This crochet slouch hat is the perfect go-to pattern if you’re looking for great texture!
We cannot control the wind, but we can direct the sail.Unknown
January Spotlight CAL
Hey friends! We have decided to introduce something brand new to Pineapple and Pine. Since you all love our Designer Spotlights so much, we decided to incorporate a new twist to Designer Spotlights by hosting a Spotlight CAL!
This means that designers can apply to have one of their new patterns featured as a crochet-a-long in which we release the pattern and work on it collectively together! This month, we are hosting two designers. Below, you will find a schedule of events for the month of January. We are so excited about this new chapter in our community and hope that you will enjoy it!
- January 4-17 – Windy Walk Crochet Slouch Hat by April Knights of Northern Maple Yarn Designs hosted here a A Plush Pineapple
- January 18-31 – Sweetheart Mittens by Carla Carter of Yarn Over Central hosted by Crafting for Weeks
Welcome Guest Designer April Knights of Northern Maple Yarn Designs
Welcome everyone! I’m so excited to be chosen as Pineapple and Pine’s first CAL of 2021. My name is April, and I am the one woman show behind Northern Maple Yarn Designs. Born and raised in Southern Ontario, I’m a proud Canadian wife and mother of three teenage boys along with a very spoiled dog!
When the craziness of 2020 hit full force, it quickly halted all of the plans I made for the year. I suddenly found myself at home with a lot more creative time on my hands. It gave me time to think and clarify the direction that I wanted Northern Maple to take. I started to discover and source Canadian dyed wool. I fell in love with the talent that small independent Canadian dyers have.
As a result it made me desire to showcase Canadian businesses for Northern Maple’s finished items. It also led to my obsession with merino wool! I love all forms of yarn but merino has a special place in my heart for its versatility, stitch definition, and the endless variety of dye options.
Design ideas for me come from many places. I love nature photography and often am inspired by photos for colour palette ideas or stitch combinations. I love saving photos on Pinterest to reference back to. Other times, it’s seeing the yarn in my hands, depending on how the yarn is dyed which stitches and techniques will showcase it to the best of its potential.
The Windy Walk Crochet Slouch Hat was designed after viewing photos of meadows and fields in winter. It made me imagine how the wind would blow and bend the grass and how cold it would be! So I started the design with the idea of a double thick brim. I love stitches with texture and used the front post stitches to represent the grasses. The herringbone stitches remind me of pebbly paths, like those you would find on a nature trail.
I finally decided on using Rose Hill Yarns, a Canadian dyer located in Alberta. Their merino tweed was the perfect choice as I loved the colour options and how tweed just adds that much more interest to an otherwise solid colour base.
I encourage you to check out independent yarn dyers such as Rose Hill Yarns. In doing so, you are helping small businesses and can really make a pattern your own with the yarn you choose. I completely understand that availability and price can be huge factors in the decision making process. I went on a hunt to see what other yarn would potentially be a good fit for this pattern. Other yarn suggestions for this design include Cascade 220 Superwash, Willow and Lark Heath, Stylecraft Life DK, King Cole DK, City Tweed, Swish DK. This design works best with a yarn that is solid in colour or with subtle colour or tone variations otherwise I find the design details and texture can become lost.
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- DK weight yarn
- Yards needed: 231 yards
Skill Level – Intermediate
4×4”/10x10cm = 15 stitches x 10 rows of HBDC
- CH – Chain
- ST – Stitch
- YO – Yarn over
- SL ST – Slip stitch
- SC – Single crochet
- SCBL – Single crochet back loop
- HBDC – Herringbone double crochet
- DC – Double crochet
- FPSC – Front post single crochet
- BPSC – Back post single crochet
- SC2tog – Single crochet two together
- DC2tog – Double crochet two together
I highly recommend making a gauge swatch before you start this crochet slouch hat to determine you will have the correct amount of yardage for this project. Some of my testers found that they needed to go down to a 4mm or 4.5mm for the HBDC rows due to their tension. This pattern will use close to the entire skein of DK yarn if it lists 231 yards on the label.
In this pattern, it is suggested that all rounds be joined with the back join technique. This is my preferred method when joining rounds as it creates an invisible seam. If you are not familiar with this technique a video tutorial can be found here:
- FPSC – This stitch is made by using the post of the SC from the row below. To create the stitch, insert your hook into the gap from front to back around the SC from the row below so the post is in front of your work. YO and draw up a loop. YO and draw through all loops on your hook.
- BPSC – This stitch is also using the post of the SC from the row below. To create the stitch, insert your hook into the gap from back to front around the SC from the row below so the post is behind your work. YO and draw up a loop. YO and draw through all loops on your hook.
- HBDC – To create this stitch, YO, insert your hook into the next stitch, YO and draw up a loop through the stitch and the first loop on the hook (2 loops on hook) YO and draw through one loop only, (2 loops on hook) YO and draw through all remaining loops on hook. A video tutorial can be found below:
SC2tog – Insert your hook into the first ST. YO and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Insert hook into next ST and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). YO and pull through all three loops on hook. Round has now decreased by one ST.
DC2tog – YO and insert your hook into the first ST and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). YO and pull through two loops (2 loops on hook). YO and insert hook into next ST and pull up a loop ( 4 loops on hook). YO and pull through two loops (3 loops on hook). YO and pull through remaining loops.
Row 1: Ch 19. SC in the second ST from hook all the way across. Ch 1 turn. 18 SC
Rows 2-72: SC in first ST. BLSC in the next 16 st(s). SC in last ST. Ch 1, turn.
To finish the band fold in half. SL ST the two ends together. Fold the band in half.
Round 1: You will now have a band approx 18 inches long. Ch 1. SC around the band making sure to evenly go through all four end stitches of the double band. Join the round with the back join technique. 72 SC
Round 2: Ch 2. HBDC in each st. Join the round CH 1.
Round 3: SC in each st. Join the round. CH 2.
Round 4: DC in each st. Join the round. CH 1.
Round 5: *FPSC in first st, BPSC in next st* Repeat from * to *. Join the round and CH 1.
Round 6: SC in each st. Join the round. CH 1.
Round 7: Repeat round 2.
Round 8: Repeat round 3.
Round 9: Repeat round 4.
Round 10: Repeat round 5.
Rounds 11-20: Repeat Rounds 6-10 twice.
Round 21: *SC for 7 sts. SC2tog in next st.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Join the round. (64 SC)CH 2.
Round 22: HBDC in each st. Join the round (64 HBDC). CH 1.
Round 23: *SC for 6 sts. SC2tog in next st*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Join the round (56 SC). CH 2.
Round 24: *DC for 5 sts DC2tog in next st* Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Join the round (48 DC). CH 1.
Round 25. *FPSC in first st, BPSC in next st.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Join the round (48 FPSC/BPSC).CH 1.
Round 26: *SC for 4 sts SC2tog in next st*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Join the round (40 SC).
Leaving a long tail, use your tapestry needle to weave the tail through the inside loop of each SC from the final row. Pull tight and knot to close. Weave the remaining tail of yarn securely through the stitches on the inside of the hat body.
Your crochet slouch hat is finished!
I hope you enjoyed making your own Windy Walk Crochet Slouch Hat. I loved creating this design and would love to see your own creations! Make sure to tag @northernmapleyarndesigns #windywalkslouch on Instagram so I can share your creations with others!
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