Ups and Downs Crochet Slouchy Beanie

Don’t worry – the Ups and Downs Crochet Slouchy Beanie won’t mess with your emotions! But it will put a big smile on your face when big tall stitches twist down into fabulousness and bring this slouchy beanie to a whole ‘nother level!

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The Ups and Downs Crochet Slouchy Beanie uses 4 different crochet stitches and 2 cute buttons to create a unique free crochet pattern. And it’s easy to customize too – add more (or subtract a few) rows to make it slouchier or beanier- it’s up to you. Undo a braid to change up the length and look on the fly – this hat goes wherever you want to take it!

Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie - free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com with a unique construction method!

It includes 3 sizes, but is shown here in the largest – a nice easy fit for an adult. A bit tighter on my noggin, soft and loose on my 12 year old. I’d share pictures of it on me, but I’m still working on those 10 foot long arms. And odds are she’ll be stealing it anyway!

Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie - free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com with a unique construction method!

Ups and Downs Crochet Slouchy Beanie

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  • US – I, 5.5mm hook (Furls Fiberarts in Cocobolo used)
  • 150-200 yds worsted weight yarn (Purl Soho Worsted Twist; 100% Merino Wool; 164 yds/100g; Desert Blue used)
  • 2 buttons (1.25″/32mm; Crafting With Buttons Elephant used; purchased at JoAnn Fabrics)
  • 2 stitch markers (Clover Lock Ring Markers used)
  • tapestry or yarn needle (Susan Bates Finishing Needle used)
  • Gauge: 12 sts x 7 rows = 4″ in dc
  • Sizes: S (18-20″); M (20-22″); L (22-24″) (Need more adjustments? Work any even number of stitches for Round 1!)
  • Matching Fingerless Gloves HERE!

Click on the highlighted stitches and instructions for video tutorials!

Round 1: FDC 54(60,66), join with sl st to first FDC to work in the round.

Round 2 – 3: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), fpdc in the first st, bpdc in the next st, *fpdc in the next st, bpdc in the next st; repeat from * around, join with a sl st in the first fpdc. (54(60,66) sts)

Round 4: Ch 6 (counts as first st), QuadTr in each st around; join with a sl st in the top of the ch 6. (54(60,66) sts)

Round 5: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join with a sl st in the top of the first hdc. (54(60,66) sts)

Round 6 – 7: Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop (in back, behind the top two loops) of each st around; join with a sl st in the top of the first hdc. (54(60,66) sts)

Round 8 – 11: Repeat Rounds 4 – 7.

Round 12 – 14: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in each st around; join with a sl st in the top of the first dc. (54(60,66) sts) NOTE: This is where you add or subtract rows to make more/less slouchiness.

GO TO DIRECTIONS FOR THE SIZE YOU ARE MAKING BELOW:

SMALL (18-20″):

Round 15: Ch 2, *dc in 7 sts, dc2tog; repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (48 sts)

Round 16: Ch 2, *dc in 2 sts, dc2tog;  repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (36 sts)

Round 17: Ch 2, *dc in 1 st, dc2tog; repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (24 sts)

Round 18: Ch 2, dc2tog around;  join with a sl st in top of first dc2tog. (12  sts)

Round 19: Repeat Round 18. (6 sts) Break yarn, gather top if needed, and weave in ends. Go to assembly instructions below.

MEDIUM (20-22″):

Round 15: Repeat Round 14. (60 sts)

Round 16: Ch 2, *dc in 3 sts, dc2tog; repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (48 sts)

Round 17: Ch 2, *dc in 2 sts, dc2tog;  repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (36 sts)

Round 18: Ch 2, *dc in 1 st, dc2tog; repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (24 sts)

Round 19: Ch 2, dc2tog around;  join with a sl st in top of first dc2tog. (12  sts)

Round 20: Repeat Round 19. (6 sts) Break yarn, gather top if needed, and weave in ends. Go to assembly instructions below.

LARGE (22-24″): 

Round 15: Repeat Round 14. (66 sts)

Round 16: Ch 2, *dc in 9 sts, dc2tog; repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (60 sts)

Round 17: Ch 2, *dc in 3 sts, dc2tog; repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (48 sts)

Round 18: Ch 2, *dc in 2 sts, dc2tog;  repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (36 sts)

Round 19: Ch 2, *dc in 1 st, dc2tog; repeat from * to end, join with a sl st in top of first dc. (24 sts)

Round 20: Ch 2, dc2tog around;  join with a sl st in top of first dc2tog. (12  sts)

Round 21: Repeat Round 20. (6 sts) Break yarn, gather top if needed, and weave in ends. Go to assembly instructions below.

ASSEMBLY (all sizes):

  1. The QuadTr sts from Rounds 4 and 8 will be used to make “braids.” Use the stitch markers to mark where you want the braids to end as they go around the hat – the buttons go right above the marked stitches. Placement here is a personal choice!Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie - free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com with a unique construction method!
  2. Sew the buttons to the hdc rows above the marked stitches.
  3. With your fingers, twist the QuadTr just to the left of the marked stitch one time, so that it forms a loop as shown:
    Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie - free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com with a unique construction method!
    Pull the next QuadTr through this loop, without twisting this second stitch.
    Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie - free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com with a unique construction method!
    Continue pulling each Quad Tr through the previous loop, not twisting them. Use your fingers to close the center of the braid so that the “ladder” doesn’t show in the center.
    Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie - free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com with a unique construction method!
  4. When you get to the marked stitch, remove marker and pull through loop to finish braid. Loop this last loop over the button above, to hold the braid in place.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with next row of QuadTr.Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie - free #crochet pattern on Mooglyblog.com with a unique construction method!

And voila! The Ups and Downs Crochet Slouchy Beanie has shrunk several inches, and those crazy tall QuadTr stitches have turned into fun braids that go all the way around the hat. You could add another repeat of Round 4-7 for a third row of braids, or go right to plain dc sts for Rounds 8-11 if you want just one braid and button! The details are all up to you. I can’t wait to see all the fun projects you make using this pattern!

Written pattern and graphics copyright Tamara Kelly 2014. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details. To print this pattern please use the Print Friendly button (tutorial here).

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Comments

  1. 1

    Irma hendricks says

    I have been looking for a pattern for my granddaughter. This will be right up her girly girl alley. Thank you!

  2. 5

    Arlene Ehrlinspiel says

    You are an amazing designer! Thank You for all your time and creativity! This will be my next attempt at new stitches. I can hear my husband now, another new hat? Thanks again.

  3. 11

    Caitlin says

    LOVE those buttons!! The hat too, of course! I have searched Jo-Ann’s online to try and find them, and they don’t seem to sell them. I guess I will have to make a trip! Did you purchase them recently? Thank you! :)

  4. 15

    sheila says

    What a beautiful design! I’ve finished making myfuture grandbaby newborn hats. Now, I’d love to try one for myself. This is perfect! (Found your hat on Pinterest.)

  5. 16

    Juli says

    I just loved hats with texture and this has so much. I can’t WAIT to try it. Thank you so much for publishing it. After I make my first one, I’ll stop back and let you know. Oh, and I love the button feature – just one more element of interest. Thank you for posting the size of the button.

  6. 18

    Opal says

    This is so cute!! I am making one now but I am having problems with the hdc in back 3rd loop. I am not sure if I am placing them in the right place. Can you post a video or picture of the right location got this stitch. Thanks so much.

  7. 20

    Tracy says

    I’m almost finished with this hat! Just have to wait till morning to raid my mom’s stash of buttons to find the perfect ones. It worked up really fast and was super easy. Thanks so much for making your patterns so easy to follow!

  8. 22

    says

    Hello! This is gorgeous!!! I cannot wait to make it, thank you for sharing!!! Question: Which size do you think would fit good for a girl in her 20’s?? I don’t want to make one too small…

    • 23

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Kristen! It depends on how big her head is, and how tight she likes her hats – and how tight your own gauge is. The Large is the one pictured here.

  9. 24

    Amy says

    Could you elaborate on Rnds 6-7?? Not sure where the 3rd loop is?? Love the new stitches tho, such a great pattern! Thanks for sharing!

  10. 26

    says

    Let me just say, this was so easy to make its insane!!! It looks super intricate and like it would take forever to make the fishtail center, uh, nope! I love this pattern!!!

  11. 28

    diana hunt says

    I love the pattern. But i need some help. My rows 6-7 do not lay right. I have redone the rows 4 or 5 times, and i cannot get it to look right. Can you help?

  12. 30

    Andrea says

    Omg! Just finished my first Ups and Downs Slouchy via some stash busting so had to use variation colour for rows 8 – 11. Found 2 buttons that matched perfectly. I also used an L hook to pull my braids through which made things less fiddly for me. In my hurry I did miss my row 2 but the outcome is still awesome! Thanks so much Tamara, I now have an alternate to your ‘Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf’ for gifts (and me), lol. Xo

  13. 34

    Anita says

    Love this pattern Tamara!! My youngest granddaughter just started her freshman year of college, in Syracuse NY and she has asked for lots of “Nana hats” to keep her head warm this winter and guess which is going to be first on the hook?? :-) yep, this one!!! Thanks for all your inspirational patterns and wonderful tutorials!!! Hugs!

  14. 36

    Laia says

    Hi Tamara, I’m spanish and I don’t understand at round 6, “hdc in the 3rd loop (in back, behind the top two loops)”. Can you explain me, please? Thank you so much!

  15. 39

    Patricia says

    Would it be possible to give English wool weights and abbreviations please? love the designs but I am a
    Beginner at crochet.

    • 42

      Eidilia Thomas says

      Ok, the PrintFriendly button has a picture of three people instead of the normal green leaf I’m used to seeing. Thanks!

      • 43

        Tamara Kelly says

        How strange! It’s still a leaf for me – maybe that was a weird temporary thing? Or I have a cached version? It’s an external plugin (calls up another website to interact with mine) and I don’t really have any control over it other than including the button.

  16. 44

    Samantha says

    Hi, so I have a question. I am currently stuck on rows 6-7, but I don’t understand what it means by going in the back loops 3 down? Is it possible to email me and sort of explain it?

  17. 46

    Lisa says

    I am having problems with rounds 6 & 7. Do you gave a video tutorial on this round? Or even a picture pointing out the 3rd loop I should be using? Thank you.

    • 47

      Lisa says

      I’m sorry, somehow I missed your reply to others asking the same question. I love this pattern and am intrigued on the new stitches for me to learn. Thanks again.

      • 48

        Tamara Kelly says

        :D Thank you Lisa! I should have it up on Wednesday, baring unforeseen technical difficulties (pretty sure that’s the online version of knocking on wood lol).

  18. 49

    Cazzie says

    A fab pattern. Love it! Started it late last night and not long finished it. The long stitches was a nice new challenge for me. Had my 5 year old daughter model it for me to take a pic and I fear I have lost it. She’s still wearing around the house. Any excuse to make another one! I’ll upload a pic to your Facebook wall later. Thank you :D

    • 52

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Tracy! Thank you! I’m afraid I don’t have photo sharing capabilities here on the blog, but you’re welcome to share a photo on the Moogly facebook page! :)

  19. 54

    Angel:) says

    I love, love, LOVE this pattern, but I have a question, and I’m a newbie in the ways of crochet so please forgive my naïvete…hehe. How would this be in DK weight yarn? What changes would I need to make for this thinner yarn? I found some Bernat Satin Sport (3weight) on clearance and would like to make my sister this hat but not sure how it would change up the results. Thanks for your time, I sincerely appreciate what you do in helping us make your beautiful patterns :)

    • 55

      Tamara Kelly says

      :) Thank you Angel! DK weight yarn is thinner, so you’ll want to start with more stitches. Make enough FDC to go around your head, make sure it’s an even number, and then go from there. You’ll probably want to add a couple more rows where indicated for length as well. Then just work even decreases until you close it up! :)

      • 56

        Angel:) says

        Thank you so much Tamara! I appreciate you taking the time to pass on your wisdom. ♥ I can’t wait to try it! Thanks again :)

  20. 57

    deb says

    My daughter has asked me to make this hat for her and she wants a pair of fingerless gloves to go with it. Any ideas on a pattern that might compliment the hat?

  21. 60

    Amanda says

    Hello! I love this hat and would love to try to give it a try this weekend. However, I usually crochet from the top of the hat, down. Would this work if I made the pattern backwards (Started with the last round and increased instead of dec.). I’ve never done this before, so I’m not sure if it will work.

  22. 64

    Alejandra says

    The pattern is lovely, my best friend is going to study to Canada, and this is a perfect pattern for her. thank you for sharing :D

  23. 67

    Jean Hall says

    Thanks for this adorable idea! I just made one for my daughter who loves slouchy beanies and just started college last week. I wanted an idea for a beanie in her new school colors, something different. I wish I could figure out how to include a picture here. I modified the pattern slightly, using only one row of the quad treble stitches, so only one braid. I did that row in a contrasting color, so the hat is black and the braid is gold. I’m already dreaming of ways to incorporate the cool braid idea into other hats and scarves.

  24. 71

    danielle drown says

    Thank you for such a fabulous pattern! It was a great challenge, and those quad triple stitches! Keeping the right amount of tension was a new lesson in patience! LOL but I love the pattern and even made the fingerless mitts to go with it!

  25. 73

    Zee says

    I love the pattern. I love the detail and videos you added. They helped a lot. I learned so many new stitches! Thank you! I’ll be making more of your patterns! Now on to the mitts!

  26. 75

    Joan Meyer says

    Loved this pattern! Thank you! I made one for my granddaughter and got SO many compliments! Can’t wait to make the fingerless gloves to go with it!

  27. 77

    Adeline says

    Hi, I love the hat! I had a question, is there any yarns that you have used or recommend using that cost a bit less? the one listed is $20 a skein and I cannot really swing that. Thanks!

    • 78

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Adeline! Any medium weight (worsted or aran) should work just fine. :) Just look for the yarn symbol “4” on the label!

  28. 79

    says

    This is adorable! I’m gonna make one :) Tamara , may I ask you – which rounds would you subtract to make this a beanie, rather than a slouchy hat?

    • 81

      says

      Please ignore my question, Tamara – I was so excited, I just jumped right in :) I just finished this in a beanie hat – I skipped rows 12-14 all together. Came out perfectly! I did mine in Red Heart Boutique, Unforgettable – Echo. I wasn’t sure how the variegated yarn was going to look, but I love it! Such a fun pattern, Tamara, Thank you!

  29. 83

    Isabel says

    I’m now working on row 8, but I occasionally put it on my head to fit and try. And actually, when finished up to row 7, it also makes a quite nice headband as well :)
    But love love love the pattern!!

  30. 85

    says

    What an amazing pattern not only do I love the braid, I love the way the button functions as a way to hold the braid “locked.”
    Thank you very much!!
    :)

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