Simple Slouch Hat

January 10, 2012
This slouchy beanie is perfect for first-time knitters. Basic techniques make it a quick knit for all skill levels, and the modern style makes it the perfect gift!


For the full pattern, keep reading.


One skein I Love This Yarn! (100% acrylic; 355 yards/325 meters per 198 grams)


US 9 / 5.5 mm 16" circular needle


Darning needle for weaving in ends


16 sts x 20 rows = 4" in stockinette


baby (toddler, child, adult) = 14 (16, 18, 20) inches wide, un-stretched.


CO = cast on
K = knit
K2TOG = knit two stitches together
RND = round
STS = stitches


Using long tail method, CO 56 (64, 72, 80) sts.
Place marker to join, being careful not to twist.

Rnd 1: K all STS around.
Repeat Rnd 1 until hat measures 8 (9, 10, 11) from CO edge.


Decrease Rnd 1: K2TOG around.
Repeat Decrease Rnd 1 until you can no longer work in the round.


Break yarn, leaving a long tail.
Use darning needle to thread yarn through remaining sts.
Pull yarn tight and secure.
Weave in all ends.


I’d love to see your finished hats! Tag your projects (#simpleslouch) on Instagram to share!


  1. First off, thank you for sharing your pattern. And really thank you for having it available in pdf format. Sunny

    1. I love the pattern but on the page before you click on download it lists 4 different sizes but the downloaded pattern does not. Is there somewhere to get the pattern with the different sizes. I'd like to make one for my granddaughter. Thanks.

  2. Thank you so much, this pattern is wonderful :)

  3. When you say repeat round1 until it measures X from CO, what is X measured in, stitches or inches? Sorry if that is a silly question!

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    2. I'd say it's in inches, in rounds/stitches would make it pretty short. PS, there's no such thing as silly questions in knitting! For the longest time when I first started out, I had no idea that garter stitch and knit stitch were the same thing ;) hehe

  4. In have the same question as Isabelle. I'm guessing cm, b/c inches seems huge?? Thanks

    1. Doesn't it?? I finished mine at about 9.5" (I'm a teen) and it fits perfectly! I'm now trying to figure out when to stop for my neighbours' toddler...

  5. When you begin decreasing, about how many rounds do you make? I'm using this pattern to make my hubs a beanie, but he doesn't want it slouchy.

    1. Not sure this is going to work as an adapted pattern... maybe try a beanie pattern instead to get better sizing? Lots of free ones on Ravelry and elsewhere.

  6. Has anyone tried this with a bulkier weight yarn?

  7. Wow..great pattern...Ive been making babies and childrens hats and now I gave tnis great pattern fir us bigger kids....going to make them in all different colours and maybe add a face etc on some...thanks again.....

  8. Such a beautifully simple pattern! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. what does it mean to "place marker to join"?


      Hope this helps with joining. Placing a marker allows you to keep track of when your round is complete.

  10. Are these directions for using 2 straight needles or a circular needle? I don't have a circular needle and would like to knit this hat using 2 straight needles and I know that is possible to do. Can anyone help me out?
    Also, I have heard that it's best to measure the circumference of a person's head in inches and then times that by 2 to get the number of stitches that is best. Does anyone agree with this?
    My yarn I want to use is a "bulky size 5" yarn, and I have 3 pairs of straight needles; 1 pair is US 11 & 8mm, 1 pair says "3 then 3.125 mm", one pair that say 4.0 mm.
    Which out of these would be the best to use?

    1. Okay, let me see if I can answer your questions in order:

      1. This pattern is written for circular needles. To work the hat on straight needles you'd need to adjust every other row so that you end up with stockinette.

      2. This method of getting the number of stitches wouldn't work because you change your number of stitches depending on the yarn and needle size.

      3. With bulky yarn, you'd want to cast on less stitches. And for your bulky yarn, you'd want to use your size 11 needles. This pattern is meant for a bit thinner yarn.

      I hope that helps. I'm in the process of writing some hat patterns that are worked on straight needles, and some that are for bulkier yarn, so those may be a better fit for you.

  11. I am having difficulty decreasing on the 16 in. circular needle. This is my frist project on a circular needle. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  12. Yes, I am a beginner, also. I am trying to figure out what to do when the decreases get too tight.


    1. When decreases get too tight, you can switch to DPNs.

    2. Anything I do in the round -- I use Magic Loop.

  13. with the slouchie hat does the knit 11 mean knit 11 centremetres or 11 inches?? would be helpful if it was noted in the pattern. thanks Deirdre

  14. The decreasing doesn't make sense to me. Is it knit two together per row or for all the stitches? One decrease per row seems like it wouldmake the hat giant.



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