|How cute is this waffle cone slouchy hat?! (photo used with permission from Julie's blog)|
|The back of the hat slouches down, hence the name. (photo use with permission from Julie)|
Okay, so first you will need 1 skein of the Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn.
|Along with your yarn, you will need an over-sized "N" (9mm) crochet hook|
I picked a creamy neutral color for my first attempt, it was called "Los Angeles Tan" The first part of the directions say chain 4. This counts as the first DC plus a Ch 1 stitch. Then you will DC in the 4th chain from the hook and chain one. Do this 6 more times until you have a ring of 8 DC with a chain between each. She has a play by play explanation in pictures if you need it here for the beginning steps. Join each round together when you are finished.
Round 2 starts with a Ch 4 and 1 DC in the same stitch followed by a chain one. Basically you are going to put 2 DC in each of the 8 original DC of the first row, with a Ch 1 between each. You are increasing that first round from 8 to 16 DC stitches for round two. It will look like this:
|This is round 1 and round 2 completed of the waffle cone slouchy hat|
Round 3 I think was the most confusing round for me at first. I decided to scan through all of the reader comments and a few other people had trouble with the wording of the pattern but if you have ever watched the crochet geek on you tube (aka Teresa) it is a simple increase row, of every other one. If you were to double every DC like you did in round two, you would go from 16 stitches around to 32. For round three you only want to end up with 24 stitches around, which means that one time you will do 1 DC and a ch 1 in the next stitch, and the next time will be 2 DC with chain 1's in between in the following stitch. Every other time you will either do 1DC and the next time 2 DC. This way you will end up with 24 stitches around. Here's what it looks like.
|Round three increases 1 DC then 2 DC every other stitch for a total of 24.|
|Round 4 completed of the waffle cone slouchy hat|
|Getting very curvy now|
|Waffle cone hat after 7 completed rounds.|
|This might help some newbies out there join the last stitch in a round to the first chain of the round|
|Connect your slip stitch to join the round in the Ch 3 space.|
The last two rounds are very easy. After round 11 is completed you are going to simply do a nice SC around every stitch you've made for a total of 48 stitches.
|SC around each stitch for row 12|
|Back loops only give the edge a wonderful finished look.|
|My original attempt in cream and my second attempt was a gift for a teenage friend of the family for Christmas|
|Julie models her own hat. I love the purple color and the matching ribbons. (Picture used with permission).|
As for me I thought slouchy hats might only be for the younger set. But after I tried on the first cream one I made I thought it was pretty cute, even on me. So there you have it, another fun, quick pattern with bulky yarn and a big ol' "N" hook that made a pretty trendy gift. I'm sure my 13 year old niece will be begging for one in green (her favorite color) very soon. :)
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