The River Run Slouch crochet hat pattern is a super quick crochet design that’s perfect for the upcoming winter months. It uses less than 1 ball of yarn and less than 2 hours of your time! It’s a fun project that’s quick to make using super bulky yarn and it’s a great hat to make for craft fairs and gifts.
This free crochet hat pattern is part of a collaboration with Lionbrand.com. This post may contain affiliate links.
The River Run Slouch is the first hat I designed for the Hat not Hate, anti-bullying campaign. Also, check out the Chevron Peaks Slouch, click here. If this is the first you’re hearing of this campaign, Lion Brand Yarns has teamed up with STOMP Out Bullying and together they have launched this awesome campaign to spread awareness about bullying and to teach others how to respond to bully behavior. To read more, check out their blog post on the Lion Brand blog: Use Crafting to End Bullying: #HatNotHate.
This Campaign Hits Home
When I received the first e-mail from Lion Brand with the details about this campaign, it really tugged at my heartstrings and brought back a flood of emotions. One of my sons was a victim of bullying in school. As a mom, it was one of the hardest things I’ve gone through. For my son, it was so much worse. I wish I had known about Stomp Out Bullying before, but am grateful to hear of them now so I can educate my kids and share the info with their school.
I hope you will join us in helping to spread the awareness of bullying, not just in schools, but everywhere!
Why the color BLUE?
Blue is the color of awareness, and also solidarity, so Lion Brand picked their bluest hues for us to choose from to design our hats for the campaign. I chose Lion Brand Yarns Wool Ease Thick & Quick in the colorway River Run (now you know where the hat’s name came from 😉 ), but you can choose any blue yarn you’d like.
Some other great choices from Lion Brand are: Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Navy or Denim, Hometown USA in San Diego Navy, Key Largo Tweed, Fort Worth Blue, St. Paul Sky, or Washington Denim.
How can I help spread awareness?
- Crochet a blue hat using this River Run Slouch crochet pattern, or one of the many patterns you can find in the #hatnothate crochet & knit patterns collection that can be found on the Lion Brand Yarns website.
- Share a photo on social media of yourself (or kiddo) wearing the blue hat you made. Remember to use the hashtag #HatNotHate.
- Proudly wear your blue hat on World Bullying Prevention Day, October 1, 2018.
- Spread the word about the Hat Not Hate campaign & the Stomp Out Bullying program.
- Donate your hat to an awesome cause! Lion Brand Yarns is hoping to collect 1,500 blue hats to give to a local New York school so they can ALL wear them on October 1st to support the cause. Please make sure they receive the hats by September 24, 2018.
Mail to: Lion Brand Yarn Co.
Attn: Shira Blumenthal
HAT NOT HATE
135 Kero Road
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
Are you ready to crochet a blue hat for the #HatNotHate campaign?
Use the free crochet pattern below to crochet your own blue hat or one to donate to this great cause!
*Purchase an AD-FREE PDF of this pattern (including all charts and photo tutorials) on Craftsy or Ravelry*
- Yarn: Super Bulky Weight / Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in the colorway River Run. You’ll only need 1 ball (less than 87 yards).
- Crochet Hooks: L/8.00mm; N/P/10.00mm
- Yarn Needle
- Faux Fur Pom
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- ch(s): chain(s)
- sl st(s): slip stitch(es)
- sc: single crochet
- sc2tog: single crochet 2 together (decrease)
- RS: right side
- BLO: back loop only
- FLO: front loop only
- Rep: repeat
- yo: yarn over
- In hat band st pattern (8mm hook): 6 sts = 2.25″; 6 rows = 2.5″
Body of Hat in sc (10mm hook): 6 sts = 3″; 6 rows = 3″
Fits Head Size
- Kids: 18″ – 21″ circumference
- Adult: 21” – 23-1/2” circumference
- Turning chains are not included in stitch count unless noted otherwise.
- Yardage: 83 yards (Adult); 78 yards (Kids)
- This hat is worked from the bottom up.
- Changes for sizes written as follows: Kids (Adult)
- Personalized Tags for your crochet: read this blog post to find out where I purchase mine & how to add them!
River Run Slouch Crochet Pattern
Stretchy Hat Band
Row 1 (RS): Using an 8mm crochet hook, ch 6 (7), working into the back hump of the foundation ch, sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across. Turn. (5, 6 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, BLO, sl st in each st across. Turn. (5, 6 sts)
Row 3: Ch 1, BLO, sc in each st across. Turn. (5, 6 sts)
Rows 4 – 33 (37): Rep Rows 2 – 3.
Row 34 (38) – 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 band (See photo & video tutorial here for seam). 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 band to complete the seam. (5, 6 sts)
Do not fasten off. Continue on to Body of Hat.
Body of Hat
The entire Body of Hat is worked in continuous rounds. I strongly suggest using a scrap piece of yarn to keep track of the beginning and ending of each round.
Rnd 1 (RS): Using an 8mm crochet hook and working into the sides of the rows of the hat band, ch 1, sc into the side of each row around the hat band, then work 1 more sc in the side of the last row. Do not join. (35, 39 sts)
Rnd 2: Switch to a 10mm crochet hook, *BLO sc in the next st, FLO sc in the next st, rep from * around to the last st, BLO sc in the last st. (35, 39 sts)
Rnd 3: *FLO sc in the next st, BLO sc in the next st, rep from * around to the last st, FLO sc in the last st. (35, 39 sts)
Rnd 4: *BLO sc in the next st, FLO sc in the next st, rep from * around to the last st, BLO sc in the last st. (35, 39 sts)
Rnds 5 – 11 (14): Rep Rnds 3 – 4. Hat height at this point (including the band) should be approximately 8″ (9-1/2″).
Do not fasten off. Continue on to Crown Shaping.
Rnd 1: Sc2tog around to the last st, sc in the last st. (18, 20 sts)
Rnd 2: Sc2tog around. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st. (9, 10 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. Attach a faux fur pom for added fun! Finished hat height should be approximately 9″ (10-1/2″).
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