)versized Slouch Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

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*** The Over-sized Slouch Beanie is available for purchase HERE***

When I was in college a couple of years ago one of the things I’ve always struggled with was finding something to wear. I know, it seems a bit silly worrying about what you’re going to wear to school but my mid-western peeps know the deal – the weather is NUTS and preparation is key.

My attire had to be comfortable, presentable, weather appropriate, and functional for me to have a successful day. Eventually I found an outfit that worked and all I needed was to figure something out with my head.

I have curly hair, and maintaining it is STRESSFUL. It’s a real issue, I promise. And during the cold seasons, it’s a bigger issue.

I wanted to create something that would work up fast and fit nicely over my curls without flattening them on the top. I didn’t really care for it to be fashionable, just that it kept me warm and preserved my curls throughout the day. I grabbed a couple skeins of yarn, a hook, and came up with this super cute beanie.

The next Monday i went to school a little early (wearing the beanie of course) to grab a nice big breakfast and a triple shot latte (Mondays, amirite?)… heads were turning the entire way to the cafeteria and I thought maybe my pants were on backwards or something, because you know, Mondays. Finally this guy comes up to me and is all like “rad hat bro” which really made me happy because I was actually a bit skeptical about it at first. I mean, it’s huge and goofy looking kinda AND was the first hat I’ve ever tried making.

Today, this hat is a staple in my street fashion. You can find me rocking this beanie in the streets of Chicago, and really you cannot miss it. It’s MASSIVE. I love it. And now I’m going to share the pattern with you. Yay!

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • stitch markers
  • yarn needle
  • hook: p (I used a p16 hook from Boye)
  • two skeins (in two different colors) of worsted weight yarn
  • pom pom making supplies

Abbreviations:

sc – single crochet

blo – back loop only

st/s – stitch/es

ch – chain

Notes:

  • beginner level (intermediate if you’d like to adjust the size)
  • this pattern is written in us terms
  • you will be working with both colors (two strands of yarn) at the same time
  • I use moderate to light tension when making this hat
  • worked in rows

Pattern

Ch 33

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook. sc in every st across. (32)

Row 2-36: ch 1, turn. (BLO) sc in every st across. (32)

Fasten off, leaving a very long tail for joining.

Fold your piece in half width wise, back sides together, like so.

Using the yarn needle, whip stitch from the front to back, only going through the front two loops of the back piece. This will “blend” the seem with the pattern.

Double knot the two tails together, weave in the smaller tail.

Using a running stitch, stitch across the top ends of the piece. When you get to the end, pull tight to scrunch together. Fasten off, weave in ends.

This is the part where we’re going to create the fold for the brim of the hat.

Starting from the brim side of the hat, count 6 stitches and add stitch marker. Count 11 more stitches and add another stitch marker.

Repeat this around the hat evenly three more times, for a total of 4 marked sets.

Fold the brim in once, revealing the first row of stitch markers.

Fold the brim one more time, bringing the first row of stitch markers together with the second row.

Connect the stitch markers together while keeping them on the stitches they were already on. Repeat this on the rest of the markers.

Shape the brim flat and sew it down using a simple running stitch. Sewing the brim down is crucial. If you chose not to do this, there’s a chance the beanie may stretch out while you wear it making it too big, and will slip off of your head.

LASTLY, you are going to make your Pom Pom. You may chose not to add the Pom Pom, however, if you would like your beanie to “slouch” you’ll need to add one 😉

If you don’t know how to make a Pom pom, check out this AMAZING tutorial by The Nervous Knitter

And that is the completed beanie!

I hope you all enjoy this pattern! I will have a newsletter up soon for you all to signup for but until then follow me on Pinterest where I will be posting all of my patterns and sharing other amazing patterns from the community. I will also have the downloadable PDF version of this pattern in my shop available for purchase very soon.

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Thanks for the love & support,

Karina <3