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Chunky Crochet Bear Beanie a Free Crochet Pattern

Is there anything cuter than a little baby in a bear hat? The Chunky Crochet Bear Beanie works up fast in Lion Brand’s Hometown USA yarn, almost as fast as those babies grow! ? Chunky yarn and chubby cheeks, yes please!

I love gifting handmade hats for babies, and it’s all the more fun when the hat is as adorable the baby sporting it! The simple addition of the bear ears takes this hat from functional to sweet.

There’s a prime age for hat wearing, and you should take full advantage of it. Before you know it, those lil ones are toddling around and pulling everything off. And leaving a trail behind them.

picture of baby bear chunky crochet beanie flat in cream with yarn ball

Not to worry though, whatever the age you’re crocheting this hat for, it’s here. The Chunky Crochet Bear Beanie pattern is for sizes newborn through adult! You know you want to match your little one 😉

Cream colored crochet bear beanie with ears.

If you’re looking for a worsted weight hat, then you might enjoy the Tulare Bear Hat Pattern.

To keep everything in one place, I’ve started with the bear ears pattern, then how to sew them on. Scroll down past these to find the crochet bear hat pattern in all sizes.

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Two crochet bear ears and chunky beanie.

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Materials

Notes

  • Beanie is worked top down in the round. 
  • Ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch.
  • Traditionally when working hdc a ch 2 is used, but I prefer a ch 1 in the round to keep my join tight with little to no gap.

Stitches

ch-chain

hdc-half double crochet

Mc-magic circle

sc-single crochet

ss-slip stitch

Gauge

2”/5cm x 2”/5cm = 4 hdc x 3 rows of hdc

bear hat with ears placed flat

Bear Ears Pattern

This pattern includes the written bears and directions for how to sew the ear on. For a full photo tutorial to crochet these bear ears check out this post.

There are step by step directions and photos included in the post dedicated to sewing the bear ears on.

How to Crochet a Chunky Newborn Beanie

Watch the video tutorial on how to crochet the newborn size chunky beanie on my YouTube.

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Crochet hat with bear ears.

Crochet Bear Hat Pattern

Baby bear chunky crochet beanie flat in cream with yarn ball.

Chunky Bear Beanie Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Crochet Bear Beanie in chunky yarn for babies through adult sizes.

Materials

  • • 81yds/74m super bulky yarn (#6) I used Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn* (5oz/142g ea)

Tools

  • • 9mm (M) hook
  • • Yarn needle
  • • Measuring tape
  • • Scissors
  • • Pins

Instructions

Bear Ears Pattern

Start with a Mc-magic circle.

  1. 6 dc into the mc, only pull closed to a semi circle, turn.
  2. Ch 1, sc into the same and in each dc.
  3. Leave a long tail to sew on to hat.
  4. Set aside until hat is completed. For smaller baby sizes you may want to sew on your ears after round 5 so there is plenty of room to work in the hat.

Sew on Ears (beanie pattern below)

  1. To sew on your ears lay hat flat and pin flat edge of ears to either side along the fold. Use T-pins or sewing pins to secure the ears on rounds 3 & 4 for baby sizes and rounds 5 & 6 for child-adult sizes.
  2. Use your yarn needle and a the long tail you left to sew ears to hat.
  3. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Beanie Pattern

NB-2 weeks Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} rep from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)
  5. Repeat round 4.
  6. Repeat round 4.
  7. Ch 1, sc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24) ~4.7"/12cm tall
  8. Cut yarn and weave in tail.

0-3 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)

Rnds 5-8. Repeat round 4. ~5.4"/13.7cm tall
9. Ch 1, sc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)

Cut yarn and weave in tail.

3-6 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)
  5. Rnds 5-9. Repeat round 4. ~6"/15.2cm tall
    10. Ch 1, sc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)
  6. Cut yarn and weave in tail.

6-12 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (32)
  6. Rnds 6-9. Repeat round 5. ~6"/15.2cm tall
    10. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (32)
    Cut yarn and weave in end.

12-18 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (32)
  6. Rnds 6-10. Repeat round 5. ~6.7"/17cm tall
    11. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (32)

Cut yarn and weave in end.

18-24 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (32)
  6. Rnds 6-11. Repeat round 5. ~7.3"/18.5cm
    12. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (32)
    Cut yarn and weave in end.

2-5 years Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (40) 6.5”
  6. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (40)
  7. Rnds 7-11. Repeat round 6. ~7.3"/18.5cm
    12. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (40)
    Cut yarn and weave in end.

Child Size Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (40)
  6. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (40)
  7. Rnds 7-12. Repeat round 6. ~8"/20.3cm tall
    13. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (40) Cut yarn and weave in end.

Teen/Sm Adult Size Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (40)
  6. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join.(40)
  7. Rnds 7-13. Repeat round 6. ~8.7"/22cm tall
    14. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (40)
    Cut yarn and weave in end.

Md/Lg Adult Size Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join with a ss to the 1st. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2
    hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from *around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (40)
  6. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (48) 7.5”
  7. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (48)
  8. Rnds 8-14. Repeat round 7. ~9.3"/23.6
    15. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (48)
    Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Notes

After your hat is complete refer to the directions at top on how to sew on the ears. Or check out the full bear ears tutorial, including how to crochet them and sew them on to your hat.

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