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. Hannah says:

    Ok, thanks. Sorry I didn’t specify, I didn’t mean “sell the patterns” just the items. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jaimielynn Lake says:

    Hi there! Can I get away without the ch 3 at the beginning of each row, if I use a marker at the beginning? The ch 3 is throwing me off, and it is leaving me with a zigzagged “seam”, sometimes with an obvious hole that shows where the beginning of the round is. I’m a beginner, and this is one of my first projects, so I could very well may be doing something wrong/missing something! Hope to hear back today…Thanks!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jaimielynn, yes you can do it without the ch 3 and the slip stitch. You can crochet it in a spiral fashion, but be sure to use a marker.

  3. Sarah says:

    This is a great beanie, and I cannot wait to finish it. I’ve got seafoam green yarn and everything. 😀
    I’m fairly new at pattern reading, but I do know all of the abbreviations.
    I’m confused though at the beginning, do I have this right?:
    I chain 4, & when you end your needle is in the loop…do you do a single double crochet right back in the chain you JUST made (not the loop but most recent chain) and continue on backwards (so you end up having a row of 4 double crochets)? Then does the slip stitch join the circle, and is this after the first row that you do a slip stitch? And lastly (so far, ahha), after you slip stitch, you just do one more set of 12 double crochets, correct?
    Thanks so much!
    I’ll probably need more help, but I’m not sure if you have the time.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Sarah, the “forth chain from your hook” is also the first chain you made when you started. It is the chain that is farthest away from your hook. So make 12 dc into the forth ch from your hook. This will create a small circle. Then do the slip stitch to join the end of the circle to the beginning.

  4. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the help, I do get what you mean. (:
    But now that I’m to round 2, my work has created a type of cocoon..And I didn’t think it should be creating that..since there’s no part on the beanie that’s like that.
    It’s almost like a deep hole, if that makes sense. It doesn’t lie flat unless you physically hold it flat. What am I doing wrong (my crochets are fairly loose too)?
    For round one there’s three rows of 4 dc’s right? How do I know how many rows you make of the dc’s for each round? I was thinking that going just from my marker I would crochet the dc’s until I reach the specified number, but I’m not sure if that’s a wrong method.

  5. Rachel says:

    Sarah, there are 12 double crochets in round 1. There are no rows in round 1. Round 1 is just a circle, no rows. Rounds never have rows in them, they are like rows, just that they are worked in a circle. For round 1, make sure you put all 12 double crochets into one single chain (the forth chain from your hook) . After you do that round 2 will lay flat. This is what it look looks like after round 2 (exactly like this cleaning pad picture)

  6. Nannika says:

    This pattern is really quite lovely and very easy to follow. One of the best written patterns lol. I was concerned though….you say ch4 and then do 12dc in the 4th ch from the hook. By the 4th or 5th ch I find that it is most difficult as the space is limited. Do I tried ‘ah ting’. I ch 4 and join with a sl st, then ch 3 and do 11 dc in the ring and continue on from there. I find that when doing this pattern, there is an obvious line with the ch 3 when you look at the overall pattern. Did you also experience this?

  7. Rachel says:

    If your have a seam where the ch 3 is, you can skip the ch 3 at the beginning of each round and the sl st at the end. Instead, continue to crochet in the round like a spiral. If you crochet in a spiral fashion, remember to use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning/end of each round.

  8. Nannika says:

    Yes….that is so true. Thanks for the insight. Will let you know how it goes. Thanks so much. (You’re the first person to EVER respond to a pattern question I’ve had) You’re the greatest 🙂

  9. Jessica says:

    Hey Rachel..? When I made the hat it came out really small. So small it fit my cat. (haha).. Any idea what I might have done? :/

  10. Jessica says:

    I know.. I do.. But I kinda gave up on the pattern for now. I think I’ll focus on easier stuff first. Or.. Try amiguri. (:

  11. Tara says:

    I love your patterns! They are so easy to follow. I’ve been working on this hat for about an hour and so far so good. Simple once you get it going.

  12. TNR127 says:

    Hi, I want to make this hat for a toddler. What modifications would I need to make so that for a 2 year old girl? Thanks for any advice in advance.

    • Rachel says:

      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. You would need to play around with it a bit, but if prefer you can use a pattern that is specifically made for smaller heads like this one: Crochet Pattern: Textured Slouchy Beanie – 5 Sizes

  13. Joyce says:

    Rachel—I want to crochet this slouchy beanie however when I crochet it, I get a really small hat. do I continue with the increasing rows to make the hat longer? thanks Joyce

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Joyce, be sure to check your gauge. If you have the same gauge as written for the pattern, your hat should turn out the same size. Also be sure that you are counting all the stitches in each round. If you skip some by accident that can be why it comes out too small.

  14. mmcrochet says:

    Thanks for this pattern. I made this hat for charity and like it so much I don’t want to give it away. I’ll just have to make another one. It really is beautiful and the pattern was easy to follow. Thanks again.

  15. SD says:

    Hello I was just wondering if by any chance you don’t have a video? If you do please send it! It would be easier for me. I am barely starting to crochet, so I don’t know much. I have always tried to make a slouchy hat. Please let me know thanks

  16. star trek says:

    Hi Rachel. I am a 12 rear old who taught herself to crochet last week and is needing help. I am having trouble reading the Gauge in this pattern. I really want to make a slouchy beanie and have been looking forever. Can you please help me, and soon???

    • Rachel says:

      The gauge will be a small rectangle that is 11 double crochets wide and 4 rows tall. It will measure 3″ by 2″. The instructions to create the gauge swatch state to start by chaining 14. To make the first row, you will double crochet in forth chain from hook and in each chain across. For each row after that you will chain 3, turn, double crochet in each double crochet across. If it is the abbreviations in the instructions that are confusing, here is a link to the abbreviation page: Crochet Abbreviations

  17. ROSE says:

    Hi Rachel, I love the way your pattern is simple to read. I’m fairly new at crochet and have one question. When I get to Round 15, after the ch 3, in parenthesis it states “dc2tog” what does that mean?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Rose, the dc2tog, is the abbreviations for “double crochet 2 together”. The dc2tog on round 15 is a link, so you can click on it and it will take you to the tutorial if you are not sure how to do it. It is different than 2 dc.

  18. ROSE says:

    Hi Rachel,
    disregard my first question, I found your abbreviations and saw that “dc2tog” means 2 double crochets together. I guess now my question is…is that different from 2dc?

  19. Irene Salbo says:

    Hi Rachael – Sorry to bother you at this busy time of the year, but my granddaughter bought a color she wanted for the slouch beanie, and it is in Worsted weight. What crochet hood shall I use for this yarn? Thank you for answering me,she has called twice to ask if it is done yet and she brought the wool on Saturday. HELP!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Irene, to make sure the beanie will fit her head, you will have to make the gauge that is stated in the pattern. Use whichever hook gives you the correct gauge. The hook size may vary from person to person, so I can’t tell you exactly which hook to use, you’ll have to make the gauge swatch to find out. I hope your granddaughter enjoys her beanie!!

  20. Jess Aryn Berghoff says:

    Ive made this hat 3 times now and I absolutely LOVE it! =D
    Its gonna make a great & cheap christmas present! Thanks so much! 🙂

  21. Kara says:

    Do you count the chain 3 as the first dc? Thanks!

  22. Dee says:

    Hi, i wanted to make a copy of this however, there is no way i can, how can i get a copy of this
    because i would really like to make some of these for Christmas next year? Please let me know
    at my email, thanking you in advance.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Dee, all pages on Crochet Spot are printer friendly so you can use the print function in your internet browser to print the page. For most browsers look in the menu bar on to and click “File”, then click “Print”.

  23. Karen says:

    Hey I am new at crocheting on R1 ch4 12dc in the 4th ch from hook sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd: 12 dc. Is this hat going to be work in rounds.

  24. Karen says:

    Hey Rachel, Is this hat work with front loop or back loop or work two loop together. If you work in the back loop it make front loop design on it.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Karen, the pattern is crocheted by working into both loops. If a pattern doesn’t specify, normally it is worked into both loops since that is the default way to crochet. You can try to do it just the front or back loops to get a different look as you described. Have fun with it!

  25. Dee says:


    You say we can have free patterns however this is not true because on the screen there is no where to press COPY OR SAVE to our files and that makes it impossible for us to make a copy of yours,
    and yet u say they (the patterns) are free.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Dee, I’m not sure if I understand you correctly. All the patterns in the Free Crochet Pattern section are free. You can use them while they are on your computer or you can print them out using your internet browser since each page is coded to be printer friendly. If you would like to save them to your computer you can also use the Save function in your internet browser or you can use the bookmarks. If you are referring to the patterns in the Crochet Spot Store. Then they are pattern you would have to pay for, unless you are signed up for a Premium Pattern Membership. These members may download the patterns freely as they choose. Without the support from purchases in the Crochet Spot Store and the Premium Pattern Members we wouldn’t be able to giveaway so many free patterns.

      Let me know if you need more help.

  26. Jeff says:

    I’ve made several of these beanies after seeing them in Seattle. I have only used a single color but recently saw a black and grey striped beanie that was incredible. I looked closely and couldn’t figure out if they had carried the color from stripe to stripe or if they cut and brought new yarn in for each stripe. I’m sure it’s just skill but if you can provide any insite – it would be appreciated!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jeff, there are different methods you can use. Like you mentioned you can cut the yarn after each row to change the color. You can also carry the yarn on the inside of the beanie instead of cutting the yarn, but this way you will have strands of yarn on the inside of the beanie. Feel free to play around with it to find out which way works best for you. Also, here’s a tutorial on changing colors if you’re interested: How to Changing Colors in Crochet

  27. Eileen says:

    This is the first pattern that I have successfully followed. Unfortunately my yarn was too thick, so I used a hook one size bigger and it ended up ginormous. It is beautiful…but I don’t think I’ll end up wearing it. Thanks!!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Eileen, try to check your gauge next time if you didn’t this time. The gauge will ensure that the hat turns out to be the correct size 🙂

  28. Karen says:

    Hey Rachel,

    I want to know when you sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd. The chain stitch
    looks different from the double crochet stitch. When you get the pattern done, you can tell were I join the chain stitch to double crochet stitch to start another round. It seem like a line down the beanie hat when I join them to the beg of rnds together. How would I correct this.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Karen, that’s natural for you to be able to see the seam. If you’d like to get rid of the seam, you can crochet the beanie in a continuous spiral fashion instead by skipping the chain at the beginning of the round and the slip stitch at the end. Here’s a post that might help explain it in more detail if you’re interested: Different Ways to Crochet in the Round

  29. Eileen says:

    I just did it again and did check the gauge and used the right size hook and it still doesn’t look the same. I like it, but it is more fitted and isn’t slouchy. Oh well, I’ll just keep trying:)

  30. Karen says:

    Hey Rachel,

    Can you use this pattern to make an beret if you do not want it to slouchy. How can this be done.

    Thank you,

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Karen, since the pattern is already pretty beret-like you can make make it less slouchy by repeating the round 8 – 14 less times. You can also do less increasing rounds at the beginning. You’d have to play around with it to see what looks good for you. Have fun!

  31. jenni says:

    hi i love the look of this and i am going to make myself a slouch beanie and a beret beanie for my granddaughter the only question i have : is this pattern in american crochet stiches ? thank you

  32. Nicole says:

    Hi Im new to crochet and I was wondering the parenthesis in the patter for example, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc), do I do either 2 dc in next dc or dc in next dc around, or do I do both of these..? Sorry, this may be a silly question but I am really new to this haha

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Nicole, you repeat all the instructions within the parentheses until you reach the end of the round. So you’ll do…2 sc in next dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc…etc. Let me know if you need more help!

  33. JAN-ISH says:

    Hi Miss Rachel,
    I’m just starting with crochet and I’ve made about 3 normal beanies.
    I’ve found this pattern and wanted to do it, but got confused on how to start the base of the bonnet.
    Do I have to make the gauge first? or Do I have to start crocheting in the round?

    • Rachel says:

      Jan-Ish, do make the gauge first so that you know you’re crocheting with the correct tension and your hat will turn out to be the correct size. Then you can start on Round 1 of the beanie.

  34. Megan says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Thank you for this great pattern. I accidentally read the pattern wrong and have been finishing each round with another round of straight double crochet. Basically, interpreted the part at the end of each line to mean double crochet all the way around again when it was just telling me how many stitches I should have already done.

    Anyway, I have made a rather large (maybe basketball sized) flat circle. I am on round 5 and just discovered my mistake.

    Is there any way to salvage this or any other projects I could turn it into? I’ve put a few hours into it already.


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Megan, I guess you can always turn it into something (probably not that hat you want though), maybe make a drawstring bag with it? If you want to make the exact hat from the pattern, I’d have to recommend starting over (sorry!).

  35. Mary says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for this pattern! I made it with camo yarn and it turned out really cool! My son is asking me to make him a slouchy hat that is long (like to in between his shoulder blades) and comes to a point. Is it possible to convert this pattern?? And if so, how? I have searched online for long slouchies but have not been able to find any. Thanks in advance!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Mary, sure you can convert this pattern. I think it’ll take a little experimenting and playing around with though. I’d suggest adding rows of double crochet through out the entire pattern to make the beanie longer.

  36. LuLu says:

    Thank you so much, this was my first project I completed reading a pattern. Thank you for making it easy to understand.

  37. John says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I noticed that the gauge says that 4 rows of dc are 2 inches high, which means each row is only 0.5 inches inches high. I tried to crochet it but it was very difficult to make each row only 0.5 inches high, so I was wondering if I could use sc so it would be easier, and make 4 rows of sc 2 inches high, so that it would still be the same size but it would be easier?

  38. Rennah says:

    I am using the right size yarn & the right hook according to directions and my gauge swatch keeps being 1″ to wide & 1″ to high. What do I do?

  39. Rennah says:

    Ok thanks

  40. Fuzzysquirrel says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I’ve just found your awesome site, because I wanted to knit or crochet a rasta beanie. So my question is, where would you lengthen the beanie to become big enough to accomodate somewhat long dreads? In the biggest round, at the half of the beanie, or at the end part, where you have written that it was ok to add some more rounds? I’m a bit worried here because it’s just the first time i crochet a hat…that even needs to be quite big.
    Thank you for your help and the pattern too!

    • Rachel says:

      Fuzzysquirrel, you can add more rounds during rounds 8 – 14. You can repeat that round until it is as big as you want. Then continue with the rest of the pattern.

  41. Dacey says:

    hi rachel! thanks so much for the pattern. i’ve had a lot of people want and love them! i do need help with one thing though, i need to convert it to a baby pattern and i’m not sure whether or not to not do as many increase rounds or just fewer of the dc rounds and then more of the dctog rounds. if you could help me with this i’d appreciate it very much! thanks again!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Darcey, I haven’t made a baby version of this pattern, but there is a baby version of a similar style hat here: Crochet Pattern: Textured Slouchy Beanie (5 Sizes)

      If you’d like to try and adjust this beanie pattern, I’d recommend using less of both the increasing rounds and the dc rounds. Sorry I can’t tell your exactly how many rounds to make, since I haven’t made a baby version of this hat. It’ll probably take a little experimenting and playing around with. Have fun with it!

  42. Syndi says:

    Hi Rachel, just got back into crocheting, becoz of two new first grandbabies. My son inlaw wants me to make him this hat, but I noticed that I dont see a beginning chain like most hats. Usually they have u chain 4 then sl stich and then dc within the ring and thats your start. I didnt see that in this pattern. It just says chain 14 but it doesnt say how to join and where to go from here. Its been awhile and patterns have been a challenge for me. Can you help me out on how to start this hat? Thanks

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Syndi, to start the hat you’re going to “ch 4, 12 dc in 4th ch from hook”. This means you are going to make 4 chains, then make 12 double crochet stitches into the forth chain from your hook (the forth chain is also the first chain that you made). So instead of making your beginning stitches into a ring, you’re making them all into the 4th ch from your hook.

  43. sheena says:

    hi rachel, I love this pattern. I started this hat last night with my friend but she was using a I needle and i only had a J. I noticed that my hat was a little bigger, lol so is there anyway to still use a J or should I use a (I)?
    thank you 🙂

  44. JoAnna says:

    I’m a beginner crocheter, I guess, done some small projects. This pattern was fantastic…all of my moms started off looking like doilies which wasn’t my style. Just wanted to say I loved this and plan on making it for some family/friends!!

  45. Jess says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I am stuck but I do not know what is wrong:) my hat is not is just becoming wavy. I know I am not adding a stitch by accident each round because I have counted several times. So,…what else could I be doing wrong? I am doing a very similar pattern to yours, only I am using a 6mmm needle and a number 5 yarn. Please help….:)


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jess, if you are using a different pattern than the one above, maybe it’s just what the patterns intends for you to do. You may have to ask the designer of that pattern if it is suppose to be wavy.

  46. Jess says:

    Hi again Rachel,

    Thanks for responding to my post so quickly. The thing is, I am having the same issue with all the hats I make…so I know it is me…not the patterns:) Do you have any idea what I may be doing wrong?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Jess, ruffles/waves are typically made when there are a lot of stitches on one round. But since you mentioned that you’ve counted your stitches and you didn’t accidentally add any, maybe it’s just the way you’re holding your work? Your work might just have the impression from gripping it in your hands. Try laying it flat and smoothing it out. Another idea, it may be your gauge. Try double checking it to make sure you’re not accidentally crocheting too loosely.

  47. Jess says:

    Thanks for your help! I’ll give it another try.

  48. Shannon says:

    Just used your pattern to finish my first adult sized beanie, perfect. Thank you so much!

  49. nicole says:

    Do you have a video tutorial for this on youtube? I love this pattern and i would hate it if i would have to look for tutorials on youtube for designs that aren’t as good as this. Thanks!

    • Rachel says:

      Nicole, sorry there’s no video for it at the moment. But if you need help reading the pattern, just let me know where in the pattern you need help and I’ll do my best to try and explain it to you.

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