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{Free Pattern} | Easy Crochet Slouchy Hat

I've been channeling my inner "creative" self this past year. Contrary to most women these days, I absolutely LOVE to sew and crochet. I started getting into sewing about 2 or 3 years ago when my husband's grandmother passed away. No one wanted her old sewing machine, so I gladly took it and decided to teach myself  -- or, er, allow youtube to teach me.

I have always loved to crochet, but I didn't really start getting into it until this year. My love of crochet came from my mom, who I would sit and watch widdle away at the yarn for hours sometimes. Of course, when you're 13, crochet isn't the most exciting thing :) But now...
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As is the issue most of the time in life, I have hardly any time to do the things that I love. And when I do, I'm guilted into remembering that I haven't washed the dishes yet, or haven't studied the word, nor have I even stopped to pray. So sewing and crocheting are put on the back burner unless it is something completely simple that can be pounded out in an hour or so.

So I began my quest this week of an easy and simple to read pattern for a woman's crochet slouchy hat. Of course, I love FREE, so FREE was what I was looking for. There are a million gazillion pdf patterns that you can buy on etsy, but I couldn't even see the pattern before I bought it to know if I'd even like the hat.

I finally...and I mean finally...found a youtube pattern that I loved, but no PDF or printed pattern to go by. But it was so simple (so simple that I can't believe I didn't think of it myself) that I just had to write it down and share it with you guys.

Here is a not so great photo of the slouchy hat I made in about 2 hours the other night. The best part is that it's a no brainer, absolutely no counting after the first 6 rows, and you can sit and have a conversation without having to think about it. Turn on the TV or some good tunes and go for it!

Yes, I was in my bathroom.
Yes, that is our hallway.
Yes, I am shamelessly sporting smeared makeup from a long day.
And yes, to whatever else you may or may not find wrong with this horrible cell phone photo... 

 Oh yes, this is why God gave us toddlers -- to model our creations!! Needless to say, his head was way too small for this hat ;) But he was a trooper. Just don't tell his daddy, or he'll be humiliated.

Now that you've seen it, if you like it, here's the OH SO EASY pattern for it.

You can find the youtube videos by clicking here. The actual pattern is below.

If you do NOT know the basics of crocheting, please do yourself a favor and watch these very short youtube videos!
Also, I didn't do as many single crochets around the brim simply because I got lazy and figured it was good enough. The more you do, the tighter it will be. I would suggest doing at least 5, so make sure you take that into account for the length of the hat.

The best part of all is that you don't even have to make this a slouchy hat. You can make it a regular beanie simply by making less rows before single crocheting.

Easy Crochet Slouchy Hat Pattern
Click here for printable and and saveable pattern

CH 2 (chain up 2)
DC (double crochet. DC 2 means double crochet once in the next 2 stitches. 2 DC means two double crochets in the next stitch)
Sl St (slip stitch -- meaning bring your beginning and end of that row together)
SC (single crochet)

1 Skein of Yarn
(I used super saver Red Heart)
5.00 mm Crochet Hook

**NOTE: You will CH 2 at the beginning of each row and Sl St at the end of each row**
Create a magic circle (view video to see how to create one)

DC 12 times inside of the magic circle and tighten
(Sl St, CH 2)
2 DC in each stitch (total of 24 stitches)
(Sl St, CH 2)
DC 1, 2 DC
(alternate one double crochet in one stitch, 2 double crochets in the next -- alternate each stitch in entire row)
(Sl St, CH 2)
DC 2, 2 DC (entire row)
(Sl St, CH 2)
DC 3, 2 DC (entire row)
(Sl St, CH 2)
DC 4, 2 DC (entire row)
(Sl St, CH 2)
DC 5, 2 DC (entire row)
(Sl St, CH 2)

At this point you will DC in each stitch until you reach your desired length.
Typical slouchy's are 10-12+  rows. Remember to CH 2 at the beginning of each row, and Sl St at the end of each row.

Once you've reached your desired length, CH 2 and then SC for 4-10 rows, depending upon how tight or large you want the brim. Again, CH 2 at the beginning and Sl St at the end of each row.

When completed with SC rows, simply tie off and weave your yarn into the brim.
And you're done!!

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