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Thank you to Lion Brand for providing the yarn for this pattern sample.
Today’s pattern is extra special, because I partnered with a fellow crochet blogger to bring you a set!
Krista of Rescued Paw Designs has designed matching boot cuffs for the Half & Half Slouch, and I love them. Both patterns are simple and trendy, and they’ll be great together for those chilly days. My pattern is at the bottom of this post, as always. Click here to view the Half & Half Boot Cuffs pattern on Krista’s blog, and don’t forget to go Like her on Facebook!
This hat utilizes the crochet-flat-then-cinch-together method. To change it up, I crocheted half of it in one stitch pattern and half of it in another. It’s a fun hat with a nice fit and just the right amount of slouch.
I used Lion Brand Heartland in “Mammoth Cave” for my sample. Heartland is one of my go-to worsted weight yarns. It has a beautiful sheen to it, it’s lightweight, and the color choices are gorgeous. You might recognize it in some of my other patterns, like the Sandy Slouch & Cowl Set.
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THE HALF-‘N-HALF SLOUCH
One Size Fist Most (Preteen – Adult Woman).
Hat measures 10” across at band, and is 9.5” tall.
- I hook (5.50mm)
- About 190 yards of Lion Brand Heartland* (Sample color: Mammoth Cave)
Weight: #4 worsted
Fiber: 100% Acrylic
Yardage: 5oz/142g (251yd/230m)
Gauge: 12 sc + 15 rows = 4 inches on size J-10 [6 mm] hook
- Yarn Needle
With I hook, 7 HDC = 2″ square
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
SC+DC (this just means to put 1SC and 1DC in the same stitch)
(1) This hat is worked in rows and cinched at the end.
(2) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.
(3) Starting chains do not count as stitches.
(4) As you work, you might begin to notice that your piece isn’t a perfect rectangle, and the bottom half lays at a slight angle – this is ok.
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Using I Hook, and leaving a 12″ tail, CH35. Don’t weave in the tail until instructed (we’ll use it later to cinch the hat).
Row 1: In 3rd CH from hook, SC+DC. (SK next ST, SC+DC in next ST) 9 times. HDC in each of the next 14 STS. (34)
Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in each of the first 14 STS. (SK next ST, SC+DC in next ST) 10 times. (34)
Row 3: CH1, turn. SK first ST, SC+DC in next ST. (SK next ST, SC+DC in next ST) 9 times. HDC in each of the next 14 STS. (34)
Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in each of the first 14 STS. (SK next ST, SC+DC in next ST) 10 times. (34)
Rows 5-62: Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until you have 62 rows. (34)
Row 63: Repeat Row 3. (34)
We are now going to work along the long edge of our project to put a nice edging on the band of the hat.
Row 64: CH1, do not turn. Working along the long edge, SC across, putting 1SC in each row, for a total of 63SC. When you’re done, your starting and ending tails should be in the same corner. (63)
Lay your project flat, with the starting and ending tails at the bottom left corner. At this point, your project should look like this:
Fasten off your finishing tail and weave it in.
Seaming the Hat
Turn your hat inside out. Use a yarn needle and your starting tail, whip stitch the two short ends together (see photo below). Now, we’re going to keep using this tail to cinch the top of the hat too, and we don’t want the seam to pull when we pull the cinch tight — so tie a knot or two at the top of the hat.
Cinching the Hat
Keeping your hat inside out, weave your starting tail in and out along the top edge of the hat. When you’re done, pull it tight to cinch the hat (but carefully… you don’t want to break the yarn!). Use the yarn needle to reach across the cinch a few times to make sure it’s closed up nice and tight, then make a knot and weave in the tail. Turn your hat right side out.