These chunky crochet hat patterns are perfect for those times when you just need a quick satisfying project, or a last-minute gift!
All of the free crochet hat patterns below call for either #5/Bulky or #6/Super Bulky yarn, and most of the patterns are written for multiple sizes, from Baby right up to Adult.
So, you are sure to find a hat (or two) in the list that you can use to create a gorgeous bulky hat for you and your family.
How long does it take to crochet a hat?
The absolute best thing about using a Bulky or Super Bulky yarn is how quickly your project will work up!
Most of the patterns below are “one skein patterns”, so with just one ball of yarn you can have a finished crochet hat in just a couple of hours.
And if you are making some of the smaller sizes, then you will absolutely get 2-3 hats from a couple of skeins of bulky or super bulky yarn.
Easy crochet hat patterns
For most of the patterns in the list below, I would classify them as easy and quite beginner-friendly.
The majority of the patterns feature a simple, repetitive stitch pattern, so once you get into the pattern, it won’t be long until you can crochet away with a little bit less concentration🙂
These hat and beanie patterns are perfect “on-the-go” projects; portable and easy to pop in a bag whenever you head out. Or, if you prefer to crochet on the couch, then it is super satisfying to get a project like this one finished in a single evening!
All of the patterns below have detailed written instructions, and many also include photos and/or videos, should you need a little extra help 🙂
And if you are a more experienced crocheter, then you will be able to whip up any of these hats in no time:-).
What size should I make my crochet hat?
In general, the circumference of a crochet hat should measure 1”-3”/2.5cm – 7.5cm lessthan the head circumference of the person who will be wearing the hat.
In other words, the hat pattern will apply 1”-3”/2.5cm – 7.5cm of negative ease.(Negative ease just means that the finished measurement is less than the head/body measurement.)
The reason for making the hat smaller than the head measurement is that crochet hats and beanies often have quite a bit of stretch. So by making the hat smaller, you are ensuring that it won’t fall down over your eyes when you wear it!
How to measure head circumference
To find your head circumference measurement, use a soft tape measure to measure the widest part of your head – this will usually be around the ears and forehead.
As an example, an average Adult head circumference might be 23” / 58cm around, in which case you would want a finished hat with a circumference of approx. 21” / 54cm.
There is no hard and fast rule for hat sizes, as the finished measurement can vary from pattern to pattern, depending on the yarn and stitch pattern used.
A hat that uses very tightly-woven stitch pattern, with little stretch, will probably be closer to the head measurement.
A hat with a super stretchy ribbing will be several inches less than the head measurement.
Crochet Hat Size Chart
The charts below list all of the average measurements for crochet hats and beanies. As stated above, there can (and most likely will!) be variations across different crochet patterns.
*Note: the crown diameter measurement applies to hats crocheted from the top down only.
Crochet Hat Size Chart (inches)
Crochet Hat Size Chart (cm)
30 Chunky Crochet Hat Patterns
This list of chunky crochet hat patterns are perfect for quick makes for all the family!
All of the patterns below use either #5/Bulky or #6/Super Bulky yarn, so are perfect for last minute gifts, or extra cozy crochet hats 🙂
For each of the patterns below, I list the pattern format (written or video) as well as the recommended yarn weight. This allows you to see at a glance what you might be able to use from your stash.
"There’s something so relaxing about working on a hat that doesn’t need increases or decreases, just rows of stitches. Not only is this beanie relaxing to work on but it also grows quickly due to the chunky yarn. Which has the added benefit of being warm and cozy" - Crystal @ Christa Co Design
"This soft and chunky beanie is made in one flat rectangle piece with just one stitch, joining the sides to form the hat at the end. This is one of my favourites as it works up so quickly in the chunky yarn, so much so I decided to make a matching cowl." - Tahryn @ Burgundy & Blush
"This slouchy beanie is crochet from the top down, so you can stop crocheting when you have reached peak ‘slouchiness!’ It has a spiraling stitch pattern that makes it look beautiful. It’s warm & perfect for cold weather through winter. The pattern is written for sizes ranging from 1 year to adult man. Choose colors that fits your style." - Janne @ Joy of Motion Crochet
"You’re going to love the crochet Genus Hat, because it’s so fun & textured. It also come in sizes from 12-18 months to adult man. You’re going to love the crochet Genus Hat, because it’s so fun & textured. It also come in sizes from 12-18 months to adult man." - Janne @ Joy of Motion Crochet
"The Caron x Pantone yarn was wonderful to work with. Soft and squishy with just the right amount of stretch. This hat feels great when you put it on because the yarn is wonderfully soft and silky. " - Ashley @ Tha Loopy Lamb
"The crochet hat pattern is adjustable with instructions for four sizes from Adult Size Small to Adult Size XL. Bonus instructions are also included for super bulky yarn. By using the technique of working the stitches in the back loop, the hat pattern will help you create a hat with a stylish and modern texture. This technique also helps avoid the gaps that can occur when working stitches using bulky yarn." - Suzanne @ Crafting Each Day
"The squishy adult hat is a soft and warm beanie style hat that comes in one size for adults M/L. It coordinates with the Squishy Hat for babies and the Squishy Squares Blanket. Depending on your yarn choice, this hat works up beautifully in both Autumn and holiday colors. Pick rich reds and greens for a Christmas gift. Or, choose earthy colors for an Autumn beanie." - Suzanne @ Crafting Each Day
"Samatha’s Hope Beanie is made to be a hug for your head. It’s warm, comfortable and is designed to be a little longer so that it covers and protects the ears too. It is written in three sizes – adult small, medium and large. If you want to adjust it to fit a child simply use #4 worsted weight yarn (aran) and go down to a 5mm hook! Sara and her family have given it a seal of approval – I hope you guys do too!" - Sara @ Sunflower Cottage Crochet
"The crochet pattern and the knitting pattern for the Snowboarder Chunky Hat look almost identical. Sometimes it’s hard to get really matching looks when you make something in one craft as compared to the other, but in this case, we got it done!" - Marly @ Marly Bird
"Single crochet bobble stitch- a gorgeous textured crochet stitch that will elevate your crochet project! That’s why I used this stitch to make my Crochet Napoly Hat. Check out the stitch video tutorials or scroll down for the free crochet hat pattern." - Veronika @ Blue Star Crochet
"The River Run Slouch crochet hat pattern is a super quick crochet design that’s perfect for the upcoming winter months. It uses less than 1 ball of yarn and less than 2 hours of your time! It’s a fun project that’s quick to make using super bulky yarn and it’s a great hat to make for craft fairs and gifts. " - Jennifer @ A Crocheted Simplicity
"This toque is extra cozy and suitable for both male and female and can be made in any colour of choice, but with 1 of those colours being light. I can just imagine what a dark blue, red or purple shade will look like with this design, it would be stunning!" - Rose @ Craft-Her
"The Misty Beanie crochet pattern is so cozy! Made with a bulky weight yarn, it works up quick! Now that the cooler weather is hear, I am enjoying wearing my crochet hats!" - Sarah @ Rich Textures Crochet
"This hat is the perfect hat for beginners to try out colorwork for the first time, with a detailed looking result. For this pattern, you will need 5 different colors of yarn. " - Nicole @ Nicole Chase
"This chunky yarn crochet hat pattern has a relaxed fit, wonderful texture, and fun stitches. If you can half double crochet, you can easily learn the modified half double crochet used in this hat!" - Jessica @ Stiching Together
"This free crochet pattern is for the Chunky Knit-Like Hat that is inspired by the hat an American woman was wearing at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018." - Nicole @ Nicki’s Homemade Crafts
"I love the look of Rib Stitch! It’s quick, it’s great for learing and you can just do so much with it! The Ashland Rib Stitch Beanie is beginner friendly and a quick to make beanie!" - Elspeth @ PapioCreek Crochet
"This hat is worked sideways in rows, back and forth, then seamed together at the back with an almost invisible seam.The height of the hat will be determined by the length of the foundation chain and the hat circumference will be given by the number of rows. You will not need to make any increases or decreases, the hat crown will be formed with the help of the shorter stitches: sc and sl st worked into the back loops." - Kinga @ My Hobby is Crochet
"This is a quick to work up free bulky shell beanie crochet pattern and you can use any leftover yarn to make matching Shell Wrist Warmers! This is a great shell beanie crochet pattern if you’re hoping for a quick project!" - Crystal @ Crystalized Designs
"The Easy Peasy Chunky Slouch Hat uses #5 bulky weight yarn and is SO easy to make! This pattern comes in toddler, child, and adult size but be sure to check gauge because this hat will also have a ton of stretch to it!" - Michelle @ Two Brothers Blankets
"This hat uses tapestry crochet and carries both colors of yarn along as you work. You can carry the yarn behind the stitches and wrap the color you’re using around the carried yarn." - Kelsie @ Crafting for Weeks
Yarn weight: #5 / Bulky
Pattern Format: Written
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