Crocheting a hat is something so simple that even a beginner can do it. This hat in particular only requires the knowledge of working in the round and double crochet. As long as you can do that you can make a slouch hat* in no time at all.
*There has been some confusion about the name of this hat. In the knitting/crocheting community it is commonly known as a slouch hat but many people know it as a type of military hat. This crocheted hat is not meant in any way to disrespect the military version but it simply shares the name because of the fact that it slouches.
For more information on the military one you can go here
Step 1: Choosing Your Yarn
You want to choose your yarn carefully. Don't just go out and buy the cheapest yarn you see because if you do it won't necessarily turn out well.
Things to look for when you are choosing your yarn:
-Find yarn that has some give to it and will stretch.
-Make sure it is soft and comfortable. You don't want to buy something that is scratchy and rough since you will be wearing it.
-Find a color you like. No matter how soft and how much stretch it has if you don't like the color you won't want to wear it.
The yarn I used was Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted. They have a ton of colors but the one I used was Nostalgia. Malabrigo yarn is a very soft to the touch yarn and has plenty of stretch. The only downsides of it are that it is not very thick and that since it is 100 percent merino wool it is a bit pricier than other yarn (I paid about 10 dollars for one skein).
Another yarn I would recommend would be Lion Brand's Wool-Ease. It's a cheaper alternative (around 3 dollars) because it is only 20 percent wool but at the same time it is soft and has a bit of give to it. It's also a bit thicker so if you want a quicker crochet it would be a better yarn for you.
Step 2: Other Materials
Once you have your yarn you only have to get a few more things in order to make your hat.
You will need:
1 J hook
1 Stitch Marker
1 Pair of Scissors
1 Yarn Needle (to weave in ends)
Step 3: Starting Off
The way I start off all my hats is to use a magic ring. You can use the chaining technique if you would like but I prefer magic ring because it doesn't leave a gap like chaining does.
If you want to try it but don't know how there is a great tutorial here
So to start off your hat you do:
Rnd 1: 8 dc in magic ring
(Make sure you remember to move the stitch marker every round!)
Step 4: Increasing
After starting your hat you have to increase it. You can increase until you see fit but I increased up to 60 sts because that is what fit me. If you need a bigger hat just increase it evenly until it fits you or if you need a smaller one just stop increasing when it fits.
For my hat, up until 56 sts I increased evenly but I decided to make it to 60 just because I wanted a rounder number.
Here is the write up of the rounds where I increased for my hat:
Rnd 2: 2 dc in each dc around. (16 sts)
Rnd 3: *2 dc in next st, dc in next st, rep from * around. (24 sts)
Rnd 4: *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, rep from * around. (32 sts)
Rnd 5: *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 st, rep from * around. (40 sts)
Rnd 6: *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 st, rep from * around. (48 sts)
Rnd 7: *2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 st, rep from * around. (56 sts)
Rnd 8: *2 dc in next st, dc in next 13 st, rep from * around. (60 sts)
Step 5: Working Even
After you increase as much as you see fit you just work it even until you get the length you desire.
I didn't want a very long hat so I just worked even for rounds 9-19. If you want it longer than just work even for as many more rounds as you want.
In case you would rather see it written out in pattern form here it is:
Rnds 9-19: dc in each st around. (60 sts)
Step 6: Ending
To finish your hat you only have to do two quick things. The first thing you have to do is to fasten off. Then after that the only thing you have left to do is to weave in the ends. Flip your hat inside out and you will see two ends, one at the top and one at the bottom. All you have to do is use your yarn needle to weave in those two ends. Once you do that flip it back right side out and you are done!