Simple Slouchy Hat Knitting Pattern : Chipper

This is a simple slouchy hat knitting pattern offering a little more of a challenge than a stockinette stitch hat, but still a beginner hat knitting pattern.


Available Sizes: One

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

Styles: One, Slouchy

Pattern Format: Written Pattern, No Chart

Pattern Language: English

Skill Level: Beginner

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Knit in the Round

Knit & Purl Stitches

Decrease Stitch



Yarn Weight: Super Bulky

Yardage: 90 – 100 yards {83 – 92 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


Yarn Substitutes:

Cascade Lana Grande

Lang Yarns Virginia

Phildar Phil Alaska

Rowan Big Wool Yarn

MillaMia Super Chunky

Read more about yarn substitutions here {+ video}.



Measurements: 9″ Wide x 13 1/2″ {23cm x 34cm}

Gauge: 10 STS & 15 rounds per 4” {10cm} square, knit in the pattern below

Weight: 5.3oz {150g}



Not reversible.

Knit bottom up.

Knit using the knit & purl 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 “Knit & Purl Knit Stitch” video tutorial.


Pattern, Knit in the Round:

Using US 11 {8mm} circular knitting needles with a 16” {40cm} cable

CO 44 STS, PM, join in the round

Rounds 1-17: *K2, P2*

Switch to US 13 {9mm} circular knitting needles with a 16” {40cm} cable

Round 18: *K*

Round 19-20: *K1, P3*

Round 21&24: *K*

Round 22-23: P2, K1 *P3, K1* P1

Repeat rounds 19-23, 3 more times


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 37: [{K4, K2TOG x2} K5, K2TOG] x2 K4, K2TOG {-7 STS 37 STS remaining}

Round 38: [{K3, K2TOG x2} K4, K2TOG] x2 K3, K2TOG {-7 STS 30 STS remaining}

Round 39: [{K2, K2TOG x2} K3, K2TOG] x2 K2, K2TOG {-7 STS 23 STS remaining}

Round 40: [{K1, K2TOG x2} K2, K2TOG] x2 K1, K2TOG {-7 STS 16 STS remaining}

Round 41: [{K2TOG x2} K1, K2TOG] x2, K2TOG {-7 STS 9 STS remaining} {remove stitch markers as you come to them}



Without binding-off, cut the yarn leaving a 10” 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}

DPNs – double pointed needles

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

STS – stitches




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