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Crocheting a Basic Slouchy Beanie


I did it!

One failed attempt and three gauge swatches later, I crocheted the Basic Beanie from Crochet Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps.

Yes, three gauge swatches.

I wound up going down to an E hook.  I was surprised that was what it took for me to get the right gauge with a worsted weight yarn, but it did.  The crocheted result wasn't too dense (like I had feared) and the hat is nice and slouchy.

The hat is smaller than last time--meaning it fits on my head.  And this is how much yarn I have left over from my last hat attempt.

I'll just add that extra yarn to the half of a skein I have left.  Maybe it will turn into a cowl and then I can have a matching set this winter!  I've been knitting and crocheting for myself quite a bit lately, and I kind of don't want to stop now.  I love this yarn, I love this color, and it turns out I do love this pattern.

There's just six rounds of increases followed by several rounds of crocheting before a decrease round and the brim.  Crocheting in the back ridge of every round makes rows upon rows of circles and I absolutely love the look of it.  It's simple, but there's some elegance to the simplicity and I think this is just so pretty.


If I had some gradient yarn I wouldn't even be typing this right now because I'd be too busy crocheting this hat pattern all over again.  Actually I could, in theory, have time to crochet a hat and write a post about it.  This is a pretty straightforward project and I made my hat in about a day. 

I'm pretty excited about this bit of wooly happiness incarnate on my head this winter, but if I had it to do over again (but I won't, because that's THREE tries for one hat), I think I'd work even more straight rounds.  I might have actually skipped a few due to impatience, or maybe I was getting nervous about the size.  I should have known better.  I think the key in making slouchy hats is to work until you think the hat is pretty darn slouchy, and then work a few more rounds after that. And even taking that into consideration, I think this is just great.

As quickly as this practically crocheted itself up, I can see myself making a lot of Basic Beanies between now and next winter.

Especially now that I've got that gauge figured out.

2 thoughts on “Crocheting a Basic Slouchy Beanie”

  • Beth

    I am happy that it fits!!! My DD had the same trouble knitting that same hat. I think she finally finished it. (there was some starting over for her too). It looks really cute. Make them in several colors. Fun.

    • Jen

      Thanks, me too! Now that I'm set on the gauge, I think this pattern is a keeper because this is some excellent car crocheting. I hope your daughter *really* enjoys her hat once it's finished.

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