Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Super Slouch Hat

Super Slouch Hat

Some of you asked, and now I'm delivering! The Super Slouch Hat is not just an airy puff of head-topping goodness, it's also knit entirely (wait for it... wait for it...) BACK AND FORTH! So yes, that means that this is the perfect hat for the dpn-adverse among you. It also doesn't have to be nearly as slouchy as it's shown in the picture - with one less pattern repeat and a smaller needle, this would make a more fitted but equally delectable hat. And hey, if you do it that way - take pictures, I'd love to see it!

Yarn: Berroco Folio (65% Superfine Alpaca, 35% Rayon; 219 yards [200 meters]/50 grams); #4502 Orr - 1 skein

The finish.
Needles: Size US 4 needles, size US 7 needles (or US 5 or US 6 for a less relaxed fit)

Notions: Tapestry needle, 8 stitch markers

Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette on size 5 needles

So let's get started! First, then, using your size 4 needles, cast on 114 stitches loosely (if you want to be extra clever, leave a tail long enough for seaming later). Then we'll knit the following ribbing rows, to create the bottom edge of the hat:

Ribbing Row 1 (wrong side): p2, * k2, p2; rep from *

Ribbing Row 2: k2, * p2, k2 *

Knit ribbing rows 1 & 2 until piece measures roughly 1 1/4" and you've just finished row 1 of the pattern. Now it's time to switch to our size 7 needles (size 5 or 6 needles if you'd like a more fitted hat) and knit one set-up row to place our extra markers, which goes as follows:

Set-up Row 1 (right side): (k2, place marker, k26, place marker) four times, k2

And once we've knit our set up row, it's time to begin our main hat pattern, which includes stripes of faggoting and stockinette, as follows. I've also added a video (as of March 15, 2015), which demonstrates the (yo, ssk) stitch in case you're having trouble with it. You can watch it below, or simply skip straight to the pattern just a bit below that!



Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9 (wrong side): purl, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Rows 2, 4, 6, & 8: knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Rows 10, 12, 14, 16, & 18: k2, (slip marker, k1, * yo, ssk * until you're one stitch before marker, k1, slip marker, k2) four times

Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, & 19: p2, (slip marker, k1, * yo, ssk * until you're one stitch before marker, k1, slip marker, p2) four times

Row 20: knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Knit rows 1 - 20 three times (twice for the less slouchy version) and then knit row 1 once more. Now it's time to begin the deceases, which proceed as follows:

Decrease rows 1 & 3: k2, (slip marker, ssk, knit until you're two stitches before marker, k2tog, slip marker, k2) four times

Decrease rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, & 12: purl, slipping extra markers when you come to them

Decrease row 5: k2, (slip marker, ssk, k7, k2tog, ssk, k7, k2tog, slip marker, k2) four times

Decrease row 7: k2, (slip marker, ssk, k5, k2tog, ssk, k5, k2tog, slip marker, k2) four times

Decrease row 9: k2, (slip marker, ssk, k3, k2tog, ssk, k3, k2tog, slip marker, k2) four times

Decrease row 11: k2, (slip marker, ssk, k1, k2tog, ssk, k1, k2tog, slip marker, k2) four times

Decrease row 13: k2, (slip marker, [slip 2 together knitwise-k1-p2sso] twice, slip marker, k2) four times

Decrease row 14: purl, removing extra markers when you come to them

Decrease row 15: * k2tog; rep from *

Clip tail of yarn and thread final 9 stitches to scrap of yarn. Seam, starting at bottom edge, until seam is finished except for those final 9 stitches at the top. Thread seaming yarn through final 9 stitches and pull tight. Knot and tuck in ends. Block, taking care not to stretch out ribbing at the bottom of the hat.





45 comments:

  1. Hey...super cool looking slouch hat! That yarn looks
    so soft. Lovely creation.
    Cheers, Anita.

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    1. Thanks Anita! This is my first back and forth hat, and I thought it turned out nicely. Now I just need to give it to someone with lots of hair! :)

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  2. Love the look of this and the fact is knit back and forth... sold! Thank you.

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    1. I'm glad you like it! :) This was my first back and forth hat, and I think it turned out nicely. You can't even tell it's seamed!

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  3. Can I make it in the round on circular needle?

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    1. You can! See instructions below. Please note, however, that the mesh rows are going to be more annoying to knit in the round than they are back and forth, since you'll have to use a fancier decrease to get the same effect :) Speaking of which, for more info on the slip, slip, purl (ssp) you can go here: http://www.twistcollective.com/collection/component/content/article/35-features/1093-decoding-decreases

      So let's get started! First, then, using your size 4 needles, cast on 112 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll knit the following ribbing rows, to create the bottom edge of the hat:

      Ribbing Row 1: * k1, p2, k1; rep from *

      Knit ribbing row 1 until piece measures roughly 1 1/4". Now it's time to switch to our size 7 needles (size 5 or 6 needles if you'd like a more fitted hat) and knit one set-up row to place our extra markers, which goes as follows:

      Set-up Row 1 : (k1, place marker, k26, place marker, k1) four times

      And once we've knit our set up row, it's time to begin our main hat pattern, which includes stripes of faggoting and stockinette, as follows:

      Rows 1 - 9: knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

      Rows 10, 12, 14, 16, & 18: (k1, slip marker, k1, * yo, ssk * until you're one stitch before marker, k1, slip marker, k1) four times

      Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, & 19: (k1, slip marker, p1, * ssp, yo * until you're one stitch before marker, p1, slip marker, k1) four times

      Row 20: knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

      Knit rows 1 - 20 three times (twice for the less slouchy version) and then knit row 1 once more. Now it's time to begin the deceases, which proceed as follows:

      Decrease rows 1 & 3: (k1, slip marker, ssk, until you're two stitches before marker, k2tog, slip marker, k1) four times

      Decrease rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, & 12: knit, slipping extra markers when you come to them

      Decrease row 5: (k1, slip marker, ssk, k7, k2tog, ssk, k7, k2tog, slip marker, k1) four times

      Decrease row 7: (k1, slip marker, ssk, k5, k2tog, ssk, k5, k2tog, slip marker, k1) four times

      Decrease row 9: (k1, slip marker, ssk, k3, k2tog, ssk, k3, k2tog, slip marker, k1) four times

      Decrease row 11: (k1, slip marker, ssk, k1, k2tog, ssk, k1, k2tog, slip marker, k1) four times

      Decrease row 13: (k1, slip marker, [slip 2 together knitwise-k1-p2sso] twice, slip marker, k1) four times

      Decrease row 14: knit, removing extra markers when you come to them

      Decrease row 15: * k2tog; rep from *

      Clip tail of yarn and thread through final 9 stitches. Pull tight. Thread to inside of hat, knot, and tuck in ends. Block, taking care not to stretch out ribbing at the bottom of the hat.

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  4. I love everything you create! You are such a talented designer!

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  5. Finished your slouchy hat, and I love it! I think there may be s small error in the first decrease rows 1 and 3. Pattern states "ssk, until you're two stitches from marker," this did not leave me enough stitches between markers to follow remaining decrease rows. I believe it should state "ssk, k until you're two stitches from marker" does this make sense? Still worked, just decreased faster! Thanks for the pattern!

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    1. Hello there!

      Yes, you are totally right - it should be "KNIT until there are two stitches left." Thank you for letting me know - I fixed it already :) And I'm so glad you like the pattern!!!

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    2. I did the same thing as mommyvan - and couldn't figure out why I didn't have enough stitches to finish - so reread it, reworked it and finished it. I only did two repeats not three and it turned out lovely

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    3. Again, I apologize for the confusion. And I'm glad it still worked out well for you! :)

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  6. Hi! Love this pattern! Thanks so much for sharing...I've just made one for myself and I'm now making one for my Mum! X You can see my hat here:
    http://prettyflowersinthewindow.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/a-knitted-hat-and-crocheted-blanket.html

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    1. Hi Maggie!

      Thanks for the link - I love your colorway. So pretty!!!! :)

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  7. Hi Gretchen, I've just made another one for my Mum!
    http://prettyflowersinthewindow.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/mums-slouchy-knitted-hat.html
    and now I'm making one for my sister! I love this pattern! I want to try some of your other patterns but I need to pluck up courage to try using circular needles! Thanks again, Maggie xx

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  8. does a gage of 20 st = 4 in still work, or are those two extra stitches imperative? (i finished the twilled stripe hat, by the way :) thank you so much for your advice; it came out great!)

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    1. Yay! I'm glad to hear it. :) And you just need to make a few adjustments for the different weight yarn... give me a little while, and I'll reply again with modified instructions!

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    2. Okay, so it's not THAT different or anything, but I do think you should modify it a bit. This gauge doesn't work out exactly like the other, so I'm giving you two size options, one a bit larger than the original and one a bit smaller. For a larger size, then, modify as follows:

      First, cast on 106 stitches rather than 114. Then your marker placement row will go as follows:

      Set-up Row 1 (right side): (k2, place marker, k24, place marker) four times, k2

      Then everything else will proceed as usual, except you can skip decrease rows 1 & 2!

      And for the smaller size:

      First, cast on 98 stitches rather than 114. Then your marker placement row will go as follows:

      Set-up Row 1 (right side): (k2, place marker, k22, place marker) four times, k2

      Then everything else will proceed as usual, except you can skip decrease rows 3 & 4! And, just to be clear - these sizes will both make adult-sized hats, and you should choose one or the other based simply on if you have a largerish or smallerish head. Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

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    3. Thanks so much for your thorough reply! I can't wait to get started. :]

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    4. Any time! I hope it works out well for you. :)

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  9. Hi there, thanks for this lovely pattern. İ'm a new knitter and this pattern is just the right pattern i've been looking for :) i'll try to make one for my lil sister. Wish me luck :D oh, and i have a question, what is exactly the stitch marker needs for?

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    1. Good luck, of course! :) And the stitch markers are there so that you don't have to count your stitches - since you change patterns between the mesh and two-stitch strips of stockinette, the markers prevent you from missing the transition.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    2. İ see.. Thank you so much for the fast response.. Just started to knit.. Hope it can be good just like yours :D

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    3. I am always happy to help! :) But bear in mind that this mesh can be a bit difficult to knit - you'll definitely want to try to keep it loose, to make it easier!

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  10. This is a beautiful slouch hat & just THE PERFECT pattern for me. There is a girl that does the valet parking at my cancer center that loves slouch hats & I've been looking for just the right hat pattern to knit for her as a gift. I think she'll love it. I have 18 days until my next treatment , so that gives me plenty of time to make hers & one for me also. :-) Your patterns are fantastic. Thank you for sharing them.

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    1. Hi Juanita!

      That sounds like a lovely gift! Also, I hope your treatment is going smoothly. :) Please let me know if you have any questions about this pattern or any others!

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  11. I'm not sure if this is just because of my little experience in knitting or if this is a mistake: I'm finding a problem with the set-up row. With 114 total stitches cast on, K2, placing the marker, then K26, x4, and ending with K2...this is only 108 stitches accounted for. Where do the other 6 stitches go?

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    1. Hi there!

      You're actually performing the whole (k2, place marker, k26, place marker) 4 times (so you will be placing 8 markers). Then you have 28 stitches four times, plus an extra two, and everything works out. Let me know if you have any more questions! :)

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  12. The ssk stitch is a decrease stitch. Correct? If so then I'm not going to have any stiches left to work with . I am so confused.

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    1. Yes, the ssk is a decrease but the yo (yarn over) is an increase so you will maintain your stitch count throughout. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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  13. I want to knit this on circulars with the modified version that has 96 stitches. Can I use the circulars pattern you wrote and is there a point where I would pick it up?

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    1. Hi Debbie!

      Yes, you use the circular pattern above, but you'll want to modify the set up row as follows:

      Set-up Row 1 : (k1, place marker, k22, place marker, k1) four times

      You an also begin the decrease at decrease row 5 from the circular pattern!

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  14. Can you please demonstrate the 'ssp yo'?

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    1. Hi!

      Unfortunately I can't right now because I'm out of town... You can find a link to the ssp below, though, and if that doesn't help comment back and I can get a video up for you next week! :)

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lTCoak_KNDY

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  15. Thanks so much! I will let you know if I need any more help.

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  16. Hi Gretchen, I would really appreciate a video of the 'ssp yo' in this pattern. It helps me a lot if I actually see it being done. Thanks again, Debra

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    1. Okay, I'll work on it as soon as I'm back from vacation. :)

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  17. Thank you very much! :-)

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    1. Sorry for the wait! Hopefully this helps. :)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLs52r3UCls&feature=youtu.be

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  18. You are such a rock star. I can finally try knitting a hat!

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    1. Yay! Please let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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  19. Love the pattern couldn't wait to start it, your printer friendly used up all my ink on the pictures of the hat and by the time I got to first page there was no ink left. I would recommend you limit the amount of pictures to spare the ink. Just a suggestion. Thanks for sharing your patterns

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    1. Hi Doris!

      I'm sorry to hear that happened! However, printerfriendly gives you the option to delete any element you don't want to print... so next time, just delete 'em all before you print! :)

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