Free Pattern – the Ridged Slouch

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Hat Description

The Ridged Slouch Hat features stripes of purled ridges against a stocking stitch background. It has a twisted ribbed brim and a gently gathered crown.

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4ply/Sock weight, single or plied yarn; solid, semi-solid or variegated yarns.

Needles & Notions

Set 2.75mm/UK12/US2 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers as necessary
Tapestry needle

Sample Details

Shown in MollyGirl YarnUnplugged Light [230yd/211m per 50g; 100% Peruvian Wool]
Shown in size 20in/50.75cm on model with 20in/50.75cm circumference head


Smaller sizes, 20in or less, are likely to get a Hat from a single 50g skein of the sample yarn; larger sizes will need 2 x 50g.


27 sts x 42 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.75mm needles over Stocking St.
8 sts x 44 rows to 4in/10cm on 2.75mm needles over Twisted Rib


To fit size: 17 [19, 20, 21, 23, 24] in/43.25 [48.25, 50.75, 53.25, 58.5, 61] cm
Finished size: 14.75 [16, 17.25, 18.25, 19.5, 20.5] in/37.5 [40.75, 43.75, 46.25, 49.5, 52] cm

Not sure which size to make? Check my handy size and measuring guide!

Skills Required

Alternate Cable Cast-on
Knitting in the round
Increases and Decreases
Draw-through Bind-off
Blocking a Hand Knit Hat


K: knit
K1tbl: knit stitch through the back of loop
P: purl
rpt: repeat
R/rnd(s): rounds
st(s): stitch(es)
M1P: lift the horizontal loop between next 2 sts, place it onto the left needle & purl into the back of it
K2tog: knit next 2 sts together

How To

Using the Alternate Cable Cast-on method, cast on 104 [112, 120, 128, 136, 144] sts. Join in the round, taking care not to twist stitches. Place stitch marker to indicate start of round.


Brim Rnd: *K1tbl, P1; rpt from * to end

Repeat this round until work measures 1 [1.25, 1.25, 1.5, 1.5, 1.75] in/2.5 [3.25, 3.25, 3.75, 3.75, 4.5] cm, then work increase round once as follows:

Inc. Rnd: *P4, M1P; rpt from * to end [130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180 sts]


Rnds 1 to 4: Knit all sts
Rnd 5: Purl all sts

Repeat these 5 rounds until work measures approx. 6.5 [7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9] in/16.5 [17.75, 19, 20.25, 21.5, 22.75] cm, excluding the Brim, ending after a Rnd 5.


Place an additional 9 stitch markers so that there are 10 stitch markers evenly around, with 13 [14, 15, 16, 17, 18] sts between markers.

Dec Rnd 1: *knit to 2sts before marker, k2tog; rpt from * to end – 10sts decreased

Repeat this rounds until 10sts remain. Break yarn and draw through remaining 10sts, tighten to close.


Weave in all ends and block as required.

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