How to Crochet a Slouch Hat

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Rather than choosing yet another crochet beanie for your next hat project, try making a slouchy crochet hat with a fitted band. Whether you're going for a romantic or classic feminine look, a slouchy hat will complement your ensemble. You can use any stitch pattern to create a slouchy hat, but one of the easiest and most attractive stitches to use is the crochet shell stitch. True to its name, the shell stitch resembles clamshells connected together with crochet chains.

Things You'll Need

  • Worsted-weight yarn
  • US size "K" crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Crochet a foundation chain with a length equal to, or slightly short than, the circumference of the wearer's head. Begin the chain by making a slipknot about 5 inches from the end of your yarn and sliding the knot onto your crochet hook. Hold the working yarn in your left hand and wrap it around the hook from back to front to make a yarn over. Draw the yarn over through the slipknot's loop to create your first chain stitch. Continue wrapping your yarn and drawing through until the foundation chain is the appropriate length. The number of chain stitches should be a multiple of four.

  • Slip stitch into the first chain stitch to join the chain and begin to crochet in the round. To work a slip stitch, insert your crochet hook under both legs of the first stitch's v-shaped top, yarn over and draw through both stitches on your hook.

  • Chain one to create a turning chain and single crochet into every stitch in the foundation chain. Insert the hook under both legs of the stitch's v-shaped top, yarn over, draw through the stitch, yarn over and draw through the two loops on the hook. Repeat for the remaining stitches in the foundation chain.

  • Slip stitch into the turning chain when you reach the end of the round. This will connect the round together and keep the top edge of the stitches flush. Chain one and work another round of single crochet. Continue working rounds of single crochet in the established pattern until your work measures 1 1/2 inches from the foundation-chain edge.

  • Increase 24 stitches across the next round. To increase, work two single crochets into one stitch. Space your increases an even number of stitches apart.

  • Chain four stitches at the beginning of the next round. Skip the first three single crochet stitches and double crochet into the fourth single crochet stitch five times to create a shell stitch. To work a double crochet, yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over, draw through the stitch, yarn over, draw through two loops, yarn over and draw through the remaining two loops. Continue working shell stitches into every fourth single crochet stitch, making one chain between each shell. Slip stitch into the four-stitch turning chain to connect the round.

  • Chain three stitches at the beginning of the next row and then work a shell stitch into the third double crochet stitch--this should be the stitch at the center top of your fist shell. Chain one, work five double crochets into the third double crochet of the next shell and repeat until you reach the end of the round.

  • Continue working rounds of shell stitch until your slouchy hat measures 7 inches from the edge of the foundation chain.

  • Decrease in the next row. To work a decrease, chain three and insert your hook into the third double crochet in the first shell, yarn over and draw through the stitch. Then insert your hook into the chain stitch between this shell stitch and the next shell stitch, yarn over and draw through both loops on the hook. Work five double crochets into the next shell stitch as usual. Repeat until you reach the end of the round. You should now have half the number of shell stitches as you had before.

  • Crochet the next round without decreases, and then decrease in the following round. Repeat until you only have four shell stitches, then break your yarn and thread it through a yarn needle. Insert the needle into the third double crochet stitch in each of the remaining shells and pull to close the top of your slouchy hat. Weave in any loose hat ends before wearing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose an angora blend yarn or brushed alpaca to create a slouch hat that's both lacy and warm. Use a cotton yarn for a warm-weather option.

References

  • Photo Credit yellow cotton thread,crochet and serviette image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com
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