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Slouchy beanie hat is “in” this winter. And naturally I needed one for exact same reason. We’re planning to go in Latvia to learn snowboarding. And I need a modern hat for that because I can’t fall down with an old hat. Weird, I know.

I wanted it to be soft and warm, knitted, with wide brim and cables. And white.

 

 

I thought about whether I will give you the pattern for free or put it on my Etsy shop… And as long as my Etsy shop is mostly sold out anyway then there is no point of getting it stocked now 🙂

This hat pattern is for heads starting at circumference of 52 cm (20,5 inches). Because it is slouchy hat then it will easily go for bigger heads then mine. I seem to have fairly small head. And hands. But that’s not the point.

Also you can use circular needles instead of double pointed ones, but use marker at the beginning of the round then.

Enjoy!
hat knitting tutorial
You will need:

  • 5 double pointed needles size 2 mm (US 0)
  • 5 double pointed needles size 4 mm (US 6)
  • cable needle
  • tapestry needle
  • 150 g (1,76 oz) [approx 175 m (191 yds)] of baby weight yarn – I used 3 balls of white DROPS Baby Merino (100% wool)

If you can’t find DROPS Baby Merino yarn then second best and ideal for this pattern is this Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino. Very nice and luxurious.

Gauge: 10×10 (4″x4″) = 24 sts x 32 rows

Abbreviations

rnd(s) – round(s)
rep – repeat
sts – stitches
cn – cable needle
k – knit
p – purl
YO – yarn over
k2tog – knit 2 together
ssk – slip, slip, knit together
3/3 RC – slip the next 3 sts onto a cn and hold back, k3 from left-hand needle, then knit the 3 sts from cable needle
3/3 LC – slip the next 3 sts onto a cn and hold front, k3 from left-hand needle, then knit the 3 sts from cable needle

Knitting the brim:

Start with 2 mm needles.

Cast on 212 stitches and divide between 4 needles (53 stitches on one needle).

Rnds 1 – 30: *k2,p2* rep to end;

Rnd 31: *YO, k2tog, p2* rep to end;

Rnd 32 – 62:*k2,p2* rep to end;

At this point I turned the edge so that rnd 31 was now lower edge and knitted rnd 1 and rnd 63 together. You can sew it afterwards or just leave it. Whatever works for you.

Rnd 63: k;
Rnd 64: p;
Rnd 65: k;
Rnd 66: p;

Change the needles to bigger ones and continue with the pattern. You can follow the written instructions or use charts. If you use charts, make sure you start with 1A and then 1B (these are actually one big pattern) – these would be one pattern repeat and you repeat these in total of 4 times.

Cable pattern:
Rnd 1: *k9, 3/3 RC, 3/3 LC, k9, p23* rep to end;
Rnd 2: *k30, p23* rep to end;
Rnd 3: *k6, 3/3 RC, k6, 3/3 LC, k6, p23* rep to end;
Rnd 4: *k30, p23* rep to end;
Rnd 5: *k3, 3/3 RC, k12, 3/3 LC, k3, p23* rep to end;
Rnd 6: *k30, p23* rep to end;
Rnd 7: * 3/3 RC, k18, 3/3 LC, p23* rep to end;
Rnd 8: *k30, p23* rep to end;
Repeat rounds 1 – 8 five times total.

cable chart for hat

1A

chart for cables

1B

abbreviations

Decreasing:

Start decreasing on every other round (on every cable round) knitting first two purl stitches together and last purl stitches together (total of two pattern repeats).

Rnd 1: *k9, 3/3 RC, 3/3 LC, k9, p2tog, p19, p2tog* rep to end;

Rnd 2: *k30, p21* rep to end;

Rnd 3: *k6, 3/3 RC, k6, 3/3 LC, k6, p2tog, p17, p2tog * rep to end;

Rnd 4: *k30, p19* rep to end;

Rnd 5:*k3, 3/3 RC, k12, 3/3 LC, k3, p2tog, p15, p2tog * rep to end;

Rnd 6: *k30, p17* rep to end;

Rnd 7: * 3/3 RC, k18, 3/3 LC, p2tog, p13, p2tog * rep to end;

Rnd 8: *k30, p15* rep to end;

Rnd 9: *k9, 3/3 RC, 3/3 LC, k9, p2tog, p11, p2tog* rep to end;

Rnd 10: *k30, p13* rep to end;

Rnd 11: *k6, 3/3 RC, k6, 3/3 LC, k6, p2tog, p9, p2tog * rep to end;

Rnd 12: *k30, p11* rep to end;

Rnd 13: *k3, 3/3 RC, k12, 3/3 LC, k3, p2tog, p7, p2tog * rep to end;

Rnd 14: *k30, p9* rep to end;

Rnd 15: * 3/3 RC, k18, 3/3 LC, p2tog, p5, p2tog * rep to end;

Rnd 16:*k30, p7* rep to end;

Now start to decrease on every round.
First, decrease the purl stitches like before until you have total on 3 purl stitches on every needle.

Then do the decreases between the cables.

Rnd 17: * k9, 3/3 RC, 3/3 LC, k9, p2tog, p3, p2tog* rep to end;

Rnd 18: *k30, p2tog, p1, p2tog* rep to end;

Rnd 19: *k6, 3/3 RC, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, 3/3 LC, k6, p3* rep to end;

Rnd 20: *k12, ssk, k2tog, k12, p3* rep to end;

Rnd 21: *k3, 3/3 RC, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2 , 3/3 LC, k3, p3* rep to end;

Rnd 22: *k10, ssk, k2tog, k10, p3* rep to end;

Rnd 23: *3/3 RC, k3 , ssk, k2tog, k3 , 3/3 LC, p3* rep to end;

Rnd 24: *k8, ssk, k2tog, k8, p3* rep to end;

Rnd 25: * k7, ssk, k2tog, k7, p3* rep to end;

Rnd 26: *k6, ssk, k2tog, k6, p3* rep to end;

Rnd 27:*k5, ssk, k2tog, k5, p3* rep to end;

Break yarn leaving big enough tail for sewing.

With tapestry needle, draw yarn through the stitches and through the hole you just formed. Turn the hat inside out, pull the hole together and sew.

I hope you love this slouch hat as much as I do and make sure you show me your outcome.

Happy knitting!

 

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