Fiddle Knits Designs

A casual knit hat pattern

From the Sweet Treats Collection

Skill Level: Easy

When I spied this yarn in my local yarn shop I knew it must come home with me. Being the ice cream junkie that I am, I had immediately been struck by a craving for an ice cream sundae, but the yarn was far less calories, so my purchase was rationalized as a means of weight loss. When I held the skein in my hands it kept telling me “hat.” I fought the urge for a little while, but eventually I conceded, realizing that the yarn was right. A simple hat would be a great way to show off the colors that had first attracted me to this skein.

Everyone needs to have a few simple yet effective patterns to fall back on when you just need to let your mind wander. The Sundae Slouch Hat is just such a design.

Sundae is worked from the bottom up in simple garter and stockinette stitch. Techniques used include knitting and purling in the round, make one increases, and decreases (see Stitch Guide for instructions). Simple, repetitive stitches makes this a good design for a knitter who is just learning to work in the round.

  • Decreases (instructions provided)
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Make 1 increases (instructions provided)
  • Working in the round

1 (1) skein Noro, Taiyo
[40% cotton/30% silk/15% nylon/15% wool; 100g; 220yd; aran weight], Color #01.

US size 10/6mm 16” circular needle.
US size 10/6mm dpns, or preferred needles for working in the rnd.
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

14 sts & 20 rnds = 4” in stockinette stitch.

Stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Finished Sizes (around bottom edge)
18 (20.5) inches

To Fit Sizes
Adult S/M (20–22”); Adult M/L (22–24”)

Hats should fit with approximately 2” of negative ease to prevent sagging. Adjust inches of ease depending on how slouchy you like your hats.
free slouch hat pattern

Photos by Rick Jackofsky
Modeled by Erica Jackofsky

Terms and Abbreviations
The definitions pf all knitting terms and abbreviations can be found on the Stitch Guide page.

The Pattern

With circular needles, cast on 64 (72) sts.

Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: Purl.
*Repeat these 2 rnds twice more.

Knit 5 rnds.
Inc Rnd: [K8 (9), M1L] 8 times — 72 (80) sts.

Knit every rnd until hat measures:
5 (6) inches from cast on edge for beanie, or: 6.5 (7) inches from cast on edge for slouch hat.

Crown Decreases

Change to dpns when necessary.

Rnd 1: [K7 (8), skp] 8 times. Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: [K6 (7), skp] 8 times. Rnd 4: Knit.

Rnd 5: [K5 (6), skp] 8 times. Rnd 6: [K4 (5), skp] 8 times. Rnd 7: [K3 (4), skp] 8 times. Rnd 8: [K2 (3), skp] 8 times. Rnd 9: [K1 (2), skp] 8 times.

Size S/M 18” only Rnd 10: Skp 8 times.

Cut yarn and pull through remaining 8 sts on needles. Block as necessary.

Size M/L 20.5” only Rnd 10: [K1, skp] 8 times.

Rnd 11: Skp 8 times.
Cut yarn and pull through remaining 8 sts on needles.

Design Copyright Erica Jackofsky • Fiddle Knits Designs 
All Rights Reserved • October 2010
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Model: Erica Jackofsky / Photos: Rick Jackofsky