I'm a little nervous writing this post because I'm about to do something that I've never done before: share a crochet pattern that I wrote. It's a free crochet pattern for a slouchy hat. Do you want to know the story behind it? If not, skip to the bottom where you'll find a link to the free pattern. If so, read on...
My cousin-in-law came to visit us in England on his way back to California for Christmas. While he was here, we did our little family Christmas, gave gifts to the kids and each other. Well, before Evan came, I thought I'd crochet a hat to give him at our family's Christmas celebration. Then, as usual, I ran out of time. So I wrapped up a ball of yarn and gave him that instead with the promise of crocheting a hat from the yarn. Since the hat was no longer a surprise, he got to choose the style and chose a slouchy hat. I found a really nice one by cocoknits on Ravelry, bought the yarn and when I sat down to make it, I realized (1) I did not have enough yarn and (2) the pattern was for a knit slouchy hat!! I was clearly preoccupied with other things (Christmas, California, etc) when I was getting organized for this project. Ugh.
The struggle did not end there. I loved the knit slouchy hat and decided to simply convert the knit slouchy hat pattern to a crochet slouchy hat pattern. How hard could it be? I found a 'how-to' that looked good and wrote down all kinds of notes and scribbles. By now, a few days had passed and we were flying to California. However, we were there for 10 days...plenty of time to make a silly old hat. How did I forget that there is no free time during Christmas??? At some point the busy-ness slowed down and I was finally able to crochet the slouchy hat using my new conversions. I finished it. It was HUGE! Where did I go wrong? I still have no idea, but it was somewhere in my conversion from knit to crochet. I'll solve that problem another day.
For now, I'll skip all the other troublesome happenings I encountered along the way of crocheting this slouchy hat and go straight to the end result so that you don't get too bored. I crocheted this slouchy hat at least four times before I got it right. It was worth it. I really like it. I hope Evan likes it. If he doesn't like it, I hope he can find someone to give it to who likes it.
AND...I hope you like it!
If you do, you can make your own with my free pdf pattern.
If you make it, I'd love any feedback, good or bad, since it's my first written pattern. Thanks!
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Update: I originally forgot to mention that I'm participating in The Crochet Challenge on JJCrochet. This slouchy hat pattern is my first accomplishment for the challenge and a great way to start the new year. Have a look at her blog for more info...and a free pattern!