Knit Slouch Hat Pattern: Hawthorne Slouch by Of Knitting

Jessica from Of Knitting is back as a guest contributor! This time, she’s sharing the knit slouch hat pattern for the Hawthorne Slouch. Grab your needles because this is an easy colorwork project using slip stitches.

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About Of Knitting

Like so many others, my love of all things yarn came from my mother at a young age. After retiring she decided to open a yarn shop in a small tourist town. A new world of yarn and design was opened as a result. I started creating my own patterns for the shop focusing on trendy items that could be worn every day. I love to use simple stitches and techniques to create the illusion of a more advanced piece. Of Knitting blog was created as a place to share these patterns along with tips and techniques. Most of my knitting is done from my little a-frame in central Pennsylvania where I live with my boyfriend and our dog.

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Hawthorne Slouch Hat

Knit Slouch Hat Pattern by Of Knitting

The Hawthorn is an easy fall knit and a great addition to any wardrobe. Contrasting colors and a slouch fit make it one of my favorite patterns of the season.

Utilizing slip stitches, and worked in the round, the pattern incorporates colorwork while using only one color at a time. 

I chose to work with neutral colors using the darker color to accent the lighter, but any color combination you prefer would work!

Looking for a pair of fingerless gloves to go with new hat? Check out the Juno Fingerless Glove pattern. 


  • Wool of the Andes Worsted color Gull 110 yds / 50 grams – Main Color 
  • Wool of the Andes Worsted color Onyx Heather 110 yds / 50 grams – Contrast Color
  • Size 9(5.5mm) circular needle 16″ length
  • Size 8(5mm) circular needle 16″ length
  • Size 8(5mm) Double Pointed Needles 
  • Darning or Tapestry Needle 

Gauge & Measurements 

  • Approx. 20 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with size 8 needle
  • Finished hat will measure approx 18 inches (45.5 cm) around and 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall 


  • CC: Contrast Color
  • K: Knit
  • K2tog: Knit the next two stitches together – Fiber Flux has a helpful video demonstrating this decrease here.
  • Kfb: Knit through the front and then the back of the same stitch – increasing the number of stitches by one – ChemKnits has a helpful video demonstrating this increase here.
  • MC: Main Color
  • P: Purl
  • RND(S): Round(s)
  • Sl1: Slip stitch as if to purl
  • *: Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated


  • While working the K1, SL1, in the Color Section be careful that your tension is not too tight. 
  • When switching between the Main Color and Contrasting colors in the Color Section be sure to bring the new color under the old color essentially wrapping the two.  This will ensure there are no gaps in your stitches.


  • With size 8 circular needle and using MC
  • Cast on 78

Rib Brim Section

  • RNDS 1-12:  *K1, P1*, Repeat *-* around

Color Section

  • Change to size 9 circular needle
  • RND 1:  *K2, Kfb*, repeat *-* around (104 stitches)
  • RND 2:  Knit around
  • RND 3:  With CC *K1, SL1*, Repeat *-* around
  • RND 4:  With MC *SL1, K1*, Repeat *-* around
  • Repeat RNDS 3 – 4 Nine more times
  • RND 23:  With MC Knit around
  • RND 24: With MC *K1, SL1*, Repeat *-* around
  • RND 25: With CC *SL1, K1*, Repeat *-* around
  • Repeat RNDS 24 – 25 Nine more times

Decrease Section

  • Change to size 8 Circular Needle
  • NOTE: Change to size 8 DPN when needed
  • RNDS 44-52: With MC Knit around
  • RND 53: *K11, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 54: *K10, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 55:  *K9, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 56:  *K8, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 57:  *K7, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 58:  *K6, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 59:  *K5, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 60:  *K4, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 61:  *K3, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 62:  *K2, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 63:  *K1, K2tog*, repeat *-* around
  • RND 64:  K2tog around


  • Cut yarn leaving approx. a 6 inch (15 cm) tail and place on tapestry needle. 
  • Slip needle though the 8 remaining stitches and pull tight to close the top. 
  • Weave in all ends and enjoy! 
© 2021 by Jessica Fazenbaker/Of Knitting and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Jessica’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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