I’ve been Googling crochet slouchy hat patterns for a while and never managed to find quite the right one for me.
The key was that the hat should be made from a thick chunky yarn and would wash and age well. It also had to have a relatively quick build and easy stitch sequence.
I’ve developed the following slouchy hat pattern and after 5 pull down and re-works I’m pretty happy with the end result.
The hat should take around 3 hours to complete. You will need 100 metres of super chunky wool and hook sizes: L (8mm) and Q (15.75mm).
I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n Quick – Charcoal (149) – 170 from Wool Warehouse.
sc: single crochet – Insert hook under both loops, yarn over, pull yarn
through stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through both loops on hook.
sc2tog: single crochet two stitches together – Insert hook into front loop of stitch then insert hook into front loop of next stitch yarn over then draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Row 1: ch 9. sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across (8 sc). If you are more experienced you can try the foundation single crochet (fsc), which I absolutely love. Details of this can be found here.,
Row 2: ch 1, turn. sc in both loops in first stitch, SC in back loop only next 6 stitches, sc in both loops in the last stitch.
By only crocheting into the back loops of each row you create a natural rib effect which gives the hat some stretch; ensuring a nice comfy fit.
Row 3-40 same at row 2.
Assembling the band
Join the ends of the band together to form a ring and sc through the stitches on each edge to join the piece together.
Turn the band inside out so the joining row sits on the inside [which will then be hidden when you wear the hat]
You will see that at the top of each rib  there forms a natural hole, it is this hole that we will be using to build the body of the hat.
Building the Hat
Please note that rows are not joined, keep crocheting around continuously. Use a stitch marker to keep track of your rows.
Using your larger hook [15.75mm] ch 1.
Round 1: 2 sc in each of the holes discussed earlier at the end of each rib, you will end up with 40 sc.
Round 2 sc2tog, sc 1, repeat times 10 until you have 30 stitches.
Rounds 3 – 10: [2sc in first stitch, skip next stitch] repeat.
Round 11: Decrease 30 -20 [sc2tog, sc] repeat x10.
Round 12: Decrease 20-10 [sc2tog ] repeat x 10.
Leave yourself a 6 inch piece of yarn to draw up through the 10 stitches and pull together in a drawstring effect, fasten off.
Enjoy and wear!