Sometime around mid-January, I like to play this pretend game that winter is over and spring is here. It usually coincides with a warm front that brings rain, puddles and little glimpses of green grass in the yard. I like to wear my spring coat, my converse runners, and walk around blissfully unaware of the cold front that is about to strike.
Unfortunately, my dreams are quickly crushed with 15 cm of fresh snow and bitter cold. We are back to wearing winter parkas, toques (or hats for you non-Canadian peeps), and bulky winter boots. So, to help ease the blow, I made this adorable toddler slouch hat for my little munchkin. If we have to endure another couple months of this winter garbage, we can at least enjoy the cuteness of toddlers in hats.
For this hat I used (mostly) Patons Beehive Baby Chunky. I say mostly, because, sadly the colour selection in this brand is a little low. I love this yarn. It is so soft, so easy to work with, and it is the perfect level of chunkiness. However, the colour selection is a bit disappointing. I really hope they start bringing out more colours in this yarn!
For the grey portion of the hat, I used Bernat Softee Chunky. Another great yarn, but not quite as soft as the Beehive Baby. Thankfully, the different types of yarn didn’t affect the overall look of the hat, and only a seasoned crocheter would be able to notice the difference.
I do plan on publishing more sizes for this hat very soon! I would love to wear this hat myself, so women’s sizes are next on the agenda. The baby sizes will follow so I can make one for my little man coming in April. Although, I am really hoping we will be on to warmer weather by then!
Just a quick note for this pattern. I used a cluster stitch throughout the hat, for my instructions on how to do the cluster stitch, see my cluster stitch beanie post here. Also, I place the cluster stitch in the extra loop at the back of the half double crochet stitch, just like you would complete a camel stitch. See the picture below, or click here for a description in my camel stitch scarf post.
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Colour Block Slouch Hat – Toddler
What you will need:
- Three different yarn colours in a bulky weight yarn. I used: Bernat Softee Chunky in Grey Heather, Patons Beehive Baby Chunky in Better Beige and Lushest Lace.
- Size 5.00 mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- st – stitch
- ch – chain
- slst – slip stitch
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
Using first colour (grey in the pictures).
Row 1: hdc in the 2nd chain from hook. hdc in the next 4 st. (5 hdc)
Row 2-36: ch 1 to turn. hdc in each stitch across. (5 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 of the Hat:
Row 1: ch 1. sc 48 times evenly around the band. Join with a slst to the first sc. (48 sc)
NOTE: the ch 2 at the beginning of each cluster stitch 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 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). (24 cluster stitches)
Switch to second colour (better beige in the pictures).
Row 3: ch 1. hdc in each st around. Join with a slst to the first hdc. (48 hdc).
Row 4: ch 2. cluster stitch in the same st as the ch2. ch 1. *skip 1 st. cluster stitch in the extra loop at the back of the next st. ch 1.* repeat from * to * around. Join with slst to the first cluster stitch (NOT the top of your ch 2). (24 cluster stitches).
Row 5-8: repeat rows 3 and 4.
Switch to third colour (lushest lace in the pictures).
Row 9-12: repeat rows 3 and 4.
Row 13-14: repeat row 4.
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. Attach a pom pom in your first colour.
I feel like the pattern of this hat makes it sound much more complicated than it was, so if you have any
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