Beginner Chunky Hat Knitting Pattern

This chunky hat knitting pattern is so fun, easy and PERFECT for complete beginners. It’s knit flat and the only time you really have to count is when you’re casting on stitches.  It also works up very quickly since it’s knit on size 15 needles and uses super bulky yarn (here).

I made this hat in one evening while watching Netflix and finished seaming it up the next day! The shape is one that’s very “in” right now with popular beanies having a cool sort of slightly slouchy, rounded top.  If you know how to knit and purl, you will be able to make this with no problem.

This size will fit women and children, and it works for both boys and girls. The blue is also perfect for winter wear as it doesn’t show dirt and it goes with anything. Fun, right?

The hat is my project and contribution for the #HatNotHate campaign which is being promoted by Lion Brand Yarn as they’ve teamed up with Stomp Out Bullying.  Essentially, anyone who would like to be involved can make blue hats  to wear come October in order to bring awareness to stop bullying.  Folks are also making them and donating them or giving them away to friends at school or even co-workers!

Look at my baby in her blue hat! It fits her just fine and it fits me as well. 🙂

So here’s how I made my hat. It’s simple as can be, but I really like how it turned out. Like I mentioned previously, this pattern is meant for a total beginner. When you get to the decrease section, don’t get caught up on which stitch your row ends with.

You will simply be purling two stitches, then purling two together across the row. If you’ve never decreased by purling two together, just do a quick online search in YouTube to see how it’s done. Soooo easy!

And if it’s totally scary to decrease, you can still make this hat – simply continue the stockinette pattern until it’s approximately 10″ tall, pull your yarn through the stitches on your needle and cinch it closed. It’s seamed at the end with the mattress stitch which is a completely invisible. Voila!

You Will Need:

US Size 15 Knitting Needles

1 Skein Lion Brand Yarn Hometown USA in San Diego Navy  (HERE) 142 g/skein


Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Skills & Abbreviations:

CO-Cast On

k – knit

p – purl

p2tog – purl two together to decrease

st – stitch

Beginner “Blues” Chunky Hat Knitting Pattern

CO 40 stitches

Row 1 – 3 K2, p2 across each row (40)

Row 4  Knit each st across the row (40)

Row 5 Purl each st across the row (40)

Row 6 – 20  Repeat rows 4 & 5, working stockinette stitch (end on a knit row) (40) (hat should be close to 6.5″ tall at this point – feel free to continue pattern until it’s this length, ending on a knit row)


Row 21 *p2, p2tog; repeat from * across the row (30)

Row 22 Knit each st across the row (30)

Next, repeat rows 21 & 22, in that order,  until hat is approximately 10″ tall  (On some rows you will end with an extra stitch, simply purl that stitch. Some rows end with p2tog, some end with p2. This pattern is meant to be for total beginners and there’s no need to worry about which stitch to end with)

Cut yarn, draw the yarn through the loops left on your needle and cinch the top of the hat closed.

Seam up the side using the mattress stitch.

Seam up with mattress stitch seam. You can find a lot of tutorials on how to make this seam online!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this project!



You might also like to check out these 10+ Free Easy Knit Hat Patterns that I put together HERE!

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  1. Just finished making 35 purple knit hats for a Purple Stride fundraiser for Pancreatic cancer. They will go to survivors. The walk is in October and is occasionally quite chilly. I made scarfs the last 2 years so I changed this year. Gotta think about next year – ideas anyone??

    1. Definitely! If you’re experienced it will be a breeze to adjust the pattern. You’d end up knitting the entire thing (besides the ribbing) to create stockinette in the round. Thanks for asking!

  2. Jessica your daughter is so cute and I love the easy hat pattern I am making them for my grandchildren thanks for all the great patterns

    1. Hi Cindy – always a pleasure to hear from you! So glad you like the pattern my friend. Lucky grandchildren you have.

  3. Thank you so much for your message of love Jessica!
    You are really a caring and sweet person, Lucky to have you in our lives!!
    I wish all the Best from Geneva Switzerland.
    Diane on the GO!

    1. Ahh I’m lucky to have you!!! This blog is so awesome for me because of the visitors and friends I’ve made. Thanks sweet Diane!

  4. Jessica, I love that you make your patterns so doable! Thank you! I’m making these for 5 grandchildren this year.
    Many thanks,

  5. I LOVE your website, blog, patterns and your emails! You are always very positive and proactive! It is awesome how you give away free patterns and make your patterns very easy for even new knitters and crocheters to understand! Great job!!!

  6. I’m going to teach my niece how to knit. She wants to knit something wearable for her toddler. This hat will be perfect. I don’t like to knit in the round and the seam is not visible at all. I’m waiting for more patterns for toddlers.Thank you so much!

  7. Hi Jessica!
    Thanks SO much for this amazing pattern! I love your blog! I get that you don’t have to give these patterns for free, and I am truly grateful. I’m a beginning knitter, and I only know the basics. I understand the pattern, but I kind of get lost at the end. What do you mean by “cinching the top of the hat closed”? Thanks!

  8. Hi Jessica,
    I am knitting Pattern #B70190 Luxe Stripe Boucle Blankie, for my anticipated great-grandchild. I LOVE the simple pattern stitch and SO SOFT Yarn!! Two concerns:
    1. There is a pattern errata : It reads “59 stitches on your needle at the end of Row 50”. That should be at the end of Row 56, not Row 50.
    2. The pattern illustration shows 3 sections of the alternate color, but your instructions produce 4 sections of alternate color. Doesn’t make a lot of difference, but just curious which you intended??

  9. Thank you so much for the pattern. I knit to donate to Charity, and I need the easy pattern.

  10. Special education teachers are the unsung heroes of kids with special needs, there have been many special ed teachers, who have helped me get through school and I would not have graduated if it had not been for the help of teachers like you! So, thank you, for your kindness and patience, I hope that in some way, there are many opportunities, for you to affect these kiddos, with progress and improve self esteem.

    ~ Cassandra

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