twistedBurl Slouchy Hat – Free Pattern

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This week’s creation was totally one of necessity. I have been struggling through this fall season with only one hat and I had reached my breaking point. I know, I know. I’m supposed to be creating patterns *and* getting holiday gifts done (two birds, one stone & all that) but I just couldn’t take it any more. And I am so glad that I used my own desperation as inspiration because this hat turned out great! I wanted a slouchy simple hat that is easy to wear and twistedBurl fits the bill perfectly.

The slouch on this hat is pretty mild because I don’t think I’m quite cool enough to pull off the full slouchy hat. So if you want an extreme slouch you’ll need to add more rows before you start the decreases — I’d recommend one extra loop through the pattern rows 1-10. Oh! One more pattern note, I intentionally worked this pattern on needles that are a little big for the yarn so that the fabric created would be a little floppy. So if you want a chunkier hat then use a bulkier yarn on the same size needles. ;)

This pattern is #5 of the 14 free weekly patterns that I will be posting here on this blog.
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Yarn: Lion Brand – Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton, 1 skein
Needles: Size 10 circular (16” or 24”), Size 10 dpns  (or needed to obtain gauge)
Gauge: 3.5 sts & 4 rows per inch in Stockinette Stitch

p3tog: purl next 3 sts together
k2tog: knit next 2 sts together
ssk: sl1 knit-wise, sl1 knit-wise, slip these 2 sts back to left needle & knit together through back loop.
m1: Insert the left needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the two stitches, pull this strand up and put it on the right needle, knit through the back loop of this strand

<the following twists are easily done without a cable needle by using this method>
RT: slip st to cable needle & hold in back of work,
k off left needle, k st off cable needle.
LT: slip st to cable needle & hold in front of work,
k st off left needle, k  off cable needle.

Cast on 65 sts

Work 6 rows in 3×2 rib (k3, p2 to end)

Increase row:  *k9, m1* repeat to 2 sts from end, k2

Set-up row: *p2, k6, p2, k2* repeat to end.

Work Pattern:

Row 1: *p2, RT, k2, LT, p2, k2* to end
Row 2: *p2, k2, RT, k2, p2, RT* to end
Row 3: *p2, k6, p2, k2* to end
Row 4: * p2, k1, RT, LT, k1, p2, k2* to end
Row 5: *p2, k6, p2, RT* to end
Row 6: *p2, RT, k2, LT, p2, k2* to end
Row 7: *p2, k2, LT, k2, p2, k2* to end
Row 8: *p2, k6, p2, k2* to end
Row 9: *p2, k1, RT, LT, k1, p2, k2* to end
Row 10: *p2, k6, p2, k2* to end

Repeat rows 1-10
Work rows 1-4 again

<switch to dpns when needed>

Row 1: *p2, k6, p2, k2tog* to end   (66 sts)
Row 2: *p2, RT,k2, LT, p2, k1* to end
Row 3: p2, *k2, LT, k2, p1, p3tog, p1* to end
the last *p3tog & p1* will use the first two   stitches of the next row. ( 54 sts)
Row 4: *k6, p3* to end
Row 5: *k1, RT, LT, k1, p3* to end
Row 6: *k6, p3* to end
Row 7: *RT, k2, LT, p3tog* to end  (42 sts)
Row 8: *k2, RT, k2, p1* to end
Row 9: *k6, p1* to end
Row 10: *k1, RT, LT, k1, p1* to end
Row 11: *k2, k2tog, k2, p1* to end  (36 sts)
Row 12: *RT, k1, LT, p1* to end
Row 13: *k5, p1* to end
Row 14: *k2tog, k1, ssk, p1* to end  (24 sts)
Row 15: *k3tog, p1* to  end (12 sts)

Cut yarn, thread through live sts and pull to close. Weave in ends. Enjoy!

You may use this pattern to create items for your own personal use but may not create items for sale
nor shall you include said pattern in a kit for sale, without the designer’s permission. Thank you!

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  1. Rachel says:

    I loved how this hat looked so had a go at making it, BUT I would say that an extra run of rows 1-10 is absolutely necessary. I just followed the pattern as is and the hat turned out with absolutely no slouch and so small that it barely fits my head! Having another go with some extra rows this time; hopefully it works out :)

    • jenny says:

      Hi Rachel –

      Thanks so much for the comment. I have plans to knit this hat again soon and when I do I’ll play with the extra rows. :)

      Thanks again,

  2. chelsea sherman says:

    Can you please explain the increase row to me. I don’t quite understand. I’d greatly appreciate!! Great pattern by the way!!

  3. Kim mikesmom says:

    This increase row has to be wrong as there are 5 stiches left at the end of the increase row. Please clear this up.

    • jenny says:

      Hiya Kim,
      The increase row on this pattern is correct. You should have 65sts on the needle before you complete that row. You will be repeating the pattern *k9, m1*, knit 9sts, make 1 st. You will repeat this 7 times and you will have 2 stitches left over. If you are confused by the make you only count the knit stitches since the m1 st is a stitch you are creating & not part of the 65 sts you already have on the needle.

      The math looks like this — 65-2=63, 63/9=7. :)

      I just noticed the M1 is not described on this pattern, for some reason. I’ll add it, but you can use whatever increase you prefer.

      Hope that helps,