Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure

Sockhead Slouch Hat

May 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
155 - 415 yards (142 - 379 m)
baby, child, teen, adult small, medium, large, extra-large
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This slouchy, comfy hat is the perfect project for that one skein of sock yarn that is way too special to put on your feet. Fair warning: there is miles of stockinette stitch, so this makes for great TV, travel or zen knitting.

The hat is simply constructed from the bottom to the crown. It is made up of a wide ribbed brim that folds up for extra warmth while the rest flops and folds over. The body of the hat is knit on short circular needles and the crown is closed up with double-pointed needles.

This seamless, unisex hat now has seven sizes (baby - adult extra-large). The pattern is very versatile, so go ahead and get creative!

Skill Level

Skills knit, purl, decreases

Sizes baby, child, teen, adult small, medium, large, extra-large

Finished Measurements
• adult medium is approx 23 cm/9” wide and 35 cm/14“ tall lying flat (unfolded); see chart in PDF for other sizes

• approx 32 sts and 46 rows = 10 cm/4” in St stitch on 3 mm/US 2.5
• approx 28 sts = 10 cm/4“ in St st on 2.75 mm/US 2 as given on ball band

Yarn fingering weight alpaca blend

Suggested Brand
• 1 skein Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn
• 50% alpaca, 30% merino, 10% nylon, 10% silk
• 400 m (437 yds) per 100 g
• shown in colour 07 Miriam

Note: You may use any 100 g skein of fingering - sock - 4-ply yarn…see chart in PDF for amounts.

• 3 mm 40 cm (US 2.5 16”) circs
• 3 mm 40 cm (US 2.5) dpns
or size needed to obtain gauge

Notes: US 2.5 needles can be hard to find - you can use a US 3 instead. Some knitters prefer to use a smaller size needle for the ribbed brim only (like a 2.5 mm/US 2).

Other Materials
• tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook (for weaving in ends), stitch marker

Looking for a matching cowl? Try the Sockhead Cowl!

Or maybe some matching gloves: Pioneer Gloves!


BOR = beginning of round
circ(s) = circular needle(s)
CO = cast on
dpn(s) = double pointed needle(s)
dec(s) = decrease(s)
K = knit
K2tog = knit two stitches together (decrease)
m = marker
P = purl
patt = pattern
pm = place marker
rem = remaining
rep = repeat
rnd(s) = round(s)
sl m = slip marker
st(s) = stitche(s)
St st = stockinette stitch / stocking stitch
tog = together