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Softyak Slouch Hat

Softyak Slouch Hat

"Quiet or bold—your choice!"

Take our favorite Basic Beanie and give it a few little tweaks—a little stitch pattern, a little stripe, a little slouch—and what do you get? This handsome topper! A textured ‘granite ridge’ stitch outlines a color-blocked band that can be as be as quiet or bold as you please. With a casually rolled brim, it has just the right amount of easy-going charm.

In Rowan’s Softyak DK, the coolness of cotton is blended with clouds of downy yak fiber. Due to its touch of nylon and the chainette construction, it knits into a gently springy fabric (with a lovely drape after a nice rinse). The cotton and yak fibers absorb color differently, so the palette is made up of pretty shades and slight mélange effects. And it’s durable, washable, and oh-so-soft.

Click on the Free Pattern tab to see the hat pattern. Then choose 2 charming colors of Rowan Softyak DK below; you’ll need two skeins, stripe or no stripe.

Adult medium: 18½"/47cm circumference;
Adult large: 20"/51cm circumference.
Note: Hat will stretch to fit head 2–4"/5–10cm larger than finished circumference.
Directions given for medium size, with large size in parentheses ( ).

2 skeins Rowan Softyak DK (148yds/135m each), 1 each in 2 colors. Designate Colors A and B; our sample used Colors 230 (A) and 232 (B).

Or, in an equivalent DK-weight yarn, approx. 135 (150) yds/123 (137)m of Color A and 45 (50) yds/41 (46)m of Color B.

US 7 (4.5mm) 16"/40cm circular and double-point needles, or size to obtain gauge.
US 6 (4mm) 16"/40cm circular needle, or one size smaller than gauge needle.
5 stitch markers, 1 in a contrast color.
Darning needle to finish.

Approx. 22 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch.

See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.

GLOSSARY: K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 stitches together; P = purl; P2Tog = purl 2 stitches together; St(s) = stitch(es).

Cast on: With Color A and smaller needle, cast on 100 (110) sts. Place contrast-color marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist. Knit every round, slipping marker, until work measures 1"/2.5cm from cast-on edge. Change to larger needle and knit every round until work measures 3"/7.5cm from cast-on edge.

Granite ridge rounds: Granite ridge stitch is worked in two rounds, before and after the color change.
Round 1: P2Tog to end of round. [50 (55) sts]
Round 2: *K1 but don’t drop st from left needle, bring yarn forward and P1 into same st*; repeat between * * to end of round. [100 (110) sts]

Change to Color B and knit every round for 2½"/6.5cm.

Change back to Color A and knit one round; repeat granite ridge Rounds 1 and 2.

Continue knitting every round until work measures 8¼"/21cm from cast-on edge; on last round place 4 more markers every 20 (22) sts.

Decrease rounds: Note: Change to double-point needles when necessary.

Round 1: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, K2Tog*; repeat between * * to end of round. [5 sts decreased]
Round 2: Knit.

Repeat Round 1 only (decreasing every round) until 5 sts remain.

Finishing: Break yarn, leaving an 8"/20cm tail. With darning needle, thread tail through all 5 sts, one at a time. Draw up tightly.
Weave in ends on wrong side. Wet or steam block gently, as desired.

Download printable "Softyak Slouch Hat" pdf pattern.

COLOR: 230 Cream. Pale heathery grey.

COLOR: 233 Prairie. Medium tealy blue.

COLOR: 239 Plateau. Slate blue.

COLOR: 231 Steppe. Lavender pink with grey heather.

COLOR: 232 Plain. Cloudy grey.

COLOR: 243 Terrain. Blueberry.

COLOR: 240 Pasture. Forest green.

COLOR: 237 Meadow. Orchid pink.

COLOR: 236 Lea. Warm red, between brick and tomato.

COLOR: 235 Pampas. Slightly muted tangerine.

COLOR: 234 Savannah. Golden tan.

COLOR: 242 Peat. Earthy brown.

COLOR: 244 Driftwood. Bleached light brown.

COLOR: 245 Taupe. Washed out light brown with a hint of grey.

COLOR: 247 Shell. Pale lavender with grey heather.

COLOR: 248 Coast. Pale aqua blue with grey heather.

COLOR: 249 Seagrass. Pale, muted spring green with grey heather.

COLOR: 246 Lantana. Peachy rose with grey heather.