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The Jenny Slouch Hat (Free Crochet Pattern!)

Jenny Slouch Hat  |  a Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Quick note: If you had bookmarked this page and now it looks unfamiliar, don’t stress — I just got some awesome new photos of this hat, so I’ve replaced the old one. It’s still the same fun pattern!

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I love slouchy hats! In fact in my pre-crochet days, when I was designing my friend’s crochet web site a few years back (you can read more about that here), she paid me partly in crochet goods… and my first request was, “Can you make me a slouchy hat?” I think they are so fun and they tend to look great even on girls who are convinced that they don’t look good in hats. (Yeah, I’m one of those.)

I originally created this slouchy hat for my little sis. I also took a dozen of them to a college artisan fair in November. They sold out! Now, you can have one of your own.

Jenny Slouch Hat  |  a Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet


The Jenny Slouch Hat Crochet Pattern


Size:
One Size Fist Most (Preteen – Adult Woman).
Hat measures 9” across at band, and is 10” tall.

Materials:

  • Hook sizes K, H, G
  • Yarn needle
  • Worsted weight yarn (approx. 3oz; I often use I Love This Yarn or Vanna’s Choice)
  • Stitch marker (a bobby pin works great)

Gauge:
5 HDC x 3 rows = 1.5” square

Stitches Used:
MC (magic circle)
CH (chain)
SS (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
DC (double crochet)
CRDC (crossed double crochet, see Special Stitch)

Special Stitch:
CRDC – skip one stitch, DC into next stitch, DC in skipped stitch to form an “X” from the two DC. Be sure to skip an empty stitch with each new CRDC so that the Xs do not share stitches with each other.

Notes:
(1) This hat is worked in a continuous spiral. Do not join at the end of each round and do not chain at the beginning of rounds unless instructed. Use a stitch marker to mark the last stitch of each round.
(2) If you know that you tend to crochet tightly, be sure to go up a hook size or two. I basically get two kinds of comments on this pattern: “It fits perfect and I love it!” or “This would barely fit my two year old.” The CRDCs have a lot of leeway as far as how tightly they are crocheted, so keep a loose tension as best you can.

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Using K Hook, begin with magic circle.

2013-11-04 15.42.21Round 1:  10 HDC in magic circle (10)

Round 2: 2 HDC in each ST around (20)

Round 3: 2 HDC in each ST around (40)

Round 4: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in next) around (60)

Round 5: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in next, 1 HDC in next) around (80)

Switch to H hook.

Round 6: CRDC around (you will complete 40 CRDC for a total of 80 ST)

Round 7: Skip 1st stitch (this will stagger your CRDCs, which gives your hat a diagonal look). CRDC around.* (You will complete 40 CRDC for a total of 80 ST)  *Because of skipped stitch, your last CRDC will go one stitch into the next row.

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Round 8: CRDC around. (You will complete 40 CRDC for a total of 80 ST)

Rounds 9-16: Repeat Round 8

Switch to G Hook.

Round 17: CRDC around, skipping one stitch after every 2 CRDCs until you reach end of round (you will complete 32 CRDC for a total of 64 ST)

Round 18: SC around (64)

Rounds 19-26: Repeat Round 18

When you complete Round 26, make 5 slip stitches (SS); fasten off and weave in ends.

I think this hat would look great with a matching Infinity Rugby Scarf, don’t you?

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The Permissions

Permissions: This is a FREE pattern, so you’re welcome to sell what you make with it. Please link back to my blog using something like this:

“Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet, www.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, regardless of what your pattern-sharing buddies tell you. :)
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) for your own use.

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Jenny Slouch Hat  |  a Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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  • sarah January 26, 2014, 7:56 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern…I haven’t made it yet but I know when I do I’m going to love it!!

    • Rebecca January 27, 2014, 1:02 pm

      You are so welcome! I hope you do love it. Let me know how it turns out! :)

  • Ashley January 27, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I’m going to start on this tomorrow! Can’t wait, it’s so cute!

    • Rebecca January 27, 2014, 9:35 pm

      Yay! Let me know how it goes!

  • Tasha January 28, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern!

    • Rebecca January 28, 2014, 3:44 pm

      You’re welcome! Let me know how it goes for you :)

  • Jennifer Moreno February 7, 2014, 9:49 pm

    First of all thanks for the free pattern. Quick question…once I change to G hook and start the decrease, I am confused with “skipping one stitch after every 2 CRDCs” Does this mean I do 2 cross dc’s which is really 4 and then what stitch do I skip? Or do I do one dc cross stitch and then skip? I am really confused on how to decrease this round. Would you be able to clear that up for me? Thanks a lot!

    • Rebecca February 7, 2014, 10:49 pm

      You will do two full CRDCs (which will take up 4 stitches total), then you will leave one single stitch empty. If you think of it as a pattern, each grouping of (2 CRDC + 1 Sk St) will cover 5 stitches total, then you repeat. I hope that helps and doesn’t make it more confusing :)

      • Jennifer Moreno February 7, 2014, 11:29 pm

        Thank you, I am doing it now and will see if I come up with the correct amount. Will let you know!

        • Jennifer Moreno February 7, 2014, 11:51 pm

          Yeah! Came out with 64, thank you so much!

          • Rebecca February 8, 2014, 12:22 pm

            YAY!!! :D

  • carla February 21, 2014, 8:45 pm

    So nice of you to share such good patterns!! God Bless You!!

    • Rebecca February 25, 2014, 9:25 am

      Aww, thank you! That means a lot :)

  • elba February 26, 2014, 10:33 am

    Hi new at your site ,thank you for the pattern going to make it see how it comes out. I have been crocheting many years ,I stated making dollies then went on to yarn . always trying to learn new things . I also love making baby garments. Well I will keep in touch. You have a bless day .Elba

    • Rebecca February 28, 2014, 1:32 pm

      Thank you Elba, and good luck! I hope you enjoy the pattern :)

  • Norma May 25, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful pattern. It was just what I was looking for. It is very quick and easy to make. I have made two so far. Was making the first as a gift, but decided to keep it for myself and made another one for the gift. Thank you.

    • Rebecca May 26, 2014, 4:35 pm

      You are so welcome! I’m glad it was what you needed. :)

  • Sarah June 2, 2014, 2:26 pm

    I was very excited when seeing this pattern and began almost at once but when I got to the end I realised how small the hat looked. I just told myself it would begin to fit the more rounds I did. Bit after I began the SCs after the decrease round I realised how small it really was. So I pulled the SC and the decrease rows out and did another CRDC row before doing the SCs to make it slightly bigger. But I have just finished it and it’s hardly big enough for a toddler. I have counted and found that by getting rid of the decrease row I now have 73 rather than 63. I have no idea what I may have done wrong! I thought I may have miss read the size but it says preteen to adult and I’m very upset. Any thoughts on what I may have done wrong?

    • Rebecca June 2, 2014, 2:35 pm

      Hi Sarah! I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the pattern. The only thing I can say is that perhaps your tension is much,much tighter than mine, and you should adjust your hook sizes accordingly. I’ve heard from a lot of crocheters who have completed the hat… I have seen one comment on Ravelry saying that hers came out small, but it’s working out fine for everyone else. (She also deviated from the pattern so it’s hard to know.) I wish I could be of more help!

  • Dianne August 27, 2014, 9:57 pm

    I’m having difficulty with round 6 of the slouch hat pattern. After I do a row of CRDC I only have 30 CRDC’s. I had 80 HDC in round 5. Any suggestions?

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:51 pm

      Hmm. If you are sure you had 80 HDC in round 5, then I think the only answer is that you skipped stitches, which is SO easy to do with the CRDC stitch. When I first learned it I really had to concentrate as I would skip a stitch here and there as well.

  • Josie-anne October 29, 2014, 5:39 pm

    I did this hat and i really lové it, very simple to do and it looks great! I would like to do one to my sister but a bigger one, do you have a large adult size version of this model? Thank you

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:07 pm

      I don’t. However, in round 17 if you didn’t skip the stitches but just did that row as you’d done the previous, and then SC’d around on the remaining rows, it may turn out a little bigger :)

  • Kathy November 2, 2014, 1:26 pm

    I know that you skip a stitch at the end of row 7 to stagger the CRDC. Do you do the same for rows 8 – 16?

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:07 pm

      Nope, just once :)

  • Brianna November 2, 2014, 9:09 pm

    I know this post is a little older but when you say the hat measures 9 inches across, do you mean when its folded in half?

    • Rebecca Langford November 4, 2014, 11:01 am

      Yes! When you lay it flat, just like I did for the cover photo above, the brim will be 9″ across. :)

  • Janet November 5, 2014, 11:08 pm

    Thanks so much for the free pattern. Very easy pattern to follow.

    • Rebecca November 10, 2014, 11:01 am

      You’re welcome! :)

  • Amanda November 6, 2014, 3:19 am

    i just finished my hat – it’s cream with a big pink flower on it. I absolutely love it, thank you so much for the pattern! :)

    • Rebecca November 10, 2014, 11:02 am

      I bet it’s adorable :)

  • brittney November 6, 2014, 9:43 am

    So I’m on the last 6 single crochets, so excited to be finished, when it hits me that this hat is way to small. I used the wrong yarn -__- now it’s a baby slouch hat. I was making it for my GED teacher going through chemo.

    • Rebecca November 10, 2014, 11:02 am

      Aww, that happens :) I’m sure whatever little one you give it to will love it as well!

  • sarah November 11, 2014, 5:56 pm

    I am at the end of row 16 and my stitch count is correct but am confused for going into round 17. You said in a previous response for round 17 to do 2 full crdc’s then skip 1 and repeat taking up a total of 5 stitches in all. Isn’t that the exact same thing the pattern is doing in rounds 6 through 16? Yet when I do as directed in round 17 I end up with 80 stitches like the rounds before instead of your stated 64. Can u guide me through this including when to start the first stitch in round 17 and when to skip? I’ve come this far with it and don’t want to scrap the the project. Thank you.

    • Rebecca November 11, 2014, 6:30 pm

      You shouldn’t be skipping a stitch in rounds 6-16 (except row 7 when I instruct to skip the very first stitch). In those rounds, 2 CRDC should cover 4 stitches. If you’re getting 80 for your count, then you must be doing that correctly.

      In the last row, you complete 2 CRDCs, and then skip a stitch, leaving it empty, so you’ve just covered 5 stitches total. This is different than when you’re making a CRDC and you skip a stitch to make your first DC and then come back to it to make your second DC; in that case, you aren’t leaving it unworked, you’re coming back to it. In THIS row, you ARE leaving a whole stitch unworked. So: Work two CRDCs the same way you’ve been doing them. Then, for the next one, in order to completely skip a stitch, skip TWO stitches. Make your first DC. Then come back to the one preceding that DC and make your cross DC. That should leave that first skipped stitch open.

      I hope that helps. :)

      • sarah November 12, 2014, 10:43 am

        That makes more sense when u say to skip 2. Now it’s working out. Thank you!

  • Alyssa November 15, 2014, 2:52 pm

    So, after making the 1st hat, my mom asked for one and now I’m on my third for another gift. These look so cute. Thanks for the pattern, love it!

    • Rebecca November 18, 2014, 10:35 pm

      Awesome!

  • Laurie November 21, 2014, 9:21 am

    Do you know what your gauge is for your pattern? I love the hat, and followed the directions exactly. My hat looks exactly like yours—except it would fit a watermelon!! Clearly I crochet loosely. I am trying to figure out how many hook sizes to go down so knowing your gauge would help! Thanks so much! The hat is adorable and your directions are easy to follow. I especially appreciated the photo to go along with row 7!

  • Laurie November 21, 2014, 9:23 am

    OK, forget that comment! So embarrassed——just saw the gauge!!! How many times did I look at this and miss it!!!!! Argh!!!!

    • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 2:31 pm

      Lol it’s ok Laurie, we are all guilty of skimming over things! I have done it many times :)

  • Sam November 23, 2014, 4:13 am

    Just stumbled across your lovely pattern. Got some lovely sparkly wool and going to sit on this wet, cold Sunday morning and hook away. Thank you for the pattern. X

    • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 2:31 pm

      You’re welcome!

  • Kathy November 24, 2014, 11:08 am

    I had the same problem as one lady mentioned except I followed the pattern down to the 64 stitches and it barely fits my 5 month olds head. Are all hooks in every country labeled the same mm to alphabet sizes? Even if my tension is way tighter it shouldn’t decrease it from an adult hat to a baby???

    • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 2:37 pm

      Kathy, actually I think that some countries are different. For instance, in the US, a 5.5mm hook is labeled “H/8″, but in the UK it’s labeled “6”. Make sure you’re following the mm measurement because that’s what is universal.

      I’m not sure why yours would come out so drastically smaller. I have noticed that of all of my patterns, this is the one that tends to get more people saying it came out too small. But since most people who make it have it come out fine, my best guess is that the rounds of crossed double crochet are where the biggest opportunity for different tensions is. In other words, I think that someone with a loose tension (like me) will make those extra loose, while someone with a naturally tight tension will make those extra tight. I guess just use a bigger hook and a very relaxed tension, and make sure you’re using a yarn that is on the thicker side of worsted. If I use something like Caron Simply Soft for this hat, it comes out smaller than if I use Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn (for example).

  • Victoria November 27, 2014, 3:20 am

    I’ve seen permission to sell on some of your other patterns, is it the same for this hat? I’ve made this hat for gifts and now I have people asking me to make them for them. Just wanted to get permission before I sold them, thank you for creating such an awesome hat!

    • Rebecca November 29, 2014, 2:38 pm

      Yes, Victoria! I need to get that added. Thank you so much for even asking. Many would just sell them anyway. :)

      • Victoria December 5, 2014, 7:14 pm

        Yeah! Thank you so much. I keep making these for other people and I really need to make one for myself soon. I’ve never really been into slouchy hats but I LOVE this one. Thanks again!

  • Shannon December 4, 2014, 1:35 am

    Thank you so much! I NEVER wear hats but I LOVE my slouchy hat. I’ve also made a couple as gifts and the women are always getting compliments on them. :)

    • Rebecca December 5, 2014, 6:26 pm

      I’m the same way!! So not a hat person, but I’ll wear this one any day :)

  • Shannon Fuentes December 5, 2014, 8:49 am

    Absolutely beautiful. It took me only about 2.5 hours to make one of these (while watching Korean dramas with subtitles). My advice to all that state the pattern comes out to small – use a very loose tension. You should never hold your yarn so tightly that it leaves an indent in your finger. The yarn should just glide (I loop only over my pointer finger and loosely hold the yarn coming from the ball under my last 3 fingers) and you should be able to easily slide your hook into the stitches that you are working into. I see so many crocheters holding their yarn like you would for knitting and I always tell them that they are using way too much tension. I teach both knitting and crocheting at a local yarn shop and I do tension differently for the two different crafts. Using too much tension stretches your yarn, which should not be happening. This is why the projects are coming out too small. My tension was actually a little too loose at first and I had to tighten up slightly. And always do a gauge swatch – it will save you a lot of tears later on.

    • Rebecca December 5, 2014, 6:27 pm

      WELL said, Shannon. (Also, kudos to you for crocheting while watching subtitled movies… that takes talent!)

  • Tamara December 6, 2014, 4:27 am

    Thanks for sharing your pattern. It was well written, super easy, and whipped up quickly. I made this as a Christmas gift for my college aged daughter. I know she is going to love it. Again ,thank you for sharing your work it is much appreciated!

    • Rebecca December 6, 2014, 5:15 pm

      Thank you for the kind words!

  • Beth December 15, 2014, 11:03 am

    I have made 2 of these already – they are AWESOME!

  • Jenni December 15, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Made this hat. Probably took longer then needed, but I got a bit excited and screwed up a few rows! Super cute! Love it! Thanks for the pattern. So easy to follow!

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