Quick and Easy Chunky Knit and Bulky Crochet Hat Free Patterns

Sometimes you just need an instant gratification project. Perhaps you want to whip up an accessory that you can wear the same day. Maybe you need to make a gift at the last minute. Or perhaps it’s a form of craft as therapy – it feels satisfying when you can start and finish something made with your own two hands. Well, whether you’re a knitter or a crocheter, I’ve got the solution for you: The Snowboarder Chunky Hat. There’s a free chunky knit design for it as well as a free bulky crochet hat pattern.

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The Joy of Instant Gratification Knit and Crochet

Instant gratification has a bad reputation. Good things come to those who wait and all that. And sure, there’s a place and time for embarking on a long-term project. For example, temperature blankets make great projects when stick-to-it-iveness is your goal. But don’t overlook the value and joy of instant gratification knit and crochet.

Knitting and crochet are a form of therapy for many of us. They can help us in a variety of ways. Moreover, different types of projects are therapeutic for different people at different stages of life. And yes, instant gratification projects and one skein projects can provide a lot of benefits.

For example, sometimes it feels like you’re just not able to accomplish anything at all. Everything feels too hard and overwhelming. And you might get really down on yourself for not being productive. There’s no way that you feel like you can start some intricate lace shawl project that will take weeks to complete. But you know what you can do? Whip up a bulky crochet hat (or knit one) in a matter of hours – maybe even less than an hour! You start with just some yarn and a hook or needle, you end up with a beautiful, functional, project, and it’s truly satisfying to realize that you have the power to make something with your own two hands.

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Crafting in Community: Bulky Crochet Hat Inspired by Celebrity

I originally crocheted these two matching knit and crochet hat patterns back in February 2018. I had been watching the Winter Olympics, which is something that I always love to do. And there on my screen was awesome snowboarder Chloe Kim wearing a terrific chunky knit hat. Immediately, I thought, “I could make that.” How terrific would it be to be able to not only make a cute new warm hat design but also to honor this female athlete by doing so?

Every now and then, there’s a knit or crochet item worn by a famous person that starts trending. And I think it’s a lot of fun to help people learn how to make those for themselves. Right now it’s the Bernie Sanders mittens, and I am so thrilled to be able to offer you my Bernie Sanders Feel The Heat Mittens in both knit and crochet patterns.

It’s fun to make these designs because a whole community of crafters come together at once to make something similar. We all get the chance to participate in something fun together from afar, sharing our makes with one another online. And so as I was making the Bernie Sanders mittens, I was reminded of the Snowboarder Chunky Hat inspired by Chloe Kim.

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The Snowboarder Chunky Hat (Knit and Crochet Patterns)

So, I wanted to remind you about these great instant gratification chunky hat patterns. Here are some things that you’ll want to know:

  • The crochet pattern and the knitting pattern for the Snowboarder Chunky Hat look almost identical. Sometimes it’s hard to get really matching looks when you make something in one craft as compared to the other, but in this case, we got it done!
  • These hats are made with jumbo yarn or super bulky yarn. In fact, the bulky crochet hat is worked holding two strands of it together! Therefore, these hats truly do work up really quickly. You should find that the bulky knit hat takes less than two hours to knit. And the bulky crochet hat takes less than an hour.
  • They are topped off by super cute floppy pom poms. It adds a little winter joy to the hats. However, the poms are removable if you want to wear the hats without them. And I have a Pom Pom video tutorial specifically for this type of hat Pom Pom.
  • These chunky hats are available as video tutorials. You’ll find the links to the written knit and crochet patterns throughout this post and in the images below. And within those written patterns you’ll find links to the videos. You can also find the videos on my YouTube channel.

Get The Chunky Knit and Bulky Crochet Hat Free Patterns

Ready to knit or crochet the Chloe Kim-inspired quick-and-easy hats? Click the image you want below for either the chunky knit or bulky crochet hat pattern. (And if you’d prefer an ad-free version, you’ll find links to those on Ravelry in each pattern page.)

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Marly Bird

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Marly is a knitwear and crochet designer (and yarn addict) that is here to help you learn how to knit and crochet in a way that's fun and approachable.

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