7 Free Crochet Hat Patterns Using Chunky Yarn

If you are looking for some cozy free chunky hat crochet patterns, then you are in luck! These seven hats all use either bulky or super bulky yarn, so they are extra thick to keep you warm!

Crocheted hats are always fun to make when they work up fast, like these chunky yarn ones I’ve listed below. Make these chunky crochet hats using the free patterns I found, so you can stay warm all winter long! Enjoy.

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What is a Chunky Crochet Hat?

A chunky crochet hat is a hat that uses either a bulky #5 weight yarn or super bulky #6 weight yarn. These two particular yarn weights are thicker than most yarn available. The thicker the yarn, the warmer the hat will be, and the quicker it will work up.

The chunky hat designs I’ve found below are great for both Fall and Winter. You’ll love how cozy they can keep you if you are outside for an extended time.

Just try some chunky yarn on your next crocheted hat, and you’ll see what I mean.

What is Considered a Chunky Yarn?

Each yarn weight has multiple names they go by. For instance, “bulky” and “chunky” both refer to yarn that is classified as weight #5.

Super chunky yarn is slightly thicker still, and is labeled as a yarn weight #6. Super chunk yarn is also sometimes referred to as “roving”.

There are in fact 7 different yarn weights, and familiarizing yourself with the different terms they can be called will only help you. Every designer can call it something different!

Take a look below at some of my favorite chunky yarns to use to make extra cozy hats!

Bulky #5 Weight Yarns

Super Bulky #6 Weight Yarns

Which Yarn Is Best for Crochet Hats?

When designing crochet hats that I want to be extra warm, I like to crochet with Lion Brand Thick & Quick. It is an 80/20 acrylic-wool blend. When you use wool to make at hat, it will keep your head very warm!


The only problem with wool is that it is slightly more difficult to wash and care for. Luckily, Wool Ease Thick & Quick is only 20% wool, so you shouldn’t have too many issues with it.

Wool-Ease Thick and Quick

This yarn is made by Lion Brand, and is a Weight 6 – Super Bulky yarn.

Wool-Ease Thick and Quick

Fiber: Acrylic (80%), Wool (20%)
Yardage: 106 yards (87 in prints/stripes, 92 in metallic)
Hook: 9 mm (M/N-13)
Substitute: Lion Brand Hometown USA

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A great wool-free alternative is Lion Brand Hometown USA, which is made with acrylic fibers, and thus much easier to care for.

Hometown USA

This yarn is made by Lion Brand, and is a Weight 6 – Super Bulky yarn.

Hometown USA

Fiber: 100% Acrylic
Yardage: 74m / 81 yds
Hook: 9 mm (M/N-13)
Substitute: Mandala Thick & Quick Yarn

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However, you should be good to use any yarn you find, just as long as it is of the same weight/thickness as the yarn that is suggested in the pattern.

Can You Use Thinner Yarn to Crochet a Hat?

Crocheting a hat or beanie with thinner yarn is the same as using a bulky or chunky weight yarn. Crocheting a hat with light or medium weight yarn is certainly possible – in fact, I have a couple of patterns that do that.

However, I love using bulky yarn because of how fast it works up in a pattern and how warm the resulting hat is! Since all the crocheted hat patterns below use either bulky or chunky yarn, I would not recommend changing them to use yarn thinner than that.

When you change the yarn thickness in a pattern, the gauge gets messed up, and you basically have to completely recreate the pattern from scratch. It is not as simple as just swapping out one thickness of yarn for another.

Chunky Yarn Hat Crochet Patterns

Below, I have a great collection of crochet patterns using chunky or super chunky yarn for you to pick from.

Most of the hat designs below come in various sizes. The patterns will list out the dimensions for each hat size that you can adjust the pattern for you. Enjoy and happy hat crocheting!

Messy Bun Beanie

Yarn: Cozy Wool
Weight: Bulky #5

This chunky messy bun beanie hat uses a bulky five yarn weight; Cozy wool and only one crochets stitch! Sounds easy, right? Plus, this bulky yarn comes in a variety of colors, so you can make a hat that is perfectly suited for you.

If you have an hour, you can make this bulky yarn hat crochet pattern in no time at all! Get the free tutorial below to start crocheting this chunky messy bun beanie.

Elise Crochet Hat

Yarn: Wool-Ease Tonal
Weight: Bulky #5

The Elise beanie uses a two toned bulky 5 yarn and easy crochet stitches. If you can single and half double crochet, then you can make this hat!

The yarn used to make this hat is discontinued, but I recommend Color Made Easy yarn as a substitute. This yarn is just as chunky and works up very similar.

Emily Beanie

Yarn: Wool-Ease Tonal
Weight: Bulky #5

This 5 weight yarn crochet that pattern is the Emily beanie! It is a hat pattern that has a beautiful textured look from the way the stitches are crocheted. If you want a unique and cozy hat, then this one is for you.

The yarn used to make this hat is discontinued, but I recommend Color Made Easy yarn as a substitute. This yarn is just as chunky and works up very similar.

Simple One Stitch Crochet Hat

Chunky Pom Crochet Hat

Yarn: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Weight: Super Bulky #6

This ribbed beanie crochet pattern uses my favorite super bulky yarn, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. This easy crochet hat is beginner-friendly and has a bulky hat design. It uses only single crochets, which means it’s great for all skill levels!

There are even directions to make the puffy pom on the top if you’d like that on your hat too! Get the free chunky pom hat pattern and start crocheting one today.

Fiona Chunky Beanie

Yarn: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Weight: Super Bulky #6

This beginner beanie pattern is a super bulky hat that is another example of a hat using Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn.

If you’d love to try your hand at an easy beginner-friendly hat pattern, then this chunky hat design is the one! Get the free Fiona hat pattern to start crocheting a hat today.

Beginner Crochet Hat Pattern

Chunky Double Crochet Hat

Yarn: Lion’s Pride Woolspun
Weight: Bulky #5

These bulky five yarn hats use only double crochets for the main part of the pattern! If you’d like a quick project to crochet, than this easy Winter hat is the one for you!

The bulky yarn that was used for this hat is no longer available, so I recommend using Color Made Easy by Lionbrand as a substitute yarn. Follow the simple crochet hat instructions below to get started.

Dreaming of Winter Beanie

This hat is one that has some advanced crochet stitches, but is worth the effort for how beautiful this is! This beanie is designed with a four weight yarn, but it can be made with almost any chunky yarn that is available, which means it can be made in any style or color you wish.

If you do make this chunky crochet beanie hat pattern, please be sure to share it with me on social media.

That’s It for The Chunky Crochet Beanies!

Which of these chunky crochet hats are you going to pick to make? If you’d rather work up a hat using worsted weight yarn, I have a couple of good suggestions that you could try too!

Like the simple Leigh hat or the easy-to-make fur pom crochet hat pattern.

Do you want even more free crochet patterns to explore, so you can make even more crochet hats? Explore the crochet hat database for inspiration.

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