It’s almost the end of summer … those cold winds are coming back … we’re all going to be bundled up again … I am so not ready for that so soon! Well, we can’t stop Mother Nature either …
During an unexpected lull in activities and work, I picked up hook and yarn and decided that I was going to figure out how this slouchy hat/beanie was going to be made. I had followed patterns before, but they never turned out right. Some looked like it was a chef’s hat. Others turned out to be over-sized berets. So I put away all the patterns and just started crocheting with what I know about making hats.
After three tries – two of them completed hats already but it didn’t slouch the way I liked it – I came up with this. Tah-daahh!!!
I think I like this. In fact, this is my first ever successful slouchy hat. It’s finally slouching in the back like I think it should !! Something came to mind though … Back in the day when I was just starting to learn how to crochet a beanie hat, I think I was making slouchy hats back then and didn’t know it … oh welll …
There’s been several requests for the pattern for this particular one. I didn’t follow any pattern for this; I was just winging this. This is just a basic beanie pattern, really, nothing different. Here is what I did to get this. If you find something doesn’t work with this pattern, do let me know. I don’t usually write out my patterns as I’m experimenting, so this is written after the fact.
HDC Slouchy Hat
Hook: I used an H-5.00mm hook
Yarn: this yarn looked/felt to be DK weight.
For this same effect, choose a variegated yarn with longer colour changes.
If working with solid colour yarns, change the colour every 1 – 2 rows.
Setup: ch 5; sl st to form a circle;
Round 1: 8 hdc in circle; slst to join;
Rnd 2: ch 2, hdc in same st; * 2 hdc in each st;* slst to join; (16 hdc)
Rnd 3: ch 2, hdc in same st; *hdc in next st; 2 hdc in next st * slst to join (24 hdc)
Rnd 4: ch 2, hdc in same st; *hdc in ext 2 st; 2 hdc in next st* slst to join (32 hdc)
Rnd 5: ch 2; hdc in between the stitches around (not through the top loops); slst to join
Rnds 6 – 25: repeat Round 5 nineteen/twenty times – OR until it is 10 inches in length – OR the length you want;
Rnd 26: ch 2: *hdc in next 6 st; hdc dec in next two st;* slst to join
Rnd 27: repeat Round 26;
Rnds 28-32: ch 2; sc around; slst to join.
Things to keep in mind about these slouchy hats:
– It’s somewhere in between a beanie and a beret … the top doesn’t have to fit the crown of the head, and the body is not as wide as the beret;
– The basic construction is a narrow top, long body, and a slightly narrower/smaller brim. If the head opening/brim is too small for the intended recipient, I would normally evenly increase the last two rounds of the body by ten stitches, then start the brim pattern.
– Yarn and tension may make a difference. You may need to crochet with a bigger hook or looser tension, if the yarn is worsted weight/bulky, because you need some sort of ‘drape’ and not just hang down stiffly in the back. This was a DK yarn – actually, I’m not sure what it is; it was from a donation for NYC Hats for Hope Initiative (my charity cause), and it didn’t have any labels on it. So my best guess is DK yarn, and if I do find out what it is, I’ll edit this.
And there you have it – my first slouchy hat that I like. Enjoy!