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Learn how to make this gorgeous knit like slouchy crochet beanie by GenuineMudPie

This knit like slouchy crochet beanie is a winner. It has such a nice shape and looks knitted. I love it! It is not a beginners pattern but it is totally worth the effort.

It’s been a while since I made any hats. The last hat pattern I tried was the Stepping Textured Hat by Yarnspirations which were super easy but gifted for Xmas gifts.

However, this time, I was looking forward to making one for myself and wanted to try something different, with not such a chunky stitch.


I’d eyed some gorgeous knitted beanies, but I’m not a knitter 🤔😫

The Slow Hat pattern by GenuineMudPie uses ribbing stitches to create this nice streathy stitch and has a perfect shape.

Now, I wouldn’t recommend this pattern to a beginner. The top is shaped with short rows – decreasing and increasing into each other. This is tricky to get your head around.

But, the result is totally amazing. The shape is so flattering and neat. It avoids that bulky gathering you see on so many hats. Personally, I am not a fan of hats made without decreases to shape the top. I like hats to have a shape to them.

The original pattern is provided with 3 different weights. This version uses my fav Drops Paris Cotton with 5.5mm Hook. I ended using 130g.

The pattern:

Following GenuineMudPie‘s pattern instructions, start to create your first panel.

This starts with your foundation chain and then you start the ribbing stitches in the back loop of your work only.

After your first full row (up and down ribbing) is complete, you then start to decrease at the top. Skip the last stitch, turn, CH1 and then skip again as you work back down. And you repeat this process X times depending on your choice (X6 for this aran 5.5mm version).

When the first panel is complete you will have something that looks like this …


The next row works from the bottom up, going over your decreases and will look like this …


In each of the decreases you work X2 stitches and I have marked them to help later. Then you turn and work back down.

Now for the second part of the panel.

Work your ribbing up until there are X stitches remaining – depending on your choice (X14 stitches for this aran 5.5mm version).


Then you turn and work back down.

Repeat this process.

You are gradually working up an extra X2 stitches each time.

It’s a very clever way to shape to hat and I hope I’ve explained it a bit more clearly.

The finished first panel will look like this …


Now you start decreasing at the top again and continue repeating the whole process.


I only had to complete 4 panels as the Drops Yarn is slightly bigger but the original pattern advises 5. When you are happy you have the right size, you can close with a row of more ribbing.

I would love to treat myself to some mixed colours Merino wool yarn and make this in another colour. My eye on this by YarnWrox … droolworthy!

Emma's Yarn - Washable Worsted Wool - 100g Hammered

I really felt for some of the crocheters who couldn’t master this pattern so hope these instructions help a little bit more.

4 thoughts on “A Free ‘Knit Like’ Slouchy Crochet Beanie Pattern

  1. I’m so grateful for this blog post! The original pattern link is broken so I figured I’d just wing it, and this was immensely helpful. I still had to start over three times to get the size I wanted but we made it eventually! Thank you!

    1. Ohh no, looks like she has stopped hosting her website 😫 Glad this was helpful. It is really tricky to begin but totally worth the effort. I was the same and had to frog about 4 different attempts before I was happy but now, I’ve made so many versions in different yarns/sizes and love them.

    1. Hey, you could try the lilac chunky version which has detailed pattern instructions to make the first panel. If you’re using normal DK yarn with approx. 5mm hook you can just increase the first chain to your desired height. Hope that helps, let me know how you get on and I can try help if you get stuck. The pattern is tricky to begin but after a few attempts it will make sense … promise. Use lots of stich markers to keep track when you start the decreases/increases.

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