I love slouchy hats! In fact in my pre-crochet days, when I was designing my friend’s crochet web site a few years back, she paid me partly in crochet goods… and my first request was, “Can you make me a slouchy hat?” I think they are so fun and they tend to look great even on girls who are convinced that they don’t look good in hats. (Yeah, I’m one of those.)
I originally created this slouchy hat for my little sis. I also took a dozen of them to a college artisan fair in November. They sold out! Now, you can have one of your own. (Pattern below pictures!)
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JENNY SLOUCH HAT
Teen – Adult Small
Hat measures 9” across at band, and is 10” tall.
- Hook sizes K (6.5mm), H(5.0mm), G(4.25mm)
- Yarn needle
- Worsted weight yarn (approx. 3oz; I often use I Love This Yarn or Vanna’s Choice, but my current favorite — and the yarn used in the photos you see on this post — is Bernat Satin).
- Stitch marker (a bobby pin works great)
5 HDC x 3 rows = 1.5” square
MC (magic circle)
SS (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
DC (double crochet)
CRDC (crossed double crochet, see Special Stitch)
CRDC – skip one stitch, DC into next stitch, DC in skipped stitch to form an “X” from the two DC. Be sure to skip an empty stitch with each new CRDC so that the Xs do not share stitches with each other.
(1) This hat is worked in a continuous spiral. Do not join at the end of each round and do not chain at the beginning of rounds unless instructed. Use a stitch marker to mark the last stitch of each round.
(2) If you know that you tend to crochet tightly, be sure to go up a hook size or two. I basically get two kinds of comments on this pattern: “It fits perfect and I love it!” or “This would barely fit my two year old.” The CRDCs have a lot of leeway as far as how tightly they are crocheted, so keep a loose tension as best you can. Also keep in mind that because this is a slouch hat, you want the band to be snug so that it stays on your head. If you think that a 9″ band is just too tight, then don’t go down to the G hook on the band.
(3) This hat relies on good drape to get the right look, so be mindful of that when you choose your yarn. Red Heart Super Saver, for instance, would not be a good choice.
(4) Also regarding the sizing/drape: this hat is modeled on girls with heads that fall into the “teen/adult small” sizing category. If you have a larger head or lots of hair, it won’t drape as much. I have a medium-sized head and think it’s the perfect amount of drape for me. If you want lots of drape, add more rounds to 9-16 before you start decreasing at round 17.
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Using K Hook, begin with magic circle.
Round 1: 10 HDC in magic circle (10)
Round 2: 2 HDC in each ST around (20)
Round 3: 2 HDC in each ST around (40)
Round 4: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in next) around (60)
Round 5: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in next, 1 HDC in next) around (80)
Switch to H hook.
Round 6: CRDC around (you will complete 40 CRDC for a total of 80 ST)
Round 7: Skip 1st stitch (this will stagger your CRDCs, which gives your hat a diagonal look). CRDC around.* (You will complete 40 CRDC for a total of 80 ST) *Because of skipped stitch, your last CRDC will go one stitch into the next row.
Round 8: CRDC around. (You will complete 40 CRDC for a total of 80 ST)
Rounds 9-16: Repeat Round 8
Switch to G Hook.
Round 17: CRDC around, skipping one stitch after every 2 CRDCs until you reach end of round (you will complete 32 CRDC for a total of 64 ST)
Round 18: SC around (64)
Rounds 19-26: Repeat Round 18
When you complete Round 26, make 5 slip stitches (SS); fasten off and weave in ends.