Freshman Slouch

This hat is my second entry into the My Mountain Man contest. I wanted to design something that had fun textures, but was still fairly simple..and, of course, perfect for the guys.
Freshman Slouch Hat Crochet Pattern

This contest is about the guys in our lives and the mountains they are facing; my oldest son just started high school this year, and we all know that's a mountain in itself. Slouch hats also happen to be his favorite here we have the Freshman Slouch!


The cool thing is, this slouch was designed so that the brim can be rolled up and the hat turned into a beanie!  

This patterns calls for Boston Original Yarn, which is a #5 wool blend. You can get it on sale HERE. Other great alternatives would be Lion Brand Alpine Wool, Cascade Superwash 128, and Bernat Roving. You can also use Boston Style for a fun twist!

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate


Boston Original

J Hook

Yarn Needle

Optional: Pom Pom Maker

10 sts x 6 r = 3”

Beginning chs do not count as sts unless otherwise indicated
This slouch is worked flat and then sewn to shape.
Written for size baby/toddler with changes for teen/adult in parenthesis

Fhdc = Foundation half double crochet
BBO = Back Bar Only – third loop of hdc
Lhdc = Long Hdc  - hdc in skp’d st indicated from a previous row


With A,
Row 1. Fhdc 29(34), ch 2, turn (29)[34]
Row 2. hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn (29)[34]
With B,
Row 3. hdc x 4, *ch 1, sk 1, hdc x 4* across, ch 2, turn
(24 hdc, 5 ch-1)[28 hdc, 6 ch-1]
With A,
Row 4. BBO hdc x 4, *Lhdc, BBO hdc x 4* across, ch 2, turn (24 hdc, 5 Lhdc)[28 hdc, 6 Lhdc]
Row 5. hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn (29)[34]
With B,
Row 6. hdc x 4, *ch 1, sk 1, hdc x 4* across, ch 2, turn (24 hdc, 5 ch-1)[28 hdc, 6 ch-1]
With A,
Row 7. BLO: hdc x 4, *Lhdc, BLO hdc x 4*across, ch 2, turn (24 hdc, 5 Lhdc)[28 hdc, 6 Lhdc]
Row 8. Repeat 2
With B,
Row 9. Repeat 3
With A,
Row 10. Repeat 4
Row 11. Repeat 5
With B,
Row 12. Repeat 6
With A,
Row 13. Repeat 7
Rows 14-(37)43. Repeat 2-7, leave long tail at the end of row 37(43)

Fold in half with WS facing out and sew row 37(43) to row 1.
Sc in the end of every row around. Leave a long tail and weave it in and out of the scs. Turn beanie inside out and pull tail tight to close up hole. Hold the opening like a bouquet and sew it closed by inserting needle into one side and pulling it through to the opposite side; repeat this step several times working from different insertion points to close up. Fasten off.
For a slouch: roll the brim up one full rotation. For a Beanie: roll the brim up two full rotations.
Optional: Add a pom pom or tassel to the top 

 I hope you have enjoyed this pattern! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments. I'd love it if you would add your finished projects to Ravelry so I can check them out!!

Make sure to check out my other submission into the My Mountain Man contest: Allagash Beanie. It's another freebie!

AND check out this Rainbow Mile Hat from Frogging Along. It's her submission in the My Mountain Man contest and it's also a FREE PATTERN
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Written Pattern © 2015 Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs. Please do not sell, share, or modify this pattern, but instead share the link to where the pattern can be found. You may sell items you make with this pattern. This pattern, as with all Blackstone Designs/Sonya Blackstone patterns, are not for educational use without written permission from the designer. 

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