Slouchy Is In

To make our office-sharing-situation good from the start, I asked my soon-to-be roomie, Lauren, if she’d like a hand knit hat.  She was happier about it than I expected and asked if it could be green.  Luck would have it, I had a nice little stash of green comfy cotton at home.  She had no other preference than to be “a little slouchy in the back.”  So I dug through my queue on Ravelry and decided on a pattern I thought would work great with the yarn and her request for slouchy.

The working of K2togs and PSSOs give the hat a fun, swirly texture.  Of course, those same K2togs and PSSOs gave me a headache because I started this hat three times.  The first two times I successfully ribbed the start of the hat but then it went down hill in a hurry.  I couldn’t figure out how so many people on Ravelry “love this pattern” and had “knitted this eight times now.”  The problem wasn’t the pattern but rather the knitter.  (Not a shocker, folks.)  Something about not having the right number of stitches to repeat in the pattern. But I’m a smart cookie.  And third time’s a charm.   And the finished piece was perfect.

And of course, I made Lauren model it for me.

Slouchy Cap

Slouchy Cap

It looks really good on – and with Lauren’s blonde curls sneaking out the sides, it works for her style.  It was made for her.  Literally.  Because I made it.  Whatever, it just works.  Now that I know the pattern, I want to call a rematch and cast on a second one because I know there would be no hiccups.  But now the problem is finding time to knit.

*Pattern: Ballard Slouch Hat by Felicia Lo, free download on

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March 27, 2012 - 8:59 am

Susan - That is gorgeous! It looks great on Lauren. Love it!

March 27, 2012 - 9:29 am

Rachel - Looks great! I have tried two different hats now. One I started on several times and even tried smaller hooks. Still ended up being way too big! I then made another hat – more similar to the style of this one you did – and I almost made it too small! But luckily my sisters head is smaller than most! I think I will stick to purses and stuffed things – much better at that!

March 27, 2012 - 9:53 am

Christy - Oh my gosh! I love it! I need to learn to knit – it’s so useful & beautiful!

March 27, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - There’s magic in your knitting needles!

March 27, 2012 - 4:32 pm

katie o. - I have one that looks just like that! And it’s green too. Totally can’t go wrong with green. You did a great job. I’m so totally impressed by your knitting skills.

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