Monday, April 5, 2010

Perfect Slouch

I've always wanted a slouchy knit hat for myself, but I can never seem to manage it. Typically it's because my gauge is too tight with knitting, and too loose with crochet, to follow a pattern. Even after trying to adjust a pattern to my gauge, I run into issues.

With that in mind, I finally decided to do my own thing, using my favorite size hook and needles, and some amazing yarn I've had hiding in my stash.

Perfect Slouch
Yarn: 1 skein Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme - Brown
Gauge: K (17.5st/10cm by 23st/10cm), C (12.5st/10cm by 8st/4cm)
Hook: F
Needles: US7

This hat is made with a crocheted brim and a knit body. I like the crocheted edge because I feel it's less stretchy, whereas a knit body gives it more flop and a more appealing texture. If you can't do a crocheted brim, just do your favorite knit brim with 70 stitches.

Note:
m1 - Make 1. I use kfb, but you can use whatever method you want.

Start with crochet.
Ch 71, leaving a 7" tail.
sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc across
turn, sc across (repeat 6 times, or until brim is desired thickness)

This is where it can get tricky for some people. Switch to knitting.
Round 1: Pick up 70 stitches from the crocheted brim. Your first stitch should be the loop from the crochet hook. The second stitch should be picked up from the other end of the crocheted sectioned, joining in the round.
R2: *K4, m1, repeat from * around (84 stitches)
R3: K around
R4: *K5, m1, repeat from * around (98 stitches)
R5: K around
R4: *K6, m1, repeat from * around (112 stitches)
Work in stockinette until hat measures 7" from brim, or until desired length.
Decrease:
R1: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * around (98 stitches)
R2: K around
R3: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * around (84 stitches)
R4: K around
R5: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * around (70 stitches)
R6: K around
R7: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * around (56 stitches)
R8: K around
R9: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * around (42 stitches)
R10: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * around (28 stitches)
R11: *k2tog, repeat from * around (14 stitches)
R12: *k2tog, repeat from * around (7 stitches)

Cut yarn with 7" tail and pull tail through last stitches several times. Tighten and weave in. Sew crocheted sections together with the starting tail.

Place on head and admire self. I did.

Enjoy.