Pop Of Color Slouchy Hat

This post has affiliate links for the yarn and hook I used to make the hat. The pattern is free through the 2018 Holiday Stashdown CAL.

I found this pattern in the 2018 Holiday Stash Down CAL. I found this CAL on Facebook and I am so excited – you know how much I love CALs.

Click here for the 2018 Holiday Stashdown CAL main page.

The Pop of Color Slouchy Hat is the first one in this year’s CAL. The pattern is from Underground Crafter. I am not going to lie, I got lost browsing that website. The Make-along tab has links for CAL & KALs that go back a couple of years. I added a couple to my project to-do list.

I made this hat for Mermaid to go with her Sassy Stripes Sweater that I made for her birthday this year. I have to say the hardest part of this hat was stopping after the first one. I was tempted to make one for most of the people on my Christmas list – then I remembered we live in Florida and they would only get worn for a handful of days each year.

If you are looking for a hat pattern you should try this one. It has a fitted band, pretty wavy stripes, and a pompom. The best part is it can be made in any size from an infant 0 to adult.

(c) Underground Crafter

My Materials

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Solids

Hook: Susan Bates Metal Hook sizes I & J

Other Tools: Pompom Maker, Yarn Needle, Scissors, Stitch Markers

Pattern Notes

  • I measured Mermaid’s head at 21 inches. So I made the hat for 21 inches. It came out to loose even though my guage was right. So when you make yours make it an inch or so smaller so that it isn’t to big when you finish.
  • When you are picking up the stitches for the body of the hat from the band use stitch markers to divide the hat band into halves then quarters. Once you do that divide the number of stitches you need to pick up by 4. Work that number of stitches into each section. This is going to save you a lot of frogging to get them evenly spaced.
  • Make sure your sc and dc stack to keep the waves centered and even.
  • I didn’t cut the yarn at the end of each stripe. I carried them up the side and it worked just fine for me.
  • I seamed the hat with a whip stitch using the pink stitch from the band.

If you are on Ravelry click here to check out my project page.

Pompom Notes

For my pompom I used the largest one in the set. I did a few things differently with this one.

  • I decided to make pink the main color for the pompom so it would match the band of the hat.
  • To make it interesting I mixed in a few rounds of the purple and green when I wound the yarn into the maker.
  • I did not permanetnly attach the pompom to the top of the hat. I know it is for a 5 year old who is going to get it dirty. You can’t wash a hand made pompom in the washer it would just disentigrate. Instead I used a long strand of yarn to tie the center of the pom pom. I used it to tie the pom pom to the top of the hat. This way I can remove the pompom to wash it as needed.
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