If you are new to knitting, every knitter must know that the slouchy hat is essential to fall knitwear. Essential. So are you ready to knit your very own hat that will soon become your favorite? Let’s get started.
200 Yards of Worsted or Aran weight Yarn (I used 100% merino an recommend you do too!)
US 8-9 Circular Knitting Needles (Loving the Addie Knit Faster ones!!)
Scissors (Used for weaving in the ends when the hat is finished)
Yarn Needle (Used for weaving in the ends once finished, you can also use a crochet hook)
9 Stitch Markers (If you don’t have any of these, tie some yarn together to make loops, or check out my super quick tutorial on how to make wire bead stitch markers!)
US 7-8 DPNs (Double Pointed Needles)
Time: this depends on how fast you knit of course, and how thick the yarn is, but it should take an estimate of 4-5 evenings
Cast on 80 stitches using the Long Tail Method, place a stitch marker, then join into the round.
Round 1: begin the first round by doing a K2 P2 (Knit two purl two) ribbing for approximately 1 1/2″ – 2″.
Next Round: Following the ribbing, continue with a stockinette stitch (simply knitting all the way around, every round) for approximately 6 1/2″ from cast on edge.
Decrease Set Up Round: Once you have reached 6 1/2″, place a stitch marker every 10 stitches, knitting.
Round 1 of Decrease: knit till 2 stitches before marker, k2tog (knit 2 together), slip marker, repeat.
Round 2 of Decrease: knit.
Do this repeat till it is too hard to knit, switch to DPN’s (Double Pointed Needles). Do the decrease pattern until 6 stitches remain (make sure to take off stitch markers whenever you get to k2tog each stitch). Cut yarn leaving a 6″ tail, thread yarn needle. Pull yarn through each stitch, taking off needles and pulling tight. If you would like to add a Pom Pom, do so now as well as any buttons. Weave in ends.
An how simple was that? This is a perfect first hat, for any beginner knitter looking to get cozy this fall. If you have any questions or comments, please leave your thoughts in the comment section below. If you enjoyed this post, please like an share with your friends.
Yours Truly, The Blue Eyed Crafter