Saturday, September 27, 2014

Free pattern: Simplest Slouchy Hat

I found these two babies a few days ago and immediately decided to knit a couple of hats with them. 

But, the thing is I almost haven't knit hats before. Actually, there were two: one for me and one for my husband. Long time ago. 
So I wanted to start with a really simple design. More than that, beautiful kettle-dyed yarn like Malabrigo Worsted looks the best in stockinette stitch. Or reverse stockinette! 
In two days I had two slouchy hats. One more slouchy than the other. Both of them can fit average adult head.

If you new to hats or feel a little rusty (or both, like me), here is the simplest design ever.

For one hat you will need:

1 skein of Malabrigo Worsted
1 pair of size US 8 (5mm) circular needles 16'' long.
1 pair of size US 6 (4mm) circular needles 16'' long.
1 set of double-point needles size US 8 (5mm)
1 marker
1 tapestry needle

Gauge: 18 sts x 30 r  = 4'' in stockinette stitch on larger needles.


With smaller circ. needles cast on 88 sts with long-tail method. Join in round. Place marker for beginning of the round.
Work in K2 P2 rib for 2''. Change to larger needles and work in stockinette stitch for 5'' for shorter version or 7'' for longer.

Decreasing rounds:
Change to double-point needles when the stitches become too tight for circular needles.

Round 1: *K9, K2tog*; rep from * to * to end of round.
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *K8, K2tog*; rep from * to * to end of round.
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: *K7, K2tog*; rep from * to * to end of round.
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *K6, K2tog*; rep from * to * to end of round.
Round 8: Knit
Round 9: *K5, K2tog*; rep from * to * to end of round.
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: *K4, K2tog*; rep from * to * to end of round.
Round 12: *K3, K2tog*; rep from * to * to end of round.
Round 13: *K2, K2tog*; rep from * to * to end of round.
Round 14: *K1, K2tog*; rep from * to * to end of round.

Cut yarn, leaving appr. 6'' tail and pull through remaining live stitches and tie off. Weave in ends. 
Oh, and you will have enough yarn left to make a pompom, if you wish.

It is pretty easy knitting and hats are very versatile, you can wear them on both sides. In fact, I prefer the wrong side! 


  1. I really dont like to read blogs. But when I found your post, I started to like it. I found it interesting and informative. Thank you for the effort in posting this kind of information.


  2. I love this pattern and the yarn. I bought it and knit a hat and then wanted to knit another. By accident I bought the same yarn but in a chunky weight. Could you tell me how to adjust the pattern? (i was planning already to go up one size needle as the person i'm making the hat for requested it slightly larger....) Thank you!

  3. Looks like pic of hat on model is showing reverse side of knitting. I think it could be a reversible hat.

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  5. I am knitting hats for the homeless and your pattern looks really easy and well written, off to cast on. Many thanks from Scotland