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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Echo Ridge Slouch - Free Crochet Pattern

The Echo Ridge Slouch is a nice textured slouchie hat worked with self striping yarn, so you don't have to worry about changing colors. 



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The Echo Ridge Slouch 

Finished Size: one size to fit all women; hat height: 22 cm

Materials used:
- 1 skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable ( colorway Echo here)
- 4.5 mm crochet hook
- 5.5 mm crochet hook Addi Swing Crochet Hooks
- 1 button (2.5 cm or 1 inch)
- yarn needle to sew in the ends
- scissors.

Stitches, Terms (US) and Abbreviations used:
ch: chain
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
fpdc: front post double crochet
bpdc: back post double crochet
st: stitch
yo: yarn over
standing dc: standing double crochet
sp: space

Special Stitches:
hdc in the 3rd loop at frontWatch this Video from Maggie’s Crochet to learn how to work the hdc in 3rd loop at front (please note that she calls it the Royal Ridge Stitch.)

dec fpdc: decrease front post double crochet (See my tutorial here)= yo, insert the hook from the front to the back around the post of the first st,
yo, pull a loop through; you have now 3 loops on hook;
yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook; you have now 2 loops on hook;
leaving the 2 loops on the hook, yo, insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the next st, yo and pull a loop through; you have now 4 loops on hook;
yo, pull through first 2 loops on hook; you have now 3 loops on hook;
yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Instructions:
The hat is started with the band worked in rows; then continued in rounds from bottom to the top.

The Band:

Row 1 (right side): With hook size 4.5 mm ch 11. Work 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook and 1 hdc in each ch across. (10 hdc)

Note: To avoid loops at the edge, from now on, the last stitch of each row from the band will be worked using the both top loops. 
Row 2
(wrong side):  ch1 (does not count as a stitch here and throughout the pattern), turn, working in the 3rd loop at front of the hdc sts, hdc in each st across. (10 hdc)
Repeat row 2 until you have 29 ridges, then continue with the buttonhole.

Button hole: ch1, turn, work in 3rd loop at front, 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, work in 3rd loop at front 1 hdc in each of the last 4 sts.

Next row: ch1, turn, work in 3rd loop at front 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts, work normal 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, work in 3rd loop at front 1 hdc in each of last 4 sts. (10 hdc)
Cut yarn. Fasten off.

The ribbed band resembles a bit to a knit pattern of *1 knit (the V looking ridges), 2 purl stitches* repeat around.
Sew the button on the opposite end of the band, placing it in the middle of the second purl looking ridge, as in the picture above. Fold the band over and close the button. Turn piece on the wrong side and sew the end in place.


The body of hat worked in rounds:

Take the band and try it on your head, placing the button to the side. Find the V- ridge in the middle of the back side and place a stitch marker at the edge of the cuff; that's where you will join yarn to start working the body of the hat.

Round 1: Change to hook size 5.5mm!
Join yarn with a standing dc into the st where you placed the st marker. 
Work 81 dc sts evenly spaced around the edge of band, like this: 1 dc in each of the 2 purl looking stitches and 1 dc into each V looking ridge; when you reach to the overlap piece with the buttonhole, do not work into the overlap piece, only into the loops of the band piece behind; continue working dc sts around as written above, join with sl st to top of first dc. (81 dc)

In the picture below, I wanted to show how to work around the band, please ignore the sc sts!



Round 2: ch1, work 1 fpdc around the standing dc one round below, work 1 bpdc around each of the next 2 dc; repeat the sequence of *1 fpdc, 2 bpdc* around, join with sl st to top of first fpdc.  ( 81 sts )

Note: If you have worked correctly, the ridges created by the fpdc sts should align with the V ridges of the band and the 2 bpdc should align with the purl looking sts of the band!

Round 3: ch1, work *1 fpdc around next fpdc, 1 bpdc around each of the next 2 bpdc * repeat around from * to *, join with sl st to top of first fpdc. . (81 sts)

Repeat as round 3 until your piece is 20 cm height (including the band). Work more rounds if you would like a longer slouch.

Shaping the top of the hat:
Decrease round 1:
Note: Use stitch markers or pieces of yarn to mark the stitches that will be skipped! Place first st marker around the second from the 2 bpdc sts at the beg of round; after each 9 sts, place another st marker around the next bpdc. You will have 9 st markers evenly placed around.

This round you will decrease 9 sts, skipping the marked bpdc stitches!

ch1, work 1fpdc around next fpdc, *work 1 bpdc around next bpdc, sk next marked bpdc, work 1 fpdc around next fpdc, (1 bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, 1 fpdc around next fpdc) x 2 times* , repeat around from * to *, around, at the last repeat you will end with 1 bpdc around each of last 2 bpdc around. Join with sl st to top of first fpdc. (72 sts)

Decrease round 2:
Note: This round you will decrease 18 sts, skipping the second bpdc of each 2 bpdc groups.

ch 1, work *1 fpdc around next fpdc, 1 bpdc around next bpdc, (1 fpdc around next fpdc, 1 bpdc around next bpdc, sk next bpdc) x 2 times * repeat from * to * around, join with sl st to top of first fpdc. ( 54 sts)
Decrease round 3:
Note: This round you will work only the fpdc stitches, skipping the bpdc stitches.

ch1, * 1 fpdc around next fpdc, sk next bpdc*, repeat from * to * around. (27 sts)

Decrease round 4:
ch 1, *dec fpdc around next 2sts, 1 fpdc around next st*, repeat from * to * around. (18 sts)

Decrease round 5: ch 1, dec fpdc every next 2 sts. (9 sts)

Cut yarn leaving a long end that will be used to close the hole on top of the hat.

Closing the hole on top of the hat: Turn the hat inside out, thread a tapestry needle with the yarn tail and weave in and out around the hole on top of the hat. Pull yarn tail tight to close the hole. To secure, weave the yarn through a few times. Cut yarn and fasten off.

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

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Written Instructions and pictures 
Copyright 2016 Kinga Erdem. 

This pattern is free for you to use, you can sell the products of your work, a link back to my blog would be appreciated. Please don't repost the pattern itself to any other sites, but please share the link to the pattern if you want to share the pattern with your friends. You may not give away copies of this pattern. Thank you.  


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