I made this hat for my fabulous photographer and babysitter. She wanted a slouchy hat in natural colors, and this was what I came up with. It is quite simple and a quick knit, great for bringing along with you if you need a project to take with you in waiting rooms or while traveling!

The brim can be left as is, or it can be folded up to make the hat a little less slouchy, and add extra warmth around the ears. I love wearing mine this way!

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Emily’s Super Slouchy Hat
Free Knit Pattern
Easy Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot


Child, Child Large, Adult, Adult Large
Fits 18 (20, 22, 24) inch head

Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) stripes in Earth(ish) 70 g/130 yds per skein
2 skeins, all sizes

US 8/5.00 mm

17 sts by 22 rows in stockinette in a 4″ square

Stitches and Skills used:
CO ~ cast on
K ~ knit
P ~ purl
Kfb ~ knit in front and back


CO 72 (80, 88, 96)

Work in rounds, be careful not to twist. Place a marker to indicate the end of the round.

Rnd 1~12: [K2, p2] around entire round. (72 (80, 88, 96) sts)

Rnd 13: [Kfb, k8 (9, 10, 11)] around entire round. (80 (88, 96, 104) sts)

Rnd 14~27: K all (80 (88, 96, 104) sts)

Rnd 28~30: P all (80 (88, 96, 104) sts)

Rep rnds 14 ~30: 1 (2, 2, 3) more times

Decrease Set up Rounds (by size):

Size Child:
Rnd 1&2: K all (80 sts)
Move onto decrease rounds

Size Teen:
Rnd 1&2: K all (88 sts)
Rnd 3: [K2tog, k9] 8 times. (80 sts)
Rnd 4: K all (80 sts)
Move onto decrease rounds

Size Adult:
Rnd 1&2: K all (96 sts)
Rnd 3: [K2tog, k10] 8 times. (88 sts)
Rnd 4: K all (88 sts)
Rnd 5: [K2tog, k9] 8 times. (80 sts)
Rnd 6: K all (80 sts)
Move onto decrease rounds

Size Adult Large:
Rnd 1&2: K all (104 sts)
Rnd 3: [K2tog, k11] 8 times. (96 sts)
Rnd 4: K all (96 sts)
Rnd 5: [K2tog, k10] 8 times. (88 sts)
Rnd 6: K all (88 sts)
Rnd 7: [K2tog, k9] 8 times. (80 sts)
Rnd 8: K all (80 sts)
Move onto decrease rounds

Decrease rounds: (all sizes)
Rnd 1: [K2tog, k8] 8 times. (72 sts)
Rnd 2 and all remaining even rnds: K all
Rnd 3: [K2tog, k7] 8 times. (64 sts)
Rnd 5: [K2tog, k6] 8 times. (56 sts)
Rnd 7: [K2tog, k5] 8 times. (48 sts)
Rnd 9: [K2tog, k4] 8 times. (40 sts)
Rnd 10: [K2tog, k3] 8 times. (32 sts)
Rnd 11: [K2tog] 16 times. (16 sts)

Bind off, clip yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail onto a yarn needle and thread it through all 16 bind off stitches, then pull tight to close the hole. Weave in ends.

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8 Comments on Emily’s Super Slouchy Knit Hat

  1. I usually crochet and it has been a while since I knitted but does this pattern call for dp needles or circular needles or did I miss that?

    • Sorry, I didn’t put that in because I tend to leave that to the preference of the knitter. You could use dp needles for the whole thing, a set of 26″ circs and dps to finish, or a long (36″ or longer) set of circs for the whole thing using the magic loop method. Whatever way you are most comfortable with. 🙂

  2. I have been looking for slouchy hats this year, to go with some wrist warmers that I have designed. This looks perfect.

  3. It’s my first time knitting a hat, but I have been knitting for 7 yrs. what size cables do you need for the size 8 needles to knit in the round? Also, what is the weight of the yarn? I have a nice size stock pile so I want to use some from that. Thank you!

    • I usually use 16″ for hats (then dpns or 24-36″ with the magic loop method for the decreases). The weight is worsted, but check your gauge, that’s the important thing for the proper size.

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