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Chunky Marl Pompom Beanie

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Free Knitting Pattern

Super quick and super easy, this beanie is knit up with 2 strands of worsted weight wool at the same time for a chunky size and marl yarn effect, topped with a great big fun, fluffy pompom.

These hats knit up so quickly with US11 (8mm) needles. They are awesome if you need a last minute gift or you want to build up some colourful stock for an up coming craft market. Two strands at the same time means you can mix colours and give the beanies a cool two-toned marl look. Make one of the yarns a tweed for even more visual appeal.

Picking Your Colours

Marled yarn usually consist of 2-3 colours twisted together to give a streaked colour effect. With this beanie you’ll make your own marl yarn by knitting 2 strands of different coloured yarn together.

There are two different methods that I follow when picking out the perfect colours to marl together.

colour wheel
  1. Find 2 yarns that are close in shade or tint (both are light, medium or dark) but are slightly different colours. Pick colours that would sit next to each other in the colour wheel. The 2nd and 4th beanie in the photo below are examples of this. I mixed a medium shade yellow/green with a medium green in the 2nd hat and a darker shade green/blue with navy blue in the 4th hat.
  2. Find 2 yarns that are the same colour but slightly different shades, like a light and medium shade or a medium and dark shade. The 1st and 3rd beanies in the photo below are examples of mixing a light and a medium shade. I mixed light purple with a medium purple in the 1st hat and a light pink with a medium pink for the 3rd hat.

Mixing colours is fun and gives you so many variations. Follow one of the methods above, go through your stash and start twisting worsted weight yarn together to find the perfect match for your chunky marl pompom beanie.

Topped with a Big Fluffy Pompom

Use a big pompom to top these off. You can find an awesome faux fur pom or opt to make your own. For these hats I made my own to match the hats because I love the two toned look in yarn poms. Link here to see how I make my Big Fluffy Pompoms, this technique is quick and easy and uses tools everyone has in their home.

Link to the Pompom Instructions

The Knitting Pattern

Needles and Tools

US11 (8mm) 16″ circular needle

Set of US11 (8mm) Double Point Needles

Stitch Marker

Darning Needle


Worsted Weight Wool (4-Medium) in two colours, 110 yards of each colour will give you enough for the beanie and a big fluffy pompom

For this hat I used:

  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted – Bamboo Heather
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Tweed – Olive Heather


Adult one size

Circumference = 22″ (56 cm)

Height (without the pompom) = 9″ (23 cm)


4 inches = 12 stitches in stocking stitch with 2 strands of worsted weight knit together on US 11 (8mm) needles


CO – Cast On

DPNs – Double Point Needles

K2tog – decrease 1 by knitting the next 2 stitches together

KFB – increase 1 by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch


CO 54 stitches with 2 strands of worsted weight wool held together on US11 (8mm) circular needle

First Round: [K1, P1] repeat to end, place marker and join the round

Work 11 more round in K1, P1 ribbing

Increase Round: [K8, KFB] repeat to end

Knit 17 Rounds

Begin Decrease Rounds – switch to DPNs when needed

Next Round: [K4, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K3, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K2, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Next Round: [K1, K2tog] repeat to end

Next Round: [K2tog] repeat to end

Cut the yarn and run it through the remaining stitches with a darning needle and pull tight. Run the into the center of the hat and sew a couple stitches on the inside to keep from getting a hole in the center.

Weave in loose ends

Wash and block

Attach your awesome Big Fluffy Pompom

chunky marl pompom beanie

© 2021 Heather Pelletier – Handknit Hugs
Do not copy, re-distribute or sell this pattern either in whole or in part.
You may sell products made from this pattern

Thanks so much for checking out this pattern, I hope you’ve enjoyed knitting it up. Comment below if you have any questions or feedback. I would love to see your finished beanies! Post your project pics on Ravelry or Instagram and tag @handknithugs #chunkymarlpompombeanie

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