Sloucher by Tracy Rolling
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November 2009
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
baby, child, adult, rasta
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This hat is totally adorable in all sizes. I worked long and hard on this one, to make it really perfect. There is no cardboard in the lovely, curved peak. It keeps its shape by magic.

The basic stitch for the hat is the feathers and fans lace stitch, which is one of my favorites. It is simple and creates a really interesting texture in the fabric.

If you make it in red, the hat looks an awful lot like a strawberry.

The pattern comes with written instructions and also a couple charts for the more visual types.

head circumferences

  • The baby size is pretty small. About 50 cm around. It looks good on most kids up to age 2.
  • The kid size is about 52 cm around, but pretty stretchy. I can wear the kid size and I have a 54-cm head.
  • The adult size fits a head about 54 cm around, and up.

The Aran-weight yarn I used for this pattern is on the heavier side of Aran, so if you use a worsted weight or a thinner Aran, it will come out small. It’s best to swatch for gauge.

Bind off loosely!

Tips for Finishing

  • Line up the top of the peak bind offs, so the facing is centered with the outside. Use a cable needle or something to pin them together.
  • Start at one of the corners. Take your long thread and attach the bottom corner to the spot on the hat where the peak starts. Don’t loop the thread around and around. That will make your seam bulky and sticky-outy and lumpy. Instead, you want to pick up one stitch just under the edge of the bind off on the facing, then a stitch more or less across from it on the peak itself. Then pick up one single stich just under the BO on the peak and get the one across from it on the facing. Repeat this, keeping it fairly loose, but not loopy, up to the top bind offs. You’ll close those last.
  • Now go to the other corner and do the same thing.
  • Close up the top of the peak and then press.

A lot of the elegence comes in your seam and careful pressing. When you attach the facing to the inside of the hat, do not pull the thread all the way through the hat. Just pick up stitches on the ribbing and keep it loose. You’re just basting.

If you have any questions, just ping me and I will get back to you with pleasure.