Knit by Bit

Published on November 9th, 2015 | by Angie


Knit by Bit: free chunky hat knitting pattern

Is there anything more exciting than the onset of knitwear season? This free chunky hat knitting pattern is keeping Angie nice and warm this week.

Knit by Bit: free chunky pompom hat knitting pattern at LoveKnittingLove this post? Pin this image! 

There’s nothing I love more than crisp November mornings, when winter is just starting to creep in. I love seeing the frosty leaves on my way to the train station in the morning, as I walk past the horse pens and the ducks in the river. Now that those crisp mornings are starting to turn into crisp days and cold nights,  I wanted to make a fun and funky hat that you could whip up in less than a day.

I love stripes, I love pompoms, and more than anything else, I love alpaca. I love alpaca. I also adore chainette construction yarns, because they are very stretchy and have loads of give in them. I chose to use Debbie Bliss Paloma in Silver, Soft Green, Jade, and Mallard. This super chunky yarn is absolutely to die for – I’ve used it before and I’m in love with it! You’ll need one ball of each shade for this hat, and you’ll have enough left to make a couple pairs of gloves or another small hat. Parent and child matching hats, anyone? And if you’re more of a minimalist, you could easily use only 2 colors – one ball of each would be plenty for one hat. Keep in mind that this yarn comes in a loose hank, and you’ll have to wind it into balls – but don’t wind too tight! The chainette constructions means this yarn is stretchy, and you don’t want to stretch it out before you knit it into a gorgeous hat.

Debbie Bliss Paloma in MAllard, Silver, Soft Green, and Jade - learn more at LoveKnittingClick this image to view all available shades

The pattern

This pattern is super simple. You’ll need some US 15 (10 mm) circular needles with a short cord length. I chose my trusty Addi bamboo circulars for this project – the bamboo is a good choice for slippery yarns. This hat is knit in the round, but if you’ve never tried it before, this is a great opportunity to start! This hat fits an average sized adult head.

For my hat, I striped as follows: 

5 rows in Jade

2 rows in Silver

1 row in Jade

6 rows in Soft Green

6 rows in Mallard

2 rows in Jade

10 rows in Silver

2 rows in Soft Green

9 rows in Mallard

2 rows in Soft Green

5 rows in Jade

Note: You can stripe however you wish, you’ll have plenty of yarn! 

Cast on 50 stitches and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker to mark the start of the round.

Work in a k2, p2 rib for 3 inches, enough for a generous brim to roll up if you so desire.

On the next round, knit all the way to the end of the round. Continue in this manner until hour hat measures 10.5 inches from the cast on edge.

Next round: K2tog all the way across the hat

Final round: K2tog across

Pull yarn through the remaining stitches, pull tight, and sew in ends.

I chose to make 2 pompoms, because I love any excuse to make a pompom – but this hat would look equally fabulous with one. Use whatever method you choose for pompom making – I recommend the Pony pompom maker for super simple pompom making.

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet and design fun patterns!

Last updated: January 12th, 2016.

8 Responses to Knit by Bit: free chunky hat knitting pattern

  1. Jose Stimpson says:

    I would make a waistcoat.

  2. Anne condie says:

    I am just getting back into knitting after finding it difficult with arthritis in hands now have early dementia and couldn’t follow patterns but have percevered and can now knit squares much to my delight and feel ready to try something in chunky so it is quick and saw the pattern for hat and thought that is it xxx

  3. Georgia J says:

    love this pattern and yarn , will have to order some
    would be nice if patter was easy to print format

    • delilah says:

      i copy and paste the text of the pattern only into word/pages and print from that. bit of a faff but it works.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Georgia,

      You’re right! I’ll work on making these posts with an optional pdf download. Thanks for the feedback, and happy knitting!

  4. anteateralice says:

    Has anyone tried the split ring Pony Pom Pom Maker? Wondering if it has advantages over the full-ring one shown in the link above.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Anteateralice! I’ve used both pompom makers, and it just depends on your preference. I prefer the full ring one because I am a clumsy sort and I’ve messed up a few poms using split ring makers in the past. If you prefer a split ring, I say go for it! Happy knitting!

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