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This week we finally did something I have been planning on doing since we moved into our first house; we ripped out the two overgrown and matted evergreen bushes in the front yard! I won’t bore you will the details, but suffice it to say, we were able get rid of them for free, but with a massive amount of elbow grease. I am so excited to plant some bulbs for spring time and have a bit neater looking front yard. Our house was built in the 50’s, so it will take quite a few projects to update it a bit. Even though we have been working on the shrubs, I was still able to revamp this crochet pattern from last year: the Diagonal Hatch Slouchy Hat.

Free Crochet Pattern - Diagonal Hatch Slouchy Hat | Mix and match colors for your perfect hat

One of my favorite things about this hat is it works up so fast. And because you make the band first, the sizing is completely customizable.


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Abbreviations: (American Terms)                           

Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch
Sk – Skip
BLO – Back Loops Only

Diagonal Hatch Slouchy Hat

What you need:

Ribbed  Band:
Ch  6.  
1.  Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc 4.  (5 sts)Turn.
2.  (BLO)
Ch 1.  Sc in same st. Sc 4. Turn  (5 sts)
3.  Ch 1.  
Hdc same st. Hdc 4.  Turn (5 sts)
4.  (BLO)
Ch  1. Sc in same st. Sc 4. Turn. (5 sts)
Repeat the sequence until you have 46 total rows (or until the band fits snugly around your head) Fold the band in half and sl st the two short ends together to form a band. Make sure the ribbing is on the outside, and your seam is on the inside. 

1. Join yarn at the seam. Ch 1 and sc all around the hat. Work about 3 sc sts over two vertical rows for a total of about 76 sc sts. Join with a sl st.

2. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. *Ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st.* repeat all around the hat.  End with a ch 1, and join with a sl st at the beginning hdc. (76 sts)
3.-22.  Sl st one time, and ch 2. Work a hdc in the first ch sp. Ch 1, hdc in next sp. Repeat this all around the hat. End with a ch 1, and join with the beginning hdc. (76 sts)
Once you are finished, you will have a straight tube.

Now, using your second color you can work the hatches. The diagonal hatch is essentially a sl st working through the spaces between the hdc. They look diagonal because that is the shape that the spaces take naturally. Turn your hat upside-down, and work from the top (which is at the bottom) upwards. Start anywhere, pull up a loop in the middle ch of a space.


Insert your hook in the space below the ch you started at, and come up through the next space up.
Yarn over, and pull your loop through, completing a sl st.
To work the next one, insert your hook in the same place your yarn is coming up from. Come up thorough the next space up and complete the sl st. 
Make sure you are working the slip stitches VERY LOOSELY. Give yourself plenty of slack, otherwise your hat will scrunch together. Work a sl st  in each space, all the way up the hat until you reach the band. Finish with a sl st without going down into a space.

Tie a sturdy knot (weaving-in doesn’t really work with the contrasting colors), and clip ends.
Close the top by taking a piece of yarn, and sewing in and out through the top spaces. Be sure to turn your hat inside-out before closing it.  I went in and out through every-other space. Pull it tight to close, and tie a very secure knot.
Finish by attaching a pom-pom at the top, head over here for a tutorial
Free Crochet Pattern - Diagonal Hatch Slouchy Hat | Mix and match colors for your perfect hat
I basically have a stock-pile of hats on my dresser just waiting for the cool weather to hit. Live in the moment, right?
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