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Odessa’s perfect slouchy touque – Free Pattern!

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We recently got in a new yarn from SMC Select that made me go ooooh when I first saw it. SMC Select Mariette is a sportweight-ish soft single ply yarn with tiny sequins scattered throughout. Knit up, it looks kind of like those big fluffy perfect snowflakes of the first snowfall. It comes in tiny 25g balls that are just so precious! Each ball has 84 meters and it comes in a nice range of colours with some good neutrals and softer shades that look even better in real life.

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When I saw this yarn, I knew I had to make myself something with it. I bought a few balls and thought about it. While I was working on my Windowpane Mittens I thought how the stitch reminded me of comfy waffle henleys and would look great as a lightweight hat. So I played around with it a bit and found the perfect stitch for the perfect slouchy hat. If you were at our retreat, you might have seen me working on it. And if you’ve seen me around lately, you’ve for sure seen me wearing it – it’s my go to hat! This hat has the perfect amount of slouch and just a touch of sparkle. The slipped stitches in the third round make the hat super squishy and gives it an interesting texture that’s just a bit more interesting than flat ribbing. The hat is knit long and then decreased quickly for a gathered top that adds more slouch. The finished hat measures around 20 inches around and has a good amount of give (or negative ease if you want to use the proper term).

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Materials:

  • 3 – 25g balls of SMC Mariette (shown in Sage, which is more blue than the name lets on)
    • (You need about 220y of heavy fingering to light DK weight yarn)
  • 1 pair US 3/3.25mm 16″ circular needles
  • 1 pair US 4/3.5mm 16″ circular needles
  • Stitch marker

Using smaller circular needle, cast on 120 stitches. Join in the round, placing a marker to mark the beginning of your round.

Round 1: k1, p1 to end of round – repeat this round until the hat measures 2 inches from cast on.

Switch to using the larger needles

Round 1: knit all stitches

Round 2: knit all stitches

Round 3: p1, then slip the next stitch with the yarn in the back (s1wyib)- repeat to the end of the round

Work Rounds 1-3 until the hat measures about 9 1/2 inches from cast on – if you want an even slouchier hat work another inch or so. Then work decrease rounds as follows:

Round 1: knit all stitches

Round 2: knit all stitches

Round 3: p1, s1wyib, p1, s1wyib, purl 3 together (p3tog), s1wyib – repeat to the end of the round (90 stitches)

Round 4: knit all stitches

Round 5: knit all stitches

Round 6: p1, s1wyib, p3tog, s1wyib – repeat to the end of the round (60 stitches)

Round 7: knit all stitches

Round 8: knit all stitches

Round 9: p3tog, s1wyib – repeat to end of the round (30 stitches)

Round 10: knit 2 together – repeat to the end of the round (15 stitches)

Break yarn, leaving a tail around a foot long. Pull the tail through the remaining stitches and fasten off. Weave in all ends and steam block if you’d like. I didn’t block mine and I usually block everything. If you are using the Mariette you will have enough left to add a pom pom if you want. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been putting pom poms on everything these days!

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I love this hat so much I am working on a new one using 2 skeins of Shibui Maai in a beautiful grey. It’s a very different fabric since the yarn is a chainette ply instead of a loose single, but the squishiness of the Maai is working great for this hat! We have LOTS of yarns that would work great for this hat – the Estelle Eco Andean DK is another one that comes to mind –  with over 300y per 100g skein for around $11 it would be perfect for a great gift knit. Or for yourself!

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