Laguna Slouchy (Free Pattern)

 

About 6 months ago I bought 3 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn in the color “Lagoon”. I fell in love with the color, the texture, and the bulkiness, and thought it would make a beautiful “something”.  I tried a few different projects with it, both knit and crochet, but frogged each and every one of them. The yarn just wouldn’t cooperate with my hooks and needles. So I put it aside hoping that one day I would be able to use it. Earlier this month I pulled out a skein of it and tried my hands at working with it again (which I posted about here). Much to my delight it cooperated with me this time! After successfully making my first project with it, I decided to try writing up a new hat pattern. I had two-and-a-half skeins of it left to play with. My “prototype” hat was beautiful, but I thought “there can be more to this hat”. So I played around with it and created a second and a third version of it. Still, I thought it could be better. With my fourth, and final, revision I was completely satisfied.  And now I am very excited to share this pattern with you! (My first pattern of 2018!)

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Laguna Slouchy Hat Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2018

Materials:

Lion Brand Homespun Yarn; 6 oz/170 g; 185 yards/169 meters; Color 404- “Lagoon” (a little more than a half skein will make 1 hat)

Size K/6.5 mm crochet hook

large eyed blunt sewing needle to weave in yarn tails

Size- Adult- approximate circumference 22 inches, total length 12 inches, ribbed cuff length 2 1/2 inches

Gauge-  in pattern of (hdc, fpdc) 10 sts= 4 inches; 10 rounds= 4 inches

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

ch- chain

dc- double crochet

hdc- half double crochet

fpdc- front post double crochet

bpdc- back post double crochet

sl st- slip stitch

beg- beginning

Special Notes:

  • 3 ch’s from the beginning ch-4 count as a dc
  • the ch-2 at the beginning of a round always counts as a hdc, except for when working the ribbed cuff, in which case it counts as a bpdc
  • the ch-3 at the beginning of a round always counts as a dc
  • if you would like a tighter cuff, try going down a half to a full size hook

Instructions:

Ch 4

Round 1- make 7 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, join with a sl st to the top of the first dc (8dc)

Round 2- Ch 2, fpdc in the same dc as join, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the same dc) repeat from * around, join with a sl st to top of the first hdc (16 sts- 8 fpdc, 8 hdc)

Round 3- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in the next st, *(2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st),  repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the first dc (24 dc)

Round 4- Ch 2, fpdc in the same dc as join, hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next sdc, fpdc in same dc, hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of beg hdc (32 sts- 16 fpdc, 16 hdc)

Round 5- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in each of the next 3 sts, *(2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 3 sts), repeat from * around, join to top of the beg dc (40 dc)

Round 6- Ch 2, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg hdc (40 sts- 20 hdc, 20 fpdc)

Round 7- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in each of next 4 sts, *(2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 4 sts), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg dc (48 dc)

Round 8- Ch 2, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg hdc (48 sts- 24 hdc, 24 fpdc)

Round 9- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in each of the next 5 sts, *(2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 5 sts), repeat from * around, join to top of the beg dc (56 dc)

Round 10- Ch 2, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg hdc (56 sts- 28 fpdc, 28 hdc)

Round 11- Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg dc (56dc)

Rounds 12- 23- Repeat rounds 10 & 11

Start Ribbed Cuff-

Round 24- Ch 2 (counts as a bpdc),*(fpdc in the next dc, bpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around to the last dc,  fpdc in the last dc, join with a sl st to the top of the beg ch-2 (56 sts- 28 fpdc, 28 bpdc)

Rounds 25- 27- repeat round 24

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

 

A Yarns Destiny

So the other day, after much talk and debate among members on a Facebook group that I belong to, about Lion Brand Homespun yarn, I decided to try out one of my old hat patterns using this yarn.

I bought 3 skeins of Homespun probably about 6 months ago, because I fell in love with the look and feel of it. After a few attempts of trying to work with it, both crocheting and knitting, I became rather frustrated and put it aside, hoping one day I’d find a use for it. I found it was hard to stitch with and it tangled too easily.

You can probably imagine my delight when after so many months of this yarn being in hibernation my problem with Homespun seemed to have disappeared and become a thing of the past.

I’m beginning to think that those skeins we buy and have problems with are just waiting for the right project, even if it’s not the project we originally intended to use that yarn for. A yarns destiny, I suppose.

Anyway,  I used my Homespun to make Amanda’s Recycled Bulky Beanie. I followed the pattern exactly as I had written it, except that I increased its length by making one extra round of dc’s before doing the final (sc) round. Using this yarn, in my opinion, produces a much nicer hat, and it fits better as well!

Here are a few photos of how the Homespun hat turned out:


I decided (and it wasn’t a hard decision at all) to keep this hat for myself 😊

Now, I am left with about 2 1/2 skeins of this yarn (This hat took less than a 1/2 skein). Today I began designing a new hat with it, so maybe soon I’ll have another hat pattern to share with you 😁

Until next time,

Amanda ❤😊