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A couple of months ago, we took our annual family trip to my favorite Michigan spot, South Haven! It was an amazing week full of great food, gorgeous sunsets, and lots and lots of beach time.



Of course I had to stop in at Needle In A Haystack for some Cascade Longwood yarn so that I would have something to work on down at the beach!


This is probably my favorite yarn out of anything I’ve used. It’s so soft and has such a stunning, defined finish, and gorgeous drape. I first experienced it (the #3 weight version) during last year’s trip, which resulted in the South Haven Slouch. It’s not the easiest yarn to find, but you can always order it from Needle In A Haystack or online from stores like Jimmy Beans Wool. It’s pricier than what you find in the big craft stores, so I save it for my most special projects, like the Herringbone Baby Hat I recently made for my son (Due in December).

This year’s “vacation pattern” is also a slouchy hat, because frankly, it’s really hard to crochet anything bigger without it getting dragged across the sand every time the wind blows. And if you’ve spent any time around my blog, you probably noticed that I loooooove slouchy hats. I never get bored with them! Like the South Haven Slouch, this one also uses the #3 weight version of Longwood, called Longwood Sport.

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

I usually use temporary names for my patterns until it’s time to publish them, and then I come up with something permanent. I called this one the Shiplap Slouch as I was making it, and the name just stuck. Something about the color and the lines reminds me of shiplap. (Yes, I do watch a lot of Fixer Upper, why do you ask?)

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

OH, and before I forget… yes, there’s a matching cowl pattern!

Shiplap Slouch Hat and Cowl Crochet Pattern Set | Free slouchy hat and fringe cowl scarf crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Crochet

Click here for the matching cowl pattern, or scroll down for the slouch hat pattern!

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

Shiplap Slouch Hat


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Difficulty: Easy

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

Hook: H (5.00mm) and G (4.25mm)

Yarn: Approximately 230 yards of Cascade Longwood Sport, a #3 light yarn.

Gauge: Your first 5 rounds should measure 3" across.

You'll also need: Yarn needle, stitch marker

Abbreviations Used:
   MC (magic circle - view tutorial here)
   SL ST (slip stitch)
   SK (skip)
   CH (chain)
   HDC (half double crochet)
   HHDC (herringbone half double crochet; see "special stitch" below)

Special Stitch:
HHDC - Herringbone Half Double Crochet. Here's how you do it:

HHDC: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops.

(If you need additional help, Moogly has an excellent video tutorial here. Please note that while her video considers the CH2 at the beginning of rows as a stitch, the pattern below does not.)

(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Pattern is worked in a continuous, seamless round until the band. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds and do not join unless instructed to do so.
(3) Since we are working in a seamless round, your ribbing rows will not meet up perfectly in the back. This is unavoidable, and the alternative (joining each round) is much, much more obvious. (Trust me, I tried it.)
(4) Pattern uses regular HDC to set up each ribbing row. The abbreviation is very similar to HHDC, so pay attention!
(5) To find the "3rd loop" (as mentioned in Round 13 and every 4 rows after that), reach over your top loops and insert your hook into the loop just past (below) the top loop that is furthest from you. (Also called the Camel Stitch or RibHDC.) 

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The Pattern

To begin: With H hook, make a magic circle; CH1.

Round 1: 9 HHDC in MC. (9)

Round 2: 2 HHDC in each ST around. (18)

Round 3: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in next ST) around. (27)

Round 4: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (36)

Round 5: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 3 STS) around. (45)

Round 6: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 4 STS) around. (54)

Round 7: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 5 STS) around. (63)

Round 8: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 6 STS) around. (72)

Round 9: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 7 STS) around. (81)

Round 10: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 8 STS) around. (90)

Round 11: HHDC in each ST around. (90)

Round 12: HDC in each ST around. (90)

Round 13: HHDC in 3rd loop of each ST around. (90)

Shiplap Slouch Hat Crochet Pattern  |  Free teen / adult slouchy hat crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

Round 14: HHDC in each ST around. (90)

Round 15: HHDC in each ST around. (90)

Round 16: HDC in each ST around. (90)

Rounds 17-32: Repeat Rounds 13-16. (90)

Round 33: HHDC in 3rd loop of each ST around. You should now have 6 rows of ribbing. (90)

Switch to G Hook.

Rounds 34-39: HHDC in each ST around. (90)

Round 40: HHDC in each of the first 86 STS (4 STS remain). SC in each of the next 2 STS, SL ST in each of the remaining 2 STS. (90)

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

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

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

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  • Diane C. October 22, 2016, 10:55 am

    I love this hat! Just the right amount of slouch even for us oldsters 🙂

  • Vel October 22, 2016, 12:09 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful and stylish! I’m going to get the same yarn and try it out! The cowl just ties it all together nicely. Thanks again for making these free. I first began watching You Tube videos to learn how to crochet, then graduated to watching videos to make an item I was saddened at some of the videos because they’d only show part of how to make the item. If I wanted to finish the item I’d have to purchase it (lesson learned to watch the video first lol). Im glad I can read patterns now.I’m not a wealthy person so free and beautiful items to crochet are truly appreciated. Once again Thank you!

  • moira porter October 22, 2016, 12:50 pm

    I have just started to crochet again after You could say my second brood have left the nest(my three grand daughters twins13 and their sister sixteen,just see them every day for tea after school the twins love your slouch hats especially the ship lap slouch, could you give me any idea what the English equivelant of your yarn would be, I have tried one or two sample squares but can’t get the tension right.
    I can get Arran or double knit

    • Rebecca October 23, 2016, 6:02 pm

      Hi Moira! I’m not familiar at all with what is available where, but a lot of people use to find substitute yarns. Good luck!

      • Moira November 6, 2016, 12:03 pm

        Thanks I will give them a try,
        I like to try the stitches you do as sample squares they make nice cushion covers

  • Lori October 23, 2016, 8:17 am

    Love this set! I love the lines of this design…sort of like wide ribs…adds so much more than just a tandard slouch look. And the fringe totally sets off the cowl. Love it. I have to ask though: are you by chance a fan of the show “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines? I hear anything “shiplap” and I automatically think of her. Totally love her design style…and she would look great in your slouch and cowl! ?

    • Rebecca October 23, 2016, 6:02 pm

      Yep, I’m a huge fan! 🙂

  • Rebecca Sobieski October 24, 2016, 4:30 am

    Is the magic circle started with 12 dc like in the tutorial or 9 with the HHDC?
    Thank you.

    • Rebecca October 29, 2016, 9:52 am

      Always follow the pattern. The tutorial is just that — a tutorial. So, 9 HHDC.

  • des October 28, 2016, 10:51 am

    i was wondering if you would make a tutorial video for those of us who have trouble with patterns.

    • Rebecca October 29, 2016, 9:55 am

      I wish that making a tutorial video were a simpler thing for me, but at this stage in life, it’s not something I can feasibly do for every pattern I put out. Sorry! There are lots of great courses or YouTube videos that teach you how to read patterns, and it will open up a whole world of options to you if you invest the time to learn. 🙂

  • des October 28, 2016, 10:57 am

    does it require a smaller size for kids because if i am going to make one i want to be able to wear it

    • Rebecca October 29, 2016, 9:53 am

      This hat is sized to fit the average teen or adult small/medium head. If you want to make a child sized hat, you’ll have to adjust your stitch count for that.

      • des October 29, 2016, 8:57 pm


  • Cheryl DeNeff November 6, 2016, 1:35 am

    I’m really liking this slouch and the cowl.
    I will make it for my daughter soon.
    I also love your vacation spot S.H. I go there at least once a week.
    Thank you for the great patterns.

  • Cheryl DeNeff November 6, 2016, 1:42 am

    I love your patterns and your vacation spot. I will have to check out “Needle in a haystack”

  • Ashlee Gregg November 9, 2016, 9:11 pm

    I’m having trouble with the first 5rounds measuring right is the diameter or the radius suposed to measure 3in.
    I had half the hat done the 2nd time I tried and it was to big. I’m using a red heart worsted weight 4 and I’ve adjusted my hook size but it’s not working for me.

    • Rebecca November 10, 2016, 8:55 am

      It’s the diameter. Did you do a gauge check? Using a #4 yarn on a #3 pattern would be very tricky to match gauge. May I ask what Red Heart yarn you’re using, and what hook size?

  • Colleen Machado November 16, 2016, 2:20 pm

    I made both the hat and the cowl. They were fun and easy to make. Will you have a pattern for boot cuffs in the Shiplap pattern?
    I would love to give as a set.
    Thank you for your free patterns! Their very easy to follow and beautiful.

    • Rebecca November 16, 2016, 2:48 pm

      I don’t have any plans at this point, as I’m currently wrapping up my last batch of patterns before my baby arrives in December. But, if I were going to make them, I would probably just follow the cowl pattern but start with fewer chains. 😉

    • Colleen Machado November 16, 2016, 4:25 pm

      Congratulations on your baby. Blessings to your family.

  • Leslie November 18, 2016, 5:41 am

    I love crocheting but can never understand or read a pattern. Is there a video on utube of the cowl and slouch hat?

    • Rebecca November 18, 2016, 5:09 pm

      There isn’t, sorry 🙂

  • Angela November 18, 2016, 5:45 pm

    I’m working on the Shiplap Slouch. I forgot to check the gauge after the first 5 rounds. After about 16 rows, I realized the hat was looking quite big, and then I remembered to measure. Not sure why, but I’m about 2″ too wide. I frogged a bunch, but am hoping not to start all over. How big should the “top” of the hat be, after I’ve completed all the increase rounds? Thanks for your help ?

    • Rebecca November 18, 2016, 6:06 pm

      Did you go back and measure the first 5 rounds to see if they were 3″ wide? (You can do that without frogging it.) I did not write down the measurement at the point of the final increase. The hat will narrow a bit when you add the band, so you might be fine.

      • Angela November 18, 2016, 7:49 pm

        Sorry, I didn’t make that clear. I went back and measured the first 5 rounds (before frogging) and they were 2″ too wide…..

        • Rebecca November 19, 2016, 9:28 am

          Oh, got it. Yeah, that’s a huge difference … I’m not even sure if you could match gauge with the yarn you’re using without it becoming an extremely stiff hat. Are you using a #3 light yarn?

          • Angela November 19, 2016, 10:14 pm

            I oopsed! Lol I was thinking Caron Simply Soft was a 3, but it’s a 4. So that was my problem. I switched to a 3.75mm hook and took out one round of increases. With the hat completed, I realize I probably could have taken out two increase rounds. I had to decrease gradually throughout the band rows. In the end, I think it turned out well! Not stiff, but a little slouchier than yours. I think the recipient will love it! Thanks for the pattern and your help. I look forward to trying it again, the RIGHT WAY ;). Maybe for me ….. 🙂

  • Holly Ellens November 26, 2016, 1:13 am

    I love all of your patterns. I really want to try this lightweight yarn for a first try. Which color did you use on this pattern?

    • Rebecca November 27, 2016, 9:00 pm

      Oatmeal 🙂

  • Bee December 24, 2016, 1:39 pm

    This hat is beautiful. I love it. Is it unisex or is it mainly for women?

    • Rebecca December 24, 2016, 3:02 pm

      I think it could be either; it would just depend on the style of the guy receiving it 🙂

  • Vonny December 25, 2016, 4:50 am

    Thank you for pattern. This my first time using this stitch..hhdc & camel stitch..still untidy
    I made for my friends for boy
    Thank you rebecca

  • Ada Flack December 30, 2016, 7:24 am

    Congratulations on the new addition to the little monkeys

  • Amanda December 31, 2016, 6:58 am

    I love your work! I do wish the colors of yarn were readily available in the description. It can become a pain to read through the comments looking for the color if you’re trying to match the yarn. I don’t always do that but sometimes you just love the color of the example. Thanks for your wonderful posts and free patterns. I just taught myself to crochet and am quite thankful for patterns I can try without investing too much.

  • Starla Parsons January 15, 2017, 12:13 pm

    I am an eighth grade English teacher and one of my students has stage 2 ovarian cancer. I crocheted this hat for her and she absolutely adores it! We got on Pinterest so she could choose another style for me to crochet. She chose your rustic slouch pattern without knowing the shiplap hat was your design as well. She likes your style! Thank you for offering these free patterns; the loss of her hair has been difficult, but she is still able to express her style!

    • Rebecca January 15, 2017, 2:18 pm

      That is so good to hear and means SO much to me! Please pass along to her that I am completely honored to have her wearing my designs and I hope she enjoys those hats long after she kicks that cancer’s butt. <3

  • Kay January 19, 2017, 1:12 pm

    Thank you so much for your blog and patterns. You’re truly appreciated and respected. Happy Birthday to your new little one and happy new year!

  • Linda Wicklund January 26, 2017, 2:58 pm

    Thank you

  • pami mcconkey January 28, 2017, 10:52 am

    how man y chains to make magic circle?

  • Jan February 18, 2017, 8:54 pm

    When making stitches until the HHBC after the HBC, do you stitch through both loops, or just the front loop?

    • Rebecca February 19, 2017, 2:31 pm

      I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking, but there isn’t anywhere in the pattern that you do front loop only, so I guess the answer is “both loops” 🙂

  • Autumn March 5, 2017, 4:36 pm

    Thank you very much for this pattern! It’s very pretty. However, I tried to make it and it ended up much too big. I used a size H crochet hook and size 4 impeccable yarn. Do you have any suggestions, and is there a way to modify the pattern to make it smaller? Thanks!

    • Rebecca March 5, 2017, 8:51 pm

      The pattern calls for a #3 yarn, not a #4, so that’s your problem right there. 🙂

      You should also be sure to do a gauge check before beginning because even if you use the exact same yarn and hook as I did, your hat could still come out too small or too big since everyone’s tensions are different.

  • Paula Vickers July 27, 2017, 9:25 am

    Can’t wait to get started on your Beautiful patterns

  • Miriam August 23, 2017, 5:48 am

    Hey, I was wondering if you could explain row 13 to me one more time?

    • Susan Stanczyk August 26, 2017, 3:29 pm

      I’m working on row 13 as well, and just figured it out. There is a stitch behind the typical v stitch that you normally go into. That is the stitch you want to go into.

  • Margaret Fulton September 26, 2017, 9:41 pm

    The pattern was very easy, I loved the hat when I first saw it, I’m also going to crochet the cow. Thank you so much for your patterns. Margaret Fulton, Jersey City,N.J.

  • Susan spencer September 27, 2017, 12:35 pm

    Love your slouch ,i have been wanting to make this for a while,can’t wait to get started

  • Kim October 17, 2017, 1:35 pm

    Can you please tell me on Round 13… What you mean by: HHDC in 3rd loop of each stitch around?? Stitch count will be 90. So how is that so if you’re only going in every third loop?

  • Cindy October 21, 2017, 2:39 pm

    Thank you for making this pattern free for us. I am doing a trial run with a 3# Mandala before investing in the Longwood sport. I am finding the pattern very easy to follow.

  • Carole November 8, 2017, 11:54 am

    Love this hat, just started and had to start again wrong stitch .. ?! I have just one question, do you slip stich at the end of every row?

    • Rebecca November 8, 2017, 3:46 pm

      Nope, as written, I crochet this hat in a continuous round. No joining or chaining up each round.

      • Carole November 8, 2017, 4:21 pm

        Oops.. I did!! Have to start again!! ?

        • Carole November 8, 2017, 4:24 pm

          Shouldn’t cross read, always in. Hadte to start. ?

  • Julia Williams November 10, 2017, 5:04 pm

    Thank you.

  • Cindy Racobs December 2, 2017, 10:51 pm

    Hi Rebecca. My hat turned out lovely with a beautiful drape. I used Yarn Bee Sweet Delight and went down a hook size to get the gauge to a G. I used an F hook for the brim, but it is too large. My question is how do you decrease a HHDC stitch. Thank you.

  • Adriana December 14, 2017, 10:09 am

    I love it!!!

  • Melanie Johnson January 2, 2018, 6:19 pm

    I just had to let you know I love the shiplap pattern! People donate yarn to me, on the condition I make hats to donate to schools and shelters. This pattern is amazing and easy to adapt sizing. Looks great in 2-4 colors and its not too tight like many beanies! THANK YOU!

  • Wendy January 14, 2018, 7:22 pm

    I’m on row 15 of the Shiplap Slouch. When does it start looking like a hat? I have a big flat circle.

  • Kelly January 15, 2018, 10:28 pm

    Thank you, it’s lovely.

  • Betty Farris January 22, 2018, 11:16 pm

    I’m not good enough yet 2 have a website, but just wanted 2 say “Congratulations & God bless u & ur fam” now 1 1/2 yrs later than ur post! So sorry! Am senior citizen determined 2 conquer my fear of the internet. Birthday coming up on Jan. 30th. Will be a whopping 70 yrs old! Hallelujah!!

    • Betty Farris January 22, 2018, 11:46 pm

      And ur bsbies (now littlr men) r gorgeous!! I wasBlessef ofGod 2 hsve 3 sons of my own. They r now ages:45, 40 & 35 yrs old! And yes I’ve been blessed that long w/children & now grands! Our God is A Wonder! Thank u ssooo much 4 ur free pattern! Social Security doesn’t pay that much but He provides ALL of my NEEDS! THSNK U AGAIN!

  • Brandi Garrett January 24, 2018, 10:54 am

    Thank you so much for the shiplap hat. But I think there’s an error. On repeat rounds 17-32 you say to repeat 13-16. But that doesn’t include regular hdc round to set up ridge row in the instructions.

    • Brandi Garrett January 24, 2018, 10:58 am

      Oops never mind

  • Angela February 7, 2018, 10:54 pm

    Do u have a video on how to make this hat

    • Rebecca February 9, 2018, 3:44 pm

      No, sorry 🙂

  • Mimi March 14, 2018, 10:33 am

    I’ve made several of your hat patterns before, and they always come out so beautiful. Thanks for all the free content!
    I have few quick question about the shiplap slouch. I love the look and want to modify it to work in turned rows instead of rounds, to make a blanket. Do you think it could be done, and if so do you have any tips? Also, do you know the stitch multiples for this pattern? Thanks.

  • Ashley August 18, 2018, 7:14 am

    This hat turned out beautifully. I used a merino blend yarn for it. The only thing I’d have done differently is to add another round of rows 13-16 for a little more height. Mine has a slight slouch that almost looks accidental and a little more height would have taken it further. Maybe I’ll go back and add them in now that I’m thinking of it.

  • clara September 2, 2018, 8:49 pm

    Hi there, I just discovered this pattern and I love it! I’ll admit, though, I’m having trouble understanding the directions for Round 13. Is there a video tutorial online that would show me how to do it? The picture, unfortunately, doesn’t really help me out. Thanks in advance for any advice!

    • clara September 2, 2018, 9:00 pm

      Never mind! I hadn’t scrolled down far enough; sorry!

  • Mavi Nadeau November 9, 2018, 7:59 am

    Hi. I’ve just finished this slouchy hat. Yay! My first one ever. I had to buy a second skein to finish the last few rows. My question is, if I get two smaller crochet hooks (the next two sizes down) could I make a smaller hat with the leftover, almost full skein? Or should I downsize the pattern to have say, 80 stitches in a round instead of 90?? The smaller hat would be for a year old boy, my grandson… with a big head. 🙂 OR do have this pattern or a slouch hat in a smaller size? Thanks for your help! Love your patterns! I also made Henry’s Blanket and it turned out beautiful! xox, Mavi

    • Rebecca November 11, 2018, 7:09 pm

      It’s hard to say for sure, but it would probably be worth a try 🙂 I don’t have a pattern for a smaller size but you could just reduce the stitch count and the number of repeats. Good luck!

  • Jobie November 15, 2018, 3:22 pm

    Your shiplap slouch pattern was a breath of fresh air for me! So nice to find a pattern that was easy to follow & to the point. Thx🤗

  • Tamara Vose November 29, 2018, 10:09 am

    I’d like to make this with an ombre yarn for a girlfriend of mine for Christmas. The pattern indicates that this hat is 9.5″ laid flat. Does that then mean this will fit a 19″ head? How much stretch is there? I need one that will fit roughly a 22″ head. How would I modify this to fit a bigger head?

    • Rebecca December 1, 2018, 8:40 pm

      Crochet hats have a couple inches of stretch, but for 22″ you might want to increase it just a bit more. I would add one more round of increases between rounds 10 and 11.

  • Amy Miles December 9, 2018, 4:58 pm

    Love this pattern! I thought I had lost the hat I made from this pattern a couple of years ago and now that I have found it, I am embarking on making duplicates so I never go without!