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.


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Click here to download: Solstice Chunky Hat

Sizes and Gauge

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

Gauge: 1 inch = 2 stitches


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


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


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.


1: *K1, YO, K2, K1, YO, K2tog. Repeat from * to end.

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

3: *K2tog, YO, K1, K2. 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, K1, K2, YO, K1. Repeat from * to end.

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

3: *K2,   K1, 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.


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Pave the Way Shawl Pattern

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So, funny story. I had this idea for a shawl stuck in my head. It had been rattling around for a few months, and so, of course, I did the most logical thing and went yarn shopping. I found this beautiful wool from Abundant Earth Fibers, and knew it would be perfect.

I “knew” wrong. Not that the wool was wrong. The wool is beautiful and rustic and sheep-y and everything I love in a yarn. It just wasn’t right for the idea that was stuck in my head. Ah well, I’m not in charge of my creativity. What could I do? I had to let the yarn and the needles do what they want. I could either fight them or go with it.

Because I’m not fan of drama, I decided to go with it.

knit shawl pattern

Pave the Way is the result. The Twisted Purl stitch was entertaining and added an appealing texture.

After the relative complexity of Eira (which is still on sale for a couple of more days!), this shawl is a quick and satisfying project.

Once you complete the garter tab beginning and setup row, the pattern consists of two alternating stitch patterns, one them garter, the other the Purl Twist stitch.


Size US 7/4.5mm circular needle, at least 36 inches long

750 yards DK weight wool or wool blend. I used Abundant Earth Fiber, Verdant in Dark Grey.

2 stitch markers

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

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K – Knit                                   P – Purl

RS – Right Side                      WS – Wrong Side

YO – Yarn Over

PM – Place Marker     SM – Slip Marker

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Sl1 wyif – Slip 1 with yarn in front

LRinc – Lifted Right Increase. Using your right needle, lift the right leg of the stitch below the next stitch on the left-hand needle onto the left-hand needle and knit it. 1 stitch increased.

LLinc – Lifted Left Increase. Using your left needle, lift the left leg of the stitch 2 rows below the stitch on right-hand needle onto left-hand needle and knit it through the back loop. 1 stitch increased.

April over at has a great tutorial on working the lifted increases in garter stitch.

PT – Purl Twist. Purl 2 stitches together, but don’t remove stitches from left needle. Purl the first stitch again, then slip both stitches off needle.



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Stitch Patterns

Garter Sections

Row 1 (RS): K2, YO, K to marker, LLinc, SM, K1, SM, LRinc, K to last 2 sts, YO, K2.

Row 2 (WS): K to marker, SM, SL1 wyif, SM, K to end.

Purl Twist Sections

Row 1 (RS): K2, YO, K to marker, LLinc, SM, K1, SM, LRinc, K to last 2 sts, YO, K2.

Row 2 (WS): K3, PT to 1 st before marker, K1, SM, Sl1 wyif, SM, K1, PT to last 3 sts, K3.

knitting yarn wool shawl


Using your favorite garter tab cast-on method, cast on a two-stitch wide garter tab with 9 total stitches. My favorite garter tab that uses short rows instead of picking up stitches to create the tab is here. This is the method I use for starting all top-down triangular or crescent shaped shawls.

Setup Row (WS): K4, PM, P1, PM, K4.

Now alternate Garter Sections and Purl Twist Sections however you like. Sample was done as follows:

Garter Section until you have 81 stitches, ending with a WS row.

Purl Twist Section: 10 times.

Garter Section: 5 times.

Purl Twist Section: 9 times.

Garter Section: 5 times.

Purl Twist Section: 8 times.

Garter Section: 5 times.

Purl Twist Section: 7 times.

Garter Section: 5 times.

Purl Twist Section: 6 times.

Garter Section: 2 times.

That’s it! I’m the only one to test this pattern, so if you find any mistakes or have any questions, please feel free to comment or send me a message.

knitting shawl wool yarn

If you prefer a .pdf of the pattern, you can download it here: Pave the Way

As far as that other idea I had floating around my head, it will have to wait until another time. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Pave the Way and have a beautiful weekend.

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