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I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is California is going to be quite different, considering the fact that it’s supposed to be 90 degrees. Unlike the SoCal area, many other places throughout the US will have some chilly weather (jealous tbh), so what better way to prepare for the cold than a crochet slouchy hat!
I haven’t crocheted in awhile, so I’ve been pretty rusty on my skills. Luckily, this hat is super easy to make and doesn’t take much time at all. I learned a new knit-like stitch for this hat, and I love it because it’s so dense and sharp. It really makes the crochet slouchy hat appear knit like, and it’s so pretty. The Caron Simply Soft yarn I used is so soft (the name don’t lie) and easy to work with. You can find it pretty much anywhere too. Super easy to access.
I decided to name my crochet slouchy hat ‘Blueberry Bliss’ because of the deep navy blue color that I’m pretty much obsessed with. It’s the perfect jewel tone for Thanksgiving, and I could always go for a slice of blueberry pie (a la mode, of course). 🙂
Keep reading below to learn how to create your own Blueberry Bliss Crochet Slouchy Hat!
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What You’ll Need:
- 1 Skein of Caron Simply Soft- Dark Country Blue
- Crochet Hook size H (5 mm)
- Crochet Hook size I (5.5mm)
- Yarn Needle
- Chain Stitch (ch)
- Slip Stitch (ss)
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Waistcoat Stitch (wst)
- Waistcoat Stitch 2 Together (wst2tog)
How to do the Waistcoat (also known as the center post stitch):
- Insert your hook into the middle of your sc stitch (rather than the top two loops).
- Yarn over, pull through the stitch (two loops on the hook)
- Finish your stitch like a normal sc– yarn over and pull through two remaining loops.
For a more detailed version of the waistcoat stitch, check out Daisy Farm Craft’s tutorial here!
How to Waistcoat Stitch 2 Together:
- wst2tog is essentially the same thing as sc2tog- the only difference is where you insert your hook.
- Rather than inserting your hook in the top loops (regular sc) you insert your hook in the middle of your stitch.
- Yarn over, pull through your stitch (two loops on hook)
- Insert your hook into the next wst.
- Yarn over, pull through your stitch (three loops on hook)
- Yarn over, and pull through all three loops.
Crochet Slouchy Hat Instructions:
For the Ribbing:
- Using your 5 mm hook, Ch 10+1 (the +1 stitch is for the first sc).
- Sc in the second ch from the hook. Sc across (10 total sc). Ch 1, turn.
- Working in the back loops only, sc across (10 total sc). Ch 1, turn.
- Repeat step 3 until your ribbing measures about 19″. (I made it on the smaller side since the yarn is pretty stretchy).
Join the seams:
- Fold the ribbing in half. Ss together the back loops of your last row with the foundation ch. Don’t fasten off!
Woo! You’re ready to keep going and start the hat!
For the body of the hat:
- Switch to a 5.5 mm crochet hook. Ch 1. Sc normally around the edge of the ribbing (64 sc). Ss into the ch 1 space, joining the start and end of row. Ch 1.
- Wst around. (64 total wst). Ss into the ch 1 space, joining the row. Ch 1.
- Repeat step 2 until you reach the desired hat body length (I did about 5″ before I began decreasing my stitches).
- *Optional* I made my final row of wst too tight (woops!), so before I started decreasing, I did one row of regular sc (64 sc). That’s why you’ll see a distinct line in my hat prior to my decrease.
*PRO TIP* Keep your sc stitches loosey-goosey! It’ll make the waistcoat stitch a MILLION times easier!
To gradually decrease the body of the hat:
- Using your 5.5 mm hook, ch 1 to start the row (as normally).
- *Wst 2 stitches. Wst2tog. Repeat until you finish the row (48 remaining stitches). Ss the row together. Ch 1.
- For the next 2 rows, wst around (48 stitches), joining the rows with a ss and Ch 1.*
- Repeat steps 2-3, two more times (64, to 48, to 36, 27).
Finishing the hat:
- Turn your work inside out, and ss the remaining stitches closed. They’ll be a line across, but that will be covered with the pom-pom.
- Snip the yarn and weave in the ends.
Creating the pom-pom:
- Wrap extra yarn from your skein around your fingers 100-150 times, leaving 6-inch tails at both ends.
- Slide the yarn off your fingers, and tie the yarn tails tightly around your wrap (in the opposite direction of the yarn in your wrap). Your yarn wrap should now look like a ball with many loops.
- Take scissors and cut the middle of your loops.
- Trim it up and presto! you’ve got yourself a pretty pom-pom.
*For a better tutorial, check out Adventures of A DIY Mom’s Tutorial here!*
To assemble it onto your hat, Insert the tails at the top of your hat, and tie tightly on the inside of your hat. Weave in extra ends with your yarn needle.
And that’s it friends! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments! Happy early Thanksgiving my dudes!