So, what do Lindsay Lohan, Kim Hargreaves, and Knit and Tonic’s Wendy have in common?

They have all been rocking the slouchy hat lately.  I wanted one too, for my own noggin. Especially for those days when I just can’t be bothered with my hair (which are alarmingly frequent).  I made mine less voluminous than some others for practical reasons.  Namely, I wanted it to actually stay on my head. 

Here’s the finished product:  The Slouchy Copy Cat Hat. It looks a little more slouchy in real life.

Slouchy Hat

Slouchy Hat Side View

For anyone who is interested in such things, I wrote out the pattern…


The Slouchy Copy-Cat Hat

Materials:
Cascade 220 Quattro – colour 9435 Jamaica (Greens)
4mm 16” circular needles for ribbing
5mm 16” or 20” circular needles for main body
5mm double point needles

Gauge:
~ 18 sts = 4” stst in the round on 5mm needles
~ 5 sts = 1” in k2p2 ribbing unstretched (with ribbing, who the heck really knows?)

Cast on 76 sts with 4 mm needles, place marker, and join in the round.

Work 2×2 ribbing (K2, P2) for 1.75 inches.

Next round: M1 *K2, M1* repeat from * to end. 115 stitches.

Change to 5mm needles and work in eyelet mock cable ribbing.

Eyelet Mock Cable Ribbing (multiple of 5 sts):

Row 1: *K3, P2* Repeat from * to end.
Row 2: *K3, P2* Repeat from * to end.
Row 3: *SL1, K2, PSSO, P2* Repeat from * to end.
Row 4: *K1, YO, K1, P2* Repeat from * to end.

Continue in pattern until hat measures about 8.5” from cast on edge, ending after Row 1 or 2 of the stitch pattern (to make sure you still have 115 stitches before starting the decreases).

Begin decreases, switching to double points when needed:

Row 1: *K3, K2TOG* Repeat from * to end. 96 stitches.
Row 2: K all the way around.
Row 3: *K2, K2TOG* Repeat from * to end. 69 stitches
Row 4: K all the way around.
Row 5: *K1, K2TOG* Repeat from * to end. 46 stitches
Row 6: K all the way around.
Row 7: K2TOG all the way across. 23 stitches.
Row 8: K all the way around.
Remove marker, and K2TOG until 8 stitches remain.

Break yarn, leaving a lengthy tail; thread tail through remaining stitches, pulling snug. Weave in ends. Place on head and please remember to wear your underwear when hounded by the paparazzi.

References:

Big Blue Beret
Pithy Hat
Eyelet Mock Cable
Le Slouch
The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd

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