I finally got around to writing up my Double Drop Slouchy hat pattern that matches the cowl pattern I posted earlier! This slouchy hat uses a drop stitch pattern (where you work stitches into a previous row) to make a warm but still light and stretchy fabric that works perfectly with the self-striping property of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn. If you’d like you can substitute any worsted weight yarn, and it would also look great in alternating solid colors for a bolder stripe effect! I’m working on uploading the pdf to Ravelry with more photos but for now here’s the basic pattern.
One skein of worsted weight (category 4) yarn (I used Red Heart Unforgettable in Winery, 270 yds)
Size I hook
Yarn needle for finishing
Finished Measurements: Circumference–21 inches; Height–11 inches
Gauge: 20 st and 14 rows = 4 inches. Your double crochets should be about ½ in tall; 2 dc should measure about ½ inch across.
*Note: Red Heart Unforgettable yarn varies a little bit in thickness throughout the skein even though it is categorized as worsted weight. If you want to use a different worsted weight yarn for this pattern, just be sure to check your gauge. If you’re having trouble obtaining the proper gauge, try changing your hook size.
Row 1: Ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (10 sc). Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in back loops only in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Repeat row 2 until band measures 21 inches long. It should be about 2 inches wide. Line up edges and slip stitch together to form a circle. Do not fasten off.
R1: Ch 1, sc 76 evenly around top edge of ribbing. Sl st in ch to join.
R2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next sc. *Ch 2, sk 2 sc, dc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * around, sl st to top of ch 3 to join.
R3: Ch 4 (counts as hdc, ch 2), *skip next 2 dc, dc in next 2 sc from round 1 (2 rows below, working over the ch 2 space), ch 2. Repeat from * around, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch to join.
(In other words, after you ch 4, skip the first 2 dc in your current row. You’re now at the ch 2 space you made on the previous round. Directly below this space are 2 sc from the previous round. Working over the ch 2 space, dc into these 2 sc to make your first drop stitches.)
R4: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), *dc in next 2 dc from round 2 (2 rows below, working over ch 2 space), ch 2, skip next 2 dc. Repeat from * across, sl st in top of starting ch to join.
R5: Ch 4 (counts as hdc, ch 2), *sk next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc from round 3 (2 rows below, working over ch 2 space), ch 2. Repeat from * around, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch to join.
Repeat rows 4-5 until hat measures 11 inches from top to bottom of band.
Ch 1. Now you’re going to sc around the top, dropping stitches in the same established pattern (sc in each dc of current row and working over each ch 2 space to sc in each dc from 2 rows below). Do not fasten off.
Now you’re going to close up the top. Your hook should be at the top, back, center of the hat. Insert hook into the stitch directly across from the current stitch (top, front, center of the hat) and do a single crochet through both stitches. Pinch the opposite sides to the center point you just made and join with a sc in the same way. Continue pinching opposite sides together and sc them together until hole is completely closed. Fasten off and weave in end.
It can be a little awkward to sc through both sides, but it will ensure that your hat is closed up nice and secure ^_^
You’re done! Don’t forget to let me know how it turns out, and if you have any problems please let me know and I’ll be happy to help! The cowl pattern is also available for free here or you can download the free pdf on Ravelry here. For those of you getting an early start on your holiday gifts, the set would make a really cute Christmas present!