Cluster Stitch Beanie

This crochet hat pattern was inspired by one of my previous posts, the Puff Stitch Slouch Hat. The puff stitch hat was someone else’s pattern, and I loved it.  It was my go-to slouchy hat.  I love the way it falls and how fast I can whip one up.

I decided to change it up a bit by making a similar hat, but with a cluster stitch instead.  The cluster stitch is just a prettier stitch in my humble opinion.  It also doesn’t leave you with quite as large of gaps between the stitches, making this a warmer hat as well.

The lovely thing about this pattern is that it is so easy to adjust for “slouchiness”.  All you need to do is adjust the amount of rows in the hat to make the hat tighter or looser depending on your preference.  I chose to make the hat a little on the less slouchy side, and more like a beanie.  I haven’t quite decided if I can pull off the whole slouchy look just yet!

This pattern uses the cluster stitch.  Now, from my experience, everyone has a different idea of what a cluster stitch is.  So, here is the step-by-step break down of the cluster stitch you need for this hat:

Cluster stitch: Yarn over, put your hook through the stitch. Yarn over, pull through stitch. Yarn over, pull through 2. Yarn over, put your hook through the SAME stitch. Yarn over, pull through stitch. Yarn over, pull through 2. Yarn over, put your hook through the SAME stitch. Yarn over, pull through stitch. Yarn over, pull through 2. You should now have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through all 4.

It is essentially 3 double crochets together, but in the same stitch, so you aren’t decreasing.

This pattern is sized for an adult woman, but can be adapted easily by adding or removing rows in the initial band and in the body of the hat.  If you have a request for a specific size, let me know and I can prepare one for another post.

Enjoy the pattern! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I will respond as soon as I can.  If you can’t crochet, but you love the hat, click here to order one for yourself!

Cluster Stitch Slouch Hat

What you will need:

  • Approx 100 yards worsted weight (gauge 4) yarn – I used Patons Canadiana in Wine Heather (so soft and not itchy!)
  • Size 5.0 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends.

Abbreviations:

  • st – stitch
  • ch – chain
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • slst – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet

Gauge: 

3 cluster stitches (and the ch 1 space) = 2 ”

Ribbed Band:

ch 8

row 1: hdc in the 2nd st from hook. hdc in each ch st across. (7 hdc)

row 2-40: ch 1 to turn. hdc in each st across. (7 hdc)

Finishing: Bring the two short ends of the band together (check now to make sure the band is the desired length and adjust if needed). Join ends with a slst across so you can keep your yarn attached.

Body:

NOTE: the ch 2 at the beginning of each row counts as the first “double crochet” in your first cluster stitch, therefore, ensure you put the first cluster stitch in the same stitch as the ch 2, and only do the first two “double crochets” in the first cluster stitch. You will only have 3 loops on your hook when you pull through all the loops.

Row 1: ch 1. sc 52 times evenly around the band. Join with slst to the first sc. (52 sc)

Row 2: ch 2. cluster stitch in the same st as the ch 2. ch 1. *skip 1 st. cluster stitch in the next st. ch 1.* repeat from * to * around. Join with slst to the first cluster stitch (NOT the top of your ch 2). (26 cluster stitches)

Row 3-13: ch 2. cluster stitch in the same st as the ch 2. *ch 1. cluster stitch in the next cluster stitch.* repeat from * to * around. Join with slst to the first cluster stitch. (26 cluster stitches)

Finishing: 

Fasten off and turn your hat inside out.  Cut a 15″ piece of yarn and begin a running st through the sts at the top of the hat. Once you get back to where your yarn strand begins, pull the two yarn ends tight which will pinch your hat together.  Tie a tight knot.  Weave in all ends.

And there you have it, a perfect beanie OR slouchy hat to accessorize your winter outfits.  Feel free to add a pom pom if desired to give the hat a little something extra!

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~ Jess

 

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