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The South Haven Slouch (Free Pattern)

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A few weeks ago, our family had the opportunity to go to one of my favorite little spots in Michigan for a week. South Haven, on Lake Michigan, is an adorable town full of good food, cute shops, and AMAZING views. I used to come here as a teen with my youth group, so I have a lot of memories of swimming at the beach and walking down to the lighthouse. Now, during our first real vacation as a family (and really, our first real vacation as a couple since our honeymoon 8 years ago), we were able to make tons of new memories. It was a great week!

This was my view…

South Haven Slouch | Free Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

…for pretty much the entire week.

South Haven Slouch | Free Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

When we weren’t hanging out at the beach, we were wandering around downtown (usually hunting for a new ice cream parlor or coffee shop to try). But I was super excited when I saw this yarn store, “Needle in a Haystack.” (Click here to visit the Facebook page.) The owner was sweet and friendly, and we had a great conversation about selling online while I perused the shelves of gorgeous yarns. She’s also the owner of Knit Kit Couture, and designs patterns of her own. Check it out! And if you ever find yourself in South Haven, stop in her shop and say hello.

South Haven Slouch | Free Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

After staring at yarn for an eternity, I finally settled on this skein of Longwood Sport 100% Superwash Extrafine Merino Wool.

South Haven Slouch | Free Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

I don’t know about you, but I tend to buy all of my yarn from the big craft stores in my town. It’s great to have them nearby, but it really limits you as far as yarn goes. That’s why I think it’s important as a crocheter, and especially as a designer, to visit out-of-town yarn shops when you get the chance. I’ve never worked with anything from Cascade Yarns before, but I think I might be in love now.

This particular yarn came in a range of stunning, natural colors (hence the eternity it took me to pick one). It’s SO soft, but it really holds its shape well. I took it down to the beach with me and stared at it for a little while, squished it in my hands (I love squishy yarn), and pretty soon I knew what it was going to become.


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South Haven Slouch  |  Free Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

The South Haven Slouch Hat Crochet Pattern


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One Size Fist Most (Preteen - Adult Woman).
Hat measures 10” across at band, and is 9” tall. I like just a little bit of slouch in my slouch hats, but if you like more, you can add rounds to the body of the hat, or make the band of the hat wider, too.


  • H hook (5.00mm) and G hook (4.25mm)
  • Yarn needle
  • 260-270 yards of Cascade Yarns Longwood Sport (that's a little less than one skein). The color in the photos is Midnight Blue.
                 *About Longwood Sport:
      Weight: #3 light 
                  Fiber: 100% Superwash Extrafine Merino Wool
                  Yardage: 100 g (3.5 oz) / 273 yds (250 m)
                  Gauge: 22-24 sts = 4" (10 cm), US 5-6 (3.75-4.0mm)
  • Stitch marker (a bobby pin works great)

With H hook, 7 rows of 9HDC = 2" square

Stitches Used:
MC (magic circle) - view my tutorial here
CH (chain)
SS (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
SC2TOG (Single Crochet 2 Together)
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, reach your hook past the back loop where you'll find a 3rd loop on the side of the stitch. Insert your hook there to 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.

(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) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.

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To begin:
Using H Hook, make a magic circle.

Round 1:  10 HDC in MC (10)

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

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

Note: At this point you should have a floppy-looking circle. This is a good thing. It will continue to get floppier as we increase, and then it will smooth itself out on the body of the hat. That's how we create the cinched look on the top.

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

Round 5: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 STS) around (80)

Round 6: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 3 STS) around (100)

Round 7: RibHDC around. (100)

Round 8: HDC around. (100)

Round 9: RibHDC around. (100)

Rounds 10-13: HDC around. (100)

Round 14: RibHDC around. (100)

Round 15: HDC around. (100)

Round 16: RibHDC around. (100)

Rounds 17-20: HDC around. (100)

Round 21: RibHDC around. (100)

Round 22: HDC around. (100)

Round 23: RibHDC around. (100)

Round 24: HDC around. (100) 

Note: If you want a little more slouch in your hat, this would be a good place to add some extra rounds of HDC.

Round 25: (SC2TOG, SC in each of the next 8 STS) around. (90)

Round 26: SC around. (90)

Switch to G hook.

Rounds 27-35: SC around. (90)

Smooth out the round by slip stitching into the first 3 STS of the next round. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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

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Little Monkeys Crochet

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  • Melissa September 7, 2015, 8:07 pm

    I’ve only recently ventured out to my two LYS (I had a bad experience in one in VA when I first started crocheting). I’ve been using Cascade Pima Cotton (OMG SO soft) and 220 Superwash Sport. I love them both. I’m going to look for this yarn next & make this hat for a friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

  • Jamie W September 8, 2015, 8:57 am

    I love the name choice, and the hat is super cute! I live a little ways further North on Lake Michigan, so I may be biased haha.

  • Corrie September 8, 2015, 9:31 am

    For some reason I always get your emails three times. I do love your site and had a lot of fun making the wildflower purse. I do not want to unsubscribe. Thank you for your creativity.

    • Rebecca September 8, 2015, 9:39 am

      Hi Corrie! I checked it out for you and yes — somehow you must have subscribed three different times to the three different lists I have (which all receive the same emails). I went ahead and deleted two of them so you should only get one email from me from now on 🙂

  • Carolyn September 8, 2015, 9:37 am

    This is such a great hat. The finer yarn and texture make it really special. Thanks!

  • Carla September 8, 2015, 10:25 am

    Hi Rebecca, love your patterns and have made a few of your Amigurumi toys and I always look forward to your next gift to us. I am an intermediate crocheter I guess and was wondering what your favorite hooks might be (ergonomic design). All of mine are metal and are uncomfortable after about an hour. Thanks for your advice. Carla

    • Rebecca September 8, 2015, 12:02 pm

      Hi Carla! I use Boye and Yarnology (Yarnology is from Hobby Lobby). I’ve never purchased expensive hooks – those ones do me just fine. I crocheted for about a year with the metal ones, before my mom got me the Boye hooks with grips for Christmas, and I couldn’t believe how much more comfortable they were. So I guess my point is, you don’t have to spend a lot to protect your wrists. Just get some hooks with padded grips (I think the Boye hooks were a few dollars) and you should be good 🙂

  • Kathi September 8, 2015, 10:49 am

    What an attractive hat. Thank you for the pattern.

  • BARBARA WILSON September 8, 2015, 12:56 pm


  • Cathy September 8, 2015, 5:54 pm

    Cascade yarns are wonderful to work with in all their weights. The also have a machine washable that I love. GO FIND MORE!!!!!!!


  • Sylvia September 8, 2015, 7:09 pm

    I love this hat!! Thank you!

  • Carol September 8, 2015, 8:11 pm

    So glad you enjoyed your South Haven vacation. As a life long resident even I feel an afternoon on the beach is a mini vacation.
    The Needle in a Haystack is my good to yarn shop.
    Just wishing this pattern was for a knitter : )

    • Rebecca September 12, 2015, 8:50 am

      And I wish I could knit! 🙂

  • Wendy September 8, 2015, 9:21 pm

    Thank you for publishing this ‘free’ pattern – I will post another comment after I have completed it. Just what I have been searching for 🙂

  • Diana September 9, 2015, 12:09 am

    Hi Rebecca, I was able to find the camel stitch on you tube, which it really makes it easier for me to understand when I see it done. Thank you for your beautiful patterns and I’m hoping to try this in the near future for the holiday gifts.

  • Anna dargan September 9, 2015, 4:30 pm

    I love this hat would like to try it but right now the price of the yarn is not in my budget.
    I have a lot of Casade Yarns Cherub DK 55% nylon/45% Acrylic, 180 yards.
    Will this yarn work for the hat?
    please advise.
    Thank you

    • Rebecca September 12, 2015, 8:49 am

      Hi Anna,

      The best way to find out if a yarn will work for a pattern is to do a gauge check.


  • Lori Kramer September 13, 2015, 7:51 pm

    I just finished making this hat and I noticed you don’t have this pattern listed on Ravelry. I will provide a link directly to your pattern in my notes section for my Ravelry project of this hat. Thanks so much for the pattern! I enjoyed making it. 🙂

    • Rebecca September 15, 2015, 12:42 pm

      It will be on there soon! It’s on my to do list, I promise. 🙂 First week of school…

  • Kelly Cooper September 15, 2015, 11:34 am

    I was born and raised in Grand Haven…. lived the life… love it…. miss it horribly. In my mind I have renamed your beautiful slouchy … Grand Slouchy 🙂 just for meeee 🙂 thanks for the pattern.

    • Rebecca September 15, 2015, 12:43 pm

      Awesome! I have a sunset photo of the Grand Haven lighthouse hanging up in my kitchen. 🙂 I’ve only been there once (it’s quite a bit further away) but it is stunning. What a beautiful place to grow up.

  • Jenny September 18, 2015, 11:45 pm

    Our family also LOVES South Haven, we live just south of Chicago but venture to the Michigan beaches several times a year. South Haven is by far our favorite. Oh, and I love the hat pattern :0)

  • Linda Sp September 23, 2015, 11:36 am

    I made the slouch hat and it went well and was easy for me. I am a retired smaller person so I made the hat smaller at the face side. Love it, good pattern writing. Soon I will get it on my ravelry page.

  • Joan Winters September 23, 2015, 10:41 pm

    Your name for your hat caught my attention-“South Haven”. I live in Ottawa, County not but 20-30 minutes from South Haven, so that is very interesting.

  • Nina October 2, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Hi – I wondered if the hat was named for South Haven, Michigan! I live in Holland, MI (up the coast) so of course know of South Haven. Glad you had a good time there and thanks for sharing your experience and your crochet patterns!


  • Ava Adare November 28, 2015, 6:39 am

    Really nice pattern. Will be making one as a Christmas present for my sister and one for myself 🙂 thanks for the pattern!

  • Rachel November 28, 2015, 9:20 am

    Trying so hard to make this gorgeous hat but the beginning of my ribHDC round and the end of it don’t line up. Do you go straight into ribHDC from HDC without adding a CH or any other stitch to make things line up?

    • Rebecca November 29, 2015, 4:22 pm

      I didn’t. I had a choice to make between having everything line up perfectly but with a seam, or having it not line up perfectly but no seam. Since the majority of the hat is NOT the RibHDC, I chose to go the seamless route. You can do whichever you prefer!

  • Diana January 6, 2016, 8:45 am

    I followed the pattern and made the hat! thank you! it’s for my cousin’s little boy, you can see it here:

  • JENNIFER LEHMAN January 11, 2016, 9:14 am

    Love this hat and the wool looks so nice:)

  • Erica Hartman January 11, 2016, 9:53 am

    I love all your patterns and have bought most of your ebooks! I especially love the texture in this hat pattern. Cant wait to make it!

  • Kathleen January 11, 2016, 6:07 pm

    I’ve recently started making hats for my kids and their friends. All of your patterns are great, but I’ve had several requests for this one. Thank you for your generosity and creativity!

  • Judilee January 11, 2016, 7:49 pm

    My granddaughter loves her South Haven Slouch hat. She’s 15 1/2 and loves the purple color I made it in using Caron’s Simply Soft yarn, with an I hook, since I tend to crochet a bit tightly.

  • Linda January 12, 2016, 11:13 am

    Love, love, love this hat. So stinking cute

  • Sonia January 15, 2016, 7:15 am

    I love this hat and definitely plan to make a few this year for Xmas presents. This this would be a great unisex hat. I can see a couple of my teenage great-nephews wearing this in a nice boy-friendly color.

  • Izumi Yoshikawa January 15, 2016, 12:54 pm

    I made this hat for my daughter and she absolutely loves it! I have to take a photo and upload on Ravelry. I used Vanna’s Choice (bulkier than the suggested yarn) so I had to make some modifications.

  • Barrie January 16, 2016, 8:30 pm

    I can do this! My teen would love this slouch hat in black! According to her, one can never have too many hats! LOL

  • shelly branch January 17, 2016, 11:18 am

    Thank you so much for the pattern. It’s lovely.
    I have use lots of your patterns. I love your creativity and colors

  • debbie January 18, 2016, 3:42 am

    I’ve seen my granddaughters teen friends wearing this sort of style in winter last year. SO I like it knowing if I give it a try my granddaughter would love it and wear it. 🙂

  • Linda Romero February 28, 2016, 8:49 pm

    I don’t have the yarn you mentioned here in Georgia that I know of. Is there another brand of yarn I can use? Maybe Caron or Red Heart Soft? I may try to buy on line but would rather just go and pick up some at the local store here when they have it on sale. Thanks. I’m a fairly new crocheter and to your emails. I just love your patterns. Thanks so much. Keep on hooking. Linda

    • Rebecca February 29, 2016, 7:45 am

      Those yarns are #4, and this pattern calls for #3. They are lightweight #4s, so they are close, but I’ve had others try the pattern with Simply Soft who still had to adjust stitch counts to keep it from turning out too large (and that’s not something I would recommend to a newer crocheter). Do you have a Hobby Lobby nearby? They have a yarn called I Love This Yarn Sport that is a decent substitution.

  • Bea March 11, 2016, 7:12 pm

    Me encantó. Todo el blog muy bueno!!

  • Wanda Allen August 24, 2016, 2:16 pm

    I must be doing something wrong….on round 4 already have 40 hdc from round 3 and following instructions (2hdc in next, 1hdc in next) around (60) —- I keep coming up with 67hdc. I even drew a diagram of 40 stitches with rnd 4’s instruction and still come up with 67hdc. Please help. Love this pattern and using Noro in a natural color but can’t continue past round 4 till I hear from you. Thanks. My math must be off somewhere!

    • Rebecca August 24, 2016, 2:59 pm

      Hmmm… I’m not sure how you’re getting 67. Because every two stitches are becoming 3, it’s like multiplying them by 1.5. (2×1.5=3.) If you keep that same ratio, 40×1.5=60. I don’t know where your extra 7 are coming from. If you want to send me a photo of your diagram, I might be able to identify your problem. You can send it to littlemonkeyscrochet(at)

      • Wanda allen August 24, 2016, 3:48 pm

        Rebecca, so sorry – just figured what I was doing wrong (embarrassing). I was doing 2- 2hdc then 1hdc around — that accounts for my overage!! Sorry to waste your time but I want to thank you greatly for answering back so quick. I am so excited about the hat pattern and the yarn I bought at my favorite yarn shop in Rogers, Arkansas (Mockingbird Moon Yarns). Just moved to Fort Worth, Tx and I’m missing my local yarn shop. Went back to visit family and saved money for special trip to my safe haven, (Mockingbird)!!
        Thanks again.

  • Katsi August 28, 2016, 9:39 pm

    I’m 14 rows in and it seems like it will be way too huge around to fit. Is this normal? #3 yarn, 100 stitches, but way too big around it seems so I am afraid to go further.

    • Rebecca August 29, 2016, 9:37 am

      Assuming you’ve done a gauge check, you can trust the pattern. It does go down to a 90 stitch count on the brim, so that will help, but the floppiness is due to the faux-cinched look and it does look and feel a little strange if you’ve never started a hat that way before.

  • Dana September 29, 2016, 8:03 am

    Tried this hat 2x .. decreased hook to get gauge size, and can quite figure out round 25.. sc2tog, sc in each of the next 8 sts… explain please. And round 26- 35 have no stitch count…

    • Rebecca September 29, 2016, 9:42 am

      Round 25: (SC2TOG, SC in each of the next 8 STS) around. (90)

      …When instructions are in parentheses, it’s a repeat. So in this case, you will SC2TOG, then SC in each of the next 8 stitches, then SC2TOG, then SC in each of the next 8 stitches, etc., all the way around the hat.

      Sorry about leaving off the stitch counts. Since those rows simply say “SC around”, it would be assumed that their stitch counts would be the same as the round before them (so 90).

  • Rebecca October 1, 2016, 7:05 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to come over and say I just made this South Haven slouch hat for myself, and I LOVE it! Is the South Haven the same one as the cream colored one on that first photo that comes up on your blog?

    • Rebecca October 3, 2016, 10:02 am

      Thank you! Actually the one that comes up on my homepage is not yet released but will be in the next couple of weeks 🙂

  • Leanne March 5, 2017, 6:15 am

    I love, love, love this pattern. Is it possible to adjust it to fit a child’s head? If so, how would I go about it?

    • Rebecca April 4, 2017, 8:15 pm

      I don’t have the numbers on hand for that adjustment, sorry!

  • Katie April 2, 2017, 11:50 pm

    As someone relatively new to crochet, your patterns are so easy to follow! I’ve made this hat a couple times, and when I only had worsted yarn on hand I was able to easily modify the number of stitches by referencing one of your other amazing patterns. Your site has really helped give me the confidence to branch out and try new crochet projects, and I’m looking forward to exploring more. Thank you so much!

    • Rebecca April 4, 2017, 8:18 pm

      I am so glad you like my patterns. You absolutely SHOULD feel confident enough to branch out, because honestly, there are many people who have been crocheting for years who would not have been able to figure out what you did. Some people have to follow patterns their whole lives (which is totally fine!!), but others grasp the math behind them and are able to adapt as needed and even start designing their own patterns. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is you 😉

  • June Nemeth June 9, 2017, 7:27 pm

    This looks like a fabulous pattern, and I am about to start hookin’. The next time you are in South Haven take a little road trip to Dowagiac, where you will find my little local yarn shop 🙂 I don’t know if you are aware, but the Needle in a Haystack closed up not long after I opened (I opened 11/26/16) 🙁 🙁 Congrats on your newest addition!!

    Yarn on Front
    122 S. Front St.
    Dowagiac, MI 49047

    • Rebecca June 9, 2017, 9:59 pm

      I will remember that! Yes, I was very sad to hear that Needle In a Haystack closed. 🙁

  • Michele December 21, 2017, 5:29 am

    I love your slouch hats. Patterns are easy to follow for a beginner like myself! I can never find I like for myself. But I found this south haven and the ship lap slouch! Thank you for the patterns

  • bobbi January 11, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Rounds 27-35: SC around. (90)

    Smooth out the round by slip stitching into the first 3 STS of the next round. Fasten off and weave in ends.

    * so i’m supposed to slip stitch into the first 3 stitches for round 27? or for each round, 27-35.

    • Rebecca January 11, 2018, 4:16 pm

      That instruction is on a separate line, meaning it is done after the completion of the line above it. So in other words, when you’ve completed Round 35, you then move on to those instructions; you’ll slip stitch into the first 3 stitches of Round 35.

      • bobbi January 11, 2018, 4:50 pm

        got it…thanks for the clarification.

  • Mary Grabowski April 23, 2018, 3:46 pm

    Hi, love your designs. The South Haven slouch hat is my fav. Made at least a dozen for gifts. Works super well with Madelinetosh DK, too. Did you ever design a cowl or scarf to go with it?

    Keep great ideas coming!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Rebecca April 26, 2018, 9:09 pm

      I haven’t 🙂

  • Raene Dell July 28, 2018, 11:21 pm

    Love the pattern, wish you would have included instructions on how to avoid a pattern jog as it it a spiral crochet pattern. Did not like the pattern jog.
    Definitely needs more rows for an adult hat.

    • Stacy September 16, 2018, 10:16 am

      There is an easy method to avoid the “jogging” when working in the round and changing colors. I am assuming you are making a striped hat which is why you are getting that “stepped” look when adding the new color, correct? Anyway, here are 2 methods that will help with that (courtesy of needlenoodles(dot)com which helped me when I had a similar problem):

      METHOD 1:

      Step 1: At the start of a round which will be in a new color, pull up a loop as if to make a single crochet in the old color, but don’t pull through the second loop to complete the stitch– you should have two loops on your hook.

      Step 2: Complete the single crochet by pulling through a loop of the *new* color. You have just made a single crochet which is half the old color and half the new color.

      Step 3: Make 1 slip stitch in the new color.

      Step 4: Continue the round as usual.

      METHOD 2:

      Step 1: Stop at the end of a round, right before closing the round with a slip stitch, when you are going to be switching to a new color in the next round.

      Step 2: Take the hook *out* of the current loop, and insert the hook in the space where you would normally make the slip stitch to close the round.

      Step 3: Take the loop that you pulled off of the hook in Step 2, and pull it back onto the hook, such that the loop is now behind the fabric. (You might want to tug on the yarn a bit if this loop has become loose).

      Step 4: Make your slip stitch using the new color. Continue on to the next round using the new color.

      Hope that helps! -Stacy (p.s. There are also photos on that blog with examples if you are a “visual” learner, like me! 😊)