 1, turn [ 21 (24, 27, 28) ]

Row 2: 1 sc in each of the first 4 sts (for all sizes), 1 hdc in each of the next 10 (11, 13, 14) sts, 1 hdc in flo in each of the next 7 (9, 10, 10) sts, ch 2, turn [ 21 (24, 27, 28) ]

Row 3: Start in 4th ch from hook (this counts as a hdc), 1 hdc in blo in each of the next 6 (8, 9, 9) sts, 1 hdc in each of the next 10 (11, 13, 14) sts, 1 sc in each of the last 4 sts (for all sizes), ch 1, turn [ 21 (24, 27, 28) ]  

Repeat row 2 and 3: 25 (27, 28, 29) times

You now have the following number of rows for the size:

Toddler: 28
Child: 30
Tenn: 31 rows
Adult: 32 rows

Break yarn and leave a tail, approx. 59’’ / 150 cm, for sewing the beanie together. 

Use a stitch marker to mark the side where you can see the texture of the hdc blo and flo. These stitches will create the look of the ribbing of your Chunky Crochet Beanie. 

crochet hat for beginners

Now follow the instructions below to sew your beanie together.

Sewing the beanie together 
Thread a darning needle using the long tail you left on the last row. Fold the beanie so the stitch marker you just placed is on the inside. Now sew it together with whip stitch. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Fold the ribbing inside out. Now the hdc blo and flo are visible and creates the nice ribbing look. 

Closing the top
Now you’re going to close off the top. 

Thread the darning needle with a leftover piece of the yarn, approx. 8 inch / 20 cm. 

Weave the yarn through the rows on the top of the beanie. Pull the yarn to close the top and tighten it as much as possible. Sew up any remaining opening in top of beanie.

If you choose to attach a Pom Pom to your beanie follow the instructions below. 

Attaching pom pom
Now sew a yarn or faux fur pom pom to the beanie.

The pom pom in the pictures measures approx. 4’’ / 10 cm and is sewn on a size Teen. Use the same size pom pom for size Child and Adult. For size Toddler use a pom pom measuring approx. 3’’ / 8 cm. 

beginner crochet beanie

Now you’re all done with your very own Chunky Crochet Beanie 😀

Well done!

Did you enjoy making it? Leave a comment below and let me know how it went.

Sharlene 😊


Then check out these beginner crochet patterns. They are all super easy to make.

1. The Chunky Balloon Sweater // 2. The Super Easy Crochet Beanie // 3. The Everyday Easy Crochet Cardigan

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