I was thinking about a few different patterns to post today, and although I had some new ones ready to go, I kept coming back to the Chunky Ribbed Beanie I made over the summer. It’s one of the 12 patterns in The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet, and it was way too hot for it when I released the course in July. So, now that it’s finally cold enough for thick beanies, here is the Chunky Ribbed Beanie pattern!
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Chunky Ribbed Beanie Pattern
This beanie is perfect for beginners because it only uses a couple of basic stitches and it’s worked flat. You’ll be working in back and forth rows, then seaming it all together at the end. And by using chunky yarn and a big hook, this beanie works up super quickly!
- Super bulky yarn – I used 1 ball of Bernat Softee Chunky
- 10.00mm crochet hook
- Jumbo tapestry needle
- Faux fur pompom (optional)
1. Start with a slipknot and chain 18. Turn, and starting with the 2nd space from the hook, HDC 17 stitches. When you reach the end of the row, do not chain 1.
2. Turn. Slip stitch into each space (17). At the end of the row, chain 1.
3. Ignore the turning chain, and work into the back loops only. Work 17 HDC into the black loops, then turn.
See how that forms the first ribbed section? Now, you’re just going to repeat that for a few more rows.
4-41. Repeat rows 2 & 3 until you have a long rectangle piece. The ribbing pattern should be obvious now, with every other row raised, and it will be slightly slanted. Don’t work about that; it’ll even out after it’s sewn. Feel free to add more rows if you need to. You should end on a HDC row. Bind off, leaving a long tail to use when sewing it all together.
Using the long tail and a tapestry needle, join the two short sides together. Pull the seam tight, but not so tight that it pinches in.
With the yarn still attached, turn to work on closing the top of the beanie. Use your needle to pick up loops along the edge and work all the way around the top. Then, pull the tail gently to start bringing the top to close in. Once the top is almost closed, and being sure not to pull too tightly and pinch the side seam, sew the top of the beanie closed and secure it with a knot on the inside of the beanie. Bind off.
To add the pom pom, use a regular tapestry needle and thinner yarn in the same color. Insert the needle from the inside of the beanie, through the top, and through the center of the pom pom. You can use the loop of the pompom to secure it for now, but continue sewing the pompom in place and be sure to go through the center of the pom. It will be dense, but it helps secure it without wobbling. Once the pompom is attached, bind off and weave in loose ends.
Optional: To bring the bottom of the chunky ribbed beanie in a little, attach a new piece of the super bulky yarn to the bottom edge of the hat. Work 2 rounds of SC around the bottom and bind off. You can just insert your hook into the spaces between the rows. Weave in the ends and trim the excess yarn.
And you’re done!
This is one of my favorite chunky beanie patterns and it was so quick and easy to work up. I don’t often work with super bulky or jumbo yarns since I much prefer making toys and accessories with worsted weights, but this wasn’t as hard to use as others. If you find that you have trouble with thicker yarn too, trying holding two strands of worsted weight yarns together. It’ll give you extra thickness, but not so much as a jumbo yarn.
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I’ll see you soon with another pattern 🙂