Simplest Slouchy Hat - Free Crochet Pattern for Beginners

This slouchy hat is simple, adorable and easily customizable-and so it belongs in my very popular "Crochet Basics" series.  These patterns are written to be super simple so that they are perfect for learning, teaching, selling and gifting!  If you have a long list of people who get crocheted gifts this holiday season, this hat would be a great project to add to your repertoire.

You will notice that my Double Crochet Hat pattern came in 10 sizes-and this one only has four.  Why is that?  A few reasons.

  1. Slouchy hats probably don't work the best for babies with no head control, so I eliminated the smallest sizes. This pattern starts to fit right around the 12 month mark.

  2. Slouchy hats are super forgiving! It doesn't really matter exactly how long they are (as opposed to the exact fit we try to get with a beanie). This means there is a lot of wiggle room with the sizing!

I have included finished measurements for each size so that you can decide which is best for your project.



Ch: chain

sl st: slip stitch

HDC: Half double crochet

BLO: back loop only



8 rows x 16 sts = 4" square


Finished Size:

Diameter/Length (not including pom pom)

Infant: 7"/11"

Toddler: 8"/12.5"

Child: 9"/14"

Adult: 10"/15.5"


Pattern Notes

Chain stitches at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch

This pattern is very forgiving in size and can be easily adjusted.  2 rows adds or subtracts 1" from the circumference.  The length can be adjusted by adding or subtracting ch sts from your foundation row.


Ch 43, 49, 55, 61 (Infant, Toddler, Child, Adult)

Row 1: HDC in second chain from hook (42, 48, 54, 60)

Row 2: Ch 1, HDC in BLO across.

Continue crocheting back and forth in rows until you reach your desired size:

  • Infant: 32 rows

  • Toddler: 36 rows

  • Child: 38 rows

  • Adult: 40 rows

You essentially just crocheted a rectangle.  Fold the rectangle so that the first and last row are touching.  Working through both layers, sl st across to seam the rows together (forming a large tube).  Tie off yarn leaving a long tail.

Use your tail and a yarn needle to weave the yarn in and out of the top edge of the hat.  Pull tight to cinch the top of the hat shut and tie off.  Make you pom pom and attach it to the top of the hat.  Weave in all ends.  The bottom of the hat can be cuffed or not depending on your preference.

That's it!  That's the whole simple and stylish pattern.  It is so easy, and the results are so cute!

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