Zig Zag Chunky Beanie

Welcome to my matching Beanie pattern.

This design (and the design for my Zig Zag Scarf) was made with two little rays of sunshine in mind.

The size was initially aimed to fit a 5-6 year old, however given the ribbing used it can fit from all the way up to teens and even adults as well.

When I saw the ‘Do The Twist‘ yarn from Hobbycraft I feel in love with the unique colours and super soft feel. I choose the ‘Pink’ colour for this project and I love how its almost pink with a splash of purple mixed in. This yarn is classified as super chunky and is 70% acrylic and 30% wool making it perfect for winter projects.

What you’ll need:

  • Approximately 100 meters or 110 yards of chunky weight yarn. For this project I used 2 x 100g ‘Do The Twist’ in Pink from my local Hobbycraft – available here
  • US Size 11 (8mm) 16″ circular knitting needles.
  • US 11 (8mm) Double Pointed Knitting needles (optional)
  • Stitch marker
  • Large Pom Pom maker
  • Large sewing needle
  • Scissors


  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • K2tog – Knit two stitches together
  • Sts – Stitches
  • * – Repeat sequence


Approximate time to knit this Beanie: 1-2 hours.

Difficulty: Easy/ Beginner

Gauge: 10 stitches and 13 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm

Size: Child – Fits 18”-21” head circumference

This pattern uses a long tail cast on.

The Zig Zag design of this pattern is made by contrast between the knit and purl stitches and is knit over a 5 row repeat.

The Pattern

Cast on 40 stitches using long tail cast on method.

Join in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches and place marker to mark the start/ end of each round.


Rounds 1-6: *K2, P2 repeat from * to end.

Brim is approximately 2 inches.

You can double the amount of rounds and have a folded brim if preferred.

Main Body:

Rounds 7-9: K around

This should be about 1cm from brim.

We will now work on creating three zig zags around the hat.

Repeat the below 5 rounds three times (15 rounds)

Zig Zag Pattern

Round 1: P1, *K6, P2; repeat from * to last 7 sts, K6, P1.

Round 2: P2, * K4, P4; repeat from * to last 6 sts, K4, P2

Round 3: K1, *P2, K2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, P2, K1.

Round 4: K2, *P4, K4; repeat from * to last 6 sts, P4, K2.

Round 5: K3, *P2, K6; repeat from * to last 5 sts, P2, K3.

Rounds 10-24: Repeat the above 5 rows three time.

Round 25-27: K around.



(Note: from here I transferred my stitches onto 3 DPN’s – 4 DPN’s total)

Round 28: *K3, K2tog *repeat to end of round

Round 29: K around

Round 30: *K2, K2tog *repeat to end of round

Round 31: K around

Round 32: *K1, K2tog *repeat to end of round

Round 33: K around

Round 34: *K2tog *repeat to end of round

8 stitches left.

You’ll be left with 8 stitches on your needles, cut your yarn leaving a long tail and weave through the 8 remaining stitches and back through the first stitch. Drawstring to close and tie a knot to secure. Weave in all ends.


Pom Pom

Using a large size pom-pom maker make one pom-pom and sew to the top of your beanie to finish.

If you make your own ZigZag beanie with this pattern, I would love to see it! You can share your photos on my Facebook page, tag me on Twitter (@zocreates) or Instagram (@zoe.creates) and you can use the hashtag #zoecreates.

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Happy Making!


8 thoughts on “Zig Zag Chunky Beanie

    1. Sorry for the late reply! Sorry I didn’t make this clear and thank you for highlighting this. The pattern calls for you to repeat the 5 round zig zig pattern three times (15 rounds) after round 9. So the first, second and third zig zag are rows 10-24! Rounds 7-9 are simply knit around.

    1. Hi Cindy, This patter is knit over a 10 stitch repeat. Meaning to adjust the size you just need to ensure you cast on multiple of 10. To decrease the size I would try either casting on 20 stitches or just try decreasing the yarn weight and needle size! Good luck 🙂 Zoe x

  1. I would like to make this beanie for myself what multiples wouldwork for an adult,I have tried a couple and the end result is not a zig zag effest and I really like it. Cheryl

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