KNITTING PATTERN: Bulky Birchwood Beanie | Easy Knit Hat Pattern | Easy Bulky Weight Yarn Hat Knitting Pattern


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This easy knit hat pattern for bulky yarn is named for the little town across the lake from where I live. I've updated my original Birchwood Beanie pattern (available for purchase separately) that was originally written for worsted/aran weight yarn to be a super quick knit for bulky/chunky yarn! This hat features a clean decrease that looks nice with and without a pom pom. Please note this listing is for BULKY yarn, and the aran/worsted pattern is available for purchase separately.

This hat knitting pattern includes instructions for two types of bulky weight yarn. The first version works well with a standard plied bulky yarn and includes a cozy folded brim. The second version is written specifically for hand- dyed single ply chunky yarn. This yarn often comes in a 100g/76 yard skein of merino wool. If you can’t find hand-dyed yarn, Baah Sequoia, Madeline Tosh A.S.A.P. are good substitutes. All versions are likely a one skein project.

Single-Ply Chunky/Bulky version:
- US size 11 • 8 mm 16" circular needles
- 76 yards single ply chunky/bulky yarn
- Yarn pictured by Bella Vista Knits

Bulky version:
- US size 10.5 • 6.5 mm 16" circular needles
- 102 yards bulky weight yarn
- Yarn pictured by Bella Vista Knits

Adult, but includes basic instructions on how to modify size

To knit this pattern, you'll need to be familiar with knit and purl stitches, knitting in the round, K2TOG & SSK decreases. Includes link to video tutorial for the crown shaping. This pattern is knitted in the round, from bottom up.

This pattern does not include the original Birchwood Beanie pattern for worsted/aran weight. That pattern can be purchased separately here:

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Care instructions

- Hand wash cold in gentle detergent, reshape and air dry flat.
- Do not put in washing machine or dryer, as this will cause your wool item to felt.
- Remove pom pom before washing for best results (pom pom can be removed by untying from inside).
- Fluff pom pom to refresh by gently brushing with comb or cool heat from a hair dryer.

All wool will stretch over time. If you feel your hat has gotten too stretched out, follow the instructions above to wash it, then reshape it to desired shape, and allow to dry. This should reshape it to its original size.

Sizing details

Detailed measurements of each item are provided in each listing description. Hats are made with chunky merino wool or wool. Hats will be fitted on medium/larger heads with taller foreheads, or slouchy/tall on smaller/medium heads with short foreheads. If you are looking for a very small or very large size, message me and I might be able to customize the fit for you.

If you have any questions about sizing or fit, feel free to send me a message! All listings include a video of the fit on my own head (which is larger, with a tall forehead).

All wool will stretch over time. If your hat feels small (especially at the brim) when it arrives, know that it will stretch over time (after a few wears) and mold to your head shape.

Returns and Exchanges

Due to USPS delays in 2020-2022 along with hygiene factors related to COVID-19, returns are not accepted. Please don't hesitate to message me with any questions or concerns about your order and we'll work together to make it right.

If you have any questions about sizing, fit, or materials before your order, I'm more than happy to send you more info, pics or even a video. I typically respond to messages within an hour or two, so don't hesitate to reach out if you're unsure before you order!

I need a new pom pom!

Lost your pom pom or maybe your pet ate it? Or maybe you just want an additional color so you can switch it out? Send me a message to order a new one.

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Well written pattern. When decreasing tighter knitting is required tighter or the top of the hat will gap (which isn't stated in the pattern) but I was able to figure that out and fix easily. The pattern works with a good variety of yarn which is nice.

The pattern was very easy to follow, and the beanie turned out great!

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