Runway and celebrity inspiration have made the slouchy beanies, berets, tams and hats very popular this season and are a must-have accessory. Popularized by Mary Kate Olsen, Lindsey Lohan, Mary Louise Parker, Rhianna and Fergie, the slouch can be paired off in the winter with skinny jeans, a dark sweater and knee-high boots or depending the material used, as a glamour accessory for New Year's Eve. I like the comfy casual look of a velour running suit and pearls.
However the price tags on some of these hats can put a serious dent in your wallet. I've seen them priced from a high of $154.00 for his Kelly Hat by designer Marc Jacobs to a generic unit at 14.99 from Target. My solution is to raid my yarn stash, grab a crochet hook and make my own. I've scoured the internet for the trendiest, up-to-date-patterns I could find and discovered 30 of them from which to choose. They're categorized by style and stitch.
Made entirely of double crochet stitches, Rachel of Crochet Spot worked up a slouchy beanie that uses just 150 yards or 3 ounces of worsted yarn. She even tells you how to make it more adjustable to your head.
Another all double crochet beret is from Dvorah at Quazen. The brim is corrugated to help hug your head better. It reminds me of the Anthropologie Cherry Beret, that sells for $48.
Trendy Crochet Hat Patterns:
This trendy but simple slouch hat will complete your every day hat needs in a fun way! Start it Friday morning and wear it Saturday night. Looks great with urban looks and ripped jeans.
If you like youtube videos, try the Really Easy Slouchy Beanie. It’s all photos with captions. Very cool music, too!
New Zealander Megan Mills puts a triple spin on one of her patterns. There is the plain version, the rope trimmed version and a Gay Pride rainbow colorway.
For the men in your life, DeJo of Warmth Designs made a slouchy beanie for her brother and named it after him. She uses 2 colors of yarn and it can be worn either tight on the head with a cuff or loose on the head with the slouch in the back
Craft Yarn Council of America gives us not only a beret but throws in a ripple scarf to boot! Using just single crochet stitches, this number is suitable for the beginner crocheter.
Cat's Rockin' Crochet has a version that begins with a circle of double crochet and then does a variation by crossing the stitches for added interest. An advanced beginner could make this easily.
If you like soft organic cotton, top designer Edie Ekman uses Coats and Clark Eco-Cotton yarn and just 2 stitches, the single crochet and the treble crochet.
Here is an Frugal Fashionista’s awesome wide mesh Spider Web Slouchy that is so forgiving.
The textural stitches on these next patterns give them a high-priced, store-bought look.
Available as a free Ravely download, Adrienne Lash created a corrugated Give it a Whirl hat that is a simple repeat.
This is a favorite! Charlotte Yue has come up with ingenious swirls of texture. So pretty!
A student from Rome, Italy, took the puff stitch slouchy one step further and embellished it with a cute crocheted bow. She's using a red Merino Wool for this, but any yarn worked to gauge will do.
When I first saw this pattern it reminded me of a $100 Candela NYC Beret. Yarn company Berroco has a Merino Wool in a sport weight called Phannie. The stitches are double crochet but made into a starburst cable design.
Written with two sets of instructions, one for the winter and the other for spring , summer and fall, Cats Rockin'Crochet, once again brings us a great looking head covering, whether it's made in a thick yarn for warmth or a thinner type or show.
In addition to the above pattern, we are treated to a simple cable stitch slouchy. Her hooks must have been smokin' that day!
Working a line of cables up the side of her hat, April Draven, presents us with a pointy type of slouch hat. I think a guy would like this one.
Lacy or Openwork
Dee of Dee-Lightful Creations was inspired by a motif in “Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs” by Edie Eckman. It’s spot on bold graphic and the easy mesh stitch will makit on of your favorites to crochet
Winter Solstice would be a perfect time of year to wear this big Snowflake Slouch Hat. Clever Kathryn Bernard from Wondrous Skein, improvised and happily wrote down her pattern, using easy to find Caron Soft Yarn and her mother's M hook. I bet you could make this in an evening.
Make and give this Circle of Hearts Beret to someone you love or wear it for Valentine's Day. Suzetta is one of my favorite designers and she has come up with a delightful topper that uses only three ounces of soft yarn. She uses purple, but it would look awesome in white, oink or red.
The Spinning Summer Slouchy Beanie Tamera Kelly was playing with a swirling, twisting stitch pattern when she came up with this gorgeous number.
With a Visor
Like the urban, hip-hop style? Try these patterns.
Ire Eye Creations share her "How to Crochet a tam aka rasta hat aka rasta slouch hat with tight Weave"
Mom With A Hook, designed a the Evergreen green tam that is unisex. This one is worked in two colors of green but choose school, or team colors for a more personalized look.
Got Dreadlocks? Love Jamaica? Here are several patterns that will put you in the island mood. Ya Mon!
Rhelena of CrochetnCrafts, designed a solid color tam with plenty of room for your dreads. Whether your head size is small or large, you can adjust the pattern to suit your needs.
What an eye-catching hat!
This playful Rasta Tam by Pam Gillette looks like an island souvenir, with the red, black, green and yellow colors used. Pam owns Knotty Generation and is a published crochet designer.
The Reggae Rasta Beret Slouch Popcorn Cap by Theresa over at Crochet Mania, uses the half double crochet stitch and the popcorn stitch and is very forgiving if you make a mistake
By using a worsted weight cotton yarn, Angela "ARNie" Grabowski's pattern is cool and washable. Sized at 24 inches around, your dreads will be tamed and neat.
It's not easy finding patterns that can be used for Pagan or Wicca events. April Draven put a pentagram smack dab in the center of this marvelous Star Slouchy Hat. Made in two colors, the star really stands out nicely.
Another Valentine type pattern for a slouchy hat is this Queen of Hearts design by witty April again. I love that the heart is red and the rest of the beret is work in two additional colors.
I'm sure you will find one or patterns to suits your needs from this list!