Everyday Slouch Hat Free Crochet Pattern

Make your first crochet slouch hat with this simple pattern!

Slouch Hat
Slouch hats are versatile accessories!. Ruth Jenkinson (c) Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

This crochet slouch hat pattern is one that works up quickly, which makes it a perfect weekend project. It's a versatile accessory that can meet your everyday hat needs. Pair it with a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit for a hip and fun look. Make the hat funky by adding crocheted embellishments like crochet flowers or other decorations. The hat itself is simple but you can get really creative with what you do with it once you know how to make it. 

Difficulty

Never crocheted a slouch hat before? Don't worry. This is an easy crochet pattern that works for advanced beginners. If you know basic crochet stitches and can crochet in the back loop only then you can make this slouchy crochet hat.

 

Required Materials

  • Yarn:  Worsted weight or heavy aran weight yarn. Yarns containing at least a 50% wool or acrylic content will work best for hats because they have just the right amount of stretch.
  • Crochet Hook: US H/5mm hook, US J/6mm hook; adjust hook sizes as necessary to achieve gauge listed below.
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in yarn ends.

 

Gauge

 

Note: Stitch gauge is more important than row gauge for this project. Here is the information for stitch gauge:

  • 16 slip stitches and 32 rounds = 4 square inches using size H/5mm hook.
  • 14 half double crochet and 12 rounds = 4 square inches using size J/6mm hook.

 

Measurements

This crochet hat is designed to fit four different sizes from child through adult. 

Finished measurements:

Bottom (forehead) circumference: 16 (18, 20, 22) inches

To Fit Sizes:
child (teen, adult small, adult medium) 


Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • * = a repeat in the pattern
  • blo - back loop only
  • CC = coordinating color yarn
  • ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • MC = main color yarn
  • rep = repeat
  • rnd = round
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sp = space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • tog = together

 

Pattern Notes

Here are a few things that are important to know before you begin this crochet slouch hat pattern:.

  • This slouchy hat crochet pattern is written for the smallest size (child, 16") with changes for larger sizes within parenthesis. If only one number appears it applies to all sizes.
  • When slipping stitches for Round 2 of Forehead Section make sure to insert hook through only the back loop of the stitch you are working through. Doing this is what gives the woven appearance of the stitch.
  • The chain stitch at the beginning of every round counts as the first single or half double crochet for that round. Remember this when counting stitches at the end of every round.
  • The final decrease round of every size skips the initial chain stitch. This was done intentionally.


Crochet Slouch Hat Pattern

This hat is crocheted in three sections, starting with the forehead using the smaller hook and then switching to the larger hook for the body and crown.

Forehead Section

Using smaller hook (size H), ch 64 (72, 80, 88) loosely, sl st in first ch to form loop.

  • Round 1: Ch 1, sl st in next 63 (71, 79, 87) ch, sl st into first ch to end rnd – Total of 64 (72, 80, 88) sts.
  • Round 2: Ch 1, sl st in next 63 (71, 79, 87) sl sts, sl st into first ch to end rnd – Total of 64 (72, 80, 88) sts.
  • *Repeat Round 2 until piece measures 1 (1, 1.5, 1.5) inches.


Main Body of Hat
Change to larger hook.

  • Round 1: Ch 1 (counts as first sc), sc blo in each of the next 63 (71, 79, 87) sl sts, sl st into first ch to end rnd – 64 (72, 80, 88) sc total.
  • Round 2: Ch 1, 1 hdc blo in next 63 (71, 79, 87) sts, sl st into first ch to end rnd – 64 (72, 80, 88) hdc sts total.
  • *Repeat Round 2 until piece measures 6 (6, 7, 7.5) inches from bottom edge.​

 

Crown Decrease Section

You will complete a series of decreases so that each round has fewer total stitches than the previous round, decreasing to create the slouch of the hat.

  • Round 1: Ch 1 (counts as first hdc), hdc blo in next 5 (6, 7, 8) sts, hdc 2 tog, *hdc blo in next 6 (7, 8, 9) sts, hdc 2 tog; rep from * another 6 times, sl st into first ch to end rnd – 56 (64, 72, 80) sts remain (meaning this is the total number of stitches left after this round of decreases, so that's the number of stitches you'll have as you begin the next round)
  • Round 2: Ch 1 (counts as first hdc), hdc blo in next 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, hdc 2 tog, *hdc blo in next 5 (6, 7, 8) sts, hdc 2 tog; rep from * another 6 times, sl st into first ch to end rnd – 48 (56, 64, 72) sts remain
  • Round 3: Ch 1 (counts as first hdc), hdc blo in next 3 (4, 5, 6) sts, hdc 2 tog, *hdc blo in next 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, hdc 2 tog; rep from * another 6 times, sl st into first ch to end rnd – 40 (48, 56, 64) sts remain.
  • Round 4: Ch 1 (counts as first hdc), hdc blo in next 2 (3, 4, 5) sts, hdc 2 tog, *hdc blo in next 3 (4, 5, 6) sts, hdc 2 tog; rep from * another 6 times, sl st into first ch to end rnd – 32 (40, 48, 56) sts remain.
  • Round 5: Ch 1 (counts as first hdc), hdc blo in next 1 (2, 3, 4) sts, hdc 2 tog, *hdc blo in next 2 (3, 4, 5) sts, hdc 2 tog; rep from * another 6 times, sl st into first ch to end rnd – 24 (32, 40, 48) sts remain at the end of this round. 

Finish off and weave in ends.