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Sandy Slouch Hat (free pattern)

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A new slouch hat pattern! YAY!

I love slouch hats. And you guys must, too, because the Jenny Slouch quickly became one of my most popular patterns of all time (“all time”, of course, referring to the one year I’ve been blogging). There’s just something about a cute slouch that makes you feel extra adorable when you’re out in the cold. And it’s a great way to hide a bad hair day, which – as a tired mom of two toddler boys – is almost a daily thing for me.

Here’s a new slouch pattern I’ve been working on, and it even has a matching cowl that I think you’ll also love, which I originally designed for All Free Crochet’s blog, Stitch & Unwind:

Sandy Slouch & Cowl Set | Free Patterns by Little Monkeys Crochet

The button on the hat is purely decorative, meaning there’s no buttonhole. (I figure, why go to the trouble of making it functional, when you’re never going to need to unbutton it, anyway?)

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If you would like to purchase an inexpensive, ad-free PDF version, you can find it on Etsy. It’s a great value, and it even includes the pattern for the matching cowl!

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And if you love the yarn in the pic, Lion Brand’s Heartland, here’s where you can find it (I used “Grand Canyon”):

Lion Brand Heartland Yarn

So let’s get started, shall we?

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Sandy Slouch

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Hooks: K (6.5mm) and I (5.5mm)
Yarn: About 175 yards of worsted weight acrylic yarn; I used <1 skein of Lion Brand Heartland in "Grand Canyon". (Heartland is a lighter worsted weight yarn, comparable to Bernat Satin or Red Heart Soft, so if you use something a little thicker like Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn it may turn out slightly larger.)
Difficulty: Easy
Gauge: A round of HDCs will = 1". So, when you complete your 6th and final increase round, it should measure about 6" in diameter.
Finished Size: Approximately 10" tall, and 9.5" wide
You'll also need: Yarn needle, stitch marker (such as a bobby pin), 1" button and materials to attach button

(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) This pattern is worked in a seamless round until the band, when it becomes turned rounds. Do not join, chain or turn unless instructed to do so.
(3) Some have struggled with understanding that is happening once you get to the band and button area, so here's an explanation I replied with in the comments section that seemed to help, and you can come back to this if you get tripped up too. (UPDATE: There's now a tutorial video at the bottom of the pattern.) What you’re doing in Round 21 is setting the base for your flap. Because of the flap, we are not able to work in continuous or joined rounds. We’re just going to be going back and forth, building the band, including the flap. (Which is why the stitch totals switch from 60 to 66, because we created 6 additional stitches with our CH7.) So in Round 22, you’re SCing back down that CH7 that you’ve just made, and then continuing on all the way around the hat until you reach the end of that round. (Technically it would be considered a row at this point, but I thought that would be even more confusing.) Then you’ll CH1 and turn, and SC back around the hat, all the way back up to the top of the CH7 section you made, then CH1, turn around and SC back down the flap and around the hat. You’re going to keep doing this until the pattern tells you to stop, and you will end up with a flap that is the same thickness as the band.

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The Pattern

To begin: With K hook, make a magic circle (view a tutorial here).

Round 1: 10 HDC in magic circle. (10)

Round 2: 2HDC in each ST around. (20)

Round 3: (2HDC in next ST, HDC in next ST) around. (30)

Round 4: (2HDC in next ST, HDC in next 2 STS) around. (40)

Round 5: (2HDC in next ST, HDC in next 3 STS) around. (50)

Round 6: (2HDC in next ST, HDC in next 4 STS) around. (60)

Round 7: (SC+DC in next ST, SK next ST) around. (60)

Rounds 8-20: Repeat Round 7.

Round 21: (SC+DC in next ST, SK next ST) 29 times (until you only have 2 STS left in the round). SC in next ST, SL ST in next ST. CH7. (60)
(Note: the CH7 will form the base of our button flap.)

Switch to I hook. You will now crochet the band of the hat, and we want it to be a little snug so that it doesn't fall off.

Round 22: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. Continue to SC around. (66)

Rounds 23-29: CH1, turn. SC around. (66)

Finishing: CH1 (do NOT turn). SC around the entire edge of the hat, including the button flap, putting 2SC in each corner. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Button: Place your button in the center of the flap and, using yarn or thread, secure it through both layers (the flap and the band underneath).

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  • Theresa January 8, 2015, 7:54 pm

    Hello ~ Happy New Year too!
    Thank you for the Pattern!
    I have been looking for a slouchy hat pattern to make as a gift for my grandaughter.
    So,I am thinking this pattern sounds easy enough for me..I am a novice…lol,but my question is if you dont mind do you think I could change it …by following the same pattern but use a different hook & yarn? I want to use ~ hometown (6)chunky/bulky
    yarn …could you please advise if possible … I am not good @ reading & understanding patterns & this was only 1 of very few I seem to follow/read to understand… 🙁 yet Yayyyy! TIA
    But again Thank you for the pattern again
    Smiles & Blessings

    • Rebecca January 9, 2015, 8:07 pm

      Hi Theresa! Theoretically, it could be done, but you’re getting way past “novice” level. 🙂 If you were to simply follow the pattern using a thicker yarn and a bigger hook, the hat would turn out too big. With Hometown, it would turn out MASSIVE. You would have to alter the stitch counts dramatically to make it work. I would definitely stick to worsted weight yarn. 🙂

    • Lori January 21, 2020, 1:14 pm

      She does have a very similar hat using larger hook and chunky yarn. It’s called the “Rustic Slouch”

  • Monica January 10, 2015, 8:50 am

    I tried the Print Friendly PDF button but it only permits printing and not save as a PDF. I don’t have a printer. I usually save to PDFs to my iPad. This way I can view and work the pattern without using up my monthly data plan. Can you allow the print Friendly permission for saving as a PDF?


    • Juli Gill January 10, 2015, 9:12 am

      Just as an alternative, Monica, you ca copy the instructions an paste them into your Notes. I also use an iPad.

    • Rebecca January 10, 2015, 7:28 pm

      Hi Monica! As Juli suggested, you can copy the instructions and paste them into a word processing document. I don’t include the PDF feature as an extra protection against pattern-sharing, which is extremely popular right now. 🙂

    • Becky January 11, 2015, 12:42 pm

      You can download a free program called CutePDF – it will set itself up as a printer on your PC or IPad, so when you go to any website and ask it to print, you can choose CutePDF and it will create the PDF and allow you to save it to wherever you’d like.

  • Melissa Mendoza January 10, 2015, 8:56 am

    This is gorgeous! Thanks so much for this pattern. Definitely starting on this this weekend, as I have some lovely Red Heart Soft yarn in a charcoal grey and a cranberry color that I wanted to do something with. 🙂

    • Rebecca January 10, 2015, 7:28 pm

      I bet it will be lovely 🙂

  • Erika January 10, 2015, 1:21 pm

    Hi! Thank you for this pattern! I am a beginner so sorry if this is a dumb question, but on the end of round 1, do I slip stitch back into the first hdc?

    • Cindy January 10, 2015, 1:52 pm

      I think you have to work continuous rounds Erika

    • Rebecca January 10, 2015, 7:29 pm

      Cindy’s right. This hat is worked in a continuous round so that there won’t be a seam. 🙂

  • Erika January 10, 2015, 3:40 pm

    Thank you!!

  • carolyn January 10, 2015, 3:56 pm

    Hi Sandy, Thank you for the slouch hat pattern. It is very cute.and the cowl. last summer I made a slouch hat/shopping bag, depending on whether you add a purse strap to it for SH/SB. make it longer for SB. .
    turned out cute, grown daughter like it. it was a band very much like you made, only put a open weave fish net design for the body. 😉 dont have a good camera to post pic. or I would.

    • Rebecca January 10, 2015, 7:29 pm

      Sounds pretty!

  • Cyndy January 10, 2015, 7:09 pm

    I’m just getting back to crocheting again. Boy what you tend to forget. I’m stuck on round 6 of the slouch hat pattern. Says 2HDC in each stitch then HDC , HDC in next 4 stitches. im confused about the next four stitches since 2HDC in each stitch tkes me to the end of the round. Please explain.

    • Rebecca January 10, 2015, 7:32 pm

      Cyndy, that’s definitely a typo! It’s just another normal increase round. (2HDC in next ST, HDC in each of the next 4 STS) around. 🙂 Thanks for the catch!

  • Molly January 11, 2015, 10:21 am

    Love the flap and button, thank you for the pattern, I’m going to make one for my sister for St. Pat’s day in Green with a black band and a Gold button,

    • Rebecca January 15, 2015, 6:29 pm

      Sounds fun!

  • Christina January 11, 2015, 1:32 pm

    do you think Vannas choice yarn would do good with this pattern?


    • Rebecca January 11, 2015, 3:45 pm

      It’s a little thicker than what I used, but I think it would work. If the band seems too large you can always go down a hook size. 🙂

      • Indigo August 30, 2015, 7:53 pm

        I just made one in VC, either crochet the band tightly or use an H/5 hook on normal tension.

  • Cathy January 12, 2015, 1:07 am

    I’ve ran into an issue with this pattern. I’m working on this pattern at the moment, second round after pulling the first one apart thinking I missed a row. Now I’ve put stitch markers on every row at the begining stich, just to make sure I haven’t missed any rows. But here’s the issue, with the right side of the piece facing me (or out), the flap with the button is coming from the ear up towards the forehead and not like yours in the pic going from the forehead to the ear. What am I doing wrong? Or is there a mistake some where’s in the pattern. Has anyone else run into this issue? Please help as I absolutely love this hat. I’m also doing the cowl too for a matching set. Thanks

    • Sandra January 14, 2015, 8:03 am

      I’m thinking I had the same problem as Cathy.. But I think I figured it out.
      After you make your ch 7 and crochet around up to the back side of the ch7
      you should ch1 & turn, single crochet to the end =66sc.
      Repeat that sequence you end up with a 6st flap that over laps.
      (Wishin I could post picturre. Mine is turning out very nice)

      • Maria January 19, 2015, 11:39 pm

        i too am struggling with the chain 7 part

        • Rebecca January 20, 2015, 12:39 pm

          Maria, please see the “notes” section of the pattern, #3, for an updated explanation.

      • Jessica October 11, 2017, 12:47 pm

        I figured out the issue. The pattern designer makes and wears her hats inside out. I figured it out by looking at how the hat was working up in the video. This is very confusing for some people when the flap is laying the wrong way unless you flip it inside out.

    • Rebecca January 15, 2015, 6:29 pm

      Hi Cathy! All you need to do to get the flap pointing the correct way is rotate the hat and make the button go over the opposite ear. It will point correctly on one side of your head and incorrectly on the other. 🙂

  • Rachel January 13, 2015, 8:54 am

    Thank you for the pattern. I’m a newbie and made this last night but encountered a minor problem when the ch7 part happened. It ended up being uneven and I didn’t get the same look on mine as yours. I didnt quite understand the pattern after that point so I just winged it. Instead of doing the ch7 would I just be able to SC in rounds and just not make the button part?

    • Rebecca January 15, 2015, 6:30 pm

      You can definitely skip the flap and just SC around, but I think you’ll be missing the character of the hat that way. It’s your hat, definitely do what you prefer!

  • Leticia January 14, 2015, 6:05 pm

    This is so pretty I’m making one and it turn out precious thank for sharing your work

    • Rebecca January 15, 2015, 6:31 pm

      Awesome, you’re welcome!

  • Jennie January 15, 2015, 5:06 pm

    I am also having a hard time with the ch7 flap. I have completed the first round of SC (=66st) and started the next round. But I’m not reconnecting anywhere to the flap. Is that correct? On the photo it looks like a thick overlap and not a skinny single crochet flap. Any ideas?

    • Rebecca January 15, 2015, 6:37 pm

      I’ll try to better explain it and hopefully not make it even more confusing, I know it’s tripping up a few people.

      What you’re doing in Round 21 is setting the base for your flap. Because of the flap, we are not able to work in continuous or joined rounds. We’re just going to be going back and forth, building the band, including the flap. (Which is why the stitch totals switch from 60 to 66, because we created 6 additional stitches with our CH7.) So in Round 22, you’re SCing back down that CH7 that you’ve just made, and then continuing on all the way around the hat until you reach the end of that round. (Technically it would be considered a row at this point, but I thought that would be even more confusing.) Then you’ll CH1 and turn, and SC back around the hat, all the way back up to the top of the CH7 section you made, then CH1, turn around and SC back down the flap and around the hat. You’re going to keep doing this until the pattern tells you to stop, and you will end up with a flap that is the same thickness as the band.

      • Jennie January 15, 2015, 6:59 pm

        Eureka!!! That was it, exactly what I needed. Thank you. I can’t wait to finish up this little guy. 🙂

  • Ellie from Canada January 17, 2015, 2:29 am

    Thank you! I missed the one on Ravelry because my printer bit the dust and my daughter was going to print it for me, but the time was up. Great pattern 🙂

    • Rebecca January 20, 2015, 12:40 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Victoria January 17, 2015, 7:08 am

    Yeah! I absolutely loved your last slouchy hat pattern. Can’t wait to try this one! Thanks. 🙂

    • Rebecca January 20, 2015, 12:40 pm

      I hope you like this one just as much 🙂

  • Elainebitt January 21, 2015, 10:01 pm

    I am stuck on the flap thing. I’ve read note #3 countless times, all the comment section, and I am still lost!

    Anyone willing to post any pictures of how to do it?

  • Athena January 24, 2015, 8:30 am

    I have started this hat however I feel like it is too small. I have made you other slouchy hat pattern and that one came out fine. This one however is making me nervous! I am using ILovethisyarn would that cause a difference? TIA

  • Elainebitt January 24, 2015, 12:51 pm

    I have added this project (and the cowl) to my Ravelry, and also notes on how to make the band (brim) for the hat, along with a pic that I am sure will be helpful to those having problems with the flap (like I did). Thanks go to Crystal from a crochet facebook group who helped me to figure this out.

  • Ethel Pikus January 25, 2015, 2:04 pm

    I could not understand row 21. I did something else on my own and it looked just like the pattern.

  • Terry Hall January 30, 2015, 12:11 pm

    Hi! Love this. I am a beginner at crochet. Can you please explain round 7 a little more to me? I greatly appreciate it.

    • Rebecca March 4, 2015, 8:54 pm

      In Round 7, you’ll put a single crochet AND a double crochet into the first stitch, then skip the next stitch. Repeat.

  • Ashlyn February 6, 2015, 11:34 am

    Hi, so how do you get the flap to lay down? It seems with the few I’ve made so far the flap kind of turns and I have to constantly try to fiddle with it to get it lay down.

    • Rebecca March 4, 2015, 8:53 pm

      It seems to depend on which yarn I use whether or not it lays nicely. I have taken a needle and thread and sewn a simple line across the edge to help a couple of mine out. 🙂

  • Kayla N Ritter March 5, 2015, 11:27 pm

    Okay so I read the instruction on the band. I still am not fully understanding what I am suppose to do . I am new to crocheting so I am sure that also has something to do with it. I do have the rest of the hat made though. If you could oh I don’t know video tape it showing what it would look like that would be great. 🙂

    • Rebecca April 2, 2015, 12:53 pm

      I hope to put together a tutorial soon.

  • Kathi March 12, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Finally! I found a pattern that looks like the one my daughter wants me to crochet for her. However, she wants one that’s a little more slouchy-er. Even though I’ve been crocheting for 25 years, I am a person that needs instructions. Where would you suggest I add extra rows so the narrower part slouches more? (so it’s looks more like a Dopey hat, not a beret) Thank you!

    • Rebecca April 2, 2015, 12:52 pm

      It could work but you’d have to add the rows toward the beginning of the pattern, and experiment a bit.

  • Abby March 24, 2015, 12:12 pm

    Hey! I’m loving this pattern so far but want to make sure I’m doing the main body of the hat right (rounds 8-20). Are you essentially doing each SC/DC pair into the SC’s of the previous round? Or into the DC’s? It seems right to me in the SC’s…and I suppose it isn’t a big deal. But I want the look of your picture so I want to do it right 🙂

    • Rebecca April 2, 2015, 12:50 pm

      You’re right, they’ll end up in the SCs 🙂

  • jeanette Santos March 27, 2015, 7:08 pm

    Im soooo in love with Sandy snd Jenny Slouchy. I cannot stop making them.

  • Sarah Green April 1, 2015, 9:48 am

    I so love this hat!! Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

  • Jenny Heaps May 11, 2015, 6:03 am

    I am wanting to crochet “Sandy slouch hat” , I have converted the US to UK but I haven’t been able to convert round 7. I am unsure what you mean by SK this is not included in any conversion I have found. Hopefully you are able to reply soon as winter is starting to happen here in Australia.

    • Ashlyn May 11, 2015, 10:01 am

      SK stand for skip. So you’d be skipping the first stitch and then working in the next. I hope this helps jenny!

    • Rebecca May 11, 2015, 7:51 pm

      Thanks Ashlyn! Jenny, she’s correct. 🙂

  • tisha burkhardt June 3, 2015, 4:31 am

    Hi there

    Could you please advise what SK means and is there a chain stitch before starting the next round?


    • Rebecca June 5, 2015, 12:12 pm

      SK = skip. Skip over the stitch (don’t put anything in it).

      You do not join at the end of rounds and you do not chain anything at the beginning of rounds, unless instructed. That’s what gives the hat a seamless look. It’s constructed in a spiral. Make sure you have a stitch marker (such as a bobby pin) to keep track of the first stitch of the round you are on, otherwise there will be no way for you to know. 🙂

  • Aimee July 24, 2015, 8:42 am

    Thank you so much for the video! It was super helpful. I actually disregarded my hat the first time I tried to make this hat because I got discouraged but now I completely get it! This hat will make lovely Christmas gifts this year!

  • Kristen July 24, 2015, 8:55 am

    Super cute!! These patterns are going right into my Ravelry queue! Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂

  • sarah July 24, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Worked the pattern up and ended up with flap on opposite side of head and the flap lays “pointing towards” the forehead instead of “pointing towards” the back of the head. I didn’t turn my work until begining of round 23 as stated. Where did I go wrong?

  • sarah July 24, 2015, 6:06 pm

    The first time I followed the pattern, I ended up with the flap on opposite side of the head and flap was pointing towards the forehead instead of towards the back of the head. The second time I worked the pattern, I “turned” my work after the ch7 and started working the pattern on the opposite side of the chain then continued around the hat in that direction. By turning my work after the ch7, the flap was on the correct side of the head and was pointing towards the back of the head as shown in the picture. I hope this helps anyone who had the same problem I had at first.

  • Peggy Foster July 27, 2015, 10:15 am

    Made the Sandy Slouch for my granddaughter. Turned out really cute!
    Thanks for pattern.

  • alice July 28, 2015, 11:46 am

    I don’t usually get hooked by hat patterns, but this one definitely has me thinking about how great it will be to have and wear this winter! Thanks!

  • Laura1 August 1, 2015, 8:49 am

    I live this stitch! However, after a few “false starts” I settled on the K hook and RH ssoft yarn from my stash. The hat looks perfect, just like the picture, but is too small for my head. I have started a second hat.. This time I added 2 more increase rows.. total of 72 stitches and now it seems like the hat will be a better fit… Guess will add a row or two for length, to balance it out. DO you think I should make the flap larger? not sure on that yet.. Seems like I may have a big head! haha.

    • Cindy O. August 7, 2015, 9:44 am

      I had the same issue…the hat is too small for me, but probably okay for a pre-teen. I used a wool yarn and I’m guessing that’s the problem. I still love the pattern and will try your revisions and an acrylic yarn.

  • Victoria August 24, 2015, 3:04 am

    here! I love the look of this hat, but I had a HUGE problem the first time I made it that it seems only one other commenter may have had. It turned out child sized. I feared that it would based on the number of stitches per round, but I never follow what patterns say, so I decided to listen for once, and I was proven correct. I got a very cute child sized hat, even though my initial gauge was correct. I’ve now made another that is 80 stitches around and fits perfectly. Just wondering if you had any thoughts on this or if anyone else had this problem.

    • Rebecca August 24, 2015, 8:31 am

      I’m not sure, I get that comment occasionally with both of my slouch hats, although I get many more that say the hat fits fine… I think it must be a combination of me having a small head, and I also really like my slouch hats to have a tight-fitting band because I think it holds them on better. All I can say is, the hat on the photo follows my pattern and it fits both the model and myself perfectly. (Something to note, on most hat sizing charts, the difference between an adult sized hat and a child sized hat is usually only about an inch in circumference. Our heads and children’s heads are really not that far apart in size.)

  • Jodi September 10, 2015, 1:20 am

    Hello, love love love your slouch hat! My question is…….. Is this same hat pattern available for kids?

    • Rebecca September 12, 2015, 8:57 am

      Not at this time, but I don’t think it would be too complicated. You just wouldn’t increase as much.

  • Erin October 31, 2015, 7:48 pm

    I’d love your patterns in toddler and kids sizes!

    • Rebecca November 2, 2015, 9:25 am

      Maybe someday! 🙂

  • Mandi November 11, 2015, 7:08 pm

    Beautiful pattern and your video tutorial is spot on. It perfectly explained it! Thank you!

  • Megan Conner November 24, 2015, 11:50 pm

    Hey Rebecca,
    Maybe this has been answered already, but your magic circle, how many stitches do you make yours with? I’m not coming up with the proper amount of stitches to work off.

    • Rebecca November 25, 2015, 10:40 am

      Hi Megan! When you create a magic circle, the magic circle itself doesn’t include any stitches. You always look to the pattern to determine how many stitches should go in it (which is Round 1). So in this pattern, you’ll put 10HDC in the circle because that’s what the pattern tells you to do. 🙂

  • Dina Goddard November 30, 2015, 2:32 am

    Thank you for the free beanie pattern! My daughter loves it, it was super easy to follow your directions:)

  • Louise December 11, 2015, 9:33 am

    Thank you for the pattern, I can’t wait to try this unique slouchy hat.

  • Barbara Daugherty December 14, 2015, 9:01 am

    I have tried and tried but I can not get the flap facing the right direction. Yours is on the opposite side of mine. Help!

    • Rebecca December 17, 2015, 1:05 pm

      A lot of people had that issue – you just need to go the opposite direction after you SC in each CH down the flap in Round 22.

      However — all you REALLY need to do to fix it is to turn the hat when you wear it so that the button is on the opposite side of your head. That will make the flap point the right direction.

      • Barbara Daugherty December 19, 2015, 9:40 am

        Thanks for answering my question. I had made two of these hats for gifts and they were perfect but time had gone by and I decided to make the 3rd. I couldn’t figure out how I got the flap to go in the right direction, I tried so many times and it just wasn’t working so I had to borrow one of my hats and remind myself how I did it. By turning after the 7 crochet chain and going in opposite direction it worked. I have made several hats for friends since then. Thanks for a very nice pattern that makes a beautiful hat. Barbara

  • Celia December 16, 2015, 8:04 pm

    Hi, I love this pattern! But can you think of any reason why mine isn’t turning out with that nice defined raised and lowered design like the one pictured? Could it be that the yarn I’m using is too soft? I’m using Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Thanks in advance for any thoughts you have.

    • Rebecca December 17, 2015, 1:07 pm

      Heartland is MUCH softer than Super Saver, so that’s not the issue. It could be too stiff, or the sheen from the Heartland might be what gives it the “raised and lowered” look. Super Saver is also significantly thicker than Heartland, so you’re not going to get the same look in general — the stitches will be more crowded.

  • Linda Greene December 18, 2015, 5:39 pm

    The link to your Magic Circle is broken, it simply goes to a page but noting is on the page. I will assume I can just chain 5 or 6 and slip stich? I am revisiding my crochet skills from decades ago to make a hat for a trip back to the snow in January. Wish me luck, this is a very cute hat.

  • Allie December 19, 2015, 12:46 am

    I just finished this hat for my niece. Love how super simple it is and how it can be made more or less “slouchy” by adding or deleting rows, makes it easy to customize. For the rounds the contain the button flap, it needs to read a bit more like…

    “continue your single crochets to include the 6 stitches in the 7 chain so this lays flat with the rest of the work” perhaps adding a simple picture of that completed would help. Have you thought about changing it in the written directions rather than in the notes, it would have saved me from ripping out some rows. Just a suggestion.

    I had never worked in the round foregoing a seam and I sure loved this pattern to teach me to do so!!

  • Celia Dunahee January 11, 2016, 9:22 am

    I made this hat for a great-niece for Christmas. She loved it! Instead of sewing the button on I fastened it so that she could remove it and use a cute or fancy pin that she can change with her moods!

  • Elisa DeSena January 11, 2016, 9:58 am

    I love making this pattern. So easy to follow and I love the look of the finished hat. I thank for the great free patterns! I love them all!

  • Lynn January 11, 2016, 10:39 am

    Made this pattern last week….gorgeous!

  • Debi T January 11, 2016, 11:00 am

    love your designs. thanks

  • Dara January 11, 2016, 12:18 pm

    This is my favorite hat pattern! I made one for my sister for Christmas and one for myself and I wear it all the time.

  • Marisol Gomez January 11, 2016, 12:35 pm

    I love this pattern. I have already done it and it comes out really pretty. Thanks for sharing all these great patterns.

  • Lainey January 11, 2016, 1:19 pm

    I love this hat so much! I made one for myself, as well as my friend, and I wear it all the time!

  • NORMA GARCIA January 11, 2016, 4:02 pm

    I love this Sandy Slouch, and looking for time to make the matching cowl.
    I love when the hat and cowl are coordinated 🙂

  • Nicky Cone January 11, 2016, 5:52 pm

    This is my favorite slouchy hat pattern!

  • Chris brown January 16, 2016, 7:08 am

    You have created a simple pattern that looks as if it were difficult. I have made two, One for a 10 year old and another for a grown woman. I just cut down on the lenghth of the hat for the 10 year old and it worked fine.
    Thank you for your generous sharing. I live in Wales uk and I only wish the Internet was available when my family were small !! At least my grandchildren and great grandchildren are benefiting from the generosity of people like you.
    Kind regards Nannygrandma

  • Shawn Hogan January 18, 2016, 8:36 pm

    Love the button touch as I love buttons!

  • Helen hay January 19, 2016, 2:42 pm

    Did both these for my daughter at Xmas and she loved themxxx

  • Hayley January 20, 2016, 12:42 pm

    Hat is waaaay too small. And the band in the picture is much thicker than the one I ended up with. I wish the video had been longer. I read and did everything the pattern said to do 🙁

    • Rebecca January 20, 2016, 1:58 pm

      There are several reasons it could be too small, and without more information, I’m not sure which might apply. Did you use a different yarn than recommended? If you used the same one, did you check your gauge? Is it possible that your head is bigger than the model’s? (Everyone’s heads are different.)

      I normally don’t do videos of my patterns (only because of logistical issues, it’s a goal of mine for the future). This one was only created because SO many people were struggling with the flap part.

  • Betsy January 21, 2016, 2:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing the pattern. after you finish 10HDC in round 1, do you make 2 hdc on top of the 1st hdc in the round 1

    • Rebecca January 25, 2016, 9:54 am

      Yes 🙂

  • Janet January 27, 2016, 6:40 pm

    Ok so I’m just learning how to crochet. So I’m on step 7 and my hat looks like a small bowl where did I go wrong. When you say go around 20 40 60 like 2hdc 1sc is the 2 counted as 2 stitches or 1 I’m confused.

    • Rebecca February 26, 2016, 2:53 pm

      I’m sorry I missed this comment earlier! This pattern follows a basic increase where you add stitches to each round to make that round wider than the last. So when it says “2HDC in next, 1 HDC in next” that’s a total of 3 stitches, but they are worked over only 2 stitches from the previous round.

  • Katy C. February 16, 2016, 3:31 pm

    Thank you so much for the free pattern! I made mine with Red Heart Super Saver yarn. It came out too small. :(. I probably make my stitches too tight. I tried to stretch it out with my hands and just forcing it on my head. I am going to have to try and block it. I really LOVE this hat. I am wondering if I put in an extra row of increases if that would help me. My head circumference is 23 inches. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Rebecca February 17, 2016, 9:23 am

      I know when I use Super Saver, my tension gets very tight because the yarn is much stiffer. That might have something to do with it? Yes, you could try putting an extra row of increases.

  • Linda Gardin February 19, 2016, 9:48 am

    I love your patterns!! Thanks for sharing, I crochet loose and normally have to go down a hook size,but I don’t need to with your patterns.Having to drop to a different hook throws off the size and I don’t like having to hassle with it.Again thanks and I’m looking forward to more of your patterns!!

    • Rebecca February 26, 2016, 2:51 pm

      That’s great! Yeah, most of the feedback I get is that people have to up their hook sizes to match my loose tension 🙂

  • Josee February 25, 2016, 3:06 pm

    Thank you for this lovely pattern. Making both the hat and scarf.

  • Amanda September 8, 2016, 4:40 pm

    Hi Rebecca!

    I love your patterns. You are so creative and talented – thank you for sharing!!

    I wonder if you’ve ever tried this hat with the “faux-cinch” crown you use in some of the more recent slouch patterns. I just finished a Jenny Slouch and love the folds and the drape the wavy circle creates! I’d love if you could advise on how to adapt this pattern to use that starting method and still end up with the correct stitch count and number of rows before the start of the body of the hat.

    Thank you so much for taking the time and sharing your craft! xo

    • Rebecca September 8, 2016, 5:52 pm

      Hi Amanda! If you want a faux-cinched look with this hat, here’s how I would do it:

      To begin: With K hook, make a magic circle.
      Round 1: 10 HDC in magic circle. (10)
      Round 2: 2HDC in each ST around. (20)
      Round 3: 2HDC in each ST around. (40)
      Round 4: (2HDC in next ST, HDC in next ST) around. (60)
      Round 5: (SC+DC in next ST, SK next ST) around. (60)
      Rounds 5-20: Repeat Round 7.
      …and continue on with the pattern as written.

      This pattern doesn’t have as much body as the Jenny Slouch does. In the Jenny Slouch, you go up to 80 stitches and then back down to 64 at the band, creating more drape. If you wanted to utilize that look, you would need to adapt the pattern a bit more.

  • Nancy Feekes October 4, 2016, 10:13 pm

    I love love love your pattern and beautiful directions!! Your video tutorial was so very helpful and appreciated. You have a special gift and I thank God for your sweet and generous giving spirit!!

  • Kathleen November 13, 2016, 6:59 pm

    Thank you for an amazing hat pattern. I love your blog, you are so creative and your patterns are so well written and easy to follow. Thanks for taking the time to share your creativity. Love your patterns for making gifts. My fav yarn is heartland, it has beautiful colors, is so soft and shows the pattern nicely. Looking forward to many more patterns from your site. Have a great holiday

  • Joescrafts December 22, 2016, 3:35 pm

    I am so excited to start this hat. It’s going to be for myself.

  • Elainebitt December 29, 2016, 11:37 am

    This has to be my all-time favourite hat/project ever! I have made this hat/cowl set so many times now, once you get how the flap works you will want to make more of this hat. I just bought the allpass membership, thank you for offering that option Rebecca.

    Hope you and the baby (if she/he has arrived already) are doing well. God bless you!

  • Vijaya May 26, 2017, 9:36 am

    Hi thanks for the pattern. I had no problem with the flap part’ but seem to b having a problem with the finishing row. Can u pls explain it to me. How do u continue without turning?

    • Nancy Feekes May 26, 2017, 5:22 pm

      VIJAYA: To finish the hat just do the following: CH1 (do NOT turn). SC around the entire edge of the hat, including the button flap, putting 2SC in each corner. Join with a SL ST to the first SC. Fasten off and weave in ends.

      • vijaya May 28, 2017, 4:08 am

        Hi thanks for the reply Nancy. however you have only repeated what was mentioned in the pattern. my problum is once you are at the end of the row how do u proceed without turning.

    • Rebecca May 29, 2017, 8:34 pm

      I’m not sure how to answer your question except to say… you just don’t turn. 🙂 You chain up as instructed, and instead of flipping your work over, you just start crocheting.

  • Lisa August 7, 2017, 8:41 pm

    Nice pattern idea. I’ll try it out and look to see what you made thanks

  • Krystal Green August 21, 2017, 11:37 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I love it and it seems that it is something that I can read and achieve as a first time crocheting a hat. My question is with the magic circle. Do you ch 1 after making the magic circle and then proceed with the 10 HDC or make the magic circle and go right into the 10 HDC? Thank you for your help

  • Jessica October 11, 2017, 12:54 pm

    I am pretty sure I figured out the issue people are having with the flap not facing the same way as your flap. I made my hat like I make every other hat that I make and that makes the flap face the wrong way. I couldn’t figure out why it was happening until I watched the video you made very closely and I noticed you make your hats inside out according to the way most people make their hats and that is why it is turning out facing the wrong way while on the left side of the head and the right way on the right side of the head.

    • Rebecca October 11, 2017, 8:10 pm

      The finished hat is not wrong side out 🙂 In the video you’re looking at the right side of the hat which is, at that time, on the inside of my work because that’s how I crochet in the round – like a bowl. It’s just easier for me to hold it that way. The finished product is turned right side out.

      I have gone back to look at the video and what I think I must have done in the original pattern is turned after SCing down the chain, but when making my notes, wrote down that I didn’t turn. In my earlier days I had a bad habit of writing out patterns after I had finished the sample and this is the most logical reason I can think of for the discrepancy. I will update the video when I can. I honestly didn’t realize it would be such a serious issue, when you can simply wear the button on the other side of your head and the flap will be turned the correct way. 😉

  • Lisa March 2, 2018, 5:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing your video for this hat. I followed your pattern but the video really helps validate when you are not sure. I love your designs and have made many. Congratulations! Lisa

  • Donna August 1, 2018, 12:13 pm

    Thanks I have made 3 so far lol
    Looks great done with just dc stitches + sc for flap.

  • Aaron S Kammerman December 24, 2018, 1:10 pm

    I love this hat and made it for my daughter for Christmas. It turned out too tight. I’ll give that one to a niece. So I made another, ensuring that I was relaxed and loose in my stitches. Still too tight! AUGH! I “fixed” it by fudging the overlap a bit–I only overlapped 3 stitches instead of the full 6 stitches. Perhaps I should bump up a size or two in needle. I’ll do that next time, because I’m making the next one for my Mom. Thanks for the site–great patterns!

    • Aaron December 24, 2018, 1:14 pm

      I’d love a video on the last row. I’ve made two and I’ve done that last row differently each time. I just kind of fumble through it, not exactly sure how and where to stitch.

    • Aaron December 26, 2018, 1:44 am

      Okay, I made a third one. Used an 8 mm on the top, and a 6.5 on the edge that overlaps. I made the flap 14 stitches long instead of 6 and used the 3rd loop technique to create some ribbing. When I went to overlap the flap 12 stitches, it was too tight, even though I had used a 6.5. I only overlapped it 6 stitches. Which means that even using a 6.5 on the smaller part, I still had to expand it by about 6 stitches. I don’t know why I am getting that wrong. I am pleased with the finished hat, though. Using an 8 mm on the tops gives is a great slouch effect.