Simple Chunky Knit Hat

This pattern works up quickly and doesn’t take much yarn. In fact, if you’re like me you might have some chunky yarn in your stash left over from other projects and that is exactly how this pattern was born. It’s worked flat, then sewn up the back. Easy peasy!



Based on how much you have and how you want the stripes (or not) to be you can make it up as you go!

Sizes  S/M (L/XL)

  • S/M 21-22″ head circumference
  • L/XL 23-24″ head circumference

Gauge: 8 sts x 16 rows = 4 inch square (10 cm)


Cast on 40 (44) stitches

Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) to approximately 8 inches (20 cm) or where you want the crown to start.

Begin crown

Round 1: K1 *K2tog, K2 repeat from * to last stitch, K1 = 30 (33) sts

Round 2: Purl.

Round 3: *K1, K2 tog, repeat from * to end =  20 (22)  sts

Round 4: Purl.

Round 5: K2 tog, repeat K2 tog to end – 10 (11) sts

Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches.
Demo video (not the actual hat, just the technique for closing the top.)

Sew seam.

Weave in ends.

Optional crocheted border

Round 1: With right side (knit side) facing, pick up back loops of each stitch and single crochet once around.

Round 2: ch 2, hdc (half double crochet) in next stitch and repeat all around. Slip stitch to top of first ch2 stitch to close.

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

24 Responses

  1. Denisefugere says:

    merci est ce possible d’avoir en francais vos modeles merci

  2. Marla says:

    I am new to knitting hats (touques) and love this pattern and design- nice and easy for beginners like me. I have lots of yarn that I can use for it

  3. Lynda says:

    Rather than doing a crochet border could you just do a garter stitch for about an inch then continue with the stockinette for 8 inches before beginning the crown?

  4. Lynda says:

    My first ever hat turned out great, I love this pattern! 🙂 One last question now… Can this pattern be converted from a single strand of weight 5 yarn to three weight 4 strands of yarn knitted together? I want to make a matching chunky scarf and hat set as a gift and I cannot for the life of me find orange camo yarn…

    • marni says:

      Hi Lynda! How cool! So glad your hat turned out great. Please post a pic on Instagram and tag me so I can see it! @mbm_madebymarni
      #simplechunkyknithat 🙂 To answer your question you can change the yarn, but I would make a swatch to check the gauge and do any math needed to get the right size. If you know how many stitches to an inch then you can cast on the right amount to start the hat. And just begin the crown when you get to the 8-inch mark, or however long you want it to be before you start the crown. Hope this helps! Marni

      • Lynda says:

        It does thanks! I found the 8″ was perfect as the hat comes down to the nape of the neck that way and without the knitted or crocheted border, it can be folded up to double the thickness of the brim and create extra warmth around the forehead and ears. This evening I will get to the swatch and see what it does. 🙂

  5. Nelly says:

    Hello, I am new to knitting but would love to try this one. I am doing this for a boy and was wondering if I decide to do a border with 2k2p do I still cast on the same number of stitches. Thanks much!

    • marni says:

      The border is added at the end, so yes, as long as you pick up an even number of stitches you should be able to do a k2, p2 border. Please share a pic!

  6. Lu says:

    Brilliant pattern thankyou. Have made lots of hats for Christmas presents, and they are being worn which is even better! So simple and quick to make and looks great as chunky wool.

  7. Carmel says:

    l really like doing chunky knitting with my US size 13 needles 🙂

  8. Carmel says:

    Your hat pattern is really good to work on. When and what is your next pattern going to be?

    • marni says:

      Thanks for asking! Subscribe to my blog and you’ll get notified via email whenever I post something new 🙂

  9. Carmel says:

    Yea l have mohair wool 15ozs DK. Please give me ideas working on a ladies mohair jumper thank you

  10. Mary says:

    I don’t understand the last 11 stitches …. I mean can I just cast off the last stitches and sew it all together , I have never threaded any stitches before

    • marni says:

      Hi Mary! I’m sorry you’re having trouble understanding my instructions. I hope this little video I just added to the post will help show you how I basically sewed the remaining stitches together by gathering them up rather than casting off.

  11. Lusine Naljayan says:

    May I ask the needles are circular or straight needles?

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