This pattern actually came together by accident. For me, most of my beanie patterns happen this way. Someone will ask me to make them a hat. I ask what style, texture or no texture? Pompom or no pompom? You know the deal. So it stands to reason that the Randa Slouch Hat has a great story behind it.
The story that made it happen
My husband asked me for a hat so I went to work designing something that would fit his head (he has an odd shaped head). Originally I started with the band then went on to the hat body. It wasn’t until later I re-worked the pattern to be top down and I will get into the benefit of working top down later.
Anywho, I whipped up this hat and gave it to him to try on and it fit perfectly! I loved everything about it. The lattice work was my attempt at making cabling, something I had not delved into yet (om-goodness I was soooo off lol). He liked the fit but looked at me with those “how do I tell you this” look and said. “Its really cool, but it seems kinda….. Fru Fru”. He’s a wonder with words sometimes.
So now I had this hat and no idea what to do with it. At that time I was not on Etsy, I didn’t have a website or even a domain name! What I did have was a Facebook account that I could post purchasable items to. So I posted it to my Facebook shop, and thought to myself (because even though I loved this hat I was REALLY unsure anyone else would), “who in their right mind would buy this thing!”? A horrible thought, I know.
5 MINUTES! It lasted 5 minutes before it was bought off Facebook! I couldn’t believe it! Even though I knew the person who bought it, I had only met her once or twice, and now we are connected through marriage and step families and whatever… I knew enough about her that there was no way in Gods great creation she would have bought it if she didn’t love it!
I was so ecstatic. Then I was blown away again when she ordered a second to be made with custom colors. I thought, “oh boy, do I remember how I made the first one?” This is why you should always write down what you do if you are making something you think you might fill orders for. Obviously I pulled it off because she got her second hat complete with pink fluffy pom pom.
When she received the hats in the mail she was thrilled, and so was I. To think that someone I barely knew liked the creativity that came out of my head is humbling…
What Makes This Pattern Unique
Randa incorporates a layover motif that is both fun, and a great way to learn about using stitch markers, chain stitches, and slip stitches. Following the instructions for placing your stitch markers can feel intimidating. If this is your first time using stitch markers to identify stitches as an attachment point, don’t over complicate it, just take one stitch marker at a time. It is all about counting between stitch markers.
What you will need
Yarn: #4 Aran (5 oz/ 142 g; 232 yds/ 213 m) Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek (100% low pill acrylic) Teal Blue- 1 skein, Ivory- less than 10 yds
Hook(s): 5mm (H-8), 4mm (G-6)
Stitch Markers 2 colors, 12 markers each color
Large faux fur pompom; I sell mine at the Painted Owl Gift Boutique
Let's talk fiber!
For the hat pictured at the top of this page I used Yarn Bee’s Soft and Sleek, which is not just a worsted weight yarn. Soft and Sleek takes worsted weight to the next level to give you a plump and full bodied Aran yarn. So when you are shopping your stash, or for new yarn, be sure you are selecting a similar yarn of Aran weight (or otherwise known as a heavier worsted weight) yarn.
What you will look for between labels
- Is the weight the same?
- Are the fibers similar, such as Acrylic, wool, alpaca, nylon, etc.?
- Is the gauge similar or close enough to make it work?
- Are the recommended hook sizes the same?
Another piece of information you can look for is the number of wpi (wraps per inch). This information is not always available so me be more difficult to compare.
Wraps per inch, or WPI, will tell you how your yarn will behave on your hook. When using this number or testing it yourself compare how many times you can wrap the yarn around a ruler in a given measurement. So if you have 5 inches of the yarn want to use, how many times can you wrap the yarn around a ruler that is 1 inch wide, and how does that compare to the suggested yarn? Then compare it to the suggested yarn. Whatever you choose just be sure you are using the same tools in each test to get a correct comparison.
Do you know these stitches and abbreviations?
Other things you should know before starting...
Use two different colored stitch markers to make the motif work easier. Each color will represent a different chain that is worked into the fabric.
I’ll let you know a little secret; if you are off by a stitch, no one will really know. This is not to say you shouldn’t try, but if you are making this hat as a gift, or for yourself, the stitch marker placement is for visual purposes and not structural where exact stitch count is important.
Gauge and measurements.
- 13 dc x 7 rows = 4” (10cm) square swatch
- Crown measurement = 7” (17.5cm) approx.
- W- 10” (25cm) at the motif. For me this was the widest point and was measured after the hat was completed.
- H- 10.5” (26cm approx.) from the top center to brim edge, also measured when the hat was completed.
The Randa Slouch hat is as spunky as the person it was named after and just as much fun to crochet!
With all the color combinations you can come up with the possibilities are endless. I have made many of these and they always sell. They are popular in team colors as well as seasonal hues.
I would love to see how you crochet yours! Tag KnottieHooks on Facebook and Instagram so I can check them out.
Stitch Tutorials For This Pattern
Stitches For Randa
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