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This past winter, I made quite a few winter hats and ear warmers like the Clusters and Stripes Ear Warmer Headband or the Jess Mess-y Bun Hat. Those kinds of projects are fun and fast and I liked giving them away as gifts.
I had been eyeing some yarn at the store, Caron Simply Soft Taupe, for a few weeks, never knowing just what I would do with it. One day, on a whim, two skeins ended up in my cart. It was just so pretty. The yarn actually sat in my stash for a few more weeks before I decided to do anything with it. Can anyone relate?
So I busted out my trusty book of stitches…
On a side note, I just have to say that I LOVE this book! I just bought it in mid 2016, but there are so many different stitches included—ones I’ve never seen. It’s awesome that when I’m thinking about starting a project and I’m not completely sure which way I’m going to head, I get out The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs (with its 500 stitches, by the way… Whoa!) and flip through it until I find something that I love. That’s what happened with the Taupe Slouch Hat.
At almost the end of the book, I found the posts and shells stitch on page 310. I wasn’t sure how to do decreases with this stitch to make a beanie style hat so I got the idea to just make a long tube and then stitch up the end.
Voila! Instant slouch hat.
It’s that easy, folks. No decreases and no complicated stitches.
This hat is one of my absolute favorites!
Because of the open nature of the stitches, I think this hat would also work as an all-weather slouch—for the teenagers and adults who like to wear slouch hats all year.
And true to my obsession with sets, I made a matching infinity scarf. How could I not? If you’d like to get the pattern for the matching scarf, click here and it will take you to it. Be sure to make both to complete the set!
Taupe Slouch Hat
- 1 skein (3 oz used) of Caron Simply Soft – Taupe – 6 oz / 170.1 g – 315 yds / 288 m
Or any medium weight yarn.
- 5.00 mm (H/8) hook
- 3.75 mm (F/5) hook
Adjust your hook size if needed to obtain required gauge.
- Tapestry needle
Finished Size Approximately:
9”H x 10 ½”W
21” circumference at opening
3 posts and 2 ½ shells by 8 rows in a 4” (10cm) square.
Front Post Double Crochet Stitch
YO, insert hook from front to back between the posts of the indicated dc of the round below and the one before it. Wrap hook around the desired dc by inserting hook from back to front between the posts of the indicated dc and the one after it. YO, draw yarn around the back of the post of the dc, YO, draw through 2 loops, YO, draw through 2 loops.
(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in same sp.
YO – yarn over
FC – foundation chain
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
fpdc – front post double crochet
st – stitch
ea – each
sp – space
hdc – half double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
sk – skip
*** American crochet terms used throughout.
With H hook
FC: Ch 78. Making sure not to twist ch, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop; ch 1. Do not turn.
With F hook
Row 1: Working in bottom loop of FC, hdc in ea ch around; sl st in top of 1st hdc; ch 1. (78 hdc)
Flip chain over for bottom loop…
Row 2 – Row 6: Repeat Row 1. (78 hdc)
Turn band inside out so that the horizontal striping is on the new outside.
With H hook
Row 7: (Ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp; sk 2 sts; dc; sk 2 sts; *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp; sk 2 sts; dc; sk 2 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in top of ch 3. Sl st over to ch-1 sp.
Row 8: (Ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same ch-1 sp; fpdc in previous row’s dc; *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp; fpdc in previous row’s dc* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in top of ch 3. Sl st over to ch-1 sp.
Row 9 – Row 20: Repeat Row 8
Finish off leaving an 8”-10” tail. With tapestry needle and working only in front loops of top of Row 20, weave yarn the entire way around. Once finished, pull tail tight to close the top of the hat. There may still be a small opening. Bring yarn through the small opening into the interior of the hat and flip hat inside out. With remaining tail, stitch remaining hole closed.
Finish off. Weave in end.
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