I’m excited to kick of the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase with the free crochet pattern for the Color Block Slouchy Hat. This beginner-friendly pattern is crocheted flat and then seamed. It uses the pebble stitch, also known as the lemon peel stitch, a simple stitch combination that adds lots of texture to a pattern. You can wear this hat so many different ways and the Pattern Notes explain how to easily customize it to fit any size head!
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Before I share the pattern with you, let me tell you a little bit about the Crochet Guild of America. It’s a volunteer organization that is all about sharing the love of crochet! I’ve been a member for at least a decade. One of my favorite member benefits is the free mentoring program for people just entering into the yarn industry as designers, tech editors, sample makers, or other professions. When I was starting out, I was in this program and it was wonderful to have another designer helping me out, one-on-one, as I started designing my own crochet patterns.
Most people reading this post, though, are probably not planning to start a crochet business anytime soon, so you’re probably wondering about the other membership benefits. Some of my favorites are the subscription to Crochet! magazine; the discounts to great suppliers like Leisure Arts, Annie’s, and Mary Maxim; and (I may be a little bit biased here, since I edit it) the member newsletter.
If you’re just hearing about the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase, you can get all the details and enter the giveaways here.
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You may be wondering about the Color Block Slouchy Hat. It’s a design I made to match the free crochet pattern for the Split Screen Pom Pom Scarf.
I had Patons Alpaca Blend yarn left over after finishing the scarf, and I thought a matching hat would be great. When I was thinking about the best way to make a color blocked hat, I decided to crochet it flat in rows.
And, I wanted to use one of my all-time favorite stitch patterns, the pebble stitch. Recently, I’ve seen other designers calling in the lemon peel stitch, so you may have heard that name. (If you love this stitch, too, try my free crochet patterns for the Pebble Stitch Hat or the Pebble Rib Scarf.)
The color blocking makes this hat versatile. You can wear it with the colors split down the front, or wear it with one color showing at the front and the other color showing at the back.
I’ve also included instructions for customizing the size to fit any head. You can use any weight of yarn, too — as long as you match it an appropriately sized hook, of course.
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Color Block Slouchy Hat
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This beginner-friendly hat is crocheted flat and then seamed. Follow the Pattern Notes to easily customize this pattern to fit another sized head.
This is the first pattern in the 2019 International Crochet Month Designer Showcase. Learn more about the Showcase and how you can get 31 free and discounted crochet patterns and enter for your chance to win one of 13 prizes here.
- Adult: 22” (56 cm) hat circumference x 11” (28 cm) height with instructions for adjusting to fit other head sizes.
- Patons Alpaca Blend yarn (60% acrylic/22% wool/10% nylon/8% alpaca, 3.5 oz/100 g, 155 yd/142 m) – 1 skein each in 01018 Ultraviolet (CA) and 01002 Smoke (CB), or approximately 138 yd (126 m) in each of 2 colors in any bulky weight yarn.
- US K-10.5/6.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- Clover Extra-Large Pom Pom Maker (optional).
- 12 sts = 4” (10 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- BL – back loop only – Moogly has a helpful video tutorial for identifying the back loop in crochet here.
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sk – skip
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
- Ch 1 at beginning of Rows does not count as a stitch.
- Swellamy Crochet has helpful photos showing “the cinch method” of closing a slouchy beanie here
- A helpful tutorial for seaming with the mattress stitch is available here.
- You can use this “recipe” for the Color Block Slouchy Hat to make a hat in a different size or using a thicker or thinner yarn with an appropriately sized hook. Remember that changing the gauge or the size may mean you will need more or less yarn than I’ve used.
- To customize this hat pattern to a different finished size:
- The starting chain will determine the height of the hat. Since this hat is slouchy and the brim can roll up, I added 3” (7.5 cm) to the height I wanted for the finished hat. Adjust your starting chain so that it is as long as you want your hat to be tall.
- The rows will determine the circumference of the hat. I recommend 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) of negative ease for hats. This means that the hat will measure 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) smaller than the circumference of the head you want the hat to fit. Once you know the circumference for your hat, work the length of each color to measure approximately half of the hat circumference.
- If you want to make the hat for someone whose head you can’t measure, my preferred hat sizing chart is this one from Top Toppers. Remember that this lists head circumference, not hat circumference.
- With CA, ch 33, or any odd number of chains.
- Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch; rep from * across. (32 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, starting in first st, *scBL in next st, dcBL in next st; rep from * across.
- Rep Row 2 until project measures approximately 11” (28 cm), or approximately half of desired finished hat circumference. Fasten off CA.
- Row 3: Turn, join CB with sl st to first st, ch 1, starting in first st, *scBL in next st, dcBL in next st; rep from * across.
- Rep Row 2 until project measures approximately 22” (56 cm), or approximately the desired finished hat circumference. Fasten off CB with a long yarn tail for seaming, approximately 36” (91.5 cm) long.
Assembly and Finishing
- Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail. Weave yarn needle through each stitch on long edge (the edge with both colors). Slowly tighten yarn tail to pull top of hat closed (see Pattern Notes for link to “cinch method” pictures). You may need to sew top of hat closed after tightening yarn tail for larger sizes.
- Continue to seam side of hat by joining each of the shorter edges together using the mattress stitch (see Pattern Notes).
- Make pom pom following instructions on Clover Extra-Large Pom Pom Maker. Make half in CA and half in CB. Alternatively, make a pom pom by hand using this tutorial.
- Attach pom pom to top (cinched end) of hat using yarn needle and yarn tail that tied pom pom together.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of hat.