It’s been so hard to crochet this week! Firstly, I haven’t felt very well, and secondly, there is so much that needs to be done around the house and yard. I have also been going through old posts and trying to bring some uniformity to all my patterns, which has proved to be very time consuming. I have developed a style over the years, but my older crochet patterns look a bit out of place! Today’s free crochet pattern is the Faded Stripes Slouchy Hat. It holds a bit of sentimental value; my Hipster Slouchy, the bottom-up version of this hat, was my very first design. It’s been updated a few times over the years (here is the updated version), but is the same pattern. And I DO try to listen to your comments and ideas, so I know some of you prefer to work a hat from the top down, so this is for YOU!
This cute hat is also a great beginner project! It has simple increases and has a mixture of all the basic stitches, so you can practice each one. Get your bestie hooked on crochet!
FADED STRIPES SLOUCHY CROCHET PATTERN
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– G Hook
– Red Heart Soft in Turquoise and Off-White
Abbreviations: American Terms
St – Stitch
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Note: Ch 1 doesn’t count. Always work 1st st in same st as chain, and join with the first st of the round, not the chain.
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With 1st color: magic ring
1. Ch 2. Dc 12 into ring (12 sts)
2. Ch 2. 2 dc in each st around (24 sts)
3. Ch 2. *Dc. 2 dc in next st* repeat 12 times. (36 sts)
4. Ch 2. *Dc 2. 2 dc in next st.* work 12 times. (48 sts)
5. Ch 2. *Dc 3. 2 dc in next st* work 12 times. (60 sts)
Gauge Checkpoint: approx. 5″ diameter
6. Ch 2. *Dc 4. 2 dc in next st* work 12 times. (72 sts)
7. Ch 2. Dc 8. 2 dc in next st* work 8 times. (80 sts)
8. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. (80 sts)
Join 2nd color.
9. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with sl st. (80 sts)
Bring up 1st color
10. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join with sl st. (80 sts)
11. Ch 1. Hdc in each st around. Join with sl st (80 st)
Bring up 2nd color
12. Ch 1. Hdc in each st around. Join with sl st. (80 sts)
Bring up 1st color.
13. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join with sl st. (80 sts)
Bing up 2nd color
14. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join with sl st (80 sts)
Bring up 1st color
15. Ch 1. Hdc in each st around. Join with sl st. (80 sts)
Bring up 2nd color
16. Ch 1. Hdc in each st around. Join with sl st. (80 sts)
17. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join with sl st (80 sts)
Bring up 1st color.
18. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with sl st. (80 sts)
Bring up 2nd color.
19. – 22. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join with sl st. (80 sts)
23. – 25. Ch 1. Sc in BLO in each st around. Join with sl st. (80 sts)
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Hi, I loved making this hat! My only problem was that I think I used yarn that was too thin, maybe? I was at 4.5” at the step 5 gauge check, but kept plowing on, instead of trying to figure out an increase. So the hat is just a beanie, instead of slouchy. But I have more yarn, and I’ll try the bottoms up version of this pattern next, with some red heart. Thank you!
I made this beanie for myself and it is HUGE. How do I make it to fit my head?
Did you meet the gauge at the check point on row 5?
No. Mine is 7”.
You need to use the hook that allows you to meet the gauge. Go down a few hook sizes until you meet the gauge.
I used an I hook and at row 5 mine measured 6″. So I stopped increasing at 72 stitches. But on that last round I did a normal 2 by 4 increase. I hope that doesn’t matter to the final product.
That will work fine!
Thank you, this looks great thanks for sharing
Thanks! You are welcome!
Hi I’m having trouble on row 5. Ok it says chain 2, double crochet 2 , 2 double crochet in the next stitch. I keep having more stitches than what’s needed for that row…
I do 2 double crochets in each stitch then 2 double crochets in the rest of the stitches ?
Row 4 or row 5? For row 5 you will work 3 dc, each in their own stitch, followed my an increase. Then you repeat the whole sequence all the way around. Does that make sense?
thanks for this pattern it looks fantastic,
Thank you! You are very welcome!
how would you make this larger for a man?
You could go up a hook size. Crochet is stretchy, there really isn’t a need to make it much larger if you are using a soft, stretchy yarn.
I am trying your pattern for the first time. I an having trouble with Row 4. It says chain 2, Dc 2, 2 dc in next st. The chain 2 is self explanatory, but I am ending up with more than 48 stitches at the end of Row 4. Where the instructions say Dc 2, 2 dc in next stitch, what does that mean ?? Is it Dc 2 in same stitch and then 2 dc together in the next stitch ?? Help me please !!!
Or… is it chain 2, then dc in next 2 stitches, then 2 dc together in next st ???
I think I figured it out for Row 4 !!! Can you please tell me what BLO means for the last row ???
hello! You work 2 dc, each in their own stitch, followed by in increase: working 2 dc in the same st. BLO means back loops only, so you will work in the loop in the top that is farthest from you.
I still don’t get row 4. If I break it down, it says
DC 2, 2 DC in the next stitch – my understanding is that 2 DC in the first stitch and another 2 DC in the next stitch. This doesn’t seem right to me because I will end up with more stitches. Kindly clarify.
To get a total of 48 stitches, this is what I did: 1 DC in the next 2 stitches and 2 DC in the next stitch and repeated that pattern all the way to the end of the row. I hope I got it right.
This is great! I’ve never really had a preference for where I start hat, but this beautiful and perfect for Spring.
And I know how you feel about updating older posts, I’m working on the same thing right now and it’s much more work than I expected it to be! It’ll all be worth it though, so good luck!