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Available Sizes: One

Size: 20 – 22″ {51 – 56cm} Head Circumference

Styles: One, Slouchy

Pattern Format: Written Pattern, No Chart

Pattern Language: English

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

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Knit in the Round

Knit & Purl Stitches

Increase Stitch

Decrease Stitches

Cable Stitch



Yarn Weight: Super Bulky

Yardage: 85 – 95 yards {78 – 87 meters}

Suggested Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick

Needle Size: US 11 {8mm} Circular Needles with a 16” {40cm} & 24”+ {60cm} Cable, or DPNs

Extras: Stitch Markers, Cable Needle

{Learn About Yarn Substitutes.}



Measurements: 9″ Wide x 11″ {23cm x 28cm}

Gauge: 13 STS & 14 rounds per 4” {10cm} square, knit in the pattern below

Weight: 5.3oz {150g}



Not reversible.

Knit bottom up.

Knit using the cable stitch.

Knit in the round with a circular needle.

When knitting in the round you’re always knitting the right side of your work.



Click here to watch the “How to Block a Hat” video tutorial.

Click here to watch the “How to Decrease for the Crown” video tutorial.

Click here to watch the “C4F” video tutorial.


Pattern, Knit in the Round:

Using US 11 {8mm} Circular Needles with a 16” {40cm}, or DPNs.

CO 44 STS, PM, join in the round.

Rounds 1, 3, 5: *P*

Rounds 2, 4: *K*

Round 6: *K4, INC1* K4 = Increase 10 STS for a total of 54 STS

Rounds: 7-31: *K4, P2, K1, P2*

EXCEPT Rounds 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32: *C4F, P2, K1, P2*


Note {Optional}:

When the stitches get too tight switch to DPNs or a longer cable and knit using the magic loop method.


Decrease for the crown:

Round 33: *K4, P2, K1, P2TOG, PM*

Round 34: *K4, P2TOG, K1, P1, SM*

Round 35: *K4, P1, K1, P1, SM*

Round 36: *C4F, P1, K1, P1, SM*

Round 37: *K2TOG, K2, P1, K1, SM*

Round 38: *K1, K2TOG, P1, K1, P1, SM*

Round 39: *K2TOG, P1, K1, P1, remove stitch marker*



Without binding-off, cut the yarn leaving a 10” {25cm} tail, pull it through the remaining STS, push through the top hole to the inside and then weave in the ends.



To block this hat I use a saucer. Like a teacup and saucer. ;) I put it inside the hat, so the bottom “swirl” is in the center of the saucer and the saucer is bulging outward, spritz it with some water, pat dry with a clean towel and let it dry overnight.



* – * – repeat between *

CO – cast-on {long-tail cast-on method}

C4F – cable4front {Transfer 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold it in the front of your work, knit the next 2 stitches and then knit the 2 stitches off the cable needle}

DPNs – double pointed needles

INC1 – make 1 stitch {I use a backwards loop}

K – knit stitches {K1 means to knit 1 stitch}

K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together

P – purl stitches {P2 means to purl 2 stitches}

PM – place stitch marker

P2TOG – purl 2 stitches together

SM – slip stitch marker

STS – stitches




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{FREE} Slouchy Hat Knitting Pattern : Optimistic