Handmade Holidays: Slouchy Toque

I got this awesome bulky yarn the other day. Cream coloured and so soft. I got one ball of it to start, but ended up going back the next day for 4 more. I had so many ideas for it and the little bit I had wouldn't cut it.

Last year, the first not-too-embarassing-to-wear-out-in-public-hat that I had ever made shrank in the wash. A devastating turn of events. it had kept my ears warm in the bitter canadian winter for years. But  this new yarn would make me a beautiful new one. 


But then, I remembered that our exchange student's birthday was on wednesday, and I should maybe make her that had that she had been begging for. So my yarn would be used for something a little different. Good thing I bought enough. 

And this white yarn would provide the perfect start for a Canadian souvenir / birthday present.


Slouchy Toque Pattern

What you need: 
-Bulky Yarn (this pattern won't be so slouchy if its not with bulky weight yarn)
-6.5mm hook

 ch 4, join to first ch to form a loop.
Round 1: ch 2, 8 dc in ring. Join to first dc with sl st.
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around. join to first dc with sl st.
Round 3: ch 2, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st*. repeat from * to * around. join with sl st to first dc. 
Round 4: ch 2, * dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st*. repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to first dc.
Round 5: ch 2, * dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st*. repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to first dc.
Round 6: ch 2, * dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st*. repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to first dc.
Round 7: ch 2, dc around. join with sl st to first dc.
Round 8-14: repeat round 7 (NOTE: if you want your hat 'slouchier', add more rounds. If you want it less slouchy, put in less rounds)
Round 15: ch 2, *fpdc in next dc, bpdc in next dc.* repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to first fpdc.
Round 16: ch 2, *fpdc in next fpdc, bpdc in next bpdc* repeat from * to * around. Join with sl st to first fpdc. 
Round 17: repeat round 16 (NOTE: if you want a longer 'cuff', repeat round 16 again.) Fasten off. 



I made two of these hats in a day, after finishing off a shawl I had been making for my mom. They work up really quickly. The second one I made ( the one that I will keep for myself) I made a bit longer so I could fold over the "cuff" and keep my ears extra warm. 


The first one that I made, I added a red cross-stitch pattern just above the "cuff". It makes it a little more Canadian. In a very tasteful and adorable way. 

Update:

I made this one for my friend out of
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Stripes

Happy October! 

-- Bee

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