How To Knit Chunky Hat In The Round Beginner Tutorial

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Learn how to knit a cozy beanie in chunky yarn with this step by step tutorial. With the right tools even beginner knitters can make this hat.

There are so many ways you can knit a hat. We’ll be knitting this hat in the round, so in a circle. If you’re a new knitter, I’ll show you step by step from start to finish, how to do it!

For this simple hat pattern we’re starting with the 1 X 1 rib stitch for the brim so it’s stretchy. Then we’ll work the tube, or sides of the hat, in stockinette stitch. The good news is that once we get past the brim there’s only one repeat row!

3 knit hats in pink chunky yarn.

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You’ll need some specific supplies for this easy knitting pattern. To make this ultra beginner friendly we’re using 16″ circular needles and #6 super bulky yarn. There are also no decreases so no double-pointed needles or magic loop technique required!

If you only knit flat on straight needles then look out for the flat knitting pattern coming soon.

A chunky hat is a great project to learn how to knit in the round. They’re quick projects and so fun to make!


Yarn By Size

Baby 6 – 12 mos ~ 40 yd (37 m)

Toddler 1 – 3 yrs ~ 45 yd (42 m)

Child 4+ yrs ~ 50 yd (46 m)

Teen/ Sm Adult ~ 60 yd (55 m)

Med/Lg Adult ~ 65 yd (60 m)


9 sts x 14 rnds (after blocking) to 4” (10 cm) measured in St st.


  1. This pattern is worked bottom up, in the round. 
  2. Stitch multiple is 2. This means you can add or subtract to the number of stitches cast on in groups of 2.

Skill Level



This hat has a suggested 2” / 5 cm of negative ease. This means the finished hat is 2” / 5 cm smaller than the actual head circumference, and will stretch to fit. 

This free hat pattern is intended to fit like a beanie, for a slouchy hat you can keep knitting to increase the height at least 2″ before moving on. 

This easy hat pattern is intended for beginners. For this reason there are no decreases at the top of the hat. You can, of course, add some on your own if you are comfortable doing so!


The pattern includes different sizes for head circumferences: 

To fit age ~ head circumferences

Baby 6 – 12 mos ~ 14” – 15” (35.5 cm – 38 cm)

Toddler 1 – 3 yrs ~ 15” – 17” (38 cm – 43 cm)

Child 4+ yrs ~ 17” – 19” (43 cm – 48.5 cm)

Teen/Sm Adult ~ 19” – 21”(48.5 cm – 53.5 cm)

Med/Lg Adult ~ 20” – 22” (51 – 56 cm)

Stitches / Abbreviations

US Terms

CO – cast on; I use the long tail cast on here, but you can cast on a different way if you prefer.

k – knit

p – purl

sm – stitch marker

St st – stockinette stitch


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Pattern Instructions

Chunky knit hat with ribbing in pink yarn.

How to Knit a Chunky Hat

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $7

Learn how to knit a chunky hat in the round for beginners!


  • 40 yd / 37 m - 60 yd /55 m of #6 super bulky weight yarn; pictured in Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick (80% Acrylic; 20% Wool, 87 yd/80m, 5 oz/140 g); color: Fig 1 ball.


  • 9mm (US Size 13) circular needles, or needle sizes needed to meet gauge.
  • Tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors.


    Baby [Toddler, Child, Teen/Sm Adult, Med/Lg Adult]
    CO 30 [34, 38, 42, 46] sts using the long tail cast on,Place sm at beginning. At this gauge, 30 stitches is about as small as we can knit without doing magic loop method.

    Join to work in the round: Spread the stitches out. Bring the needle tips together. Bring needles together to join in round.With working yarn coming from right needle, knit the first stitch on the left needle, sliding it on to the right hand needle. Now you've joined in a circle.Knit first stitch joining in a circle.

    Rnd 1
    . *K1, p1; rep * around. Here the first stitch was knit to join, now purl the second. Keep alternating between knits and purls all the way around.Knit and purl around.

    Rnds 2 - 6. Rep Rnd 1. Knit in 1 x 1 rib stitch until your brim piece measures 2" tall.

    Knit all the stitches. Knit each stitch.

    Keep working in stockinette until the height of your hat reaches the measurements below.

    Rnds 7 - 16. K all. = 6” tall
    Stop here for Baby size. Go to Finishing.

    Rnds 7 - 20. K all. = 7” tall
    Stop here for Toddler size. Go to Finishing.


    Rnds 7 - 24. K all. = 7.5” tall
    Stop here for Child size. Go to Finishing.

    Teen/Small Adult

    Rnds 7 - 24. *K all. = 8.5” tall
    Stop here for Teen + Small Adult sizes. Go to Finishing.

    Med/Lg Adult

    Rnds 7 - 28. *K all. = 9.5” tall
    Stop here for Med/Lg Adult sizes. Go to Finishing.

    Cut a long tail. 8-12" is plenty of length. Thread tail on to yarn needle.

    Weave long tail through all live stitches, Blue yarn needle sliding stitch off.Pull tail through stitches.remove needles and pull to close.

    Optionally you may want to add a pom pom to the top of the hat.

    Sew hole closed.

    Weave in ends.


And there you have it, the perfect beginner hat! Go wear it out now!

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