The Hometown Slouchy Hat just might be my favorite one yet and I hope you love it as much as I do. It is soft and cozy and just reminds of that feeling you get when your family gathers for a meal, or when you get a hug from your grandma or when you drive down the familiar backroads you grew up on. It just gives me all the warm fuzzy feelings.
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This hat uses Lion Brand’s New Basic 175, which is a single ply/roving yarn that is mostly acrylic with a touch of wool (75/25). It is light and lofty and so so soft. It also comes in A LOT of colors. If you have trouble picking matching colors together then this yarn is for you, Lion Brand has taken all the guess work out by making all the colors coordinate with each other.
The stitch used to create the little “tents” on this hat is a Split Front Post Treble Crochet, sounds intimidating I know. But its not too hard once we break it down. This hat pattern is definitely not for a beginner but if you are comfortable with making post stitches then I think you can make this hat.
A split front post treble crochet is basically a ‘front post treble crochet 2 tog’ and is worked like any other ‘2tog’ or decrease stitch by completing all but the last ‘yo pull through’ of each stitch and then pulling through all the loops on the hook. The only difference of this one is its worked around the post of the stitch and instead of working the stitch in 2 stitches next to each other they have stitches in between.
UPDATED 12/18/19: Lion Brand Scarfie and this hat pattern were made for each other! If you are looking for a good substitute for the New Basic 175, Scarfie is a must-try. The photo at the top of the post uses a Scarfie in the pink/silver color.
-2 Colors Lion Brand New Basic 175 (3.5 oz/175 yds) or similar #4/worsted weight yarn – I used the colors whisper (1/4 skein) and peony (3/4 skein) OR less than 1 ball of Lion Brand Scarfie
Gauge and Sizing
-Gauge: 8 st x 6 rows = 2 in (alternating rows of dc and sc)
-Finished size: 10.5 in tall by 9 in wide (laying flat)
-I use US Terminology
-sc: single crochet
-BLO: back loop only
-dc: double crochet
-Split FpTr: split from post treble crochet (see special stitches)
-sl st: slip stitch
-CA: color A (peony)
-CB: color B (whisper)
-ch 1 and 2 do not count as stitch
-do not cut yarn at color change, carry it up the seam
-Lion Brand Scarfe also works great for this pattern!
–Special Stitch: Split FpTr – YO (yarnover) twice, insert hook from front to back around post of indicated st, YO, pull up loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops) twice. YO twice, skip next 3 sts, insert hook from front to back around post of next st, YO and pull up loop, (YO pull through 2 loops) twice, YO pull through all 3 loops. Skip sc behind Split Fptc.
Hometown Crochet Slouchy Hat Pattern
Row 1: Using CA, Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (8)
Row 2-60: ch 1, working in BLO, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn. (8)
After last row, match short ends of band together and join to form a tube by slip stitching through the back loops of each stitch. Band should measure approximately 2 in x 18 in
Rnd 1: Ch 2, Dc 64 times evenly around band. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (64)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. (64)
Rnd 3: Using CB, Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2 and in next 2 sts. Split FpTr (see notes for stitch instructions) beginning around 2nd dc 2 rows below, * dc in next 7 sts, skip next 3 dc 2 rows below, split fptr starting around next st. Repeat from * around. Dc in last 4 sts. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (64)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. (64)
Rnd 5: Using CA, 2, dc in same st as ch 2 and in next 6 sts. Split FpTr beginning around 6th st 2 rows below, * dc in next 7 sts, skip next 3 dc 2 rows below, split fptr starting around next st. Repeat from * around ending last split fptr around 2nd dc 2 rows below. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (64)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. (64)
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Rnd 7-24: repeat rnds 3-6 (64)
Rnd 25-26: Ch 1, sc2tog starting in same st as ch 1. Sc2tog around. Join to top of 1st sc2tog with sl st. (stitch count is not important for these last 2 rounds)
On last round, finish off and leave long tail. Turn hat inside out. Using tapestry needle, weave yarn tail in an out through stitches around the crown. Pull to cinch closed, secure and weave in ends.
I recently remade this hat and finished it with a cream faux fur pom and these adorable sheep buttons! If you would like some sheep buttons for your hat, I have a couple of sets in my Stash Yarn Club shop.
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