Continuing the cluster stitch theme this week, here’s one of my all time favorite hat patterns, the Pinecone Slouchy Hat by Julie King of the Gleeful Things blog. This is the pattern that introduced me to the cluster stitch, and thanks to Julie very generously allowing people to sell items made from her patterns, it has been a very popular addition to my shop! (If you want one but don’t have time to make it, you can order one from me here^_^) The pattern is currently available for purchase on Ravelry and includes instructions to add a ribbon around the bottom round (I haven’t tried that version yet but it’s on my to do list). She has lots of other patterns available, and all of the ones I’ve tried out are very well written and easy to follow.
I did end up making a few adjustments to this pattern. While the pattern calls for a J (6.00) hook I found that I needed a K to get the proper gauge, but I tend to crochet pretty tight so a bigger hook worked better for me. I also modified the band to make it a bit stretchier. The original pattern uses single crochet stitches for the band so instead I did 5 rows of alternating front and back post half double crochets to create the vertical ridges. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Kelly Green for the sample in the picture.
This hat is actually the inspiration behind the cluster stitch cowl I posted yesterday, ever since the first time I made it I knew I needed a scarf to go with it! The two together make a beautiful set!