How to Easily Crochet a Slouch Hat

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    by Danielle Smith

    About the Author

    Danielle Smith began writing in 2003. Her favorite subjects to write about include music, technology and craft hobbies. Her fiction work has appeared in Columbia College's Fiction Supplementary. Smith graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing, though she also studied journalism and photography.

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    Whether you've just started to learn to crochet, or have been at it for a long time, the loose- fitting cousin to the basic beanie, the slouchy hat is a useful pattern to have in your crafting arsenal. The easy-to-wear hat can send out a hipster vibe or just camouflage a bad hair day at any time of year if you make it in a range of fibers and colors. Aside from the yarn you use, you can change up the look of the basic slouch hat by varying elements like the length and diameter of the body -- to add more or less slouch.

    Things You'll Need

    • Crochet hook, 5 mm US H or 5.5mm US I
    • Worsted-weight yarn
    • Removable stitch marker

    Hat Foundation

    Chain 3 stitches and join with a slip stitch into the first stitch. If you have never crocheted before, this means you first make a loop on your crochet hook. Wrap your yarn around the crochet hook and and pull it through, making a stitch and leaving a new loop on the hook. Do this until you have the desired number of stitches. Then, without wrapping your yarn, put your hook through the first stitch, wrap yarn and pull through both loops, leaving you with a circle of stitches and one loop on your hook.

    Chain one stitch. Make 12 single crochet stitches into the foundation circle created in Step 1. This is done by putting your hook through the circle, wrapping your yarn around the hook, pull yarn through, wrap yarn again. Finish by pulling yarn through both loops on the hook. Mark the end of this round by placing the removable stitch marker into the last stitch. This makes it easier as the hat gets bigger to know where to stop working for each round.

    Chain one stitch. Make a single crochet into the first stitch in the round. Make two single crochet stitches into each single stitch made from the previous round. Slip stitch into the first stitch and place a marker in this last stitch. You should now have 24 stitches.

    Chain one stitch. Make a single crochet into the first stitch. Make one single crochet into the next stitch, then make two into the next. Repeat this pattern around. Slip stitch into the first stitch and move the marker to this last stitch. You now have 36 stitches.

    Chain one stitch. Make a single crochet into the first stitch. Make a single crochet into the next two stitches, then make two single stitches into the next. Repeat around. Slip stitch into the first stitch and move the marker to this last stitch. You now have 45 stitches.

    Chain one stitch. Single crochet into the first stitch. Make a single crochet into the next three stitches, then two single stitches into the next. Repeat around. Slip stitch into the first stitch and move the marker to this last stitch. There should be 54 stitches in the round.

    Repeat the pattern as stated. Each round starts with chaining one stitch and one single crochet into the first stitch. Make a single crochet into one more stitch than the previous round before making two into the next. For instance, if in the previous round you did three single crochets then two into the next stitch, in this round you single crochet into four stitches before making two into the next stitch. At the end of each round, to slip stitch into the first stitch and move the marker to the last stitch to keep track of your work. Continue until you have a round with 72 stitches total. Do not cut the yarn.

    Body and Brim

    Chain one stitch to start the body of the hat. Make a single crochet stitch into the second stitch from you hook each stitch thereafter. Slip stitch into the first stitch you made in the round and move the marker to the last stitch. You should still have 72 stitches.

    Repeat the previous round for four to eight rounds, depending on how much of a slouch you want in your hat. The more rounds you make with 72 stitches, the slouchier your result.

    Chain one stitch. Single crochet into the next eight stitches. Decrease over the next two stitches by working the next stitch as normal, but without completing the second wrap. This leaves you with two loops on your hook. You then start a normal single crochet into the next stitch without completing it. Then wrap your yarn and pull through all three loops on your hook. Repeat this pattern around, decreasing every eight stitches. Slip stitch into the first stitch in the round and move the marker to the last stitch. You now have 64 stitches.

    Repeat the last step, only decrease every seventh stitch. You now have 56 stitches.

    At this point your hat should fit most head sizes. You can do more decrease rounds -- decreasing the number of stitches between decreased stitches with every row -- until it fits your head. You can also make the brim of your hat wider by working straight rounds, in which you single crochet into every stitch.

    • For an airier hat with more drape that works up more quickly, use double crochet.
    • Finishing the brim of your hat with slip stitches all the way around, is a quick way to create a clean looking edge.
    • Because the hat is worked from the top down, you can try it on as you're working, to get it to fit and look the way you want.

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