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. Laura says:

    Nice pattern! I’ve made 3 of these in the past week….two out of Red Heart Super Saver yarn and one out of Sugar n Cream cotton. All came out really nice! I’m starting another tonight using Caron Simply Soft. Thanks Rachel!

  2. Caroline says:

    Thanks so much for posting this pattern! I’m working on one for my brother (who loves these types of slouchy beanies). Unfortunately, I don’t quite have access to an I hook, but I have an H hook at my disposal. I was wondering how this would affect the sizing on a person’s head, and whether or not I would need to add stitches or rows to make it fit properly?

    I googled the affects of using smaller hooks and it said it would make the final product smaller, but I was wondering how small it would be and whether or not it’s necessary for me to go and buy a new hook for this project. Thanks!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Caroline, it will make your hat smaller. I’ve never made it with an H hook, so I’m not sure how small it’ll turn out. I’d recommend getting the right sized hook, or even one of those sets of hooks. You’ll probably use the different sizes in the future 🙂

    • Judy says:

      I had to use a G hook in order to get the gauge to come out right. I must crochet very loose. I’d check my gauge if I were you and use whatever hook creates the gauge stated in the pattern.
      Happy Thanksgiving,


  3. Bre says:

    Hey Rachel,
    I’m a Crocheting novice and decided to use you pattern to make a hat for winter. I followed it to the stitch and it came out HUGE! What did I do wrong? When I put it on, it looks like a Bob Marley hat, which is not the style I was going for. My friend saw the hat and tried it on. It look rather nice with her long hair, but with my short bob, not so much. I’ll just give it to her as a gift, but I would like one for myself… just a little less Rastafarian.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Bre, it is suppose to be a very slouchy hat, so if it fits on your head without falling off you probably did do the pattern correctly. If you’d like a less slouchy hat, you can do less of the increasing rounds so that the hat won’t be so big. Feel free to play around with it it get the hat you desire.

  4. I am making this hat, however it did come out pretty large. I am only to the 15, 16 & 17 round and I can’t seem to make it decrease. Explain (2dctog) Is this the same as 2 dc in the next dc? My hat looks like a space ship. My Granddaughter is waiting for it, but there is no way she can keep it on.

  5. Samantha says:

    I am wanting to have my beanie 2 different colors where the bottom is a few rows of the 2nd color and I was wondering at what row I should change to my second color.

    • Rachel says:

      Samantha, you can change to the second color when you get the the last few rows of the beanie. It all depends on how much of the second color you want. Feel free to experiment with it!

  6. Sherene says:

    HI Rachel, I made this hat and it is really nice. thanks! I was wondering if you can give me the measurement/no of stitches for baby sice 24 to 36 months for the same pattern. Want to make one for my Nephew.

    Thanks a lot,

  7. Trisha says:

    I wish I could post pics of this hat. I have made three of these so far. No matter the color or yarn it looks beautiful. I used a J hook for one and it was just a tiny bit larger but I liked the larger stitches for that one. The rest have been with the I and in my opinion they are perfect. I have also done this with the first three rows being three different colors. Love it!
    Thank you so much for the pattern. It will definitely be a staple pattern for the teens and ladies in my life.

  8. Sarah says:

    Hi! I just made this hat and it turned out awesome! I added a single row of single crochet stitches after row 18 just to have a “finish” and I love it! So easy and fast to make I made two in one night! Thanks for the pattern will be doing a lot of these for friends as well!

  9. ebony says:

    what actual is a gauge…i want to start working on the hat but i dont know what this gauge is.

  10. Keema says:

    I love this patteren. My BFF has a big head lol and it’s the perfect size

  11. mary says:

    I found the yarn and hook too big for the guage and used a sport yarn and a 5 hook-quite big enough for an adult-using a single stitch to finish off could make the band of the hat too tight-other than that fine-and for newbies use the chain 3 as the first double so it is 12 and not 13

  12. Danielle says:

    I’m pretty new at crocheting and this will be my first hat. I’m not sure I quite understand the pattern. It says “chain 3 double crochet 12” for the first row. How many should actually chain initially? 11? Sorry for the novice question

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Danielle, for round 1 you’re going to start by chaining 4 then you’re going to make 12 dc in the 4th ch from hook. This creates a small circle since all the stitches are in the same chain. The “sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd” means to make a slip stitch into the 3rd chain so that you join the beginning of the round to the end. The “12 dc” after the colon at the end of the round is simply the total stitch count, so you can double check that you made the correct number of stitches in the round. Here’s a post on how to read crochet patterns, with some examples, if you need it for reference: How to Read Crochet Patterns

      • Danielle says:

        Hi Rachel! So I did the first round and now im working on number 2. It says to “chain 3 and 2 dc in each dc to make 24 stitches total. When I do that I have a huge hole from my 3 chains. Will this work itself out? Sorry for the beginner questions, I no longer am in touch with my crocheting buddies.

  13. Sharon says:

    Hi Rachel, Love the pattern. Does the ch3 count as the first dc of each round.
    Kind regards

  14. Jennifer says:

    Hi, I just wanted to know if there is any way to do this on a loom. I cannot knit, crochet or do any of that without a loom. I love making beanies and scarves with it but that is all I know how to use. If there is a way please add it. I would like to make this beanie. Thank you.

  15. Patti says:

    Thank you so much, I made this for my granddaughter yesterday and she loves it. I think I may make more, so fast and easy. You are a gem to share.


  16. Tory says:

    I seem to have a problem with following even simple instructions for a typical hat pattern or anything that is not shown as a video. I have tried countless times to read a pattern and get any where with it. I always get stuck in spot. Is there anyway you can help me with getting me to be able to read a pattern and finish something with reading it.

  17. Teresa says:

    I finished round 14 and have the required 84 stitches. I know how to do the dc2tog, and I did them all the way around, it says we will have 72 stitiches. I dont even have that many at all, confused why I don’t. I have 44?????? help…..

  18. GwenJ says:

    Please explain in detail round 15, I know how to dc2tog, but don’t understand the”dc2tog dc in the next 5 dc.”

  19. GwenJ says:

    I figured it out. Thanks!!! Love this pattern.

  20. shantee says:

    i am making this hat using #5 bulky yarn and using a j/6mm hook. i think i may start descreasing at row 17 instead of 15 but so far its looking good!!

  21. Amy says:

    I’m wanting to make this with 144 yards of bulky (5) yarn
    would that work okay or would it change the size too much? could i change hook size/stich count to fix it if so?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Amy, yes the bulky yarn will definitely change the size of the hat. If you can match the gauge in the pattern by using a smaller crochet hook, then you can work the pattern as is. If not, then you can remove some rounds. I haven’t made the hat with bulky yarn yet so I can’t tell you what to remove, etc. Also, the bulky yarn may make the hat stiffer than intended. You are more than welcomed to experiment with it, and let us know how it goes!

  22. Kristina says:

    Love my hat! Posted a picture of myself wearing on my Facebook timeline, and a gal said she wanted one–offered to pay me for it! I told her I’d make her one for free, just asked to say a prayer for my family.

  23. Cynthia Caldwell says:

    I have been looking for an easy hat like this; I am sure it will be perfect for those people who have requested it and also for some charily crocheting for our local Santa Claus Girls, which gives Christmas gifts to needy children. I plan to double the head band, turn it to the inside and slip stitch it in place. Thanks so much.

  24. Jeffrey White says:

    This pattern was my first hat ever. It went pretty quickly and I only but lost twice. I had to 2tog two more rows as I used a k sized hook and needed to fit a young teenage girl. She asked me, her grandfather to make her one. How could I refuse?! It took the better part of the day due to a houseful of company, 4 young boys playing video games for several hours. I finally finished at night when everyone e was either gone or asleep. I think I will be making more hats like this in the future. I have six granddaughters, 5 adult daughters, 2 daughter in laws and a wife. I shall be busy that’s not even counting the men in my clan. Lol. I used Caron one pounder variegated yarn which was soft and a mixture of colors which I intend to by more to make an afghan. This is not the first pattern I used from your company. I find them easy to read and understand in the intermediate level. I look forward to crocheting more patterns. I would love to try a few afghan patterns as well as a baby gown for a Christening with matching baby blanket. I wonder if you could recommend some
    i am a great fan of your patterns
    Jeffrey White

  25. Beryl says:

    Would this be double knitting wool or chunky wool?

  26. Star says:

    Hiya Rachel,
    Do you have a felting version of this hat? Not sure how large I’d need to make it to then felt it and still have it fit an adult size head.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Star! Sorry, I don’t have a felted version. If you’d like you can experiment in making one 🙂
      I’d recommend starting by making a small swatch with your yarn, then measure it, felt it, and measure it again. You can compare the ratio of the original size to the felted size then you’ll know how much bigger you’ll need to make your hat.

  27. Jordan says:

    I am looking for a scenester style slouchy beanie, is that the look that this will give? I can’t find a good picture of it

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jordan! I think what you are looking for is a regular beanie that has extra rounds so it’s longer. This pattern has the extra rounds, but it is also wider. The looks are similar but slightly different.

  28. Lesley says:

    I been crocheting for a while but this pattern has me stumped round 15 (dc2tog, I get but, dc in next 5 dc) I followed it to the letter and its huge what am I doing wrong I never got a decrease

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Lesley!
      The dc2tog is the decreasing stitch. It means to double crochet 2 together. Here’s a link to the tutorial if you need it: How to Crochet: Double Crochet Decrease
      Before you get to round 15, the beanie is suppose to be huge so that it gives you the slouchy look later. Round 15 is where it starts the decreases so that when you are done all the decreasing rounds it should fit your head.

  29. Claudia says:

    Could you explain the instructions sl st in 3rd ch of ch-3 at beg of rnd? I understand the slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the chain but not the 3 at beginning of round. Thanks!!

  30. Judy says:


    Love this slouchy. I’ve counted & counted & there’s no way I can get the count per row to come out right w/o adding the ch-3 as a st. What am I doing wrong?

    Happy Thanksgiving

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Judy, try to double check that you aren’t accidentally skipping a stitch, like where the ch 3 is. If you are used to counting the beginning chain as a stitch, you may be used to skipping the first stitch as well.

  31. Hi Rachel ,
    Great pattern just one question to make slouchy longer you say to Repeat last round would that be round 19??
    Thank you

  32. Janice Burns says:


    I just had to take time out to tell you that I have made 6 of these hats, everyone loves them. I just finished one that I made for my grandsons second grade teacher for Valentines day in variegated pinks and burgundy with a matching scarf, I can’t wait until he gives it to her on Friday at school. Want to know what she thinks of it. Love your patterns.

    Thank you,

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Janice! That’s wonderful to hear 🙂 I’m so glad that you are enjoying this pattern and folks are enjoying the hats that you are making. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the crocheting!

  33. Faye L says:

    Rachel, does this start with a magic circle? Otherwise, wouldn’t there be a hole at the top?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hello! I didn’t use the magic circle, but you definitely can use it for this project if you prefer. I used the “ch 4, 12 dc in 4th ch from hook” and when I’m done I go back to weave the yarn ends in, I weave the beginning tail in so that there isn’t a hole at the top.

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