My Love Beanie & Slouch – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

I’ve had many crocheters reach out to tell me that they LOVED my Chevron Peaks Slouch. I was pleasantly shocked because it was one of those designs that I really didn’t think would garner much attention. All of the positive messages I received were the reason I’ve used the same technique for several new crochet designs over the past year. So when Valentine’s Day rolled around, it was only fitting that I use it to design a crochet beanie with an embossed heart on it.

You can find the free crochet pattern for the My Love Beanie & Slouch in this post below, or an ad-free print friendly version on Love Crafts here, Ravelry here, or on Etsy here. *The ad-free PDF includes the beanie, slouch & messy bun patterns in one.

 

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If you love textured crochet stitches and designs, like myself, I’m sure you’ll love this technique too! I’ve been using it to create raised designs on projects, almost like we do with post stitches, but many find this technique simpler to crochet. The textured crochet designs are created by working a double crochet stitch into the front loop of a single crochet 2 rounds below. The crochet pattern is written out, line by line, and I’ve also included a chart that you can use. If you love textured crochet designs, make sure you’re signed up to receive our newsletter so you don’t miss out on new free crochet patterns.

 

 

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THE YARN

Worsted weight yarn is my favorite weight to use for crochet beanies. Mostly because I live in the great frozen north (Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) and crochet hats made of yarns lighter than a 4, won’t keep our ears from getting frost bite…. we can’t have that!
For this crochet beanie and slouch pattern, I chose to use a couple of worsted weight yarns that are available in most stores: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre and Caron Simply Soft. Red Heart Super Saver Ombre is available in 18 great ombre shades and Caron Simply Soft is available in 43 colors. You’re sure to find one that calls your name for this project.
You can substitute another comparable worsted weight yarn as long as gauge is met.

 

 

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DESCRIPTION

Options, options, options!

The My Love Beanie & Slouch crochet pattern includes 2 hat band options (Stretchy Hat Band of Simple Hat Band) and 2 lengths (Beanie or Slouch). Both styles are crocheted from the bottom up. First, choose and crochet the style hat band you’d like. Then, continue on to crochet the length of the hat you love. Each option is clearly written.

The pink ombre sample above was made using the stretchy hat band and slouch length. The light pink sample was made using the simple hat band and beanie length.

 

 

My Love BEANIE & SLOUCH – FREE CROCHET HAT PATTERN

The free pattern is below, but if you love to work offline, or need to order your yarn, I’ve got a couple other great options for you.

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF, including all photo tutorials, on Love Crafts here, Ravelry here, or Etsy here. *The ad-free PDF includes the beanie, slouch & messy bun patterns in one.

Save this pattern to your Ravelry favorites here.

Pin it for later here.

 

 

 

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MATERIALS

 

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Gauge

  • In hat band stitch pattern: 6 sts = 1.25″; 14 rows = 3″
  • Body of Hat in sc: 11.5 sts = 3″; 11 rows = 3″

 

Fits Head Size

  • Toddler: 16″ – 17-1/2″ circ. (120 – 180 yards)
  • Kids: 18″ – 20″ circ. (140 – 210 yards)
  • Teen / Adult Small: 20-1/2″ – 22-1/2″  circ. (160 – 220 yards)
  • Adult Medium / Large: 23″ – 24-1/2″  circ. (180 – 230 yards)

 

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch(s): chain(s)
  • sl st(s): slip stitch(es)
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • inv sc2tog: invisible single crochet decrease
  • RS: right side
  • BLO: back loop only
  • FLO: front loop only
  • Rep: repeat
  • Rnd: round
  • yo: yarn over
  • circ: circumference

Notes

  • Turning chains are not included in stitch count unless noted otherwise.
  • The majority of the pattern is worked in continuous rounds (a spiral). I suggest using a stitch marker to keep track of the round you’re on.
  • Yarn Notes: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre and Caron Simply Soft were used for the samples shown. Another comparable worsted weight yarn may be used as long as gauge is met.
  • Red Heart Super Saver Ombre, 100% Acrylic (482 yards / 440 m / 283 g / 10 oz).
  • Caron Simply Soft, 100% Acrylic (315 yards / 288 m / 170 g / 6 oz).
  • Changes for sizes are written as follows: Toddler  (ChildTeen/Adult SmallAdult Medium/Large).
  •  Options
    • Stretchy Hat Band
    • Simple Hat Band
    • Slouch
    • Beanie
  • Construction
      • Step 1: Choose your Hat Band option.
      • Step 2: Crochet the Body of Hat to the height specified for the length option you choose (Beanie or Slouch).

 

 

Special Stitches

  • Invisible Single Crochet Decrease (inv sc2tog): Insert hook into the BLO of stitch indicated, insert hook into BLO of next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru all loops on hook.

 

 

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My Love Beanie & Slouch Instructions

  • Step 1: Choose your Hat Band option (Simple or Stretchy). Crochet the hat band.
  • Step 2: Crochet the Body of Hat to the height specified for the length option you choose (Beanie or Slouch).

Simple Hat Band

Gauge: Using a 5mm hook: 11.5 sc = 3″ (stitch height isn’t crucial)

Note: This entire project is worked in a spiral (continuous rounds). I strongly suggest using a scrap piece of yarn to keep track of the beginning of each round.

Set-up: Using a 5mm crochet hook, ch 60 (68, 78, 86), being careful not to twist the ch, join w/ a sl st to the 1st ch.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, working into the back hump of the foundation ch, sc in each ch around. Do not join.  (60, 68, 78, 86 sts)  *Begin using a stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn to keep track of the beginning of each round as you work. 

Rnd 2 Note: In Rnd 2 you will increase 2 – 4 stitches. You can place these extra stitches wherever you’d like. Stitch placement is not crucial.

Rnd 2: Work 64 (72, 80, 88) sc evenly around. Do not join. (64, 72, 80, 88 sts)

Rnd 3: BLO sc in each st around. Do not join.

Do not fasten off. Continue on to Heart Design – Body of Hat.

 


Stretchy Hat Band

Stretchy Band

Gauge: In stitch pattern as the pattern is written, using a 4mm hook: 6 sts = 1.25″; 14 rows = 3″

Row 1 (RS): Using a 4mm crochet hook, ch 8 (8, 9, 9), working into the back hump of the foundation ch, sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across. Turn. (7, 7, 8, 8 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, BLO, sl st in each st across. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, BLO, sc in each st across. Turn.

Rows 4 – 59 (67, 77, 85): Rep Rows 2 – 3.

Approximate length at this point (un-stretched): 12.75″ (14.35″, 16.5″, 18.25″)

Row 60 (68, 78, 86) – Seam Row: With RS facing out, bring the first row up to meet the last row (the first row should be in front if you kept the RS facing out). Position your working yarn so that it’s on the inside of the hat band (if needed, click HERE and scroll down to the seam photos in the tutorial). Ch 1, slip stitch the rows together using the following method: insert your hook (from front to back) into the FLO of the 1st stitch of Row 1, insert your hook (from back to front) into the BLO of the 1st stitch of the last row, yo, pull thru all loops on your hook. Continue in this way across the hat band to complete the seam. (7, 7, 8, 8 sts)

Do not fasten off. Continue on to Set-Up Body of Hat.

 

Set-Up Body of Hat

Gauge: With 5mm hook, in sc: 11.5 sts = 3″; 11 rows = 3″

The entire Body of Hat is worked in a spiral (continuous rounds). I strongly suggest using a scrap piece of yarn to keep track of the beginning of each round.

Rnd 1 Note: In Rnd 1 you will increase 2 – 4 stitches from the number of rows worked in the hat band. You can place these extra stitches wherever you’d like. Stitch placement is not crucial.

Rnd 1 (RS): Using a 5mm crochet hook and working into the sides of the rows of the stretchy hat band, ch 1, work 64 (72, 80, 88) sc evenly around. Do not join.  (64, 72, 80, 88 sts)  *Begin using a stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn to keep track of the beginning of each round as you work. 

Rnd 2: BLO sc in each st around.

Do not fasten off. Continue on to Heart Design – Body of Hat.

 

 


My Love Design – Body of Hat

The remainder of this project is worked in a spiral (continuous rounds). I strongly suggest using a scrap piece of yarn to keep track of the beginning and ending of each round.

See Heart Chart Below

Rnd 1: BLO sc in each of the next 24 (28, 32, 36) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in each remaining st around. (64, 72, 80, 88 sts)

Rnd 2: BLO sc in each of the next 23 (27, 31, 35) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in each remaining st around.

Rnd 3: BLO sc in each of the next 22 (26, 30, 34) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, (BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below) twice, BLO sc in each remaining st around.

Rnd 4: BLO sc in each of the next 21 (25, 29, 33) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, (BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below) 3 times, BLO sc in each remaining st around.

Rnd 5: BLO sc in each of the next 20 (24, 28, 32) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, (BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below) 4 times, BLO sc in each remaining st around.

Rnd 6: BLO sc in each of the next 19 (23, 27, 31) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, (BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below) 5 times, BLO sc in each remaining st around.

Rnd 7: BLO sc in each of the next 18 (22, 26, 30) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, (BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below) 6 times, BLO sc in each remaining st around.

Rnd 8: BLO sc in each of the next 17 (21, 25, 29) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, (BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below) 7 times, BLO sc in each remaining st around.

Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 7.

Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 8.

Rnd 11: BLO sc in each of the next 18 (22, 26, 30) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, (BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below) twice, BLO sc in each of the next 3 sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, (BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below) twice, BLO sc in each remaining st around.

Rnd 12: BLO sc in each of the next 19 (23, 27, 31) sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, FLO hdc in the next st 1 rnd below, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in each of the next 5 sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, FLO hdc in the next st 1 rnd below, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in each remaining st around.

Rnd 13: BLO sc in each st around.

Beanie: Repeat Round 13 until your hat measures 5″ (6″, 6.25″, 6.75″) from the bottom edge of the hat band.

Slouch: Repeat Round 13 until your hat measures 7″ (7.75″, 8.5″, 8.75″) from the bottom edge of the hat band.

Do not fasten off. Continue on to Crown Shaping.

 

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How to read the chart above:

  • Read the chart from right to left, bottom to top.
  • The Red squares indicate when you’ll work a dc. The Green squares indicate when you’ll work a hdc.
  • Make sure to work the dc in the front loops of stitches 2 rounds below the current round.
  • The vertical numbers indicate the round you’re on. Begin following the chart and working a dc in round 1 of Heart Design.

 

 


Crown Shaping

Rnd 1: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in each of the next 6 sts) rep from ( to ) around. (56, 63, 70, 77 sts)

Rnd 2: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in each of the next 5 sts) rep from ( to ) around. (48, 54, 60, 66 sts)

Rnd 3: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in each of the next 4 sts) rep from ( to ) around. (40, 45, 50, 55 sts)

Rnd 4: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in each of the next 3 sts) rep from ( to ) around. (32, 36, 40, 44 sts)

Rnd 5: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in each of the next 2 sts) rep from ( to ) around. (24, 27, 30, 33 sts)

Rnd 6: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in the next st) rep from ( to ) around. (16, 18, 20, 22 sts)

Rnd 7: (BLO inv sc2tog) rep from ( to ) around. (8, 9, 10, 11 sts)

Fasten off leaving an 8″ tail of yarn. Using a yarn needle, weave the tail of yarn in and out of the stitches from the last round, pull tail to cinch the crown of the hat closed, knot to secure and weave in ends.

Beanie: If you made a Simple Hat Band, continue on to Finishing. If you made a Stretchy Hat Band, your hat is complete! Finished hat height should be approximately 7″ (7.75″, 8.25″, 8.75″).

Slouch: If you made a Simple Hat Band, continue on to Finishing. If you made a Stretchy Hat Band, your hat is complete! Finished hat height should be approximately 8.5″ (9.25″, 10″, 10.5″).

 

Simple Hat Band Finishing

Note: Make sure not to work this part too tightly or you can greatly affect the fit of your hat. Adjust your hook size to get the perfect fit, as needed.

Rnd 1: Join yarn in stitch closest to the first st of Rnd 1 of hat band, sl st in each st around the bottom of your hat band. Use the Special Join Technique (click HERE for tutorial), to join.

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Your My Love Beanie is complete!

 

Now that you’ve finished crocheting your My Love Beanie or Slouch hat, add your own finishing touches using one of these fun options!

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Darlene,

    Yes, when it states to repeat from ( to ) around, you will repeat everything within the ( ) until the end of the round.

    Jennifer

  2. loved this hat! made it for my niece for Christmas and she loved it!! such a cool pattern! thank you for sharing!

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