Dana Slouchy Hat
Ch = chain
St = stitch
Sk = skip
Sl st = slip stitch
Dc = double crochet
Fpdc = front post double crochet
Bpdc = back post double crochet
Note: I usually just crochet the ends of yarn into my projects, but since this is such a lacy hat, I’ve found that when I change yarn, it doesn’t crochet in right. With this project, I find it’s easier to knot the ends together and sew them in with a yarn needle.
For this project I used Yarn Bee Soft Secret in Hot Turquoise, Aqua, Mist, and Black.
Similar weight yarns include Caron Simply Soft and Loops & Threads Soft and Shiny.
I used a size I/9 5.5mm hook. (I keep a very tight tension on my yarn, so keep that in mind as you follow this pattern.)
With first color (Hot Turquoise for me), ch 96 and join to first ch using a sl st, making sure that the chain doesn’t get twisted. You should have a circle that is tight enough to fit around your head. Increase or decrease in increments of 4 if necessary.
Row 1: ch 3 then dc all the way around and join with sl st in ch 3. (96)
Row 2-3: Ch 3 - this will count as your first bpdc. *fpdc in next dc, bpdc in following dc.* Repeat from * to * all the way around and join to first ch3 with sl st. (96)
Row 4: Change to next color (optional, but Aqua for me), ch 3, sk 3 dc and dc in 4th dc from ch 3, ch 2, and dc in same st. *Sk 3 dc, then (dc, ch2, dc) all in the same st.* Repeat from * to * all the way around until you get back to your starting point. In the same st as your ch 3: dc, ch 2, then join to ch 3 with a sl st. (96)
Row 5: Ch 3, make 4 dc in first ch 2 space. Add 4 dc into each ch 2 space all the way around until you get to your last ch 2 space, where you will only make 3 dc, then sl st to join to ch3. (96)
Row 6: Ch 5, dc in same st as ch 5. In the spaces between 4dc, (dc, ch2, dc) all the way around, joining with sl st to 3rd chain in ch 5. (96)
Row 7: Ch 3. 3 dc in next ch 2 sp. 4 dc in each ch 2 sp all the way around, joining with sl st in first ch 3. (96)
Rows 8 – 15: Repeat rows 4 – 7 changing colors at row 10 (again, this is optional, I used Mist).
Row 16: Change color for final time (optional, black). This is our first decrease round. Ch 5. Dc in same stitch. *In next sp between 4dc, (dc, ch 1, dc). In the following space between 4dc, (dc, ch2, dc).* Repeat from * to * all the way around. (84)
Row 17: Ch 3. 3 dc in next ch 2 sp. *2dc in ch 1 sp, then 4 dc in ch 2 sp* repeat from * to *. I ended up with two blocks of 4 dc at the end. It’s ok, nobody will notice. ;) Join with sl st to ch 3. (72)
Row 18: Ch 3, sk first 3 dc and (dc, ch 2, dc) in space between 4dc and 2 dc. *Sk 6 dc, then (dc, ch 2, dc) in next space between 4dc and 2 dc.* Repeat from * to * all the way around, joining with sl st to first ch 3. (52)
Row 19: Ch 3, 4 dc in each ch 2 sp all the way around. Join with sl st in first ch 3. Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew in the crown.
Using the same color as row 19, make a flat circle. You may do this any way you like, but here’s how I did it:
Row 1: Make a magic circle, Chain 3, add 11 dc in the circle, joining with sl st to ch3. Pull on starting end to tighten the magic circle. (12)
Row 2: Ch 3, make 2 dc in each dc space, finishing with one dc in ch 3 space. Join with sl st to ch 3. (24)
Row 3: Ch 3, *1dc in next dc, and 2 dc in following dc.* Repeat from * to * joining with sl st to ch 3. (36)
Row 4: Ch 3. *1 dc in next 2 dc, then 2 dc in following dc.* Repeat from * to * all the way around, joining with sl st in ch 3. (48)
Attach Crown to Hat:
Turn hat inside out and place circle in center. If you need to increase or decrease the size of your circle so that it fits in your hat, do so now.
Use safety pins to hold your hat in place while you stitch the pieces together. Fasten off and sew ends in.
There you have it! I had a couple of friends test out the pattern before I posted it, and they were able to make the hat without too much difficulty, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask. I welcome your feedback!