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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this sample!
I recently had a chance to sample some Lion’s Pride Woolspun (by Lion Brand Yarn), and boy, was I impressed!
This #5 bulky weight yarn is awesome. Sold exclusively at Michael’s stores, it’s a sturdy yarn that doesn’t split and shows stitch definition very clearly. I had been looking around for a nice bulky yarn that I could use to make a chunky version of the popular Yenni Slouch, and when I saw this yarn, I knew it would be perfect.
Just look at that stitch definition!
I went a little crazy and designed a matching scarf. It’s big, it’s chunky, and it’s adorable.
Isn’t my model adorable, too? She rocked this photo shoot.
So grab your bigger hooks and join me for a quick, trendy project that will keep your head warm all winter long!
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One Size Fist Most (Preteen – Adult Woman).
Hat measures 10.5” across at band, and is 10” tall.
- N hook (9.00mm) and I hook (5.50mm)
- Yarn needle
- Lion’s Pride Woolspun (from Lion Brand), 190-200 yards. The color in the photos is Taupe.
*About Lion’s Pride Woolspun:
Weight: #5 Bulky
Fiber: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
Yardage: 100 g (3.5 oz) / 127 yd (116 m)
- Button embellishment (mine is 1″)
Gauge: With N hook, a row of 7HDC = 3″ in length.
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
DC (double crochet)
SC+DC (this just means to put a single crochet and a double crochet in the same stitch)
3rd Loop – Some rows call for the stitches to be completed in the “3rd loop”. When working in turned rows, and after completing a row of HDC, these loops will be visible just below the front loop. So instead of inserting your hook into the top loops, you’ll only insert it into that 3rd loop. This will force the top loops to go to the front of your work, which is how we get the “ribbing” effect. View a tutorial here.
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.
(2) The button is just a decorative embellishment (non-functional).
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Using N Hook, and leaving an 18″ tail, CH21.
Row 1: SC+DC in 3rd CH from hook. (Sk next ST, SC+DC in next ST) across. (20)
Row 2: CH1, turn. Skip 1st ST, SC+DC in next ST. (Sk next ST, SC+DC in next ST) across. (20)
Row 3: CH1, turn. Skip 1st ST, SC+DC in next ST. (Sk next ST, SC+DC in next ST) across. (20)
Row 4: CH1, turn. SK 1st ST. HDC in each of the next 18 STS. 2HDC in last ST. (20)
Row 5: CH1, turn. Working in 3rd loops, (SK next ST, SC+DC in next ST) across. (20)
Rows 6-44: Repeat Rows 2-5, in order, until you have 44 total rows (you will end with a repeat of Row 4).
Switch to I hook.
Row 45: CH1, DO NOT turn. Begin to SC down the LONG edge of the project, putting 5SC in each section between ribbing rows (see photo below for a visual). You should end up with 55SC. Then, CH8 to create the base of your button flap.
Row 46: Turn your work. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. Continue to SC across. (62)
Rows 47-50: CH1, turn. SC across. (62)
Row 51 (edging): CH1, turn. SC across (62). Putting (SC, CH1, SC) in both corners, continue to SC around the edge of the button flap. Stop when you get here:
Sewing the hat together
Fasten off your yarn, leaving a long tail. Using a yarn needle, sew the ends of the hat together. Utilize the 3rd loop of the edge with the HDCs in order to blend the seam in so it is hardly noticeable. (A note: several of you have mentioned that it looks as though I’m seaming with a bit of an overlap according to the photo below. The photo is an unintentional optical illusion; I actually did seam the edges together with no overlap, and the “overlap” you’re seeing is actually the opposite side of the hat. So sorry for the confusion!)
Once you get to the top of the hat, make a knot and weave in the end.
Cinching the top
Turn your hat inside out. Use your starting tail to cinch the top of the hat by threading it through a yarn needle and weaving the needle in and out along the top edge of the hat at even intervals. Once you’ve gone all the way around, pull the tail tight and insert your yarn needle across the cinched area a few times to really keep it closed, then make a knot and weave in the end. Turn your hat right-side out again.
Finishing the Button Flap
We still need to sew our button flap in place and attach our button. Using a needle and appropriately-colored thread, position the button flap in place and sew along its 3 edges to secure it. Use your needle and thread to attach your button as well.
Just finished this pattern in a chunky green yarn and it is stunning! Easy pattern to follow. Thank you for the free pattern!
I followed the directions for the hat, and it came out twice the length. Looks really Dr seussy. Iam not sure my daughter in law will like it
My first questions would be, what yarn did you use, and did you do a gauge check?
I fell in love with this pattern! Actually am thinking of making it for myself or my Daughter who lives in Germany right now. Can you recommend a comparable yarn? I never go to Michaels and was thinking of making it on the plane to Germany or while I’m there for a month. I leave on 11/28/17 to be with my Daughter and son in law for the birth of our first Grandchild, a girl due December 7th. Ordering online will take too long to get to me. Joann’s doesn’t carry the Woolspun. Thanks for an amazing pattern! Can’t wait to make it ?
Hi Michelle! I’m not sure what to recommend as far as super similar yarns, because the ones I can think of either come from Michaels, or require ordering. I know people have made this pattern with Wool-Ease Chunky and Hobby Lobby I Love This Chunky, if that helps!
Thank you! I will try Hobby Lobby ?
Hey there Rebecca. I have fallen in love with your website and have found numerous patterns that I can’t wait to try out. This has been my first attempt at creating one of your works, and have to admit that although you make it very easy to follow, I’m getting lost at the number of rows to make. You went from rows 1-44, and added the CH8 for the flap which gave me a total of 52 SC down the side. Not 62. It looks like we need 10 more rows. I’m going to make this pattern again doing rows 1-54 as 1-44, to give me the 62 i need own the edge. I think those extra inches will really help, as it is too small for an average woman’s head. Love your designs. I’ll let you know if this fixes the problem. I think this is the same issue that your last response was indicating.
Please read Row 45 closely; this is where it instructs you on how to go from 44 rows to 55 stitches (before you add the CH8, which produces a 7-stitch flap… 55+7=62). The pattern is correct, I promise. 😉
Oh. Well, I don’t see how that works out actually. If you have 44 rows, that equates to 9 individual sections between ribbing. So then if there are 5 stitches in each section between ribbing, 9*5=45. Take that and add the flap: 45+7=52.
Anyway, I ended working up 54 rows (totaling 11 sections. 11*5=55). The hat came out fitting much more comfortably and looks super cute. Thank you for the work!
You should have 11 sections between the ribbing, not 9. There are 4 rows per repeat. 44 / 4 = 11. Here is a visual: http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Rustic.jpg
I think where you are confusing the numbers is with the “5 SC per section” instructions. There are not 5 rows per section, there are 4. We are not putting an SC in every row.
Boy don’t I feel dumb. You’re absolutely right. I was confusing myself over the number of rows. For some reason, I was adding row 1 into my math. I ended up making your pattern exactly, and that’s what turned out looking great! Thank you, again, for the great pattern! I’ve made 3 slouchies with it so far, and everyone loves them! I thought I had spruced up your pattern a bit, but no, I was doing exactly what you instructed without realizing it. Take care, and can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us.
LOL no worries! Several people have done the exact same thing and until this conversation I could not figure out what they were doing, and it was puzzling me that they were all making the exact same error. I understand now, so that helps me to be able to better help others 🙂
I made this for my son’s girlfriend, she loves it. Easy pattern and looks great. I placed a small Pom Pom on instead of a button and used 2 strands of a DK mustard coloured tweed yarn as this seems to be the colour of the moment in the UK this winter. Thank you for the lovely pattern, I’m going to do the infinity scarf now x
I am a very experienced crocheter and I have tried this pattern several times. 10.5″ around is not proper for a hat for an adult. 22-25″ is the right size. The 1st 3 rows do not make the rib stitch. I have had to rewrite the whole pattern to make it look like the picture. And double the stitches to make it fit my head and I have a small head. I am using bulky yarn with the N hook. Perhaps you need to rework the pattern again and make adjustments.
While I certainly appreciate your feedback, I am puzzled. Perhaps you might consider reading through the many, many comments above yours that praise the pattern, written by people who completed it with no problem. If you’d like proof that the stitch pattern works, you’re welcome to click over to the matching scarf and watch the tutorial video, as that scarf is written with the same stitch pattern as this slouch. And regarding the sizing… the average circumference of an adult MAN’s head is 23-24 inches, and to account for stretch, you would want to work up a hat that is 1-2 inches smaller than the circumference of the intended head. So I cannot imagine making a hat 25″ for a woman (or a man, for that matter).
Have a great night.
Thank you so much for your beautiful patterns – you are so generous to provide them for free. Since retiring I have been crocheting hats for the homeless, and I love to make beautiful hats for them instead of plain beanies. Crochet artists like you provide so many free patterns for me to try so that I can spend my money on yarn instead of buying patterns. Thank you again
Thank you for the pattern!
My name is Corinne, I live in flinton Ontario Canada and I have a question for you. On fow 45 at the end you say we should have 55 sc, I have done the 45 row and only get 45 sc. Is this an error or do I need to add another 2-5 rows x2 to give me 55 row, then when I sc between ribbing and total number of 5 sc I will then have 55 sc completed. Oh and by the way I love this design, BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU!
Hi Corinne! Read the instruction closer – it says that you should put *5* SC in each section. Each section is comprised of 4 rows. (See the provided photo for a visual.) So if you have 11 sections, and you put 5 SC in each, you should have (11×5=) 55.
I love your pattern for the rustic slouch hat. I’m still learning to read crochet lol. I mostly learn by watching. I hate to ask this of you, but would you be willing to do a video of this pattern.. So I can watch it. I wouldn’t give it out to anyone. I want to make this for my daughters for Christmas. Please and thank you. God bless
Hi Jessica! Unfortunately I am unable to do that at this time.
I purchased the rustic hat and scarf pattern from you a long time ago and just now trying to do the hat. Scarf worked out great, having problems with doing the hat. Do you have a you tube for the hat? Would appreciate any help I could get. Thank you.
I don’t, sorry! At what point are you running into trouble?
Absolutely gorgeous, your work and your model! Glad to have found your blog!
I am currently working on this hat, and every row I am seeing that my hat is increasing acrosss, it does not stay 20 stitches across for all of the rows. That does mean something has gone wron? Should it remain 20 stitches across when I am on row 30?
Really appreciate any help you can offer!
No, it shouldn’t be increasing. 🙂 Are you skipping a stitch between each combo stitch?
How much would I decrease to make this for a 10 year old? I’m awful at math!
I would love to make this for a 10 year old but I’m awful at figuring out how much to decrease. Please help!
I am unable to offer specific instructions on adapting patterns for sizes that I haven’t written. My best advice is to find a hat sizing chart on Pinterest, get a ruler, and go from there. 🙂
I cant wait to get started! I appologize I am very new to crochet. On row 1, i started on the 3rd stitch and im a little confused with the parenthesis then it says (20).
What exactly am I supposed to do?
The numbers in parentheses at the end of the rows indicate how many stitches you should have completed in that row. 🙂
THANK YOU so much for sharing your amazing talent and creativity. I don’t know if I can make this to look as PERFECT as your work but it will be fun to try. My daughter will love this and……hopefully, not be embarrassed to wear it in public after my attempt! LOL God bless you and your family always 🙂
Hi. Can you do this on a video tutorial please?
Perhaps at some point, but it won’t be in the near future. Have you viewed the tutorial for the matching scarf? The patterns are so similar, you might glean all you need from that video to complete this pattern.