Free slouchy hat knitting pattern
Today we are going to explore one of the knitted hat patterns that is super trendy among teenagers, as well as adults, in many different countries, and is called a slouchy hat knitting pattern. I truly hope that this model deserves your attention and get a top place in your collection of knit hats. You can comfortably wear it during early Spring or late Autumn depending on the yarn to be used and the weather, of course. This is an easy to knit hat if you know how to knit the Fisherman's Rib (English style). If you don’t – never mind, we will learn how to knit Fisherman's Rib in a couple of minutes. Another very important thing that you should know before jumping into my knitting instructions is that the lighter weight of yarn, the slouchier hat will be. This is a common feature of slouchy hat knitting patterns you should keep in mind.
Slouchy knit hat size:
Adult: 54-56 cm
Gauge: for 1x1 rib 17 stitches = 4 inches
Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:
k – knit
p – purl
k1b – knit one below
k2tog – knit two together
Knitting materials and knitting tools:
<> 5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles 4.5 cm. It’s ok if you use a circular needles;
<> Yarn – Alize Lana Gold Classic 50% wool, 50% acrylic, 100 grams -240 meters. Navy blue color. (1 skein);
Ribbing of the slouchy knit hat:
Let’s get started. Cast on 80 stitches for the hat. If you are using circular needles place marker for beginning of the round.
Round 1: Begin with rib 1 by 1 *knit 1, purl 1* keep repeating this way 10-11 rounds or until length of the ribbing reaches approximately 4-5 cm from the edge.
Body of the slouchy knit hat:
Round 1: Now work with Fisherman's Rib knitting stitch till your hat gets 20-25 cm
(might be less or more) from the edge, ending with round 1.
How to knit the Fisherman's Rib stitch (English Style):
Round 1: *k1b (knitting one below – knit that stitch as normal and drop old stitch from needle), 1p, repeat from *to end of round.
Shaping the crown of knitted hat:
Round 1: k2tog around - 40 sts.
Round 2-3: knit stockinette stitch around - 40 sts.
Round 4: k2tog around – 20 sts.
Round 5: knit stockinette stitch around - 20 sts.
If you cast bigger or smaller number of stitches than 80 in the beginning, then you can get bigger or smaller number of stitches on needles respectively. In case you get more than 20 stitches on needles – repeat rounds 4 and 5.
When you finish the Round 5, then leave a long tail (up to15-20 cm) and cut the yarn. Next, use a hook or a tapestry needle and thread the tail through the last remaining stitches on four needles. After that remove needles from stitches and pull tight to close the top hole. Lastly, hide the tail inside of the hat and weave it in into the back side of our stitches.
This knitting pattern gives us cute and casual look of the hat and complemented with nice-looking pom gives unique charm to you hand-crafted item. Be ready to get many compliments by wearing it and make another one for your family member(s) if he or she likes it.
You might also like to check some other free knitting patterns for hats here.