A couple of months ago, we took our annual family trip to my favorite Michigan spot, South Haven! It was an amazing week full of great food, gorgeous sunsets, and lots and lots of beach time.
Of course I had to stop in at Needle In A Haystack (edit: sadly, this cute little yarn store is now closed for good) for some Cascade Longwood yarn so that I would have something to work on down at the beach!
This is probably my favorite yarn out of anything I’ve used. It’s so soft and has such a stunning, defined finish, and gorgeous drape. I first experienced it (the #3 weight version) during last year’s trip, which resulted in the South Haven Slouch. It’s not the easiest yarn to find, but you can always order it online from stores like Jimmy Beans Wool. It’s pricier than what you find in the big craft stores, so I save it for my most special projects, like the Herringbone Baby Hat I recently made for my son (Due in December).
This year’s “vacation pattern” is also a slouchy hat, because frankly, it’s really hard to crochet anything bigger without it getting dragged across the sand every time the wind blows. And if you’ve spent any time around my blog, you probably noticed that I loooooove slouchy hats. I never get bored with them! Like the South Haven Slouch, this one also uses the #3 weight version of Longwood, called Longwood Sport.
I usually use temporary names for my patterns until it’s time to publish them, and then I come up with something permanent. I called this one the Shiplap Slouch as I was making it, and the name just stuck. Something about the color and the lines reminds me of shiplap. (Yes, I do watch a lot of Fixer Upper, why do you ask?)
OH, and before I forget… yes, there’s a matching cowl pattern!
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SHIPLAP SLOUCH HAT
Finished Size: 9.5″ tall x 9.5″ wide (when laid flat)
Hook: H (5.00mm) and G (4.25mm)
Yarn: Approximately 230 yards of Cascade Longwood Sport, a #3 light yarn.
Gauge: Your first 5 rounds should measure 3″ across.
You’ll also need: Yarn needle, stitch marker
MC (magic circle – view tutorial here)
SL ST (slip stitch)
HDC (half double crochet)
HHDC (herringbone half double crochet; see “special stitch” below)
HHDC – Herringbone Half Double Crochet. Here’s how you do it:
HHDC: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops.
(If you need additional help, Moogly has an excellent video tutorial here. Please note that while her video considers the CH2 at the beginning of rows as a stitch, the pattern below does not.)
(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 unless instructed to do so.
(3) Since we are working in a seamless round, your ribbing rows will not meet up perfectly in the back. This is unavoidable, and the alternative (joining each round) is much, much more obvious. (Trust me, I tried it.)
(4) Pattern uses regular HDC to set up each ribbing row. The abbreviation is very similar to HHDC, so pay attention!
(5) To find the “3rd loop” (as mentioned in Round 13 and every 4 rows after that), reach over your top loops and insert your hook into the loop just past (below) the top loop that is furthest from you. (Also called the Camel Stitch or RibHDC.)
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To begin: With H hook, make a magic circle; CH1.
Round 1: 9 HHDC in MC. (9)
Round 2: 2 HHDC in each ST around. (18)
Round 3: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in next ST) around. (27)
Round 4: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (36)
Round 5: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 3 STS) around. (45)
Round 6: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 4 STS) around. (54)
Round 7: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 5 STS) around. (63)
Round 8: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 6 STS) around. (72)
Round 9: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 7 STS) around. (81)
Round 10: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 8 STS) around. (90)
Round 11: HHDC in each ST around. (90)
Round 12: HDC in each ST around. (90)
Round 13: HHDC in 3rd loop of each ST around. (90)
Round 14: HHDC in each ST around. (90)
Round 15: HHDC in each ST around. (90)
Round 16: HDC in each ST around. (90)
Rounds 17-32: Repeat Rounds 13-16. (90)
Round 33: HHDC in 3rd loop of each ST around. You should now have 6 rows of ribbing. (90)
Switch to G Hook.
Rounds 34-39: HHDC in each ST around. (90)
Round 40: HHDC in each of the first 86 STS (4 STS remain). SC in each of the next 2 STS, SL ST in each of the remaining 2 STS. (90)
Fasten off and weave in your ends.