A week ago, I woke up to a layer of snow on the ground for the first time this winter. The first question in my mind was whether or not we’d have a snow day (Teachers love those too). The second was which hat I would wear.
Hats are my favorite things to knit. I have several that I’ve made, and my motto is Knitted hats are my love language. Seriously, it’s on my Instagram profile. Most of the people I love have a hat that I’ve made for them. This easy chunky knit hat pattern is what I usually make.
If you’re new to knitting in the round, this is a great project to start with. As a more experienced knitter, I love this pattern that I’ve developed because I can knit it from memory now. It’s so easy to keep my hands busy while watching a movie or riding shotgun on a road trip. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Easy Chunky Knit Hat with Pom Pom
Knitting Terms and Abbreviations
- 1 skein chunky yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Black.)
- Size 15 circular needles, 16″
- Size 15 double pointed needles
- stitch marker
- medium-sized crochet hook to weave in ends
- 3 yards each of 2 colors of chunky yarn or 6 yards of 1 color
- Pom Pom maker (DIY below)
- Cast on 44 stitches + 1 (45 stitches).
- Join by slipping the last stitch from the right needle onto the left needle. Knit this stitch and the next stitch on the left needle together. You now have 44 stitches. Place stitch marker at beginning of round.
- Rows 1-8: k2, p2 rib (2 inches)
- Knit across for 7 more inches.
- k9, k2tog, repeat across (40 stitches)
- k8, k2tog, repeat across (36 stitches)
- k7, k2tog, repeat across (32 stitches)
- k6, k2tog, repeat across (28 stitches)
- k5, k2tog, repeat across (24 stitches)
- k4, k2tog, repeat across (20 stitches)
- k3, k2tog, repeat across (16 stitches)
- k2, k2tog, repeat across (12 stitches)
- k1, k2tog, repeat across (8 stitches)
- k2tog, repeat across (4 stitches)
- Switch over to the double pointed needles when the hat becomes too small for the circular needles.
- Cut the yarn about 6 inches out from the hat. Draw it through the 4 remaining stitches and pull tight. Bring the tail inside the hat to hide it.
- Weave in ends.
- Now you have this, a great hat all on its own. If you’d like to add a pom pom, the DIY tutorial is below.
- To make a pom pom maker, cut a strip out of the middle of a piece of cardboard that is 2.5 inches wide. The strip should be wide enough to easily pull a piece of chunky yarn through. Your pom pom maker should look like this:
- Holding your two colors of yarn together, wrap them around the pom pom maker about 20 times.
- Pull a piece of yarn through the middle of the pom pom maker to tie your pom pom around the middle. Pull tight. (The piece of yarn should be long enough that each side is still a few inches long after tying it around the pom pom.)
- Pull your pom pom off of the cardboard. Tie it tightly around the middle again.
- Using super sharp scissors, cut the loops around the edge of the pom pom.
- Once all loops are cut, trim the edges so that they are even and your pom pom looks nice and fluffy.
- Pull the tail ends of the yarn that you tied around the middle of the pom pom through the very top of the hat.
- Turn the hat inside out and tie off the pom pom. Check to make sure that the pom pom is placed the way you want it to be.
- You can trim the ends, but I usually leave them. They don’t get in the way, and it makes it easy to remove and replace the pom pom if there’s an issue with it later.
Your hat is now ready to wear! Go forth and be stylish and warm!
Let me know if you decide to make this chunky knit hat! I would love to see photos. And check out the project on Ravelry here!