How to knit a chunky hat

Written by kate bruscke
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How to knit a chunky hat
A fancy variation on the knitted hat (with pattern and earflaps) (iclipart.com)

Knitting is popular again --- with good reason. It's creative, relaxing and portable; anyone can learn to do it with a little patience. While most beginners start with a basic scarf, it's not too hard to graduate up to knitting hats. Big needles and fat yarn make this chunky hat a quick and satisfying project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Approximately 200 yards of chunky weight yarn
  • Size 13 (9mm) straight knitting needles (or a size that gives you the correct gauge)
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Knit a test swatch to check your gauge and adjust your needle size up or down as required. The gauge for this project is: 11 stitches + 12 rows = 4 inches.

  2. 2

    The first number of stitches in this pattern is for a chunky hat sized for a teen or a small woman. The second set of numbers is for a medium-sized hat that will fit an average-sized woman's head or a small man. The last set of numbers if for a large woman or average man's head.

    Begin your chunky hat by casting on 56 (60, 64) stitches. Work 15 rows in knit 2 purl 2 ribbing, then work 6 (6 1/2, 7) inches in stockinet stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side).

  3. 3

    Begin to shape the crown of your chunky hat --- decrease on the next right side row by knitting together every other stitch (k1, k2tog) until end of row.

  4. 4

    Purl the next row.

  5. 5

    Next row, decrease again by knitting together every stitch (k2tog) until end of row.

  6. 6

    Leaving a 12-inch-length tail, clip yarn. Thread this yarn tail through the darning needle and catch the remaining stitches on needle. Draw tightly.

  7. 7

    Seam your chunky hat using a mattress stitch. Weave in ends. Block lightly if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • This basic pattern can be customised in multiple ways --- alternate colours of yarn for stripes, insert a lace pattern, corset-lace up the back seam with ribbon instead of a mattress stitch. The possibilities are endless.

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