Equilibrium Slouch Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

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Equilibrium Slouch Hat

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Skill Level:

Intermediate

Abbreviations:

BL – back loop
ch(s)
– chain(s)
ch-sp – chain space
hdc – half double crochet
hdc dec – half double crochet decrease
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sp – space
st(s) – stitch(es)
t-ch – turning chain
() – indicates stitch counts
[] – work instructions as many times as directed
* – indicates instructions to be repeated

Gauge:

16 stitches & 7.2 rows = 4″ (in pattern stitch)

Finished Sizes:

  • 6-10 years – Fits 21″ head size
  • Adult Small – Fits 22″ head size
  • Adult Medium – Fits 23″ head size
  • Adult Large – Fits 24″ head size

Special Stitches:

V-Stitch (V-st):

  • Work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] into the indicated st.

Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • Sizing will vary depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet. If you would like to keep the sizing the same, please check your gauge before starting this project.
  • The main part of the hat is worked using a size I 5.5mm crochet hook for all sizes. The ribbing for this hat is worked using a size H 5mm crochet hook for all sizes.
  • This hat is worked in a continuous round. A stitch marker will come in handy for this project. Place the stitch marker into the last stitch of each round to mark your place.

Instructions:

6-10 Years:

Ribbing:

Leaving approximately a 12″ long tail, With Size H 5mm Hook,
Ch 9
Row 1:
1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each st across, turn. (8 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into the BL of the next 6 sts, 1 sc into the last st, turn. (8 sts)
Row 3-74: Repeat Row 2
Turn your work so that you are now working into the side of Rows 1-74, sc 74 sts evenly across, join in beginning sc. (74 sts)

Main Hat:

With Size I 5.5mm Hook

Round 1: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), sk the first st, sk the next st, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next st, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next st; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (74 sts)
Round 2: Sk the ch 3 and first dc, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (73 sts)
Round 3-11: Sk the first dc, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (73 sts)
Round 12: 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; 1 hdc into each remaining st around. (72 sts)
Round 13: *1 hdc into each of the next 7 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (64 sts)
Round 14: *1 hdc into each of the next 6 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (56 sts)
Round 15: *1 hdc into each of the next 5 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (48 sts)
Round 16: *1 hdc into each of the next 4 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (40 sts)
Round 17: *1 hdc into each of the next 3 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (32 sts)
Round 18: *1 hdc into each of the next 2 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 19: *1 hdc into the next st, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (16 sts)
Round 20: *1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. (8 sts)

Finish:

  • Turn the hat inside out.
  • Using the yarn tail from the ribbing and yarn needle, sew the ribbing together using the whip stitch method or mattress seam method.
  • Using long tail from the top of the hat and a yarn needle, close up the hole in the center of the hat by weaving the yarn through the front loop of each stitch of the last round. Pull the yarn taught to cinch the center closed and weave yarn around the center to close any gap that may remain.
  • If you are using a pom pom, place it into the center of the hat and sew into place using the pom pom strings. If your pom pom does not have strings and has an elastic band instead, you can sew a button onto the top of the inside of your hat and attach the pom pom to the button.
  • Weave in all remaining ends.
  • Turn hat right-side out.

Adult Small:

Ribbing:

Leaving approximately a 12″ long tail, With Size H 5mm Hook,
Ch 9
Row 1:
1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each st across, turn. (8 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into the BL of the next 6 sts, 1 sc into the last st, turn. (8 sts)
Row 3-81: Repeat Row 2
Turn your work so that you are now working into the side of Rows 1-81, sc 81 sts evenly across, join in beginning sc. (81 sts)

Main Hat:

With Size I 5.5mm Hook

Round 1: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), sk the first st, sk the next st, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next st, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next st; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (81 sts)
Round 2: Sk the ch 3 and first dc, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (80 sts)
Round 3-13: Sk the first dc, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (80 sts)
Round 14: *1 hdc into each of the next 8 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (72 sts)
Round 15: *1 hdc into each of the next 7 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (64 sts)
Round 16: *1 hdc into each of the next 6 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (56 sts)
Round 17: *1 hdc into each of the next 5 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (48 sts)
Round 18: *1 hdc into each of the next 4 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (40 sts)
Round 19: *1 hdc into each of the next 3 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (32 sts)
Round 20: *1 hdc into each of the next 2 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 21: *1 hdc into the next st, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (16 sts)
Round 22: *1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. (8 sts)

Finish:

  • Turn the hat inside out.
  • Using the yarn tail from the ribbing and yarn needle, sew the ribbing together using the whip stitch method or mattress seam method.
  • Using long tail from the top of the hat and a yarn needle, close up the hole in the center of the hat by weaving the yarn through the front loop of each stitch of the last round. Pull the yarn taught to cinch the center closed and weave yarn around the center to close any gap that may remain.
  • If you are using a pom pom, place it into the center of the hat and sew into place using the pom pom strings. If your pom pom does not have strings and has an elastic band instead, you can sew a button onto the top of the inside of your hat and attach the pom pom to the button.
  • Weave in all remaining ends.
  • Turn hat right-side out.

Adult Medium:

Ribbing:

Leaving approximately a 12″ long tail, With Size H 5mm Hook,
Ch 11
Row 1:
1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each st across, turn. (10 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into the BL of the next 8 sts, 1 sc into the last st, turn. (10 sts)
Row 3-85: Repeat Row 2
Turn your work so that you are now working into the side of Rows 1-85, sc 85 sts evenly across, join in beginning sc. (85 sts)

Main Hat:

With Size I 5.5mm Hook

Round 1: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), sk the first st, sk the next st, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next st, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next st; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (85 sts)
Round 2: Sk the ch 3 and first dc, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (84 sts)
Round 3-14: Sk the first dc, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (84 sts)
Round 15: *1 hdc into each of the next 11 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around, 1 hdc into each of the next 6 sts, 2 hsc into the last st. (80 sts)
Round 16: *1 hdc into each of the next 8 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (72 sts)
Round 17: *1 hdc into each of the next 7 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (64 sts)
Round 18: *1 hdc into each of the next 6 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (56 sts)
Round 19: *1 hdc into each of the next 5 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (48 sts)
Round 20: *1 hdc into each of the next 4 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (40 sts)
Round 21: *1 hdc into each of the next 3 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (32 sts)
Round 22: *1 hdc into each of the next 2 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 23: *1 hdc into the next st, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (16 sts)
Round 24: *1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. (8 sts)

Finish:

  • Turn the hat inside out.
  • Using the yarn tail from the ribbing and yarn needle, sew the ribbing together using the whip stitch method or mattress seam method.
  • Using long tail from the top of the hat and a yarn needle, close up the hole in the center of the hat by weaving the yarn through the front loop of each stitch of the last round. Pull the yarn taught to cinch the center closed and weave yarn around the center to close any gap that may remain.
  • If you are using a pom pom, place it into the center of the hat and sew into place using the pom pom strings. If your pom pom does not have strings and has an elastic band instead, you can sew a button onto the top of the inside of your hat and attach the pom pom to the button.
  • Weave in all remaining ends.
  • Turn hat right-side out.

Adult Large:

Ribbing:

Leaving approximately a 12″ long tail, With Size H 5mm Hook,
Ch 11
Row 1:
1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each st across, turn. (10 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into the BL of the next 8 sts, 1 sc into the last st, turn. (10 sts)
Row 3-91: Repeat Row 2
Turn your work so that you are now working into the side of Rows 1-91, sc 91 sts evenly across, join in beginning sc. (91 sts)

Main Hat:

With Size I 5.5mm Hook

Round 1: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), sk the first st, sk the next st, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next st, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next st; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (91 sts)
Round 2: Sk the ch 3 and first dc, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (90 sts)
Round 3-16: Sk the first dc, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp, *sk the next 2 sts, work 3 dc into the next st, sk the next 2 sts, work 1 V-st into the next ch-sp; Repeat from * around, 1 dc into the last st. (90 sts)
Round 17: *1 hdc into each of the next 8 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (81 sts)
Round 18: *1 hdc into each of the next 7 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (72 sts)
Round 19: *1 hdc into each of the next 6 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (63 sts)
Round 20: *1 hdc into each of the next 5 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (54 sts)
Round 21: *1 hdc into each of the next 4 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (45 sts)
Round 22: *1 hdc into each of the next 3 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (36 sts)
Round 23: *1 hdc into each of the next 2 sts, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (27 sts)
Round 24: *1 hdc into the next st, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 25: *1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts; Repeat from * around, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. (9 sts)

Finish:

  • Turn the hat inside out.
  • Using the yarn tail from the ribbing and yarn needle, sew the ribbing together using the whip stitch method or mattress seam method.
  • Using long tail from the top of the hat and a yarn needle, close up the hole in the center of the hat by weaving the yarn through the front loop of each stitch of the last round. Pull the yarn taught to cinch the center closed and weave yarn around the center to close any gap that may remain.
  • If you are using a pom pom, place it into the center of the hat and sew into place using the pom pom strings. If your pom pom does not have strings and has an elastic band instead, you can sew a button onto the top of the inside of your hat and attach the pom pom to the button.
  • Weave in all remaining ends.
  • Turn hat right-side out.

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