XOXO Slouchy Beanie Pattern (Crochet)

 FREE XOXO Slouchy Beanie Pattern





Hello, Everyone! With the weather changing all over, beanie season is upon us! If you're anything like me, this is your favorite time of year. After months of crocheting your heart out, all your hard work pays off when you get to step out in one of your handmade beanies. To celebrate, here's a hat pattern I put together to share with you all!

When I first began crocheting a few years ago, I relied heavily on free patterns and video tutorials to learn and practice the skill. Now that I'm more experienced, I enjoy creating my own patterns and I am excited to share them with you! This blog has been a long time in the making and I couldn't be happier to give back to this crafty community by making this pattern available for free. Yarn addicts have to stick together, of course! 

The XOXO Slouchy Beanie is the product of some late night creative inspiration (crocheting is obviously more important than beauty sleep). After some trial and error, I landed on a few stitches that showcased how a simple beanie can be jazzed up with a little bit of texture! The body of this hat is made with the crossed double crochet stitch, which looked like X's and O's to me and inspired the name. I know once you get the hang of it, you'll love this pattern as much as I do!

Feel free to sell any beanies you make using this pattern (you put in the work, after all), but please credit this post in your listing. Tag me on Instagram (@i_can_knot_even) in any photos using this pattern because I'd love to see what you guys come up with! 

Let's get started!


XOXO Slouchy Beanie Pattern
By: Katie Dopson

Materials:
·         5mm hook
·         medium worsted weight yarn
·         Yarn needle
               
Abbreviations:
·         CH- chain
·         SL ST- Slip Stitch
·         HDC - Half Double Crochet
·         DC- Double Crochet

NOTES:
·         This hat is worked from the bottom.
·         Chains at the beginning of rows never count as stitches.
·         The first stitch of each round is always the same as the one you had SL ST into to join the previous round.
·         The brim of this hat is worked in camel stitch.
·         The body of this hat is worked in crossed double crochet stitch.
·         The softer the yarn you use is, the slouchier the end product will be.
·         This hat can be sized up or down as long as the beginning chain is an even number.

Pattern:
·         CH 70, SL ST to join in the round
·         Round 1: CH 1, HDC in same stitch, and every stitch around. SL ST into the top of the first HDC (70).
·         Round 2: CH 1, HDC in the third back loop of the same stitch. Then, HDC in the third back loop of every stitch around. You will know immediately if this was done correctly because your stitches will look like a raised braid (Camel Stitch).
·         Round 3-5: Repeat round 2
·         Round 6: This is the trickiest round. You are beginning the body of the hat, but you need to make sure that you allow the last row of the brim to have the same ribbing effect as the previous rounds. Begin round 6 by CH 2. In the next stitch, DC in the third back loop only. Then cross back and DC in the third back loop of the first stitch of the round (crossed DC stitch). Your stitches will cross each other like an X. Next, skip a stitch and DC in the third back loop only. Then, cross back and DC in the third back loop of the skipped stitch. Repeat this pattern to finish the round. SL ST into the top of first DC. (70)
·         Round 7: You no longer have to work in the back loops. Begin by CH 2. In the next stitch, DC. Then, cross back and DC in the first stitch of the round (this is the same as skipping one stitch, then coming back to it).  Skip a stitch and DC. Cross back and DC in skipped stitch. Continue around and SL ST into the top of the first DC to join.
·         Round 8-20: Repeat Round 7 and tie off at the end.
·         TO CLOSE HAT: turn inside out. Weave a long piece of yarn through every other stitch and pull closed like a draw string. Tie off!
·         TO MAKE A POM POM: Use a pom pom maker OR wrap the yarn around your hand several times until you’ve reached a thickness you like. Slide the yarn off your hand and tie a long piece of yarn in a knot around it. Next, cut all the loops that were created when you tied the knot. Give your pom pom a “hair cut” until all the pieces are the length you want and the pom pom looks fluffy! Leave the two long pieces from the knotted yarn, however, because the final step is to stick these two pieces through the top of the beanie and tie them together on the inside to attach the pom pom.

·         THE END!!

    

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