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November is coming to a close, and yesterday during our family Thanksgiving at my parent’s house, I was able to snatch my nieces up for one last photo shoot for the remaining patterns in the Little Monkeys Crochet Fall 2016 collection. (Speaking of thankfulness – I am so thankful for those girls! They are beautiful inside and out, and they’re always willing to play along when I need something photographed.)

This slouch hat pattern might just have stolen the top spot as my favorite pattern of the season. The combination of the lightweight yarn in the perfect neutral color, the rustic buttons, and the faux fur pom made it all come together so well. This hat is a bit more unique than all of my previous slouchy releases in the way it’s built, so it was a fun challenge to figure out the best way to write it all out for you.

Elena Slouch Hat Crochet Pattern | Free button slouchy hat crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

As you may have guessed if you’ve been following me for a while, I used Cascade Yarns’ Longwood Sport for this pattern. It’s probably safe to say I’m addicted to this yarn, because whenever I finish a pattern with it, if I have some left over, I immediately start dreaming up a new pattern with the remaining yarn knowing full well that I’ll have to go order more in order to finish it. It’s a vicious cycle, folks, and I can’t escape it, and I don’t really want to. (I buy mine from Jimmy Beans Wool because their shipping prices rock.)

By now you might be asking, hey Rebecca, is that a matching scarf I see in your photos? Why yes, it is! Click here to view the Elena Scarf in its entirety and make one for yourself to go with your brand new slouch.

Elena Slouch Hat Crochet Pattern | Free button slouchy hat crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Scroll down for the free pattern!

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 Elena Slouch Hat Crochet Pattern  |  Free button slouchy hat crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Elena Slouch

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Difficulty: Easyish

Finished Size: 9.5" tall x 9.5" wide (when laid flat)

Hooks: H (5.00mm) and G (4.25mm)

Yarn: Approximately 265 yards of Cascade Yarns' Longwood Sport (that's just about a full skein). Longwood Sport is a #3 light yarn, and the color shown on the sample is "Oatmeal." 

Gauge: With larger hook, 9 rows of 5 (SK 1, SC+HDC in next) combos = 2" square

You'll also need: Yarn needle, 3/4" buttons (4), faux fur pom pom (optional; mine is from Premier Yarns in "Otter"), needle and thread

Abbreviations Used:
   MC
(magic circle - view my tutorial here)
   ST/STS 
(stitch/stitches)
   SL ST
 (slip stitch)
   SK
 (skip)
   CH
 (chain)
   SC 
(single crochet)
   HDC 
(half double crochet)
   SC+HDC 
(this just means to put 1 SC and 1 HDC in the same ST)
   BLO
 (back loop only)

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) I do not currently have an adaptation for a worsted weight version of this pattern.

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The Pattern

To begin: Using larger hook, create a Magic Circle; CH1.

Round 1: 10HDC in MC. Join with a SL ST to first HDC. (10)

Round 2: CH1. 2HDC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to first HDC. (20)

Round 3: CH1. 2HDC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to first HDC. (40)

Round 4: CH1. 2HDC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to first HDC. (80)

Round 5: CH1. 2HDC in first ST, HDC in each of the next 3 STS. (2HDC in next ST, HDC in each of the next 3 STS) around. Join with a SL ST to first HDC. (100)

We are now switching to turned rows.

Row 6: CH5, turn. SC+HDC in 3rd CH from hook. SK next CH. SC+HDC in 5th (final) CH. We are now going to begin working around the hat. SK 1st ST, SC+HDC in next ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) around. (104)

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row6complete  

Row 7: CH1, turn. SK 1st ST, SC+HDC in next ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) around. (104)

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row7complete

Rows 8-30: Repeat Row 7. (104)

Note: At the end of Row 30, your hook should be on the end of the hat that does not have the extra stitches created by the CH5 from Row 6.

Row 31: CH1, turn. SK 1st ST, SC+HDC in next ST. SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST. Place a stitch marker in the stitch you just made (the 4th stitch of the row); we'll reference it in the next row. Continue to (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) around. (104)

Round 32: CH1, turn. Lay the inner edges of the hat so that they overlap, with your hook lined up with the stitch marker from Row 31, placing the edge that has the additional stitches (created by the CH5 from Row 6) underneath the opposite edge. Insert your hook into the first ST and the stitch that we marked with a stitch marker in the previous row (see photo below); make an SC in all 4 loops. Continuing to line up the overlapping stitches, SC in both layers of each of the next 3 STS. You have now sealed the bottom edge of the overlapping pieces together. Continue to SC in each ST around the rest of the hat. Join with a SL ST to first SC. (100)

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Creating the Band

Next we're going to make the band of the hat, and we will be working in vertical rows, attaching it to Round 32 of the hat with SL STS as we go. 

Switch to G (4.25mm) hook.

Row 1: CH7. SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC in remaining 5 CHS. SL ST along the next 2 STS of Round 32 of the hat. (6, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS, SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the last ST. (6)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SL ST along the next 2 STS of Round 32 of the hat. (6, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Repeat Rows 2-3 all the way around the hat (100 rows). Fasten off and use your tail to carefully sew the first and last rows of the band together. Weave in all ends.

Buttons
Where the two edges of the hat meet and overlap, use a few ball point pins to secure them in place. Then, place and sew your buttons along the edge, being sure to position them so that your needle goes through both layers, sewing them together; when you remove the ball point pins, you want the buttons to hold the hat together on their own. 

Elena Slouch Hat Crochet Pattern  |  Free button slouchy hat crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Attach your pom pom if desired. Done!

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
  • Do not make a video tutorial of this pattern (or any of my patterns). For a detailed explanation of why this hurts designers, please contact me.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just given birth to my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy named Henry James, on 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Anne Marie November 26, 2016, 7:33 am

    Beautiful hat = must try this pattern.

  • Heather J Brophy November 26, 2016, 9:33 am

    super cute…I see why they would want in time for Christmas…so creative!

  • Heather McFee November 26, 2016, 9:59 am

    Love this stitch! The set came out beautifully!

  • Therese Arsenault November 26, 2016, 10:04 am

    Love your slouch hats. And matching scarves!!! Here in Canada, with our cold winters, you just can’t have enough beautiful hats and scarves. Love all you patterns.

  • ALETHIA DOUGLASS November 26, 2016, 10:10 am

    Beautiful design for gift giving. Thanks for the contest, too.

  • candy Gerardo November 26, 2016, 10:11 am

    Yet another set I need to place in someone’s life thanks for sharing this beauty

  • Cyndi Kesler November 26, 2016, 10:14 am

    Love the hat!

  • Carla Isaac November 26, 2016, 10:27 am

    Thank you for this Beautiful pattern that I will try!

  • Annette Baal November 26, 2016, 10:28 am

    Love the slouch hat. I found a hat I had crocheted a few years ago the other day. It turned out to be too big when I finished it so I put it away. When I found it the other day I realized, thanks to all your wonderful patterns, I could roll it a bit and it looks slouchy! Thanks for all of your super crochet ideas!

  • Jean November 26, 2016, 10:38 am

    Love the texture in this stitch pattern!

  • KAREN OSBORNE November 26, 2016, 10:40 am

    It’s really cute and I like the pictures how-to’s…..its so beneficial

  • Linda Gheorghiu November 26, 2016, 10:45 am

    I do love your work and this is no exception. Have crocheted maybe 3 dozen hats and scarfs using your patterns. I give them to my friends here in Romania. Always so elegant. The weather here is so darned cold that everyone uses a scarf and hat when going outside. Thanks so much for the beautiful patterns.

  • Julianne November 26, 2016, 10:46 am

    Oooh, I like this one, too. Now I have at least 7 different hats/scarfs/cowls to make. Nice work, Rebecca!

  • Laura November 26, 2016, 10:47 am

    I love the way the band gets slip stitched to the hat and doesn’t have to be sewn on! So cute!

  • Deborah LeMon November 26, 2016, 10:52 am

    Love you detailed instructions, especially the pictures. Thanks for sharing…

  • Sara November 26, 2016, 10:59 am

    Love this one! So cute!

  • Bee November 26, 2016, 11:12 am

    I just recently found your blog and have made many of your slouch hats. The patterns are easy to read and understand. Everything was come out amazing. Thank you.

    • Bee November 26, 2016, 11:14 am

      I just recently found your blog and have made many of your slouch hats. The patterns are easy to read and understand. Everything has come out amazing. Thank you.

  • Tina November 26, 2016, 11:18 am

    So pretty – can’t wait to try it, thank you for sharing!!

  • Mercy November 26, 2016, 11:41 am

    Love your work! It feels fresh & modern. Great job!

  • Stephanie Rohlfs November 26, 2016, 11:43 am

    I love this!!!

  • Gigi H. November 26, 2016, 11:45 am

    I love this hat and the stitching. I’d like to make for a friend, but she prefers non-slouchy hats. Can you tell me how I can make this same stitch pattern into a regular hat without the slouch? Much appreciated. I love your patterns and yarn choices.
    Thank you.

    • Rebecca November 26, 2016, 12:20 pm

      Hi Gigi! Here’s what I would do: figure out what height you want the hat to be (look up a size chart on Pinterest or something). Then, when you’re making the pattern, rows 8-30 are the body of the hat; do that repeat until the hat measures about 1.5-1.75″ less than the total height you’re going for. (Be sure to end on an even number of rows to keep consistent with the remainder of the pattern.) Then continue on to Row 31 and finish the hat as written. The band will add about 1.5″ to the total height. Good luck! 🙂

  • Christine Driedger November 26, 2016, 11:59 am

    Just wanted to say you design the most beautiful patterns, and that you make them available for free is just fabulous :). Thank you!!

  • Christi November 26, 2016, 12:11 pm

    I think I have just found my new winter hat!

  • Angela Gillis November 26, 2016, 12:17 pm

    Beautiful

  • Beth McC November 26, 2016, 12:17 pm

    I love it! I am always looking for slouch caps to crochet for my daughter!

  • Jennifer Andrew November 26, 2016, 12:25 pm

    I love the texture of this pattern

  • Alicia riley November 26, 2016, 12:53 pm

    Wow, I don’t how you do it. Another beautiful classic piece. Can’t wait to start! Love your stuff!

  • Jan November 26, 2016, 1:45 pm

    I love your patterns and appreciate how much time and thought goes into the pictures. I am a visual person and seeing the pictures of the work in progress really helps😆

  • Brenda Cook November 26, 2016, 1:48 pm

    Love the pattern!! You are very talented!

  • Nancy November 26, 2016, 2:06 pm

    Love the buttons and he poof! I just love all your patterns!

  • susanne shumate November 26, 2016, 2:12 pm

    I love all your patterns. love the rustic feel!

  • Mary November 26, 2016, 2:12 pm

    This is such a cute pattern! Love the faux pompom!

  • Emma-Jean Miller November 26, 2016, 2:30 pm

    Gorgeous pattern.

  • Laura Salgado November 26, 2016, 3:23 pm

    Niiice! Looks warm and cozy. Love the stitch.

  • Angie Clifford November 26, 2016, 3:38 pm

    Gorgeous! Thank you for allowing to recreat this beautiful hat!

  • Tracy King November 26, 2016, 3:50 pm

    Beautiful set as usual. I also love this stitch!

  • Neva November 26, 2016, 3:58 pm

    This is the cutest set I’ve seen. Can’t wait to make it.

  • Cleary Kipe November 26, 2016, 4:23 pm

    Thank you for a beautiful pattern.

  • Kathleen November 26, 2016, 4:27 pm

    Thanks for a very cute pattern! I’m an avid crocheter but not much at hat making so decided after things settle down when the holidays end, I have to try this. Happy Holidays and I appreciate your kindness and sharing!

  • suvada hodzic November 26, 2016, 4:40 pm

    I just want to tell you that I follow you for some time and I love your work keep going 🙂

  • Cathy Rouland November 26, 2016, 4:44 pm

    Another great pattern. Love this stitch. Thank you.

  • Fiona November 26, 2016, 5:05 pm

    I love this slouch. You could even make this in a cotton or use the original sportweight for spring. So pretty

  • Elonda Lisinski November 26, 2016, 5:15 pm

    This is beautiful, definitely next on my “to do ” list , thanks

  • Meg November 26, 2016, 6:20 pm

    Beautiful, I love the texture, on my list to make for a special granddaughter.

  • Pamela November 26, 2016, 6:54 pm

    Love the Elena hat and scarf set. Definitely gonna be selfish, this one’s for me.

  • Helen King November 26, 2016, 7:19 pm

    Thank you, this is a gorgeous hat!

  • Trish Herbers November 26, 2016, 7:34 pm

    Love the buttons on this sweet hat!

  • Corinne Parker November 26, 2016, 7:56 pm

    I love how dainty and warm it looks!! Well done!

  • Nancy November 26, 2016, 8:36 pm

    So stylish! I know several people who would love this for Christmas!

  • Regina November 27, 2016, 12:09 am

    What a great set! Next on the hook, to be sure!

  • Clarissa Magbuhat November 27, 2016, 12:15 am

    beautiful… definitely in the line up of what to make for christmas gifts 🙂

  • Marion James November 27, 2016, 1:04 am

    Aaaagh! I love you! I always love receiving your e-mail’s, and I love your patterns. You are an inspiration to me as I have picked up my crochet hook again after many idle years. I would love to get as good as you are.

  • Cheryl November 27, 2016, 1:13 am

    Beautiful slouch! I’m making hats for Christmas so this will be great!!!

  • Erin November 27, 2016, 4:29 am

    I have been wanting to make a slouch hat and this one is beautiful!

  • federica November 27, 2016, 8:55 am

    adoro i tuoi cappelli slouchy!! porto soltanto cappelli slouchy e tu ne hai una scelta fantastica, grazie!

  • Kathryn N. November 27, 2016, 8:59 am

    I love the stitch and the look of the Elena – it’s perfect for the PomPom I’ve been wanting to use. Thank you for the lovely pattern.

  • Kelly November 27, 2016, 10:11 am

    It’s beautiful! I love your picture tutorials; you explain everything so clearly. This has been added to my TO-DO List.

  • karen powell November 27, 2016, 11:38 am

    love your patterns and your blog, great pics. thx for having a contest

  • Kelly November 27, 2016, 2:16 pm

    Love the natural tones you use. So happy you submitted a square for the 2016 Moogly CAL and I stumbled across your website. Awesome!

  • Tania November 27, 2016, 3:14 pm

    It is honestly really pretty. It also looks pretty simple for a beginner like me. Hopefully it is. Thanks for all these amazing patterns.

  • Tania Martin November 27, 2016, 3:15 pm

    It is honestly really pretty. It also looks pretty simple for a beginner like me. Hopefully it is. Thanks for all these amazing patterns. Amazing. I must try this out.

  • Lorra November 27, 2016, 3:30 pm

    I usually don’t care for slouch hats but this one is gorgeous!

  • Tracy Brimhall November 27, 2016, 4:33 pm

    Love It! Will have to make this up when I am done with the few projects I have going for Christmas right now! Thank you so much!

  • Trish November 27, 2016, 6:24 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. I love all your patterns. I love that you always do sets !!! Thank you

  • Marla Deschenes November 27, 2016, 7:04 pm

    I LOVE this hat and scarf set! I cannot wait to try making it!

  • Dawn Colbert November 27, 2016, 8:28 pm

    Beautiful hat, can’t wait to find the right yarn color and make it

  • Veronica November 27, 2016, 8:36 pm

    Beautiful. I can’t wait to try it out

  • zillahrose November 27, 2016, 8:44 pm

    I love the look of this hat! I will be making one soon!

  • Paula Gray November 27, 2016, 11:19 pm

    Thankyou for your lovely patterns. They are nice and easy to follow for someone that has only been doing crochet for 18 months.

    Keep up the great work.
    Paula

  • Nadine Bongio November 28, 2016, 8:51 am

    Love this hat! Can’t wait to make it for my daughters-in-law!!

  • Ife November 28, 2016, 8:55 am

    Your work is very excellent, I’m learning new stitches from your newsletters. Thanks for great project ideas and patterns.

  • Christine November 28, 2016, 9:08 am

    another stunning one. thank you.

  • Angela Garcia November 28, 2016, 9:35 am

    I love this hat and it’s simple, clean looking lines. In fact, I am making this hat for all of my coworkers for Christmas!

  • Alice Darter November 28, 2016, 11:13 am

    Added this to my queue in addition to favorites and library! Definitely making this one for myself this winter! It is a MUST on my To Do List!
    Thank you!

  • Julie M November 29, 2016, 11:21 am

    I get off work in an hour and will be starting this set when I get home. I. LOVE. IT.

  • Jodi Bybee December 3, 2016, 9:07 am

    I love your patterns and have bought many from Etsy. They work up so easy and always look first class. My granddaughters will only wear the hats and scarves that I make from your patterns because they say they look better than store bought. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent with those of us who have none!
    Sincerely,
    Jodi Bybee

    • Rebecca December 3, 2016, 2:26 pm

      Thank you, that comment made my day!!

  • Marir December 3, 2016, 1:00 pm

    I am so confused about this hat, you end up with 100 stitches, the finished hat you could put 2 heads in, did I miss something? Usually when I make adult hat I end up with 56 – 60 stitches. Please help me, I really loved the hat and all your crochet patterns, thank you so much for sharing. 😊

    • Rebecca December 3, 2016, 2:22 pm

      The hat calls for #3 yarn. I’m guessing the ones you’ve done have probably used #4. 🙂

  • des December 4, 2016, 11:04 pm

    it is a great hat, it would be great with quite a bit of outfits and such

  • des December 4, 2016, 11:21 pm

    you have so many patterns to choose from, their too good to choose from but this one is an amazing set

  • Birgitta December 6, 2016, 5:32 pm

    What a lovely hat! Its really fun to crochet it.
    Thanks for the pattern :-*

  • Elizabeth December 12, 2016, 1:10 pm

    Hello Rebecca,
    Thank you so much for sharing so many of your beautiful patterns.
    I have made several of your Color Block Blankets for gifts and now onto this Hat & Scarf pattern. I think I will keep this one for myself.
    Merry Christmas and many Blessings for you and your Family

  • Linda December 12, 2016, 6:11 pm

    I absolutely love all your patterns! Thank you so much, you are crochet gifted! Have a Merry Christmas And the best to you and your family in the New Year 🙂

  • Coreen December 31, 2016, 10:38 am

    Please sign me up for your newsletters, I love your patterns and want to join your group, by the way congratulations on the birth of your son xx

    • Rebecca January 1, 2017, 7:37 pm

      I’d love to have you! You can sign up via the aqua form at the very top of the blog. 🙂

  • Eleonora January 8, 2017, 10:59 pm

    I saw the hat on face book . I have insomnia so I got up took yarn and my crochet hook and now at 05.04 o’ clock half is finished, thank u much for this patern.

  • Cheryl Reynolds February 11, 2017, 5:23 pm

    I am working on my 3rd hat from your patterns & plan to purchase your all access pass next.
    I just shared your site with a friend who loves to crochet.
    Thank you & congratulations on the birth of your latest family member!

  • Laura Huggins February 22, 2017, 9:25 pm

    Really love this hat, but your patterns never disappoint and I’ve made several 💜 I admit that I do have a love/hate relationship with making the brim that way 😜 I love how it looks and that you didn’t have to work bottom up but I’m super slow at working it. I tried modifying it to use caron d’s. I thought it would be easy since its a lighter weight 4. Ha. Lol. Now we know why I don’t write my own patterns 🤗

    • Laura Huggins February 22, 2017, 9:26 pm

      That’s supposed to be caron ss not d’s lol

    • Rebecca February 23, 2017, 8:53 am

      Don’t worry! I always feel like my rhythm slows down when I do that brim. It just takes more concentration and there’s a lot of turning. I like working top-down so much that it’s worth it to me 🙂

  • MJ March 6, 2017, 2:24 am

    I just finished my first scarf using your pattern. LOVE the stitch! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Debra Pratt September 10, 2017, 7:30 pm

    Love your free patterns