Chunky Chicago Hat


Maggie Mezel


Chicago is called the windy city for more than just it’s politicians. It’s cold in the winter. This hat was created when I decided that the hats I had made in the past just weren’t cutting it anymore. I was tired of my ears being cold all the time. So I grabbed some super chunky yarn and a big hook and whipped up this hat in just a few hours. My ears haven’t been cold since.

This hat is super fun, super easy, and super quick. And it doesn’t use too much yarn to boot! Not to mention that it has a pompom, and you just can’t beat that.


Materials List


1 9 mm crochet hook 

2 skeins of contrasting super bulky yarn (Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick is what’s suggested, but any should work) 

1 stitch marker 

1 pair of scissors 

1 tapestry needle 


Finished Size

One size fits all.



5 st and 6 rows = 2 in in sc




Ch – Chain 

Slst – Slip stitch 

Sc – Single crochet 

St – Stitch 

Dc – Double Crochet 

Cr – Cross stitch (a tutorial on the cross stitch can be found here: )


The Pattern



With color A: 

Ch4, slst to make loop 

Rd 1: 6 sc in loop, slst to join, place marker and move up with each rd (6) 

Rd 2: ch1, 2 sc in each st, slst to join (12) 

Rd 3: ch1, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) x 6, slst to join (18) 

Rd 4: ch1, (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st) x 6, slst to join (24) 

Rd 5: ch1, (sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st) x 6, slst to join (30) 

Switch to color B: 

Rd 6: ch1, sc around, slst to join (30) 

Switch to color A: 

Rd 7: ch1, (sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st) x 6, slst to join (36) 

Switch to color B: 

Rd 8: ch3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc around, slst to join 

Switch to color A: 

Rd 9: ch1, sc around, slst to join 

Switch to color B 

Rd 10: ch3, dc, cr, 2 dc, (dc in next 2 st, cr, dc in next 2 st) x5, slst to join 

Rd 11: ch3, 3dc, cr, (4dc, cr) x 5, slst to join 

Repeat rds 10 and 11 

Rd 12: ch3, dc around, slst to join 

Repeat rd 12 until hat has reached desired length 




Pom Pom: 

Step 1: Wrap the yarn around your 4 fingers several times (abut 20-30). Don’t wrap too tightly or 

you’ll cut off your circulation! 

Step 2: Cut your yarn when you’re finished wrapping 

Step 3: Cut another small (about 12 in) piece of yarn 

Step 4: Squeeze the smaller yarn between your middle and ring fingers. Bring the other end 

through your fingertips. 

Step 5: Tie the two ends together in a know as tightly as you can 

Step 6: Pull off your fingers 

Step 7: Use your scissors to cut through all the loops of the pom pom 

Step 8: Trim your pom pom. You’ll probably have to end up cutting off more than you think you 

will! Keep trimming until your pom pom is a nice, firm, ball. 

Step 9: Sew your pompom to the top of your hat using your tapestry needle 


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