Free Crochet Pattern: Slouchy Beanie

By Rachel Choi – 213 Comments

Update: Here is a link to the Crochet Pattern: Textured Slouchy Beanie – 5 Sizes. If you need more slouchy beanie sizes: baby, toddler, child, woman, and man, then that’s the pattern to try!

The slouchy beanie can be worn in many different styles. Slouch it to the front to form a floppy brim, slouch it to the back for a relaxed look, or to the side as a traditional beret. This beanie is able to fit my head, which is small, and my friend’s large head since it’s made to be loose and roomy. Just in case you find that it doesn’t fit the way you like, there are instructions for altering the beanie in the pattern. slouchy crochet beanie
Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: One size fits most adults

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 150 yards)
Crochet Hook I (5.5 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

11 dc = 3’’
4 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 3’’w x 2’’h (7.5cm x 5cm) ch 14.
Row 1: dc in forth ch from hook and in each ch across
Row 2 – 4: ch 3, turn, dc in each dc across
Finish off.

Crochet Pattern: Beanie
Round 1: ch 4, 12 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 12 dc
Round 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 24 dc
Round 3: ch 3, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 36 dc
Round 4: ch 3, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 48 dc
Round 5: ch 3, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc) around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 60 dc
Round 6: ch 3, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 72 dc
Round 7: ch 3, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc) around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 84 dc
Round 8 – 14: ch 3, dc in each dc around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 84 dc
Round 15: ch 3, (dc2tog, dc in next 5 dc) around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 72 dc
Round 16: ch 3, (dc2tog, dc in next 4 dc) around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 60 dc
Round 17: ch 3, (dc2tog, dc in next 3 dc) around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 48 dc
Note: by now the bottom of the beret should fit snugly above your ears. If it is too loose, add another round of decrease and if it is too tight, remove round 17.
Round 18 – 19: ch 3, dc in each dc around, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 48 dc
If you would like your beret to be longer, repeat the last round in the pattern as desired.

If you need additional help with crocheting the slouchy beret, let me know by leaving a comment!

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  1. chits says:

    beautiful beanie.i have started doin it.thanks for the pattern.would you please post a pattern for crocheting a socks .thanks

  2. Mich says:

    Thanks for making the pattern! I’ll start on this right away in black 😀

  3. Rachel says:

    Oh this is cute! And perfect for an upcoming long car ride this weekend. Thanks, I’ll be linking.

  4. Mich says:

    lol i just realized I probably sound gothic with all the things I say I’ll make in black
    I just have a huge thing of black yarn xD

  5. rhonda says:

    How do yo do it make patterns thanks for sharing them. Rhonda

  6. Bre' says:

    A couple of weeks ago I made a hat like this for my daughter that has super curly wild beautiful hair. She’s almost 2 years old and loves it, which is unusual because she hates hats. This allows breathing room for her hair and I also added a bill to shade the sun. Other parents love the look and she loves showing it off to the other little munchkins. It’s the cutest when she wears the bill to the side, slouched down in her stroller seat enjoying a stroll through the zoo.

  7. Anne says:

    Hey Mich, me too with the huge ball of back yarn. I started adding the colorful fun yarns to my black and use a bigger hook. Lots of positive response from everyone when I do that. Rainbow ribbon yarn works best for me. Happy crafting!

  8. jessi says:

    Great pattern. We are in our second day of winter and I can’t wait to use my new found crochet skills to make some warmies for this season.

  9. Jan Carter says:

    This hat looks so cute, Rachel. I haven’t crocheted for a while, but I may have to start hooking again to get this hat! Thanks for the pattern.

  10. gloria says:

    Rachel I do not understand the directions in round 1.

    Ch 4….and then 12 dc in ch 4 and then slip stitch in 3? Usually when I crochet a hat I chain 4, slip stitch and then do 12 dc in the center of ring……….so I am a bit confussed….

  11. Rachel says:

    Hey Gloria!

    You can do it as you normally do if you like! My directions are very similar to what you are used to doing.

    The difference is that instead of doing the 12 dc in the ring, you do it in the 4th ch from your hook (the first chain made). After that you slip stitch in the “ch-3” that is at the beginning to join the end of the circle to the beginning.

    Again, you can do it either way, which ever you are more comfortable with 🙂

    Let me know if you need more help.

  12. Sandi says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for the great pattern. I love working with larger needles, as it doesn’t hurt my hands as much.
    Finished the hat this morning – came out great! Used a light blue color.
    Might try it in black – as some others commented.

  13. Amy says:

    If I wanted to use a smaller thread, say a 2, how would you modify this pattern?

  14. Rachel says:

    Hi Amy!
    You can continue to increase your beanie (like round 1 -7) until it is as wide as you want it to be and then continue to crochet around it until it has as much depth as you want it (like round 8 – 14), and then decrease your beanie until it fits perfectly on your head.

  15. Hannah says:

    I love this hat pattern! I’m wearing the hat I made as I type. This pattern is easy and beautiful. Thanks for posting it!

  16. Amy says:

    Ok, on round 15-17 what does dc2tog mean? (Remember, I’m kinda new at this!) Thanks!

  17. Ash says:

    Hey Rachel,
    I really want to make a beanie just like this but I’m finding it a bit hard!
    Is there any chance you could maybe post a video of how you making it? Thanks 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      hey Ash!

      I would love to post a video, but I don’t have a video camera yet. Is there a particular part that you need help with? I can try to explain it in more detail if you need.

  18. soly says:

    how do i make the dc together? sorry, i really don’t know how. is it 2 dc in 1 dc?

  19. Lisa says:

    Great pattern but just one question: I want to add one more decreasing round in addition to round 17. Would I do (dc2tog, dc next 3) like the previous row, or would I change it to (dc2tog, dc next 2)??
    Thanks much!!

  20. Angel says:

    I’m a little confused. Do I have to turn my work after each row?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Angel,
      you do not have to turn your work after each row because you are working in a “round” not a “row”. This means that you are working in a circle and the last stitch you make on a round will end up next to your first stitch on that round.

  21. Angel says:

    About how long does it take to finish the hat?

  22. Jenny says:

    I only decreased until row 15 because row 16 was too small. However as I did the double crochets around, my slouchy beanie is looks like a tall hat and isn’t “slouching”. What did I do wrong?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Jenny, what makes the beanie slouch is the fact the the beanie is so large at the beginning and that at the end you decrease it to make the bottom smaller. Because you didn’t need all the decreases at the bottom it sounds like the hat is not big enough to make the slouch. So my suggestion would be to increase it more after round 7 so that you do make the 3 rows of decreases at the end.
      Also try checking your gauge.

  23. Mari says:

    Im just learning how to crochet, mainly because i want this hat and can’t found it anywhere. Have any tips for Me?

  24. april says:

    my beanie so far is wavy is that normal? or did i mess up somewhere. should i start all over again?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey April,

      If it is wavy, it sounds like there are too many stitches on your rounds. Did you count the number of stitch on each round as you went along? If not, you may want to try it again.

  25. april says:

    I tried it again and got looking like a beanie YAY! but for the life of me I can not do the dc2tog. i just can not do i have been trying for a couple of hours and getting fustrated and i looked at the pictures i just can not do is there another way?

    • Rachel says:

      There isn’t really another way. What the pics are trying to tell you to do is:
      Start a double crochet, by yarning over, inserting your hook into the next stitch, then yarning over and pull up a loop, then yarn over again and pull through 2 loops on your hook (you should now have 2 loops left). This is like completing a half the double crochet.
      Now you going to do the same thing again (leaving the 2 loops on your hook): yarn over, inserting your hook into the next stitch, then yarn over and pull up a loop, then yarn over again and pull through 2 loops on your hook (you should now have 3 loops left).
      Now to finish, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook!
      What part are you having trouble with?

  26. april says:

    THANK YOU! i think i just neded to have it spelled out for me LOL! YAY thank you so much

  27. Lizzy says:

    Hi! I’m trying to make this hat, but when I get to the part where I do the slip stitch in ch 3, I can’t fit my hook in the stitch. When I finally get my hook in it and continue, I’m left with a huge gap. This happens on every round too. I know there is probably some simple solution to this but this is only my second hat so I don’t know much about it.


    • Rachel says:

      Hey Lizzy, try making your ch 3 a little bit looser so that your hook can fit into it better. Also, make sure that you count your stitches so that there are any big gaps from skipped stitches.

  28. Lizzy says:

    I tried what you said, but I’m still ending up with a gap after each round. Any other advice? If not, I’ll just make it the way it is. Thanks.

    • Rachel says:

      You can add an extra dc where the gap is. One extra dc shouldn’t change the way your beanie looks other than by filling the gap. Just make sure that you remember there’s an extra dc there so it doesn’t throw you off when you count your stitches for the next rounds.

  29. Lizzy says:

    I tried adding the extra dc and it worked! Thanks for the help=)

  30. Lucy says:

    I am just dying to try this pattern, but I was wondering if you could add instructions to add a visor, or maybe suggest a site that shows you how to? thxx. 🙂

  31. Bookworm says:

    Would it be okay to just start Row 1 with a magic circle and 12 dcs?

  32. Misha says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I have just finished making one of these hats. It’s turned out great!! Thank you so much for the pattern. I will be checking out some more of your patterns as they are so easy to follow.

    Thanks again


  33. Jamila says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I love this pattern and I am on the 7th row. Is the pattern supposed to look wavy at this point or am I going too loose?


  34. Jamila says:

    Nevemind. I read the comment above and my 7th row has over 100 stitches. ha ha ha. Problem solved.

  35. Madriver7 says:

    Hi Rachel – I am working on a two color stripped version of the beanie. When I join my rounds, my color change isn’t very smooth. Also, I was wondering if you had any suggestions on carrying the thread down the beanie as I crochet instead of cutting the yarn and weaving in the ends. I’ve seen a similar version at a booth in the Pike Street Marketplace in Seattle and am jealous because the color changes are seamless and it’s hard to tell how they made the color changes. Very impressive! I like you clear advice and could use some of it!

    • Rachel says:

      Madriver7, color changes can be tricky! Here is the link to a post that tells you more about changing colors: How to Change Colors in Crochet For this beanie, I would suggest changing colors when you make your beginning ch 3. Just drop the old color and hold your new color and start crocheting with it. You can carry your yarn if you desire, but I think it will show up on the inside of your beanie.

  36. Madriver7 says:

    Thanks for the link. I had looked at that and will try it. The hat I was looking at had alternating colors every two rows. When I looked at how they carried the color up, it looked like the color was “woven” into the posts as they went up so when the color was needed, it was already at the right place and no weaving. Pretty cool! I just have to figure out how it was done.

  37. LydiaLearner says:

    Hi! I wanted make a cute beanie for my best friends birthday, but I have come to a problem. I don’t understand Round 3 etc.: (2 dc in next dc, dc in next _ dc) means. I think it might mean crochet 2 dc then skip a hole then do _ dc in the next hole. please give me a hand real quick! Thanks!!

  38. jean says:

    how do i crochet 2dc togather?

  39. Claudia says:

    I am a beginner at crochet, any advice on how to scale the pattern down for a 1 yr old?

    thanks so much!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Claudia, it’s hard to say without actually doing it myself, but in general you would continue to increase the hat until it is about 2 rounds larger than the circumference of the head. Then continue the crochet without increasing until the beanie is as long as you desire. Then decrease so that it fits on the head.

  40. jean says:

    hi rachel figured out how to crochet 2doubles togather easy

  41. Claudia says:

    Thanks Rachel, I have started by making the adult one and then see where I can go with it. I love the pattern, your instructions are great! thank you so much.

  42. Lealah Abraham says:

    Hi, I don’t quite get the part where it says: Round 1: ch 4, 12 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 12 dc

    I get that you have to chain 4, then in the 4th chain you have to double crochet 12 times, but i don’t get the rest… Can you help out?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Lealah, after you made 12 dc in the forth ch from your hook, there should be a chain 3 at the beginning of the round, which is actually a part of the ch 4 you did at the beginning. The”sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd” is telling your to make a slip stitch at the top (the third chain) of the chain 3, so that you are joining the end of the round to the beginning. This creates a small circle.

  43. Chris says:

    Love this pattern! I’ve made this hat in 4 different colors and everyone asks me where I bought them! WhenI tell them I made it, they ask for one too! Thank you for you blog.

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  45. Vicky says:

    Ah great pattern, Rachel! You rock!
    I have a question that you can hopefully help me with. So I just finished one of these hats but it’s a bit too tight around my head. It seemed fine when I was at Round 17 so I didn’t add the extra round like you said… is there any way to make the beanie looser without frogging the last 2 rounds?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Vicky, if the beanie fits at round 17, then it should also fit at rounds 18 and 19, since you are not adding or subtracting the number of stitches in the rounds. You are just making the beanie longer. If it is too tight, remove round 17 and then work rounds 18 and 19.

  46. Hannah Truelson says:

    hi Rachel, do you think it will fit my little sister? She’s ten.

  47. Robin says:

    Rachel, I am still new to crocheting, and I tried the pattern, but my hat is ridiculously big even though in rows 8-14, I took out some rows and only did 8-11. The pattern looks beautiful, but the hat is twice the size of my head. Suggestions?

    • Rachel says:

      Robin, at round 14, the beanie is suppose to be extra big. This is what makes it slouch later. After you do the rows with the decreases (dc2tog) it should start to fit your head.

  48. Robin says:

    Hmmm. I have done the decrease rows and still wayyyy big. But I will just keep going with the end and see what happens. Thanks for the quick reply!

  49. Rachel says:

    If it’s still too big, be sure to check that your gauge is correct and each round has the appropriate number of stitches.

  50. hannah says:

    Hey Rachel! I was wondering what your policy is on making patterns of yours and then selling them. Are you opposed to such things?

    • Rachel says:

      Hannah, you can NOT sell the patterns. But you can sell the finished crocheted items, as long as you give credit to where you found the pattern.

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