Druthers Slouchy by Fiona Oliver

Druthers Slouchy

February 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Brim Stitch Pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
219 yards (200 m)
Small, Medium, Large (to fit head circumferences of 21, 22, 24 inches/53.3, 56, 61 cm
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About this design
Some heads are fussier than others when it comes knitting the perfect gift beanie.

  • Does my friend want a slouchy fit hat or does he/she want something with a more conventional beanie fit?
  • Does my friend like lots of nubby texture or does he/she prefer a smoother pattern?
  • Does my friend want the luxury of choice – a slouchy beanie that can be suitable for all occasions?

If you have found yourself pondering these sorts of questions in the past and then given up because you’re not sure and you don’t want to spoil the surprise by asking your friend, then happy days are here. The Druthers Slouchy Beanie is fully reversible and can be styled in four (that’s right, count ‘em) different ways that should satisfy even the fussiest wearer.

  1. Fold up the brim to give a traditional beanie fit. You’ll get a lovely chained cable look paired with a chunky rough rib brim.
  2. Turn it inside out, and fold up the brim again and now you’ll have a smooth wavy look paired with a faux cable rib brim.
  3. Forget about folding the brim and just pop on your beanie for a lovely floppy slouchy. Right side out will give you the chained cable look paired with the faux cable rib.
  4. Want to ring the changes, turn the slouchy inside out and ét voila, now you have the lovely wavy pattern paired with the chunky rough rib brim.

All you need to do is pick the perfect colour in the perfect yarn … OK, that can be tricky too but I’m not going to go there ☺!

And in case you’re wondering what druthers means, here’s what the Oxford Dictionary has to say:

NOUN usually one’s druthers (North American informal)

One’s preference in a matter

‘if I had my druthers, I would prefer to be a writer’

Small - To fit head circumference of approximately 53.3 cm/21 ins. Finished circumference equals 47cm/18 ½ ins. Design includes approximately 6.4 cm/2 ½ ins negative ease. Finished length excluding brim is 16.5 cm/6.5 ins.

Medium - To fit head circumference of approximately 56 cm/22 ins. Finished circumference equals 50.6 cm/20 ins. Design includes approximately 5 cm/2 ins negative ease. Finished length excluding brim is 19 cm/7 ½ ins.

Large - To fit head circumference of approximately 61cm/24 ins. Finished circumference equals 54 cm/21 1/3 ins. Design includes approximately 6.3 cm/2.5 ins negative ease. Finished length excluding brim is 22.2 cm/8 ¾ ins.

Instructions for the two larger sizes are given in brackets.

24 st x 30 rows over 10 cm/4 inches in Brim Stitch Pattern knitted in the round using 4.00 mm (US size 6, UK size 8) circular needles and wet blocked. A close match for tension is important for this pattern in order to ensure a good fit.

Approximately 100g of any double knit/8 ply yarn that knits to match the required tension gauge (equivalent to 200 metres/219 yards). Some 50g balls of double knit/8 ply yarn contain less than 100 metres/109 yards, so please check the label and buy an extra ball if you think that you will run short of yarn. The two smaller sizes use less than 100g of yarn, so 2 x 50g balls should be enough.

3.75 mm (US size 5, UK size 9) and 4.00 mm (US size 6, UK size 8) double pointed needles or one 40 cm/16 ins circular needle or two 61 cm/24 ins circular needles or one 80 cm/32 ins or 100 cm/40 ins circular needle or a combination of these needles.

Tapestry/darning needle.
Stitch marker.

The Pattern
This pattern includes written and charted instructions as well as links to video tutorials for most of the techniques used in the design.

Please send all questions to capitalKNITS@icloud.com.