New Crochet Pattern (Part One): Floppy Hat

(Updated pattern coming soon!)

Hats fascinate me. I always wanted hats when I was younger but we were never hat people, and I couldn't afford them myself. So when I learned to crochet I found some hat patterns and have been experimenting ever since. My favorite to wear are beret's and similar looking hats. I don't do baseball caps, beanies (usually), or pretty much anything with a bill. I have to admit, the hippy/slouchy hats are very attractive. I actually have been on the lookout for a good slouchy hat pattern.

I received some Homespun Apple Green and Golden, two colors I have never used but have wanted to, and I wasn't sure what to make with them. Well, out of all the scarves I have made, only one was for me and that was YEARS ago. So I thought I'd use one for a scarf and the other I decided to make into a hat, a slouchy hat. I didn't take the time to find a satisfactory slouchy hat pattern, and thought even if I did I didn't want to use Homespun for it, so I went at it freestyle.

Rummaging through my old Ziploc baggy full of folded crochet patterns, I pulled out my favorite go-to for your average beret. Then I grabbed the largest crochet hook I could find and started going. I wanted it to be open stitched and sort of baggy so I chose the V-stitch.

I added a few extra rows here and since the hook was larger than the pattern recommended I cut some out here and there. Really, I just followed what I knew: crochet flat and round till you reach a desired diameter; then work even (with no increases) for a little while, how long depending upon the type of hat you are making; and decrease by skipping every tenth stitch. In decreasing, you could sc2tog (single crochet two stitches together) and/or dc2tog (double crochet two stitches together) instead of skipping, but I felt, in light of the hole-y look the hat had, skipping a stitch would be less noticeable.

For the brim, I wanted the hat to be able to come down over my ears. Keeping in mind that the yarn will stretch a little, I found the suitable diameter for my head and then added two extra single crocheted rows. The result? A satisfied me.

Here's the pattern. I haven't tested it so tell me if I've left something out. Like I said, I free-handed it; I'm sure there are ways it could be improved. I'd love to know if you've figured them out.

Floppy Hat Crochet Pattern

Fits comfortably on head circumference of 21½ inches, stretches for slightly larger.
Laid flat measures 11 inches in diameter.

-Homespun yarns: 1 ball Apple Green, 1 ball Golden
-Hook size 9.00mm (M13)
-Tapestry needle

Notes: Hat is worked in rounds; do not turn.

Extra Stitches
V-Stitch: (Dbc, ch 1, dbc) in same st.

Row 1: With Green, 6 sc in magic ring, sl st in first sc.
Row 2: Ch 4, (stands for first dbc here and throughout) ch 1, dbc in same st. Work v-st in next st. and in each st around. Drop Green (but do not fasten off) and join Golden with sl st in beginning ch.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in st around, sl st in ch 1.
Row 4: Ch 4, dbc in same st. * Work v-st in next st, dbc in next st *, repeat from * to * to end of row, pick up Green and sl st in 3rd ch of first dbc (the ch 4 at the beginning of row).
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st to ch 1.
Row 6: Ch 4, dbc in same st. * Skip st, work v-st in next st *, repeat to end, pick up Golden and sl st to 3rd ch of ch 4.
Row 7: Ch 1, sc around, skipping every ch 1.
Row 8: Ch 4, dbc in same st. * Skip st, work v-st *, work dbc in last st. Picking up Green, sl st in 3rd ch of ch 4.
Row 9: (Working even, no increases) Ch 1, sc in each st around. Sl st in ch 1.
Row 10: Ch 4, dbc in same st. Skip two sts, * work v-st, skip next two sts *, dbc in last st. Pick up Golden, sl st in 3rd ch of ch 4.
Row 11: (Decreasing) Ch 1, sc around, skipping every tenth st.
Row 12: Ch 4, dbc in same st. * (Skip two sts, work v-st) three times (you should have three v-sts), skip 3 sts and work v-st. * to end. Pick up Green, sl st in 3rd ch of ch 4. (You are working nine sts, and skipping the tenth).
Row 13-19: (Work the remainder of the hat in Green) Repeat rows 11-12, ending with Row 11.
Row 20: Ch 3, dbc around, skipping every tenth st. Sl st in top of ch 3.
Row 21-22: Ch 1, sc in each st around. At the end of Row 22, fasten off both balls of yarn and weave in ends.

Pattern Copyrighted by Amy Lynn Yarbrough, 2013

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Coming soon: matching scarf!

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