Thank you to Chandi at Expression Fiber Arts for providing the yarn for this sample!
This season has been all about stepping out of my comfort zone with my yarn choices. One thing I’ve never done, until now, is get my hands on hand-dyed yarn. But when Expression Fiber Arts showed up on my Facebook feed one day, I was captivated by the gorgeousness of the yarn. I knew I had to try it! Chandi was gracious enough to send me some Superwash Merino Silk Pearlescent Worsted to play with, and there are a few things I noticed right away when I held it in my hands:
1. “Pearlescent” is a perfect description for this yarn. I wondered, when I saw the photos on the web site, if it really would look as shiny in real life. It does! And while cheaper yarns tend to sacrifice stitch definition for sheen, this yarn doesn’t at all.
2. It’s soft! Like, super soft. But sturdy.
3. The colors are incredible. I chose a colorway that isn’t available anymore (I think I grabbed the last one, sorry!) that is a mixture of the palest pink and icy blue, but if you look on the web site, you’ll see that there are plenty of totally gorgeous colorways to choose from!
Now, you know me; I love my big box store yarns, and they’re what I typically use; because not only am I on a budget, but I know many of you are, too. But, I also know that there is a whole world of absolutely stunning yarns out there that are worth exploring, especially for those super special projects. Don’t be afraid to branch out; you might just discover something beautiful!
After I finished the pattern for this hat, I felt like it needed a little contrast. So, I added a pom pom with some white unlabeled yarn from my stash. The pom pom is totally optional and is not included in the yardage count.
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ANNABELLE SLOUCH HAT
Finished Size: 9″ tall x 9.5″ wide (when laid flat)
Hook: I (5.50mm) and G (4.25mm)
Yarn: Approximately 185 yards (not including optional pom pom) of Superwash Merino Silk Pearlescent Worsted, a #4 weight medium yarn by Expression Fiber Arts.
Gauge: With larger hook, 16 rows of 8 (skip 1 ST, SC+HDC in next ST) combos = 4″ square
You’ll also need: Yarn needle, stitch marker
MC (magic circle – view tutorial here)
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
SC+HDC (this just means to put 1 SC and 1 HDC in the same ST)
BLO (back loop only)
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Pattern is worked in a continuous, seamless round until the band. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds and do not join or turn unless instructed to do so.
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To begin: With larger hook, make a magic circle; CH1 (does not count as a stitch).
Round 1: 10 HDC in MC. (10)
Round 2: 2 HDC in each ST around. (20)
Round 3: 2 HDC in each ST around. (40)
Round 4: 2 HDC in each ST around. (80)
Round 5: (SC+HDC in next ST, SK next ST) around. (80)
Rounds 6-26: Repeat Round 5.
Round 27: (SC+HDC in next ST, SK next ST) 39 times; 2 STS remain. SC in next ST; SL ST next (final) ST. (80)
Round 28: CH1. SC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC. (80)
Next we’re going to make the band of the hat, and we will be working in vertical rows, attaching it to the final round of the hat with SL STS as we go.
Switch to G Hook.
Row 1: CH7. SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC in remaining 5 CHS. SL ST in next 2 SCs of Round 28. (6, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)
Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS, SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the last ST. (6)
Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SL ST in next 2 SCs of Round 28. (6, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)
Repeat Rows 2-3 all the way around the hat (80 rows). Fasten off and use your tail to whip stitch the first and last rows together. Weave in all ends.
Attach pom pom (optional).
Are you able to do a tutorial on adding the band as I’m new to crochet and find it easier to watch tutorials. I’ve been able to crochet the slouch hat, not confident with the band. Thank you Christina
It’s on my list! I get that question a LOT. I just need to find a time to do it… a 6 month old + 2 older boys home for the summer = no good time to film a tutorial video. But my goal is to release one before this fall, because I’ll be releasing more hat patterns with this technique. 🙂
on sc+hdc does that count as 1 st or 2
You’re completing each stitch, so you’ll have two sets of loops – so 2 stitches. That’s why we skip every other stitch, to account for putting two stitches in one space.
I’m confused on how to complete the gauge swatch. If you do SC+HDC each time it would just keep increasing. Do you have a better explaination? Thanks!
I updated the gauge. Sorry, that was confusing! By “combo” I meant the Sk 1, SC+HDC in 1 combo that’s used in the pattern, but one wouldn’t know that if they hadn’t started the pattern yet. My bad! 🙂
Rebecca, did you make your pom? If so, do you have a pattern?! XO
I did! I actually used a Clover Pom Maker. I used to make my own, and then I got a Clover and I will never, ever go back. 🙂
Rebecca, I think I figured it out, thanks though! 😉
HI Rebecca and thanks for sharing your patterns and love them all. I’ve made 4 different things now! 2 hats and 2 cowls and they are perfect! Can you please explain the band for me? I seem to have a mental block. The ch 7, back down, slip st x2, ch1, back up the ch 7 (6) in blo but then I seem to just have a tag thing, kinda like a flap. Lol. Probably doesn’t mean sense to you the way I’ve explained. It reminds me of the button flap in your her pattern, macciatto hat. Is there a tutorial out there I can watch perhaps.? Thanks in advance! Kara
Hi I was just wondering if you just continue crocheting & mark each row from 1-27 or should there be a slip stitch at the end of each row?
No slip stitch; it’s worked in a continuous spiral. I use 1 stitch marker and move it up with each row.
I don’t understand why it says to scroll down for the free pattern and when one goes to print it cuts off several rows each page, please help.
It says “scroll down” because a lot of people see the blog post portion and then email me wondering where the pattern is, not realizing it was right after the blog post. As far as why it’s printing like that, I don’t know. How are you printing it? The easiest way is to copy and paste it into a Word document and print from there.
I love all your patterns ! Thank you for sharing them !
Great to have you back. God bless you and your little one.
Thank you so much for giving us such a great pattern on valentines day. Its wonderful that you are enjoying motherhood and still find the time to keep up your fantastic website. I know I sure appreciate all the great tips and info about different yarns but also that you understand that many of us are on a budget. I’m sure with three children, making quality items at affordable prices is important to you as well. So thank you again. Hope you had a really nice Valentine’s Day.
Your adorable baby boy, Henry, was born one day after my youngest son’s birthday. (12/27) except that my son, Lewis, just turned 39. LOL!! Enjoy that little one while you can. They grow up so fast. Congratulations!
What a beautiful yarn! I have heard such good things about this yarn. The pattern is gorgeous! Henry is absolutely adorable!
I lurve EFA yarn 😉 I have the softest slouch hat (like buttah) made with this same yarn in an exclusive colourway called Fur Baby. It is so nice to splurge on high-end yarn from time to time.
Congratulations! Little Henry is adorable. Enjoy him, before you know it he’ll be crawling and then walking. Judy
I love all your patterns, they are so beautiful and easy to follow – Little Monkey’s Crochet is easily my favorite go-to website for patterns. And I love that you’ve used yarn from EFA here – I discovered Chandi’s yarn when I very first learned to crochet about 18 months ago – I only purchase it on special occasions (because I’m on a budget, too!) but her yarn is GORGEOUS. I have a couple skeins of her worsted weight yarn that have been waiting for the perfect pattern – now I’ve found it, can’t wait to try it. Thank you!
I’m like 2 yrs behind so hopefully you get this. I actually haven’t done crochet in about 3 yrs now and I really like this pattern and I’m stuck wish there was a video tuturial.. as I get to round 3 the wool starts to go wavy is there correct since it is a slouch hat is it meant to wave. Thank you