I’m a bit uninspired for a blog post today. There is really not much new going on in my life right now. We are still building kitchen cabinets and it is still COLD outside. Winter break has begun for my children so we are spending longer and longer in our pajamas each morning. Despite my hum drum days, I still wanted to share this new hat pattern with you while it is fresh in my brain.
Natasha is a super chunky hat made from Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick and Quick, and there is no doubt your ears will stay warm wearing this one. The brim is first knit flat in seed stitch and then the body is knit in the round in fishermen’s rib. Fishermen’s rib is a member of the brioche knitting family and creates a loose knit perfect for slouchy style hats. I am able to complete this from start to finish in less than a couple hours, so knitting it is a great way to pass the time while my husband is rewatching his Star Wars movies.
See below for the pattern, or click here to download Natasha in PDF form.
As always, please feel free to ask questions about my patterns and kindly report any errata. Be sure you read through the ENTIRE pattern and CHECK YOUR GUAGE before you begin knitting.
Thank you so much for your great support and all the kind words about my previous pattern, the Jill Beanie!
Natasha Slouchy Hat
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Wheat
Needles: Size 13 US (9 mm) straight and 16″ circular needles (DPNs for crown if desired)
Gauge: 9 sts x 16 rows = 4 inch on size 13 US (9mm) needles in seed st
Yardage: 89 – 104 yards (less than one skein including pom pom)
Toddler (Youth, Adult)
Toddler – 16” circumference
Youth – 17” circumference
Adult – 18” circumference
Basic Skills: Knitting flat, knitting in the round, fishermen’s rib
st(s) – stitch(es)
CO – Cast on
rnd – round
sl – slip st from left needle to right needle without knitting it
k – knit
p – purl
yo – wrap the yarn from front to back and work the next st like normal (if the yo is preceded by a purl st, the yarn is already wear it belongs…simply knit the next st without returning the yarn to the back of the needle)
k1b (knit one below) – Insert the needle into the knit stitch below the stitch on the needle, knit both sts as if they were one, and slide both stitches off the needle)
p1b – (purl one below) – Insert the needle into the purl stitch below the stitch on the needle, purl both sts as if they were one, and slide both stitches off the needle)
pm – place marker
slm – slip marker
k2tog – knit two sts together
On straight needles, CO 7 (9, 11) sts. Or, desired odd number of sts.
Row 1: Sl1, *k1, p1; repeat from * to end
Repeat Row 1 until band measures 16.5″ (17.5″, 18.5″) from CO edge.
Button hole row:
For Toddler (creates one button hole): Sl1, k1, p1, yo, k2tog, k1 ,p1
For Youth (creates two button holes): Sl1, k1, yo, k2tog, p1, yo, k2tog, k1, p1
For Adult (creates two button holes): Sl1, k1, p1, yo, k2tog, k1, p1, yo, k2tog, k1, p1
Repeat Row 1 two more times.
Bind off stitches. Do not cut yarn.
Switch to circular needles.
Hold band so the end with the button hole is on the right and your single remaining stitch from binding off is still on the needle, on the top side of the band.
Evenly pick up 34 (36, 38 sts) around the top of the band. I do not overlap any part of the band in this process, but you may if you like.
PM, join to knit in the round. Slm marker each round.
Rnd 1: *k1, p1; repeat from * to end
Rnd 2: *k1b, p1; repeat from * to end
Rnd 3: *k1, p1b; repeat from * to end
Repeat Rnds 2 and 3 until hat measures 8″ (9″, 10″) from bottom of brim, or desired length.
Rnd 1: k2tog to end of rnd [17 (18, 19) sts remain]
Rnd 2: k2tog to end of rnd, k last remaining st on toddler and adult sizes [9 (9, 10) sts remain]
Cut yarn leaving a long tail and use a tapestry needle to thread it through the remaining sts and pull tight. Fasten off on inside of hat.
Attach button(s) on the end of the brim that does not have the button hole(s).
Make a pom pom with the main color and a contrasting color if desired. Secure to top of hat.
Weave in all ends on hat. I do a bit extra around the top of the band to make it more secure and prevent a hole from forming where the two ends were joined.