A free chunky yarn crochet pattern that teaches you how to make a knit look crochet hat.
Have you ever fallen in love with a yarn? I mean complete swooning over? You finally break down and buy said yarn only to have it sit in your yarn stash forever! Whatever you try and make just isn’t good enough for the yarn. I keep telling myself “just commit to a project already!”
This is exactly what happened with this yarn, Crazy Sexy Wool from Wool and the Gang. I tried to make this crochet ribbed hat pattern, but it was too bulky. I made up a “new stitch” to try with a hat, but it was way too tight. ( maybe there’s a reason no one has used that stitch!) Then I had a vision of a super scarf. I didn’t have enough yarn to make it “super”. Back to the drawing board.
The next, and final, idea I had was the crossed half double crochet stitch. This stitch almost has a knit look, my favorite. It’s also really simple. I love chunky yarn crochet patterns because the results are quick.
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What You Need
- 12 mm crochet hook
- 1 Skein #6 Super Bulky Weight Yarn (70-80yards) Crazy Sexy Wool from Wool And The Gang (200 gr/ 87 yds) Color: Ivory White
- Yarn Substitute: The Chill or The Wool
- Faux Fur Pom Pom: (I used this 1)
- Tapestry Needle
- The “Criss Cross” pattern is created by skipping the next stitch where the red arrow is pointing
- hdc in next stitch where the blue arrow is pointing.
- Then hdc back into skipped st where the red arrow is pointing.
Another look at the criss-cross pattern
- You have skipped a st, hdc in next st, then hdc in skipped st where the arrow is pointing.
Chunky Yarn Crochet Pattern Notes
- pattern is worked from top to bottom
- sl st to join into the chain stitch from the beginning of the round.
- your chain at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch
- check your stitch count! Missing a stitch here or there is common with the criss-cross pattern.
- US terminology used.
Adult Criss Cross Chunky Beanie
make magic circle,
round 1: work 8 sc in magic circle, sl st to join (8sts)
round 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join (16sts)
round 3: ch 1, *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to join (24sts)
round 4: ch 1, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * around. sl st to join (32sts)
round 5-7: ch 1, *skip the next hdc, hdc in the next hdc, then hdc in the skipped hdc, repeat from * around. sl st to join (32 sts)
round 8: ch 1, sc in each st around. sl st to join. (32sts)
round 9-10: ch 1, *1 FPHDC, 1 BPHDC, repeat from * around, sl st to join. (32sts)
Cut yarn & weave in ends with tapestry needle.
Now it’s time to use that chunky yarn you’ve been swooning over. I won’t let it sit in your yarn stash any longer! I hope you don’t have to frog as many times as I did to find the “perfect project”
I wanted your pattern for the messy bun hat. It looks like it is the same pattern as this one but I cant locate it. Would you let me know how to find the messy bun pattern. Thanks, Diane
Any one have suggestions for why the bottom of my hat is curved? Could it be because I just used regular double crochets in the last two rows?
I love this, I tried it from the bottom up and it worked up quickly! Very happy! Thank you for sharing!
How can I send you a photo of mine ? ?
I love it ? ????that’s was so much fun and even with the few glitches I just worked right thru them and stuck to the pattern except for adding a extra row which I always do anyway !! Also used the Madison Mustard , Lion Brand Hometown ?? Oneif my favs to love the colors ? I have to tell you my story! I had been working on another new pattern looking for the perfect new pattern for the holidays for all the girls ,Two Days ! I felt it was going to be a easy whip it up one well I was done ✅Hopped on Pinterest googled I said ok one of these top two , picked yours and I’m so relieved and happy ?? so…In my opinion you did great making this , will be super great for me during the holidays , cause I have a lot to make and with the slouchys I do I needed one that will go faster ! One hour for me to , but I take breaks lol ?
I just want to say thank girl ?????? I will look forward to doing more from you???? Happy Holidays ??????♀️??Kari
I’m so happy to hear you loved the pattern. I’m sure the girls will be so excited to receive these as gifts. I’d love to see a picture. You can email one to me at [email protected]
Have a great week,
Would you please consider making this a utube turtorial ?!!
Great idea! that would help me immensely too! love the look of this hat!
I used a 10 mm hook and LB Wool Ease Thick and Quick. I followed the pattern as written Rounds 1-9. I did not do Round 10 because that made it too long for me. I am a petite adult woman with a head circumference of 21”. The finished hat was 18 1/2”, unstretched. The length, crown to bottom, when folded in half flat on the table was 7 1/4”. I did not have any issues with the instructions and it was a perfect fit for me. It was absolutely necessary to count stitches after each row. It was a fun pattern and worked up quickly. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for sharing how it went! I’m happy to hear your hat turned out.
I just made this in less than an hour! Love it and definately not child size. I used a 11.5 mm hook because no 12?Itv is plenty big. Have to go find a ball for top ! Thank you love the cross stitch hdc . I do prefer joingvin first stitch and working in same stitch as opposed to joingvin chain but followed directions and count ! Count ! Count!
Yay! A hat you can finish in less than 1 hour is a WIN! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much . I needed a gift for my cousin and I believe this is perfect .I can’t wait to make it.
I’m sure your cousin will love it! A handmade gift is always the best. Thanks for stopping by.
Hello, I made this hat using Double crochets in place of the Half Double crochets and it worked out perfect. I also used the Lion Brand Super Bulky. I’m wonder if there is a misprint on the pattern.? When I tried the Half Double crochets the hat came out extremely small.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I did edit the pattern. There was an issue with the joining at the end of each round. The way the pattern was previously written wasn’t very clear. So it was easy to have 1 less stitch at the end of each round. This would result in a much smaller hat.
The Lion Brand yarn is one of my favorites! It is thinner than the yarn I used for the pattern. I’m glad the double crochets worked out for you!
Hi! For those whose hats are running small, here’s what I did to get a good fit on an adult size… I prefer to use my 9mm hook and I’m using Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn. One skein will get me one hat with a little left over. I’m following the pattern as described for the first 4 rows, then I do DC instead of HDC for the criss-cross section and I do 4 to 5 rows instead of just three, then I switch back to following the pattern until the end. These hats are turning out great. Hope this helps!
Thanks for sharing your tips, Jennifer! I’m sure the other readers will appreciate your adjustments.
Have a happy day!
Do you think Bernat Blanket yarn would work well with this pattern? Do a size 10 hook instead?
I think you can try the Bernat yarn. I would make a small swatch that with the 12mm hook and see how it looks. I think the yarn is thick enough for that hook. Let me know how it goes!
I have been crocheting and knitting over 50 yrs. Having a problem with correct number of stitches for each rnd. I count every st upon completion of each rnd. At the end of each rnd I sl st to the top of the first hdc then ch 1. If I count the number now available to hdc into there are 2 sts less left. This will then make my hat smaller. Very frustrated. Embarrassed I can’t figure this out. Please help. I bought enough yarn to make 4 hats for Christmas presents
I have a terrible time working in the round also, I also use a stitch marker to mark my first stitch and sometimes last stitch in each round
There sure are a lot of us who are making this and having it come out small. I was excited to make this for myself – used a ‘super bulky’ “6” yarn with a 10mm hook. (Didn’t have a 12mm hook – I compensated by making my stitches loose and figured the hat might fit a little tight – was OK with that.) Not so! I’ll be giving this hat to my 6 month old granddaughter – it should fit her perfectly!
So what’s going on with all of us getting baby sized hats? Is the specialty yarn you’re using just that much bulkier than the inexpensive ‘super bulky’ yarns available at the big box marts?
I’m wondering the same thing! I have personally emailed a few readers who have had the hat turn out small to see what’s going on and haven’t had any responses. Maybe you can help me out?
The yarn I used is a little bulkier, but not that much. I have had quite a few people send me pictures of their finished hats using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn. They’re turning out great.
I know it’s easy to miss a stitch here and there with the crossed stitches. The next stitch can be “hidden” and hard to see.
If your stitch count is correct the next thing to check is the gauge. Along the finished hat band, 7 stitches should equal 4″ long.
If your stitch count and gauge are matching up you can email me a picture of your hat and we can try and figure this out! I know it’s frustrating when you spend time on a project and it doesn’t turn out!
I hope this helps!
My hat also turned out way too small. What number hook is a 12mm? I’ve googled it and there is not a 12mm hook.
The 12mm hook doesn’t have an exact number/letter. Here’s a referral link to the one I use.
I’ve made this and it’s so small it doesn’t even fit my 5 year old ?. I’ve used.super chunky yarn and 12mm hook ?
Hi, what number hook is a 12mm?
hello this pattern is amazing and easy. just made my very first crochet hat and its amazing. I used ‘We are Knitters’- The wool in lead and spotted blue and cream.
Thank you so so much!
Yay! Your first hat. Congratulations! I can imagine that yarn looks lovely in those colors. Thanks for stopping by!
Is is supposed to be baby sized ?? xx
I’m wondering what yarn you used or if you had any problems with the pattern? If you can give me any hints as to where things went wrong I’d love to help you. You can email me a picture .
It looks like fun. I can’t wait to make one. Only one question, what do you mean by, FPHDC and BPHDC?
Thanks for sharing your pattern.
FPHDC = front post half double crochet
BPHDC = back post half double crochet
These stitches are worked exactly the same as a half double crochet, except you insert your hook around the post of the stitch instead of under the top loops. Here’s a helpful video tutorial.
I tried making this hat and it comes out small. I used a super bulky yarn and a 12 hook. Any suggestions ?
You can try starting with 9 sc’s in the magic circle. You can follow the pattern the exact same way. Here are what your end stitch counts will be for the rounds.
Round 2 (18 sts)
Round 3 (27sts)
Round 4 (36sts)
If you also need the hat longer you can add an extra round or 2 in “rounds 5-7”
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Hi, I followed the slightly instructions for the slightly larger beanie (manly because I only had an 11.5 mm hook) and added two more rows in the middle. It turned out beautifully. Thank you
Thanks for sharing! I’m so happy you love your hat. I’m sure it looks great!
This is my favorite chunky beanie hat using Loops and Threads cozy wool yarn. Thank you so much for sharing!
I love hearing that. I’ll have to try it with that yarn too. It’s getting chilly here so cozy wool sounds perfect!
Do you have a toddler version of this pattern??
The adult size is the only one I’ve made in this pattern. It would look super cute in a Toddler size!
You could follow the same pattern but change the yarn to a lighter weight: perhaps a bulky 4 or light 5 – weight and change hood size to 6.00 mm/J or 6.50 mm/K.
ooooh love it! I have been wanting to work with that yarn for awhile now. Just trying to get past the sticker shock 🙂
I felt the exact same way! It’s fun to splurge every once in a while.
I’m on vacation and brought my crochet along, lol. This is now my favorite”go to” hat. I wanted a nonslouchy hat……..! FAST, to crochet, and easy to add stitches or subtract as needed. I used a 10mm hook and increased to 40 sts from row 4 on. The last two rows I tightened up a bit. Used Lion brand, wool ease, Fisherman. Thanks for the great pattern, I am sure my recipients would thank you as well, lol! Merry Christmas!