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The Maribel Slouch

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Thank you to Lion Brand for providing the yarn for this pattern sample.

Last winter, I released a pattern set – the Maribel Cowl & Boot Cuffs. They are still some of my favorite patterns from that season, and based on the stats, you loved them, too!

Maribel Cowl & Boot Cuffs Crochet Pattern | a free crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

So this year, I decided to do what I always meant to do, but never got around to… designing a matching hat.

Maribel Slouch Crochet Hat | Free Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

This slouch is worked differently from my other slouch hats, in that it’s worked flat and then cinched (as opposed to being worked in the round). This enables us to get vertical stitch work that you can’t get when you work a hat in the round. Cinching it up at the end is easy, and I’ve provided photos for you in the pattern.

The Yarn

I used Lion Brand Heartland in “Grand Canyon” for my sample. Heartland is one of my go-to worsted weight yarns. It has a beautiful sheen to it, it’s lightweight, and the color choices are gorgeous. You might recognize it in some of my other patterns, like the Sandy Slouch & Cowl Set.


Click the photo to view this yarn on Craftsy.


Scroll down for the free pattern. Hope you like it!

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Maribel Slouch Crochet Hat  |  Free Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

The Maribel Slouch Hat Crochet Pattern


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Level: Easy

One Size Fist Most (Preteen - Adult Woman).
Hat measures 9.5” across at band (when laid flat), and is 9.5” tall. 


  • I hook (5.50mm)
  • Yarn needle
  • About 210 yards of Lion Brand Heartland* (Sample color: Grand Canyon)
           *About Heartland:
      Weight: #4 worsted 
                  Fiber: 100% Acrylic
                  Yardage: 5oz/142g (251yd/230m)
                  Gauge: 12 sc + 15 rows = 4 inches on size J-10 [6 mm] hook
  • 7 small buttons (I used 1/2")

With I hook, 10 rows of 7 SC = 2" square

Stitches Used:
CH (chain)
SS (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
RibHDC (also known as Camel Stitch or 3rd Loop HDC; see Special Stitch, below)

Special Stitch:
RibHDC - instead of putting your HDC in the top loops, find the 3rd loop. Because we're working in turned rows, the third loop will be located just underneath the front loop. Insert your hook there and create your HDC. This forces both of the top loops to rest on the front of your project, creating a ribbing effect. It is also referred to as a Camel Stitch or 3rd Loop HDC. (Confused? You can view a photo tutorial here.)

(1) This hat is worked in rows and cinched at the end.
(2) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.
(3) Starting chains do not count as stitches.

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To begin:
Using I Hook, and leaving a 12" tail, CH27. Don't weave in the tail until instructed (we'll use it later to cinch the hat).

Row 1:  SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each ST across. (26)

Rows 2-6: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (26)

Row 7: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (26)

Rows 8-64: CH1, turn. RibHDC in each ST across. (26)

We are now going to begin working along the long edge of our project to create the band of the hat.

Row 65: CH1. Working along the long edge, SC across. Put 1SC in each row, for a total of 64SC. (64) 

Rows 66-76: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across.

Edging: CH1, turn. SC evenly around the entire project, putting (SC, CH1, SC) in each corner. Fasten off, leaving a 12" tail.

At this point, your project should look like this:


Seaming the Hat

Use your finishing tail to whip stitch the two short ends together, then fasten off and weave it in.


Cinching the Hat

Turn your hat inside out. Thread your starting tail through the yarn needle and weave it in and out of every other SC along the top edging of the hat. (I've highlighted my yarn needle in yellow in the photos below.) When you're done, pull it tight to cinch the hat (but carefully... you don't want to break the yarn!). Use the yarn needle to reach across the cinch a few times to make sure it's closed up nice and tight, then make a knot and weave in the tail. Turn your hat right side out.


Sew your buttons along that very first section of SC rows, extending them down across the band of the hat, too.



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

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.
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  • Darlene P. October 27, 2015, 12:44 am

    Oh my, another lovely hat!! I love it! I am so appreciative that you have made every one of them free. They are so stylish, absolutely beautiful. Thank you, thank you! Your designs are superb!

  • edyB October 27, 2015, 1:43 pm

    Love this pretty!

  • debbie October 27, 2015, 1:57 pm

    That’s just to darn cute <3

  • Linda October 27, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Thank you for the cute hat pattern

  • craftingranny October 27, 2015, 4:22 pm

    I love the slouch hat pattern. tried to print it out but your print factor doesn’t work.

  • Helen Betzler October 27, 2015, 8:43 pm

    Beautiful! I love these patterns and thank you for your generosity in sharing them.

  • Judes October 28, 2015, 11:03 am

    Your hat is beautiful and so are you !

    Great pattern also and nice follow along instructions❤️

    Thanks so much for sharing


  • shelly branch October 31, 2015, 3:38 am

    Hi…first l want to thank you for all your free patterns. I love your work and follow you.l have used many of your patterns with success. ?
    I have a question about this particular pattern. I lost count of my rows.The pattern says 64 rows l think.Could you approximate around how many inches long it should be?
    Thank you in advance. ????

  • Cathy November 3, 2015, 6:13 am

    I don’t come across many hats that I sit down and work on immediatedly – this is a rare exception. I love this hat and I like that I can make the slouch part shorter very easily. Thanks for a great pattern. CathyJ

  • Silvia Rodriguez November 3, 2015, 9:19 pm

    love this hat, and many other items from you. thanks.

  • Christine November 8, 2015, 5:53 pm

    Lov this hat! Im more than half done, and curious what dimentions are when laid flat before attaching sides?
    (Im quite new to crochet lol!)

    • Rebecca November 12, 2015, 10:08 am

      I didn’t measure it, but based on the final measurements I would guess that it’s probably about 19″ wide and 9.5″ tall. 🙂

  • Iris Haltom November 27, 2015, 9:26 pm

    I love all your hats. I do chemo hats for our cancer center. I am sure they will love this one. When you say 9 1/2″ at band and 91/2″ in height. Could you explain what you mean by “at band.” Is it half of the band? (When the fabric is folded)

    Also the sc rows at the beginning of the pattern are turning out longer than the half double crochet rows. Should I use a larger hook for half double crochet rows.

    Thanks so much for sharing.


    • Rebecca November 30, 2015, 9:26 am

      Yes, I’m sorry — I usually include “when laid flat” on my measurements, but forgot to this time. 🙂 Lay it flat, and the band should be about 9.5″.

      Regarding the SC rows, I had the same issue but it worked itself out fine when I seamed it up, because there are still the same number of stitches. If it’s bugging you, I would suggest going down a hook size for the SC, instead of up a hook size for the HDC, because the HDC is the bulk of the hat and that will affect the overall size more.

  • Patty January 11, 2016, 9:11 am

    I made three of these for Christmas gifts this year for my 20-something daughters. Love this pattern! and the girls loved their hats 🙂

  • Rebekah Will January 11, 2016, 9:19 am

    Love the buttons on this hat!

  • Rebekah Will January 11, 2016, 9:20 am

    Love this hat!

  • Katya Sousa January 11, 2016, 10:24 am

    I love this pattern. I made two of them.

  • Cheryl Ousley January 11, 2016, 10:41 am

    I love making adult hats and your patterns are gorgeous! I love the Maribel slouch along with the rest of your designs. =)

  • Janet January 11, 2016, 11:20 am

    This is my favorite of all your slouch hats. I love all the buttons!

  • Cass Molander January 11, 2016, 12:12 pm

    This looks so cute. Can’t wait to make it.

  • Carolyn January 11, 2016, 12:51 pm

    I’ve made two of these – they’re a great gift

  • Michelle January 11, 2016, 12:54 pm

    Love this one! Will have to add it to my project list!

  • Anne January 11, 2016, 1:43 pm

    This pattern was fun and easy to make for my soon to be daughter-in-law as a Christmas gift. I made it in a deep purple. I love the buttons that add interest, too!

  • Mary Lou Plisch January 11, 2016, 3:17 pm

    I made this slouch hat for a friend at work and another girl loved it so much that they checked out your site and I ended up making her the Yenni hat. Great patterns. Thanks

  • Tori Blakey January 11, 2016, 3:27 pm

    I worked this hat for a friend of mine and it turned out SO cute! It works up REALLY fast and it insanely easy to follow. <3

  • Leah January 11, 2016, 4:55 pm

    Love the detail on this hat! It’s gorgeous!

  • Lora January 11, 2016, 8:03 pm

    I love the style of this hat! And the easy to follow instructions are great, too!

  • Pam January 12, 2016, 4:16 pm

    Hi i absolutely love this hat! I just finished it and to my disappointment it is not long enough to actually slouch. It fits exactly like a beanie on my head and i have a small head. And im not sure what i did wrong. All of my stitches are there. Kinda sad…. now have to attempt all over. My guage was good. And my yarn is medium. Any thoughts?

    • Rebecca January 13, 2016, 10:21 am

      If your gauge was right on, then I’m not sure what the problem would have been. It sounds like you’d definitely need to add to your starting CH if you attempted it again.

  • Karine Martin January 12, 2016, 4:16 pm

    I really love this one, it’s really pretty ! You are so talented!

  • Sheryl January 13, 2016, 11:40 pm

    I love slouchys. I made 3 of the Maribel. I’m already planning on making the matching cuffs. Thank you for such wonderful designs!!

  • Terry Stebbins January 16, 2016, 11:01 am

    Love the Maribel Slouch with the buttons!

  • Karen Berezansky January 18, 2016, 8:55 am

    I love the fact that this hat is crocheted flat and then sewn together. Great pattern!

  • SaraQ January 18, 2016, 10:49 am

    Love this hat, and so do my customers!!

  • Noelle Carroll January 18, 2016, 11:08 am

    This hat is so adorable, I want to make this for my niece! She would just look so cute in it

  • Patricia McElrath March 21, 2016, 4:37 pm

    Hello i was tryning to do the maribel hat.i was having problems with the ribs stiched on the ends… its not adding to 26….
    Please help……love the hat…

    • Rebecca March 22, 2016, 8:44 am

      Without seeing what you’re doing, it’s hard to know what to tell you. I can tell you that this hat has a 1:1 stitch ratio – meaning with each new row, you’ll put one stitch in each stitch from the previous row. So if you’re coming up with less than 26 stitches, you’re missing stitches somewhere.

  • Catrice I May 16, 2016, 2:58 am

    This hat is so cute and I couldn’t wait to start it. I used the same yarn, same hook size and followed the latter to the T. I found the hat is very small for an adult and doesn’t slouch nearly as much as the picture shows. If I were to make this again I would definitely add more rows to the body of the hat. I’m disappointed in how it turned out 🙁

    • Rebecca May 16, 2016, 9:29 am

      Whether or not you used the same hook and yarn as I did is irrelevant if you and I do not crochet with the same level of tension. Did you check your gauge? If you don’t know what that means, please read this FAQ from Lion Brand:

  • Tina July 7, 2016, 12:05 am

    I just finished this hat and it came out so beautiful. Very easy instructions to follow. Thank you for making your patterns free to the public. They are truly beautiful works once completed. The sandy slouch has been my go to favorite but I think this is my new fave!!

  • Cheryl Cameron July 31, 2016, 1:26 am

    I just LOVE this hat. I have never crocheted one before but I’m Definetly going to give this a try.

  • Tami August 17, 2016, 2:51 pm

    I just finished adding 3 buttons on my hat. I love this pattern, my daughter said “wow mom it looks store bought”… I’ll take that as a compliment. Thank you for sharing this pattern and all your other patterns.

  • Cheryl Reimer September 24, 2016, 9:23 pm

    I absolutely love all your patterns! Thank you for sharing them for free. You have a unique gift!

  • Donna October 29, 2016, 5:34 pm

    I am totally enjoying crocheting the Maribel Slouch! My whip stitch doesn’t seem to look at all like yours! Do you have a tutorial on that! Lol! I realize it is probably a very simple stitch but I’m not getting it! Or could you describe the steps for me?
    Thanks so much!

    • Rebecca November 2, 2016, 10:20 am

      Hi Donna! Thank you for commenting, as I’ve just discovered (through the process of looking for a tutorial video for you) that I learned how to “whip stitch” wrong. 🙂 So, what I did on this hat is not technically whip stitching. Although, the best way for me to explain to you what I did do is to link you to a tutorial video for whip stitching anyway: here’s one from Moogly –

      What I did differently was instead of inserting the yarn needle through the same side each time, causing the yarn to cross over the seam in a decorative way, I actually go back and forth. So I would go through all 4 loops, then turn and go through all 4 loops of the next stitches but starting on the same side as I ended with the previous stitch. That will make more sense after you watch the video (hopefully). 🙂

  • Chiara November 1, 2016, 5:08 pm

    Hi! Thanks for sharing your pattern!
    I’ve a little doubt, when doing RibHDC rows I lost always a stitch 26-25-24 and so on… so I keep undoing e redoing… aaaargh… Why? Have you some tips?

    • Rebecca November 2, 2016, 10:13 am

      When you work in third loops, the last stitch of the row is always harder to see than it would be if you were working in the top loops. If you need some extra help, I would grab 2 stitch markers (bobby pins work great) and every time you make the very first stitch of a row, put a marker in that stitch’s third loop. That way, when you come back to that edge on the next row, you’ll know that you need to put a stitch where the bobby pin is. Do it for both sides and you should be set. 🙂

  • Sarah December 3, 2016, 4:33 pm

    Oh this pattern is amazing! Thank you! I made one for myself and now want a matching one for my daughter but I’m at a loss as how to change the pattern/count to get a toddler size. Any thoughts?

    • Rebecca December 3, 2016, 7:11 pm

      My advice is to look up the standard dimensions for a toddler slouch (or a toddler beanie, plus an inch or two). Then decide how much of the height you want to be the body of the hat, and how much you want to reserve for the band of the hat. Make your starting chain the same length as the total height needed minus the band, then follow the pattern and repeat the 3rd loop rows until the flat piece is as long as the hat needs to be around. Then go and do the band for as many rows as needed to get the total height. Good luck 🙂

  • Ciara Wright December 7, 2016, 3:40 pm

    I have thick curly hair. Do you have any suggestions on the size of this hat? I saw some hats that are like 12 in or 14 in. I am trying to see how they make it.

    • Rebecca December 7, 2016, 7:21 pm

      If you want to be able to fit lots of hair under it, I would just keep going with the repeat rows until it is the width you want it to be to go around your head. If you’re afraid your hair will make it not slouchy enough, you can add to your starting chain to make the hat taller.

      • Ciara Wright December 7, 2016, 11:41 pm

        Ok It is worth to try. Thanks! Also I try to do your other slouchy hat, it came out tight. Do I need to increase the stitches or add more rows on body?

        • Rebecca December 8, 2016, 3:28 pm

          I have a lot of slouchy hat patterns on my blog, can you be more specific?

  • Charlene September 3, 2017, 7:12 pm

    Don’t have a website

  • Connie J George November 14, 2017, 1:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. It’s beautiful.

  • Peggy Snelgrove January 24, 2018, 2:35 pm

    If I wish to make your Maribel slouch hat as a beanie instead, how many chain stitches would you suggest I start with to make an adult female size hat?

    • Rebecca February 9, 2018, 3:10 pm

      I’m not sure, you’d need to look at a size chart and determine from there.

  • Nellie January 31, 2018, 5:21 pm

    Rebecca, how do you keep your rows so even on the edges? Mine are not!
    I have looked on videos and am not finding the answer. Thanks!

    • Rebecca February 9, 2018, 3:11 pm

      When I do HDC rows, I don’t put the first HDC in the first stitch, I put it in the 2nd and then I put the final one of the row into the turning chain from the previous row. It’s a little trick that isn’t required for this pattern since it gets cinched at the top anyway 🙂

  • Stephanie March 16, 2018, 3:38 pm

    That was a lovely pattern! Easy to make, love the RibHDC stitch, and really loved the suggested yarn… Will def repeat that pattern in the future, and will def use that same yarn for other wearable projects 🙂

  • Phyllis Bashor July 3, 2018, 10:06 pm

    Didn’t receive instructions for downloading pdf. May have been sent to an old email address.