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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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

        😀 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 😀

    • 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 😀

  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!!
    :)

  31. 87

    Julie Cosh says

    I saw this hat and my mouth hung down….I love crocheting hats and this one was so different from all the other ones I have made. I just got it finished with cute cat buttons in a charcoal grey color!! Everybody loves it!! I will be making many more in all different colors. Thanks so much for this and all your wonderful patterns :) !!

  32. 89

    Mindy R. says

    I made this using a light bulky yarn, red heart reflective. I loved making it. Can’t wait to try your other hat patterns. :-)

  33. 91

    says

    Just finished my very 1st hat. My daughter in law asked me to make this for her. I had so much fun I am gonna make some as gifts. I am left handed and sometimes I have a hard time with patterns. They just look different. This was perfect thanks so much. :)

      • 95

        PITI says

        OK thanks …
        I’ve been on Ravelry and I understood that recommended needle size 7-8 is for US range and not european.

        Thank you for those patterns, i’m going to take my yarn and crochet all these as soon as possible !

  34. 96

    Allison says

    I’ve been searching everywhere for the perfect winter hat and I have FINALLY found it!! I am so so excited to make this. Thankyou for the great tips and for the free pattern. It is so appreciated!

  35. 100

    Holly says

    Just finished this for my friend and oh my gosh is it cute!! I crocheted some little flowers in place of the buttons and it’s just darling. I will have to make one for myself! Awesome design!

  36. 104

    Sarah says

    Just discovered your website! I’m definitely going to make this hat, and I’ve just been watching the videos and familiarizing myself with the pattern, and wanted to say the videos and everything are fantastic and so, so clear! Thank you so much for taking the time to do all this :)

  37. 106

    Betty "IKroshay" says

    I loved your hat pattern so much. Thank you for sharing. I just wanted to let you know that I am making an ups-and-downs infinity scarf with Red Heart TLC in caramel. I made it way too long (210 QuadTr!) but it will work. THANKS AGAIN

  38. 108

    Lara says

    I love the ups and downs set. Is there any chance you will have a cowl or scarf to match them prior to the holiday season? If not, would you mind if I improvised one?

  39. 113

    Wiebke Dirks says

    Dear Tamara,
    thank you very much for this nice pattern. I learned some new stitches by your wonderful tutorials.
    I made this beanie for my dear colleague, a real pink lady. Because we couldn’t find any nice buttons, I fixed the bordure with crochet flowers. It looks so nice.
    Best wishes from the north of germany
    Wiebke

  40. 117

    Rachel says

    I changed a lot of the little details but this pattern was a great basis for a Christmas gift for a super picky friend. Thanks so much for posting! So fun and a quick project too :)

  41. 119

    maribel says

    I would like to make a suggestion on your printed patterns. If you could include a brief description of how to do special stitches at the top of your patterns that would be very helpful. I printed up one of your patterns and got stuck on the first row because I didn’t know what the abbreviation meant and didn’t have an internet connection. Just something to consider. Your patterns are absolutely amazing in every other way. And I thank you for making them available.

  42. 121

    amatherwin says

    I love this pattern. I made the QuadTr in dark pink, and I love how it turned out. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  43. 123

    Angel says

    I don’t usually comment on these things, but I have to say not only do I love the design, but I love that your pattern is easy to follow. Until this pattern, I’d given up on following patterns, and was simply trying to replicate things from a picture or 2. I made this beanie in part of an evening, and it was so simple, what took the most time for me was when I would mess up & not realize it until I had lots to undo just to fix it. Thanks for posting this pattern, keep up the amazing work. :)

  44. 125

    Edel says

    Best hat pattern ever. I’ve been looking for a hat to make for myself for years. This is perfect. Thank you Tamara, it’s beautiful.

  45. 127

    Ginghun says

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you so much for all your beautiful patterns and your helpful ideas! You are a sweetie to do this for us! I’m new to crochet and you are definitely making it exciting for me!!

  46. 131

    Amanda boyer says

    I have made the fingerless gloves and love them! I am trying this pattern for the matching hat, but wanted to do just one round of braids and no slouch. But when I omit the rounds that you mention, it is too short. How might I add length without adding slouch?

  47. 133

    Amanda boyer says

    Thanks you for these patterns! Love the braids. I have made the fingerless gloves and love them, now I’m working on this hat. I want to do it with just one braid and no slouch. I have omitted the rows that you suggested but it is too short. How might I add length without adding slouch?

  48. 136

    says

    I made the Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie and the Ups and Downs cowl in Redheart Supersaver Heather gray this past Sunday and Monday and I must say that I so enjoyed the pattern The different textures that you included in each pattern are amazing and I just loved working them. They made the pattern so interesting to do…

    Loved them both…thank you

  49. 140

    Trish says

    Absolutely love the hat. So easy to make and yet it looks so intricate.

    Really loved the easy links to the tutorials on how to do each stitch. I’ve only been crotcheting for 12 months so I still need to check what I’m supposed to do for each stitch. I’m looking forward to making another one and to checking out your other patterns.

    Thank you so much

  50. 144

    says

    Hi, Tamara!

    I always enjoy your patterns and I’m excited to finally have a chance to work on this one. I am running into a bit of a snafu with the tall stitches though. By the time I finish the fifth and sixth ‘yarn over, pull through two” combos, the loops are very loose! It’s causing the hat to fan out on row 4. Is this typical? Should I switch to a size smaller hook for the rows with tall stitches? Or do you have any tips to avoid the loose loops at the end? Any help will be much appreciated!

    • 145

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Noemi! Thank you! To keep the tall stitches tight, it’s important to do the yarn overs close to the hook, and then use your non-hook hand to pinch the pairs of loops as the are worked off the hook. Then, if it’s still a bit uneven, you can actually even them out by pulling a bit on the loops that wrap around the stitch on the right (if you’re right handed), working down the stitch, to even it out. Does that make sense?

  51. 147

    Shishta says

    Hi
    I liked the pattern and want to make it myself. But I could not understand *** 54(60,66).

    plz help.

    Thanks

  52. 150

    Kee crochet says

    This was so fun to do! I learned a lot of things while using this pattern. Like third loops, and QuadTr, and decreasing in DC! And then the super fun braids at the end were awesome!
    Thank you so much for the pattern, please have a wonderful day!

  53. 152

    says

    Hello, Tamara,

    Love, love, love the pattern. Made it for sale on my Etsy site. Credited you and put a link (but Etsy does not allow active links, so people will have to cut and paste.
    Please take a look and tell me what you think. Everyone who has seen it so far loves it. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

    Sincerely, Fay

    • 155

      Tamara Kelly says

      You can remove a couple of the rows that are worked evenly, after the braids, and just start the decreases sooner. :)

  54. 156

    AUtumn Finney says

    I am absolutely in love with the Ups and Downs patterns, but am having difficulty on the finishing of the braids on the entire Ups and Down set… help, please!

  55. 158

    says

    I adore this hat so much! I’m already working on my second and planning on buying more wool with the view of making the full set that I didn’t realise was there until after my wool purchase! 😀 thank you Tamara for bringing this pattern to the world!

  56. 160

    Abby says

    Weird question–I’m planning to sell this at a craft sale. I noticed from your info that you’re cool with the finished products being sold, as long as we “link to the pattern”. Do I literally write out the link address, or can I just put “Pattern credit is the Ups & Downs Slouchy Crochet Beanie from the Moogly Blog, by Tamara Kelly” or something along that phrasing?

    I’d just feel kinda silly hand-writing all the dashes and slashes and whatnot. But if that’s how you’d prefer to be credited, I’ll do it!

    Awesome hat, by the way. I just finished it in Vanna’s Choice and it’s so squishy and comfy and cute!

  57. 163

    Karol says

    Loved making this hat! I made it for my daughter-in-law and she adored it. I was almost afraid to try the pattern, but it turned out easier than I thought and I intend to make another one. Used Red Heart With Love – White.

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