Solstice Chunky Hat Pattern with Pom-Pom

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Ah, Autumn, my favorite time of year, I adore you so much. Rain (#pluviophile), crunchy leaves, squashes, sweet potatoes, sweaters, NFL, crunchy leaves, Thanksgiving.

Solstice chunky hat

Oh yeah, and loads of knitting. What’s not to love?

(And by the way, it’s not too early to look forward to Christmas too. My local radio station started playing Christmas music this week and I literally burst into JOYFUL TEARS. Please don’t throw things at me.)

After admiring all the chunky hat beauties on Instagram, I decided I needed one. Or maybe two. Or an entire herd. (And it’s more weather-appropriate than last year’s Autumn knit.)

chunky hat

The stitch pattern is an easy 4-round repeat, so your beanie can be made as short or as long as you want. See the end of pattern for instructions.

Enjoy!

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Pattern

Click here to download: Solstice Beanie

Sizes and Gauge

Small (22 inch), Med/Large (23 inch)

Gauge: 1 inch = 2 stitches

Materials

One skein of Super Bulky yarn. I used Malabrigo Rasta for the Small size and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick for the Med/Large size.

Sizes US11 and US15 double pointed needles OR 16-inch circular needle OR long circular needles for Magic Loop; or sizes needed to obtain gauge.

Stitch marker

Abbreviations

K – Knit

YO – Yarn Over

Kfb – Knit front and back

Sl 1 – Slip one stitch knit-wise

Psso – Pass Slipped Stitch over

solstice chunky hat

Method

Using smaller needle, cast on 44 (46) sts. Join for working in the round, and place marker for beginning-of-round. Work in 1×1 rib for 4 rounds.

Switch to larger needles.

For small size: K5, *Kfb, K10. Repeat from * to last 6 sts, Kfb, K5. (48 sts)

For Med/Large size: K2, *Kfb, K3, Kfb, K4. Repeat from * to last 8 sts, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K3. (56 sts)

K 1 round even.

4-round Stitch Pattern

Round 1: K1, Sl1, K2, psso. Repeat to end.

Round 2: K1, YO, K2. Repeat to end.

Round 3: Sl1, K2, psso, K1. Repeat to end.

Round 4: K2, YO, K1. Repeat to end.

Work Rounds 1-4 a total of 3(4) times.

Work another Round 1.

Decreases

1: *K1, YO, K3, YO, K2tog. Repeat from * to end.

2: *Sl1, K2, psso, K1, Sl1, K2, psso. Repeat from * to end.

3: *K2tog, YO, K3. Repeat from * to end.

4: *Sl1, K2, psso, K2. Repeat from * to end.

5: *K2, SSK. Repeat from *  to end

6: K one round even.

7: *SSK, K. Repeat from * to end.

8: SSK. Repeat to end.

Cut yarn and thread it through live stitches, pulling tight to close top of beanie.

Weave in ends and slap on a pom-pom. Because a chunky hat isn’t really finished without one.

I had a lot of fun (and frustration, lol) knitting the poms for these hats. I’ll show you how in my next post.

More Sizes

This pattern is easily adjusted to make any size. Simply cast on an even number of stitches with the smaller needle and work desired number of rounds of 1×1 ribbing. Switch to larger needles and knit around while increasing evenly to a multiple of 8 stitches. Knit an even round, then begin the 4-round stitch pattern, ending with a round 1 or 3.

If ending with a Round 1, use the decreases from above. If ending with a Round 3, use the following set of decreases:

1:  *K2tog, YO, K3, YO, K1. Repeat from * to end.

2: *Sl1, K2, psso, K1, Sl1, K2, psso. Repeat from * to end.

3: *K3, YO, K2tog. Repeat from * to end.

4: *K2, Sl1, K2, psso. Repeat from * to end.

5: *SSK, K2. Repeat from * to end.

6: K one round even.

7: *K1, SSK. Repeat from * to end.

Cut yarn and thread it through live stitches, pulling tight to close top of beanie. And don’t forget your pom….yeah, you already know that.

Enjoy!

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