Free Hat Friday and a Bernat Softee Chunky Giveaway!

Welcome to the first installment of Free Hat Fridays! Every Friday this month, we'll be bringing you a brand new exclusive hat pattern and a chance for you to win 3 balls of Bernat Softee Chunky to get you back to school and back to stitching in style.

This week, we're starting things off with an exclusive new pattern for a cold-weather staple - the classic Cable Hat! These Cable Hats are a must-have for cooler months, and because they're knit in our new and improved Bernat Softee Chunky, they're as cozy and durable as they are stylish.

Bernat Softee Chunky Cable Hats

Want to win some free yarn to get to work on your new hat? Tell us what you've got on your needles or hooks right now, and you could win 3 balls of Bernat Softee Chunky! At 11 sts on US 11 (8mm) needles and available in a range of amazing new colors, the new Bernat Softee Chunky is thicker, quicker, and better than ever.

Let us know what projects you're working on in the comments of this post before Thursday, September 13th and you could be this week's winner! One lucky commenter will be randomly selected to win, and we'll be announcing the winner in next week's Free Hat Friday post.

Good luck, and happy stitching!


I am making 10inch squares for bright colored blanket. Colors include apple green, purple, teal blue and orange so far.

A friend had twins - a boy and a girl - I have finished the girl's baby blanket and have the boy's baby blanket on my hook right now - Hope to be able to give them soon :)

I love making hats and those hats look great

I am making crochet flowers for the little girl on Barrett's and clip and on pins for the ladies. I trim them out with beads and ribbons

A scarf, the beginning of another scarf & lots of other UFO's!!

i'm working on a off the shoulder top and will be unraveling a long cardigan that is way to big for me, and then using the yarn to knit another long jacket, wish me luck.

Working on a twist and twirl scarf. Just bought the new pattern book for fall of softee chunky patterns, would love to start on some of them soon

Right now I have a Keyhole Scarf on my needles.

I just finished up a beautiful scarf in the Moss colored Bernat Boucle. I did a Faux cable pattern I found on Ravelry. I love how soft and textured the boucle made the scarf.

I finally just finished a Vickie Howell hat with cables. I had so much fun knitting it and found the cables to be fairly easy!

I have a custom brown earflap with pink trim and a horse shoe on it on my hook right now! I love your Softee chunky and do most of my hats with it!

A sweater for my husband is my main project right now, but I am also working on blocks for an afghan when I spend any time waiting in the car, and a lace shawlette pattern that is a little more challenging.

I have wrist warmers on right now. Using Bernat Super Value in Black. They are a must have for the busy mom putting kids in car seats all winter. Or even for helping with coats and mitts. Mom's hands don't need to freeze!

I have a sock monkey hat for a toddler to finish crocheting this weekend

I've got an owl purse started.

Hi there, on my crochet needles I have a pair of baby booties, on another a crochet slouchy hat and on my loom I am making a frilly skirt for my daughter using ruffle/lace yarn.

I'm teaching myself how to knit socks 2 at a time. it's interesting that's for sure. I just finished a hat for a friend, but the yarn was green and turned my fingers green. I wasn't happy with that but oh well she liked the hat. :)

I am actually knitting a hat to match the scarf I just finished. Love the look of these hats and look forward to making it. The whole idea of free hat Fridays is great.

I'm actually working on my first blanket WITH Softee Chunky! I have fallen in love with it after I used it to make a large amigurumi stuffie for a friend's daughter, and decided to use it to make a blanket for my daughter's first big girl bed, when she finally gets into one. I really like the thicker yarn, and it's certainly making a blanket a lot faster. The blanket is hot pink, turquoise and lime green, it's bright and fun and I'm really loving the granny stripe look I chose for it.

On my knitting needles right now...3 baby cardigans, 1 baby top, 1 pr of mittens, a cardigan for myself, & a crochet bag is on the hook, too! There are just too many yarns & patterns for me to focus on just one thing at a time! :)

I'm working on a shawl for my mom, a blanket for my son, & a pullover for my daughter.

Right now I'm working on a knitted hoodie for my son. I'm just hoping to have it done before it gets really cold outside. I'd love to have some of the new Softee Chunky to work with next. It'll be great to have something that'll knit up quickly after this huge project!

Mary Jane style slippers, a scarf and a pair of fingerless mitts! Knitting heaven!

I am knitting and crocheting up a bunch of hats for fall and winter craft shows. And my son wants a new beanie hat for school LOL

I've got a beautiful blue baby sweater with a leaf motif around the collar on my needles with a matching hat next in line. Then I'm moving on to lots of hats, scarves and mittens in anticipation of winter. I love this time of year for knitting.

I am 7 months pregnant with my baby girl. Currently I am knitting my little girl a blanket!

I am working a a sweater for my sister's dog right now.. I plan to give it to him for christmas :)

On my hooks: I'm working on a Christmas block for a swap, and a pair of slippers for my secret friend, and on my knitting needles I'm working on my first pair of socks

I have a Cable Hat on my needles using Bernat Roving. I have made 7 of these in different colors. I would love to try some Bernat Softee Chunky yarn for a different style hat. Thank you!

I am currently working on a blanket for our couch, some angry birds amigurumi, and new winter hats for my boys.

Well, I have 8 month old twin boys and I currently have on my hooks & needles: crochet pumpkin hats with bernat softee baby & bernat satin, a knit, zip up, striped sweater with bernat softee baby and on another hook I have Dr. Seuss, thing 1 & 2 hats I am making coincidently with bernat softee chunky! I am an impatient kintter/crocheter so like to have a few projects on the go and swap between projects to keep things fresh :)

I am crocheting a baby blanket for my friends who are due with their first in a week... I need to finish it ASAP!

Love love hats!! This yarn is so soft and great for hats.

Currently working on hats and gloves for Xmas.

I have yoga socks, a hat, and something else but I 3 works in the bulky yarn as it knits up fast...ty:)

Currently I have two projects going - a baby blanket on my crochet hook and a cowl on the needles :o)

Three projects on needles : a shawl, a skirt and fingerless gloves! :) But mostly working on the shawl! :) Then, maybe I'll start slippers...

I'm going to start making neck-warmers and wrist-warmers. It was 50 degrees here last night!

Yay! I am working on a men's slouchy beanie, a granny square baby blanket, gloves, a toddler bunny hat, and a toddler rainbow hat. I am also teaching a girls class how to crochet and knit. I would love to win this yarn!! Love Bernat!!!

I am working on a vest for myself. I hardly ever make anything for me, but want to wear something for my show next weekend! Lots of hats, shawls, cowls, etc. in the works for next weekend.

Summertime for my household means the Chicago Cubs games on tv. Baseball on tv means crochet! Bernat Satin Sparkle Shawl is my project for this season and while the season is nearly over, so is my project which I look forward to wearing to keep warm when the weather cools down

I'm working on a scarf in Boa and it's nearly finished. It's knit every stitch on large needles, which creates a lovely wide fluid scarf that can be used in a lot of ways. It's going to make a great gift!

Currently on hooks & needles: star blanket boyfriend hat me & my dad sweater dickens sweater

I'm finishing up a Christmas tree skirt and also working on an afghan by my grandson. When I tire of those two, I'm also working on a shawl.

i'm currently working on christmas gifts as well as boot cuffs that i sell thru a local store.

I'm in the midst of lots of projects right now. Getting ready to open an Etsy shop with a friend. Coasters, potholders, doilies, hats, name it, I'm working on it :) Thanks for the chance to win some great Softee Chunky yarn!

I am correcting working with Bernat Softee Chunky on a rippled crocheted baby blanket. It is great to work with!

i love Bernat and almost always go to it for Baby projects which are currently on my needles. Baby Baby is the color and the blanket looks great. Great for either gender. I also like the feel and easyiness with which the yarn works up. I also finished a sweater in Bernat for a baby that is one of the fastest things I have worked up (less than 2 weeks)!

Knitting=Sweater, socks, dish cloths Crochet=3 afghans in progress with more waiting to be started, purse, wash cloths, dish clothes. 2 children's sweaters, Plus yarn waiting to make more projects. Would love to win this yarn, gets pretty cold in Montana, and my granddaughter and great-granddaughter would love these hats.

I am working on a crochet reindeer hat