Bristow Beanie, a Free Super Bulky Knit Hat Pattern

Bulky knit hat pattern from Banana Moon Studio. Two hats side by side. The larger hat is the adult S and the smaller hat is the preemie size. On a background of a Christmas print fabric. Text reads: Banana Moon Studio.

Super bulky knit hat pattern

Bristow Hat is a free super bulky knit hat pattern that I am delighted to bring you today! This hat pattern is written in seven sizes for preemies to adults! Make it for everyone on your list, and quick! The super bulky yarn makes this a quick project for a day instead of a week.

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What yarn should I use for this hat?

I used Cascade Yarns Boliviana Bulky, which is a super bulky/6 weight yarn. You can make multiple hats with one skein of Boliviana Bulky! You can even make two of the largest size with one skein. I have yardage amounts listed below within the pattern header information. I was surprised by this yarn because it didn’t feel super soft in the skein, but it felt much softer in the finished hat. I’m thinking I may design a matching cowl or scarf to compliment the hat!

Boliviana Bulky is 100% Merino Wool, made in Bolivia. Each large skein includes 200g and 175 yds of yarn.

What knitting needles should I use for this hat?

This hat is knit in the round. You can use DPNs, as I did, or you could use a long circular needle and the magic loop method, or you could use a set of circular needles that is just smaller around then the circumference of the hat. However, if you go with the third option, you will have to switch to one of the others to work the crown decreases. The needle size is US 11 (8 mm).

I personally like wooden DPNs for making hats, like the Sunstruck DPNs from KnitPicks.

24 Days of Quickies

This super bulky knit hat pattern was part of 24 Days of Quickies with Marly Bird and Friends, and was the featured knit pattern on December 7th! Please visit the event page for all the details on the free patterns, giveaways, and discounts!

As an added bonus for this special event, you can get all patterns in my Ravelry shop at 25% off all month long! The coupon code for that discount is QUICKGIFTS21. Again, add what you want to your cart, and add the coupon code at checkout. Enjoy!

Woman wearing a red knit hat with a white faux fur pom. The knit beanie is textured. Text reads: Banana Moon Studio.

Bristow Beanie, a Free Super Bulky Knit Hat Pattern

By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

As with all my patterns, please do not make digital or paper copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you.

Available Sizes Preemie [Baby, Toddler, Child, Tween] [Adult S, Adult L]

Finished Measurements Circumference 7 ¾ [12, 13 ¾, 16 ¼, 17 ¾] [18 ¾, 20 ½] inches; Height 5 [6 ¾, 7 ¼, 8 ½, 9] [9 ½, 9 ½] inches.

Yarn Cascade Yarns Boliviana Bulky (100% Merino Wool; 175 yds; 200 g; weight category 6/super bulky): 1 hank #10 Red.

Note You can make multiple hats with one skein of Boliviana Bulky! The sizes require the following yardages to make: 18 [32, 39, 50, 60] [70, 72] yds of Boliviana Bulky.

Knitting Needles Size US 11 (8 mm) DPNs or long circulars for magic loop method. Adjust needle size if needed to obtain gauge.

Notions tapestry needle, pom pom. If you would like to attach a pom pom with a button loop you will also need a 1 inch button, a sewing needle, and sewing thread to match your yarn.

Pattern Stitch Moss Stitch (p. 50 Super Stitches Knitting by Karen Hemingway)

Gauge 9 sts x 14 rows = About 4 inches square


CO 20 [28, 32, 36, 40] [44, 48]. Join to work in the rnd.


If you have never knit ribbing before, check out this tutorial to see how it’s done.

Rnd 1 *K1, p1, repeat from * around.

Repeat Rnd 1 for ribbing pattern.

Work in ribbing pattern for a total of 6 [6, 8, 8, 6] [8, 6] rnds from cast on edge.

Main body

Rnds 1-2 *P1, k1, repeat from * around

Rnds 3-4 *K1, p1, repeat from * around

Repeat Rnds 1-4 for main body pattern.

Work in main body pattern for 4 [8, 8, 12, 16] [16, 16] more rnds, ending with a Rnd 4 repeat.

Total of rnds from cast on edge 14 [18, 20, 24, 26] [28, 26].

Note If you would like your hat to be a little longer, you can add 4 or 8 additional rnds here.

Crown Decreases

Rnd 1 *P1, k1, k2tog, repeat from * around – 15 [21, 24, 27, 30] [33, 36] sts.

Rnd 2 *P1, k2, repeat from * around.

Rnd 3 *K1, P2tog repeat from * around – 10 [14, 16, 18, 20] [22, 24] sts.

Rnd 4 *K1, p1, repeat from * around.

Preemie size ends here. Move forward to Bind Off instructions. All other sizes continue.

Rnd 5 P2tog around – x [7, 8, 9, 10] [11, 12] sts.

Rnd 6 P around.

Baby, Toddler, Child, Tween, and Adult S sizes end here. Move forward to Bind Off instructions. Adult L size continue.

Rnd 7 K2tog around – x [x, x, x, x] [x, 6] sts.

Rnd 8 K around.

Bind off for all sizes Cut yarn with long tail, use yarn needle to pull yarn through all sts, pull tight to close top.


Weave in ends.

To attach a pom pom with a button loop, use sewing needle and thread to sew a 1 inch diameter button inside very top of hat. With a crochet hook, pull button loop of pom pom through the top center hole of the hat and secure around button.

For a yarn pom pom, use Clover pom pom makers and my tutorial here, or favorite method. When you tie pom in the center, leave the center tie ends long, pull these through separate holes near the top center of the hat, tie in a bow on the inside. Always remove pom poms before washing your hat.

As with all my patterns, please do not make digital or paper copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you.

And there you go friends! I hope you enjoyed this super bulky knit hat pattern. It’s a great quick-finish project because of the super bulky yarn. You can whip up several in a week if you are trying to finish up gifts before the holiday!

Happy knitting,

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  1. Hi April,
    I am in Marly Bird’s 24 Days of Quickies. I was in the process of getting the pattern off your Ravelry shop when my computer crashed. I couldn’t get back on YouTube and I lost the tab to your Ravelry shop. When I tried to go back in, it wouldn’t let me use the code for the free download. Can you please help me out? Thanks!

  2. Hi April,

    I just found this pattern and wondered if you have a matching scarf pattern? I have Buttercream Alpaca skeins in super bulky and I’d like to make a set for a friend who is moving to a country in Central Asia where the weather is really cold.