The Staghorn Slouch features two cable motifs, worked from the brim up – for your very own set of very chic antlers! With both pom and messy bun versions to choose from, it might just be your favorite hat this season!
Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand Yarn;
hook provided by Furls.
Crochet cables can make beautiful patterns, but here the staghorn cable pattern shines in a different way. This hat makes me think of reindeer, winter in the woods, hot cocoa, and the joy of the holidays.
The Staghorn Slouch takes just one skein of yarn, and with just the two repeating cables, it works up in plenty of time for your next venture outdoors. With 3 sizes to choose from, you can make matching crochet hats for the family!
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US – J, 6.0mm hook – Furls Crochet
Lion Brand Wool-Ease (worsted/yarn symbol “4”/UK:10-12 ply; 197 yds/180 m; 3 oz)
Colorway Shown: Fisherman (1 ball per hat)
Optional: Clover Pom Pom Maker (green used, Pom Version Only)
Optional: Elastic Hair Band (Messy Bun Version Only)
Gauge: 12 sts x 9 rows = 4″/10cm in
Sizes: Child (18″); Small Adult (21″ – shown); Large Adult (23″)
Helpful Links and Tutorials:
FHDC – Foundation Half Double Crochet
Joining Foundation Stitches to Work in the Round
Enclosing Stitches (or hair bands)
Part of this pattern is worked in turned rounds, aka joined rows. When directed with the instruction “turn,” after slip stitching to finish the round, turn to work back the other direction as if you were working in rows. Using a stitch marker in the last stitch of each round will help you find the first stitch of the next round.
Instructions for all three sizes are listed in the pattern as Child(Small, Large). Sizes are based on measurements provided by the Craft Yarn Council.
POM VERSION INSTRUCTIONS:
Rnd 1: Leaving a long tail, FHDC 54(62, 68); join to work in the round. (54(62, 68) sts) Use long tail to close bottom of first row (see linked tutorial above).
Rnd 2 and 3: Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop of first st, fpdc in next st, *hdc in 3rd loop of next st, fpdc in next st; rep from * around, join. (54(62, 68) sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop of first st, fpdc in next st, *hdc in 3rd loop of next st, fpdc in next st; rep from * around, join and turn. (54(62, 68) sts)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, hdc in each st around; join and turn. (54(62, 68) sts)
Rnd 6: Ch 1, hdc in the first 17(20, 22) sts, fptr in next 4 sts 2 rows below, hdc in the next 12(14, 16) sts, fptr in next 4 sts 2 rows below, hdc in the last 17(20, 22) sts; join and turn. (54(62, 68) sts)
Rnd 7: Repeat Rnd 5.
Rnd 8: Ch 1, hdc in first 15(18, 20) sts, [fpdtr in next 2 fptr sts 2 rows below, hdc in the next 4 sts, fpdtr in the skipped 2 fptr sts 2 rows below], hdc in the next 8(10, 12) sts, rep [ to ], hdc in the last 15(18, 20) sts; join and turn. (54(62, 68) sts)
Rnd 9: Repeat Rnd 5.
Rnd 10: Ch 1, hdc in the first 13(16, 18) sts, [fpdtr in the next 2 fpdtr sts 2 rows below, hdc in the next 2 sts, fptr in the next 4 hdc sts 2 rows below, hdc in the next 2 sts, fpdtr in the skipped 2 fpdtr sts 2 rows below], hdc in the next 4(6, 8) sts, rep [ to ], hdc in the last 13(16, 18) sts; join and turn. (54(62, 68) sts)
Rnd 11: Repeat Rnd 5.
Rnd 12 – 15: Repeat Rnds 8 – 11.
Rnd 16 and 17: Repeat Rnd 8 and 9.
Rnd 18: Repeat Rnd 5. (CHILD SIZE ONLY – DO NOT TURN, GO TO RND 21)
Rnd 19 – 20 (SIZE SMALL ADULT AND LARGE ADULT ONLY): Repeat Rnd 5, do not turn after Rnd 20.
Rnd 21: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc2tog around; join. (27(31, 34) sts)
Rnd 22: Repeat Rnd 21; if 1 st remains, dc in last st, join. (14(16, 17) sts)
Rnd 23: Repeat Rnd 22; break yarn leaving a long tail. (7(8, 9) sts) Use tail to gather crown closed and finish off. Add pom pom if desired.
MESSY BUN/PONYTAIL VERSION INSTRUCTIONS (all sizes):
Repeat above instructions through Rnd 18 (skipping Rnds 19 and 20), then work as for Rnds 21 and 22.
Rnd 23: Working sts to enclose the elastic hair band, (sc, ch 1) in each st around; join and break yarn.
The Staghorn Slouch is fun, without being bright or shiny, and it makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy too! If you do make your own Staghorn Slouch, I’d love to see it – be sure to tag me @mooglyblog on Twitter or Instagram!
The Fine Print
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Hi Tamara! This is a beautiful pattern.
I am stuck on the cables round 8. Is there anyway you could include pictures on how to start the cable rows? My stitch counts are getting off. Not sure where to put my half double crochets, after making the Long stitches 😕
Thank you so much for this pattern!
Hi Piper! After making the 2 long stitches, skip the 2 sts that you would have worked into if you were just hdc-ing across the row in each st, and then hdc in the 4 sts after that. Does that make sense?
Thank you so much! Yes, I got it! 😘
Love your patterns and tutorials. I am making this Staghorn Messy Bun hat and was stuck on Round 8 because the pattern did not mention that we were supposed to skip the last two fptr, of the 4 that were 2 rows down. In December, 2017 Piper brought this up and I saw your answer to her question. Unfortunately the pattern has not been updated to reflect this extra step.
I have made several of your blankets as gifts and have received many compliments on them. Thank you for your time in designing, videos, and encouragement.
I’m having a problem with row 8, the fpdc does not line up, there are 4 stitches being lest alone. What am I doing wrong!
Hi Cheryl! I’m happy to try to help! I don’t know what size you’re making, and there’s not a fpdc used in that round, so I’m not sure exactly where you are in there. Can you give me a little more info? If you’d like to send photos, my email is email@example.com 🙂 That might be a lot easier and ultimately quicker!
Love this pattern! Thank you for sharing. I have question about hdc in 3rd loop. Do you use 3rd loop in front or back ? Thank you!
Hi Karen! That would be the one in back. 🙂
I am puzzled as to why round 8 ends with “turn,” instead of “join and turn.” It seemed to create an unnecessary hole in my hat.
My apologies Tonya, that was a typo or transcription error – and you were the first to spot it, or at least the first to let me know. I will correct it now.
Okay, made this. And it IS just as adorable as it looks. But there is an error in the pattern; it should say “join and turn” at the end of round 8 (instead of just “turn.”)
And since I was a little worried as I progressed that the ‘one skein’ deal might apply to just the hat with fake messy bun I can assure future Staghorn Slouchy makers: I made the large size hat and pom pom, and still had several feet of yarn left over.
It is a fun pattern: easy and fast!
Thank you for letting me know about the error! 🙂 I’m glad you liked it otherwise!
I had so much fun making this Staghorn Slouchy. Made the messy bun/ponytail version for me and the pom pom version (without the pom pom) for my sisters. I used Caron One Pound yarn in Off-White with an I-Hook and the measurements came out perfectly. This is the third hat pattern that I’ve tried and enjoyed from your website. I’d love to see one of your slouchy patterns using a cable stitch. Thank you for sharing your unique designs.
Thank you so much Margaret!
Do you have a video on making this hat? I don’t see it on YouTube. I am not very good with written patterns. I can do it better watching a video.
Hi Debi! This one doesn’t have a video I’m afraid!
Oh bummer. Thank you.