Free pattern: The hadley slouch


Originally posted November 17, 2014 8:23 PM MST

Free hat pattern
Acquanetta Ferguson
This pattern is easy with just two stitches to complete a hat that is sure to be a staple for your wardrobe. Choose any color or go wild and make a stripey statement. The combinations are endless.

This hat should take between 1.5 – 2.5 hours to complete depending on your skill level.

Pattern is written in US crochet terms. This pattern gives you PERMISSION TO SELL your finished items. It is appreciated if you credit the design to Acquanetta Ferguson and to list the pattern link.

Gauge:
12 dc = 4”
7 Rows = 4”
The hat should fit a young teen to a woman (20” to 22”) as this hat has a nice stretch to it

Materials:
Red Heart Worsted Weight in Aran or any comparable worsted weight I used less than half a skein
H hook
Tapestry Needle
Stitches used:
Double Crochet – dc
Single Crochet - sc
Round 1 With H hook, ch 3, then 12 dc in in 3rd ch from hook. No slip stitch just keep going here and throughout. (12 dc)
Round 2 2 dc in each stitch around. (24 dc)
Round 3 *dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch,* repeat from * around. (36 dc)
Round 4 *dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch* repeat from * around. (48 dc)
Round 5 *dc in next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (60 dc).
Round 6 *dc in next 4 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch* repeat from * around. (72 dc)
Round 7 through round 15 - DC in each stitch around. (72 dc)
Round 16 – 24 sc in each stitch around. (72 sc)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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Comments

  1. I'm confused at round 7 really 15 dc in each then what happened to round 8-15?

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    1. I read it as 'Round 7 - DC in each stitch around and then repeat for each round up to and including round 15'. The stitch count remains the same for rounds 7 - 15. Hope that helps!

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    2. Hello, yes it is Round 7 thru 15 you will DC in each stitch around. I will make that more clear. I was being lazy with the wording lol

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  2. I am a beginner and just made the hat but the sc band came out much too big. Is there any way to make it smaller next time?
    Thanks!

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    1. There are a couple of ways you can adjust it.
      -Try using a smaller hook.
      -On round six, DC in each stitch around (don't add any extra stitches). If it's still too big, you can DC in each stitch around on row 5 also (don't add any extra stitches).
      -Do you know how to decrease yet? If you like how the hat looks generally, and just want the band to be a little tighter, doing a few single crochet decreases in row 16 would work (do one decrease every 15 stitches or so). There are a lot of youtube videos on this if you need help.

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  3. Hi, I'm new to crocheting and I followed this pattern but my hat looks nothing like the one shown in the picture and I'm a bit concerned I might have done something wrong. You can see my hat here https://caitycrafty.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/slouchy-hat/ Did I do something wrong or is that how it's suppose to look when done an un-worn?

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    1. Have you tried it on yet? It does look like how the hat looks when fresh off the hook. You can also try laying flat, but I think if you try it on, that is where you will see if it worked or not. Are you on Ravelry? There are over 300 users who have uploaded their pics and that way you can check them out to see. Cute colors you chose :)

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  4. Thank you so much! It was a simple and quick pattern. Just what I needed! :)

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  5. Made it today and loved it! Thanks!

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  6. Absolutely love this pattern! So simple but looks great when worn! The next one I make will be with the new Caron Cakes yarn. Very excited to work this in a gradient ♡♡♡

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    1. Awesome and I bet it would look wonderful with Caron Cakes which is becoming my fav yarn to use :)

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    2. Hey Melissa B... I just made one out of Caron cakes and it's awesome. Lol. I would post a pic but couldn't figure out how on ravelry. Lol. I made it to go with a basket weave winter scarf.

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  7. Well how do you get the patterns to print out .

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  8. You can print the pattern if you highlight the text, then place your cursor arrow on the highlighted text, right click and choose print.

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  9. I absolutely love this hat! Thank you! I made one for all our my children for Christmas. Maybe someday I will find time to make one of my own! lol

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  10. Loved making this hat. Did not have any problems and especially liked how rows continued without slip st. joining. Gave it a better finished look. At end I did reverse sc around to finish . thank you for this pattern.

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  11. I have made a few hats in m time I would like to say the Hadley Slouch is the easiest and the prettiest yet. I am starting another with Red Heart "with Love Metallic" I hope it turns out nice also. Thanks for the easy pattern. Love your site.

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  12. This is my favorite slouch hat pattern. Thank you so much for sharing it! I've made about 10 of them so far in different types of yarns.

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  13. I'm on the 5th row of the dc in each stitch, and it still looks like a big circle. There are no decreases in the pattern, so I'm wondering if doing the sc in each stitch will draw it in to make the rim of the hat fit.

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    1. Well, I feel like a dork. I realized that I was using a K needle instead of H. No wonder it was getting so huge and not forming shape. I changed to an H needle and did some decrease stitches, and it turned out very nice. Was going to post a picture of it, but I don't see a way to do that.

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    2. Are you on Ravelry? here is the link http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-hadley-slouch this is where you can post your finished project. :) I love to see all the hats that everyone has created. Also great save.

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  14. Hello,

    It should start to form a hat as you keep going. let me know if that works.

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  15. I have perhaps a stupid question but I'm still new to crochet and this is my first hat. Do you start with a magic circle to get your first round?

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    1. Hello, you can do a magic circle. I just tried to make it easy to start, but your choice. :)

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    2. What is the magic circle???

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  16. I used the magic circle, and it worked fine.

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  17. Thank you! This was my first hat!

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  18. I'm making the Hadley slouch hat but did you add rows of ribbing? It looks different on the front of your hat in the picture. I am on row 7. Also, if I want it to slouch a little more, what do you recommend? Thanks and I notice you are in El Cajon! I am in SD and my family is in El Cajon!!!!! thanks.

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    1. Hello fellow Californian!! No ribbing just single crochet. Just keep going before you get to sc portion for more slouch. And thank you for trying the pattern. :)

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    2. Got it, thanks for replying! One more question, if you just keep going and you don't do any chains, what happens at the end, the last row/stitch? Mine was a bit lopsided. Not sure how to finish it off when it appears you're going into the next row... I look forward to hearing. Also, looking for an easy cowl-type hanging scarf, not too long or too short (infinity) Do you have a pattern? Thanks again. Love your work!

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    3. It will have that weird look because you are going in a spiral. 1 way to avoid that is to do a sl st, then ch 1 for the remaining rows. Meaning, that when you are on the dc round, stop with 3 dc left for that round, then do a hdc, then a sc, then a sl st, then do another sl st, then ch 1 for the start of the sc round. You will see it straighten out within 2 rounds. :)

      Here are a few scarves I have: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/river-rock-scarf-3
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-textured-circle-scarf
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/triangle-scarf-or-shawl
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/treble-hood-scarf
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/small-chunky-cowl

      You can see if these work for you :)

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    4. thank you!! I will check the scarves and try the next hat like that.:) you're genius.

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  19. Is there any chaining after each row or no? Just want to be sure.

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    1. Hello, no there is no chain, just keep going. A stitch marker is helpful to keep track of rounds.

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  20. Made another Hadley Slouch! Love this pattern. So quick, easy and looks so good. SC and DC is all we need! Thank you!!

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  21. Just came across this pattern and gave it a try today. So simple and quick. I guess I just need to work on my gauge or use a bigger hook... looks better on my toddler. lol

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    1. I crochet loose, but I think this pattern is easily adjustable.

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  22. In regards to the question about the weird look. I'm glad I looked at your reply to this where you stop 3 chains before the end of your row ... Was wondering if you should put your info about that at the end of row 15. I had no idea how to go from double crochet to single crochet. Just a suggestion. Love love this slouchy. Posting pic on ravelry site.

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    1. You know, this is an excellent idea! :) And glad this pattern worked out for you. Thank you!

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  23. Well I was going to post on ravelry but can't figure out how to do that.

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  24. Hi Netta! I have never made a slouch and love how yours looks in your pics. Thought I'd give it a go. Question: I found that my round 4 (48 dc) ended two stitches before my marker at the end of the previous round. Everything before that counted correctly, and I recounted my stitches in round 4 and could not see where I made an error. So, I pretended I wasn't two stitches early and kept going with round 5, and the same thing: I finished my 60 dc two stitches before my marker. I'll keep plugging along and make sure I get to 72 stitches, but at this rate, I'll end up with 74, which I can decrease out. Thoughts? I figure rounds are more forgiving than joins and rows, but this seems to be a pretty standard increase process and I assumed each round should end neatly at the marker each time, so I'm mystified. Thanks for your help!

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    1. hmm that is super weird. You can try to do this with a sl st and chain 3 at the beginning of each round, but I've made this hat several times and I have not had this happen.

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    2. I have had this happen twice now!!! I placed my marker, counted each row while stitching AND when I was done. Round 4 each time, will end up with 54 if I do it properly. I went so far as to make an Excel spreadsheet to check my work.... If you alternate 1 DC, then 2 DC all the way around all 36 stitches, mathematically, it comes out to 54 stitches.

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    3. Oh my gosh, I'm a major nerd. I just realized what I'm doing wrong.... I should DC in TWO, then 2 DC in one.... Duh! Lisa S. We are both neglecting to read the directions properly! :P

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    4. lol Oh no! I was ready to start a new hat to make sure!! Glad you were able to figure it out. :)

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  25. Just wondering, but does this pattern start with a magic ring or do you just jump right in? Thanks!

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    1. You can do a magic ring. I either use that or I start with a ch 3, then start my dc at the beginning of the stitch, then continue to add the dc in that first stitch until i get my required stitches. Either way works fine.

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  26. Can I ask if you know what the equivalent yarn is for someone in the UK, also the size of the hook? Thank you. Just printed off the pattern.

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    1. Hello, the yarn used is a worsted weight yarn, and I am not sure what the UK equivalent would be sorry. The hook is an H hook but the numbers on it is 5.00 mm or a size 8. I hope that helps.

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  27. I wanted to send you a shout and thank you so very much for the Hadley Slouch pattern I found on Ravelry ! My daughter who is now 31 absolutely loves these. So far I think I have made her and a friend of hers at least 15 LOL she has a color for every mood. They only take me about an hour and a half to make one. The only thing I changed was I use an I hook And every time she is out wearing it she receives so many compliments on the hat . Again thank you so much <3

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    1. That is awesome! I still can't believe how popular this pattern is! Thank you for the lovely words. :)

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  28. Just curious, how would you modify to fit a man's head? Lol

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    1. I would suggest a larger hook, or continue one more round of increases,

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  29. I made this pattern today which I love, but it is too small. I crochet tighter than most so will use a larger hook next time. I look forward to making many more of these in different colors. Thank you.

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    1. I am a loose crocheter, though I used to be a tight crocheter so I know the struggle. :) Hope it works out for the next one.

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    2. I had the same problem! I'm going to have to frog it and add in more increasing rows to get it to fit my daughter. It's a great and easy pattern though, just my really tight tension causing issues :)

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  30. This was a big hit in my family-n-friends circle this Christmas. From the fashion-conscious teen to the grown-up teacher, all loved their Hadley Slouch! Thank you!

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  31. I love this pattern! Ive made several for friends, at their request.
    Thanks for sharing it!

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  32. As a beginner, this pattern was fantastic! My daughter loves it. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  33. I have made about 20 of these hats for my Bible Study group. Love the pattern, and so, so, easy to make. I use RH Treasure and it takes exactly one skein. We wear our hats when the pastor takes us to lunch once a month. Thank you!

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  34. Dumb question, but, what do the *'s mean? As in value. (Yes this is my first time using a written tutorial.)

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  35. Hi there!! I love this pattern and have a quick question. I'm on row 9 and have noticed that the past few rows (since 7) have started getting wavy - my hat kind of looks like a round, frilly doily now vs. the smooth circular pattern it was before row 7. Is this normal and I just need to finish the rest of the rows and it'll come together?? I figured I'd ask just in case I did something wrong! Thank you so much, sending big love from the Bay Area, CA!! -Melody

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  36. How many yards of yarn are needed for this hat? A friend brought me a gift of wool yard from Norway and I have approximately 209 yards. Will that be enough?

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  37. Made this this morning. Love it. Nice and easy to do. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern

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  38. Made one last night. Great pattern, really easy and stunning

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  39. Very simple and quick pattern. Really cute. In the odd [numbered] rounds, upon completion of all increasing rounds, I added some dimension by using a cross-over, front post dc followed by a dc, creating a 3-stitch repeat. The even rounds were straight up dc. I did add 2 or 4 rounds before starting the sc band. Came out really cute!!

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