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I Need a Hat: The Knitted Slouch

Oct 26, 2009

I am NOT one of those people who looks great in hats, especially the beanie-type hat. I wear those hats in the winter when I have too, but I much prefer the beret style hat or the slouch hat.

It was in the 30s this weekend in Spokane—it's getting hard to remember those 95-degree days when all I wanted for Christmas was a fan. I need a hat now, and I can't wait for the holidays to get one as a gift.

So, I was trolling through the free patterns on Knitting Daily, and I decided to try the Barrymore Slouch Hat by Lisa Shroyer from our recent free eBook, 6 Free Easy Knitting Patterns. This hat is really easy and quick-to-knit, and it's also stylish and warm. Some slouchy hats don't cover the ears, which isn't an option for this climate. The Barrymore Hat actually has built-in ear flaps tucked under the band for extra coziness.

This hat has a lot of design features, such as the garter rows every so often and the buttons on the side. I have quite a collection of buttons from my great gramma, my gramma, and my mom (not to mention my own OCD button-shopping tendencies). I keep them in a vintage Crisco jar, which just adds to the charm of the collection.

I usually find just the right button in that jar, and it gets replenished regularly from various sources (tell people you have a button collection, and you never know what you'll get).

Building Skills: No Slouching!

This project uses several basic skills and some more intermediate techniques that add just a bit of a challenge. You'll do your basic knitting in the round plus a slip stitch row and a purl row each time you switch colors. You'll also pick up stitches with a crochet hook

If you're new to knitting in the round, here's a quick tutorial from Knitting Daily TV that shows how to join in the round when using both circular needles and double-pointed needles. You'll learn a couple of tips in this video clip, too, including how to keep a round marker on the needles when you're using double-points.

I have two black coats and one silver down vest, so I think I'll knit this hat out of a dark gray and a silver gray merino wool. Should be beautiful. (Or maybe some red and silver?)

Get the Barrymore Slouch Hat pattern and five more easy knitting pattern when you download your free eBook!



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MeganH wrote
on Oct 28, 2009 8:27 PM

Cute hat, but it is *not* a slouch hat. A slouch hat is the hat worn by Australian soldiers - wide brim turned up on one side and attached to the side of the crown. Our soldiers have been wearing real slouch hats since before WWI. To call the Barrymore hat a slouch hat is quite annoying, some may say insulting (I don't, but others, particularly those who serve or who have served, might). I absolutely understand that this is unintentional and, no doubt, unknowingly done, but could it possibly be renamed?

Sorry to be a grump

AlevA wrote
on Oct 27, 2009 2:07 PM

Could you please tell me which pattern Eunny is making? I really like the patterning on the hat.

Barbara Bobo wrote
on Oct 27, 2009 1:27 PM


I've been knitting on double points for about 8 years now (they are a bit weird at first, but don't give up....very nice results for socks and hats etc.)  You can use a marker, just put it AFTER the first stitch for the beginning round. It will stay in place of course that way. I really like to use jump rings, a jewelry item.  The silver ones are small enough not to be in the way, and are heavy enough to not fly off into space like the plastic ones do. I don't like anything hanging from them either. You always have to deal with the bauble!  If you want some pizazz use the new colored ones...they might be titanium, I'm not sure but I bought a packet of them and now share with my sock knitting friends.

Barbara in Ohio

Claire@24 wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 6:05 PM

I would like to have the patterns but I am already a subscriber.

Please send the patterns if you can.

Claire Albanese

DebS@43 wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 5:52 PM

love the hat pattern.

I would like to make it w/out the flaps and the how many stitches would I cast on?



on Oct 26, 2009 5:25 PM

If you're having trouble with the video, go to You Tube and search on "Eunny Casts on In-The-Round." You might find it there more easily since that's the source.

Most people don't have any problems seeing the videos from the emails, but if you do, you can try You Tube.

antnie wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 4:14 PM

Why can't I get your tutorials to work?

yust wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 3:31 PM

love from me frıends ...

makıng so good and wonderful knıttıngs...

thanks frıneds

from Turkey:)))

on Oct 26, 2009 2:56 PM

Hi Lydia,

I've done joining in the round with the slip stitch method, too, and I think it makes a stronger join, especially if you're using DPNs. I rarely use DPNs, though, so I just start knitting like eunny does in the video.

Thanks for your comments!


fiberartisan wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 2:31 PM

I just love recieving knitting daily in my email inbox. Not only do I want to knit this hat, but the video is great!

And about those buttons -- mine are in a cookie tin ;)

Mary McRae

Bethlehem NH

on Oct 26, 2009 2:25 PM

The way you showed "joining" is the way I have always joined.  However, I attended a knitting class and was taught to "join" meant to slip the cast-on stitch on the left needle to the right and then take the second stitch from the right needle and move it to the left needle.  What is your opinion of this technique?

katmandoooo wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 1:47 PM

I love receiving your tips and clever ideas. If you ever find a pattern for a knitted felted fedora, please share. I've seen some around but they all seem to lack flair, somehow. I love brims, tams, and other hats that frame your face a bit, I do believe a good hat needs to do this, since it's covering up your hair that usually serves this purpose. Thanks again for a great service to us knitters. ^_^  knit on...


LuiseE wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 11:11 AM

Knitting in the round is the same as knitting on double-pointed needles, etc.: no hyphens or quotation marks are needed. Honest ***.

Gerry Mack wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 11:07 AM

I enjoy reading/receiving Knitting Daily evert day.

I have my husband's grandmother's old buttons in a huge jar as well

as my own collections of buttons, old and new.

I didn't know that Crisco ever came in a glass jar.

You certainly have a collectors item owning such a jar.

See you tomorrow.

Enjoy the day the Lord has made and given you.

Gerry Mack

Chatham, Illinois