Free Basic Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern

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Stay cozy and warm with the Basic Bulky Beanie! This free crochet pattern is perfect for everyone, from babies to adults. Using bulky weight yarn and a 6 mm (J) crochet hook, this easy pattern works up quickly, making it a great project for crocheters and a fantastic gift.

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Free Basic Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern

This post includes the Free Basic Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern. These hats will make perfect chemo hats and preemie caps. I have included sizes preemie to adult large AND two lengths to allow you to choose if you want it to reach the base of your earlobes or mid ear.

If you want to try my super simple seamless version for the bulky crochet beanie pattern, please visit my Seamless Double Crochet Hat pattern post!

PIN the Basic Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern for later, here.

If you are looking for an earflap hat instead, this pattern has been written as a Basic Bulky Ear flap Hat Pattern too!

Supplies

  • Yarn: Red Heart Soft Essentials. 5 oz / 141 g; 131 yds / 120 m. Bulky Weight Yarn [5]. 100% Acrylic Yarn. Machine washable and dryable. Yarn substitutions.
  • Color: Seafoam
  • Hook: 6.0 mm (J) Clover Amour
  • Total Balls Used: Adult Medium: less than 131 yds.
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)

Difficulty Level

  • BEGINNER

Finished Size

  • Sizes range from Preemie to Adult Large – remember if you have a head to measure – measure it because the sizes are based on average ranges and not everyone conforms to the ‘average’ sizes.

Gauge

  • 10 dc = 4 inches; 8 rounds = 5 inches (6.4 rounds = 4 inches)

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • R – row/round
  • rem – remaining
  • rep – repeat
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • * – ** Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
  • () – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
  • [] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Helpful Tutorials

Notes

  • do not count the sl st as a stitch
  • do not count the ch 3 at the beginning of a round as a stitch
  • the first st of each round is worked in the same st as you sl st to join
  • length of hat is to the base of the earlobe; instructions have been included for mid-ear length as well.
  • For any of my hat patterns that I have started with a double magic ring (see this tutorial) you can just as easily crochet a regular magic ring or begin by crocheting a chain-3 and slip stitch to join to the first chain to form a ring and then work your stitches directly into that ring.
  • Add the Basic Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern to your Ravelry Library here.

Free Basic Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern Instructions

Remember: The first st of each round is worked in the same st as you sl st to join

Preemie

To Fit: 12 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 4.5 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: ch 3, 2 dc in the first st; 1 dc in each rem st around.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [25]

R4: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [25]

R5-R7: rep R4; finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends. [25]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R6.

Newborn Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern

To Fit: 13.5 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 5 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts**. Work from * to ** 5 times. 1 dc in each rem st around.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [29]

R4: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [29]

R5-R8: rep R4; finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends. [29]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R7.

Size 0-3 months

To Fit: 16 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 6 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 11 times. 1 dc in each rem st around.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [35]

R4: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [35]

R5-R10: rep R4 [35]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R9.

Size 3-6 months

To Fit: 17 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 6.25 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 12 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [36]

R4: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 17 sts**. Rep from * to ** 2 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [38]

R5: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [38]

R6-R10: rep R5 [38]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R9.

Size: 6-12 months

To Fit: 18 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 6.75 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 12 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [36]

R4: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 8 sts**. Work from * to ** 4 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [40]

R5: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [40]

R6-R11: rep R5 [40]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R10.

Size: 12-24 months

To Fit: 19 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 7 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 12 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [36]

R4: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 4 sts**. Work from * to ** 7 times.  1 dc in each rem st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [43]

R5: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [43]

R6-R11: rep R5 [43]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R10.

Size: 3-6 years

To Fit: 20 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 7.5 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 12 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [36]

R4: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts**. Work from * to ** 9 times. Sl st to the first dc to join. [45]

R5: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [45]

R6-R12: rep R5 [45]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R11.

Size: 7-10 years Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern

To Fit: 20 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 8 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 12 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [36]

R4: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** 12 times. Sl st to the first dc to join. [48]

R5: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [48]

R6-R13: rep R5 [48]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R12.

Size: Adult Small Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern

To Fit: 22 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 8.25 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 12 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [36]

R4: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** 12 times. Sl st to the first dc to join. [48]

R5:  Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 23 sts**. Work from * to ** 2 times. Sl st to the first dc to join. [50]

R6: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [50]

R7-R13: rep R6 [50]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R12.

Size: Adult Medium Bulky Crochet Beanie Pattern

To Fit: 23 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 8.75 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 12 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [36]

R4: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** 12 times. Sl st to the first dc to join. [48]

R5:  Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 5 sts**. Work from * to ** 7 times. 1 dc in each rem st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [55]

R6: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [55]

R7-R13: rep R6 [55]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R12.

Size: Adult Large

To Fit: 24 inches Head Circumference
Finished Length: 9 inches

R1: DMR: ch 3, 12 dc, sl st to the top of first dc to join. [12]

R2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st around; sl st to the first dc to join. [24]

R3: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st**. Work from * to ** 12 times.  Sl st to the first dc to join. [36]

R4: Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** 12 times. Sl st to the first dc to join. [48]

R5:  Ch 3,*2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts**. Work from * to ** 10 times. 1 dc in each rem st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [58]

R6: Ch 3, 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to the first dc to join. [58]

R7-R14: rep R6 [58]

If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, stop after R13.

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17 Comments

  1. Hi Valerie, yes of course. Start at round 2 for the 3 year size hat and use a hair elastic. Work the 24 dc around the elastic. Then continue with the pattern. Hope this helps, Rhondda

  2. Can I make this into a messy bun hat for my 3 yr great granddaughter?

    Thanks
    Valerie

  3. Hi Rhonda
    Many thanks for the pattern. I, like others in these comments, am a ‘newbie’ and also struggled with too many stitches (the plus side is I’m now good at flat circles!!!). If it helps anyone else, I found that a stitch marker every 10 stitches kept me on track and I am now nearly there 😁

  4. Hi Rhonda
    Many thanks for the pattern. I, like several others in these comments, am a ‘newbie’ and also struggled with too many stitches (the plus side is I’m now good at flat circles!!!). If it helps anyone else, I found that a stitch marker every 10 stitches kept me on track and I am now nearly there 😁

  5. Hi Kate 🙂 Yes this hat with 29 stitches will fit an average Newborn Head Size if you are reaching the gauge in the pattern. The pattern gauge is 10 dc in 4 inches. This means each dc stitch measures 0.4 inches. When you have 29 stitches multiplied by 0.4 inches this gives you a finished hat circumference of 11.6 inches around. The hat will also stretch, allowing you a few extra inches (2+ more inches) of wiggle room for the head. The finished hat will fit up to a 14 inch head size. Newborns grow quite quickly though so if you are not going to be able to see the baby straight away, I recommend making the next size up. My son only fit newborn hat size for 2 weeks and then we needed to move up to the next size hat. All the best, Rhondda

  6. Do you find this newborn hat @ 29 stitches around actually fits a real baby? It seems so tiny?

  7. Hi Lorna, If you are ending up with too many stitches you may be working more than 1 stitch in each spot accidentally? Even a couple extra will make the hat much too large. I’d recommend counting your stitches at the end of every round so you can be sure where the extra stitches might be happening and then we can take a look to see what part of the instructions is causing the trouble. Thanks 🙂 Rhondda

  8. hi…. i too am new to the crocheting thing…. i absolutely love it!! such good therapy.
    i am following the pattern for your basic bulky beanie and am ending up with way too many stitches and too big a hat…. not sure why?? can you explain? thanks too much. love your site

  9. Hi Amanda, I’ve rewritten the pattern to share the seamless technique I use when making my hats. There is no seam with this method but there is a tiny variation in the final height of the last stitch. This is mostly corrected by working the invisible join when you finish off and once the hat is on the person’s head it is barely detectable and much preferable to the icky back seam. Let me know if you have questions 🙂 Here’s the link: https://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/seamless-double-crochet-hat/

  10. Hi there! New to making hats here.. how do I keep from a very obvious seam on this one? I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong !

  11. Hi Ang, because of the height of the double crochet stitches, the only 2 ways I would work this would be with the sl st join and ch 3 to begin each round OR I would begin the entire pattern with a MR with 1 sc and 11 dc. Then work in continuous rounds with the first ch 3 replaced with 1 dc in each round to the end. For the final three stitches of the round I would work 1 dc, 1 hdc and 1 sc to decrease the height difference between the final stitch in the round and then work an invisible join to finish off. So for an example:
    To Fit: 12 inches Head Circumference
    Finished Length: 4.5 inches

    R1: MR: 1 sc, 11 dc. [12]

    R2: 2 dc in each st around. [24]

    R3: 2 dc in the first st; 1 dc in each rem st around. [25]

    R4: 1 dc in each st around. [25]

    R5-R6: rep R4

    R7: 1 dc in each of the first 23 sts, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in the last st; finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends. [25]

    If you would prefer the hat to reach mid ear, work the hat to R5 and then work R7.

    Hope this helps!
    Rhondda

  12. No. The magic ring – I linked a tutorial for you in the last comment. It is what you make before you work 6 single crochets into the center of it. It is a ring you make with yarn and then work into like a really big stitch. Then you pull the one end to tighten the ring and close it so the top of the hat doesn’t have a hole in the middle. The tutorial will walk you through each step of making one 🙂

  13. Thanks Rhondda – so 6 single crochets to make the magic ring – correct? Sorry for the dumb questions.
    Thank you.- Anagha

  14. Hi Rhonda, thank you for this pattern. I am a beginner at crocheting, and am a little confused – do I do the Chain 3 and then 12 DC in the magic ring?