Thursday, December 12, 2013

Slouchy knitted beanie knock-off

It is dangerous to let your children browse Pinterest.
When mine do then it usually turns into another project for me.

Daughter #1 saw this cap and wanted it.
Slouchy Knit Oversized Beanie Cap Hat.  Ribbed band, then in the round knit, a couple rows of purl, then rib again, and repeat.  Super easy!

At $14 it wasn't a bad price, but when I said we could make one she looked at me a little incredulously.  I've made many a knit cap using circular needles and I knew I could come awfully close to this style.

I made a practice one with some yarn from her stash and came up with the pattern adapted from the cap pattern I usually use.

Here's the first prototype modeled by my youngest daughter who has also commandeered this hat.

The yarn I used was junk, to be quite honest.  But is was a freebie and it worked just fine for practice. It is just really stiff once it is made up and so it doesn't really slouch.  Although, the pattern allows for some great stretch to accommodate a ponytail underneath.

Top view of crown shaping

On the second hat (that goes to daughter #1) we decided that 6 rows of ribbing instead of 4 was better for the edge.

Detail of pattern

And this yarn was a bit softer and slouches better.

Slouchy Knit Hat

Finished hat circumference 20” and from edge to top.

Size 8 – 16” circular needles
Size 8 double-pointed needles

Cast on 84 sts.

Ribbing:Join and work 6 rnds in k1, p1 rib.

Body of Hat:
*Knit 3 rnds. 
Purl 5 rnds
Knit 3 rnds.
Work 3 rnds in k1, p1, rib.*
Repeat above section between (* *)  2 more times.

Knit 1 round

Shape crown, working decs as follows, changing to dpns when necessary.

Rnd 1: *k2tog, k4; rep from * -70 sts.
Rnd 2, 4, 6, 8 knit
Rnd 3: *k2tog, k3; rep from * -56 sts.
*Start using Dpns at Round 5
Rnd 5: *k2tog, k2; rep from * -42 sts.
Rnd 7: *k2tog, k1; rep from * -28 sts.
Rnd 9: *k2tog; rep from * -14 sts.
Rnd 10: k2tog 7 times -7 sts.

Cut yarn. With tapestry needle, run tail through remaining 7 stitches and fasten off. Weave in ends.

My suggestion for a slouchy-ier hat would be to add to the purl rounds and/or to the ribbing rounds.  Give it a bit more length and then therefore more slouch.
Add another section repeat (for a total of 4) if you like your hat really slouchy.

I'm working on #3 for me.  Love the green.

Enjoy! And stay warm.
We've got 20's today and it feels balmy compared to our past week of sub zero wind chill temps.


  1. I love that hat pattern. I'm sure it is quite warm, too. I've never mastered that talent but maybe someday, or not. M

  2. Love this hat and I would love to knit it for my daughter. Could you please tell me what weight yarn you used. Thank you, Michele

  3. Great pattern, I'm now making the first of a few. Thank you so much for sharing

  4. Darling, but could we have gauge and weight of yarn please?

    1. Just a guess, but since she is using size US-8 needles, the weight would more than likely be (4) Worsted weight yarn.

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    3. Sorry took me so long to reply. I normally use worsted yarn. It has been such a long time since I made this hat I really have no idea what yarn I used; however, I normally use something like Red Heart Soft. That would work up really nice and slouch well.

  5. Yes, please share the yarn weight......Worsted(4) or DK(3), or Fingering(2), or Sock weight(1)??????

  6. Great pattern. I love both sides of the hat! Thx for sharing. :)



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