Free Pattern – Garter Slouch

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Hat Description

The Garter Slouch is a simple garter stitch slouch Hat. It’s a roomy Hat featuring a ribbed brim and a gathered crown.


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Aran weight, single ply or plied yarn.


Needles & Notions

Set 4mm/UK6/US8 & 5mm/UK8/US6 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle


Sample Details

Shown in Countess Ablaze Grande Merino Aran [190yd/174m per 4oz/115g; 100% Merino]

Shown in size 21in/53.25cm on model with 21.5in/54.5cm circumference head



20sts x 28rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over Stocking Stitch
20sts x 30rows to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over Twisted Rib



To fit size: 15 [17, 19, 21, 23, 25] in/ 38 [43.25, 48.25, 53.25, 58.5, 63.5] cm
Finished size: 12.75 [14.5, 16, 17.75, 19.25, 20.75] in/ 32.5 [36.75, 40.75, 45, 49, 52.75] cm

Not sure which size to make? Check my handy size and measuring guide!


Skills Required

Alternate Cable Cast-on
Knitting in the round
Increases and Decreases
Gathered Bind-off
Modified Gathered Bind-off
Blocking a Hand Knit Hat



K: knit
K1tbl: knit stitch through the back of loop
P: purl
rpt: repeat
R/rnd(s): rounds
st(s): stitch(es)
M1P: lift the horizontal loop between next 2 sts, place it onto the left needle & purl into the back of it

How To

Using 4mm needles and Alternate Cable cast-on method, cast on 64 [72, 80, 88, 96, 104] sts.

Join in the round, taking care not to twist the stitches. Place stitch marker to indicate start of round.



Brim Rnd: *K1tbl, P1; rpt from * to end

Repeat this round until work measures approx. 1.25 [1.25, 1.5, 1.5, 1.75, 1.75] in/3.25 [3.25, 3.75, 3.75, 4.5, 4.5] cm from the cast on edge. Change to larger needles.

Inc Rnd: *P4, M1P; rpt from * to end [80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 sts]



Rnd 1: Knit all stitches

Rnd 2: Purl all stitches

Repeat these 2 rounds until work measures approx. 4 [5, 6, 7, 8, 9] in/10 [12.75, 15.25, 17.75, 20.25, 22.75] cm excluding the brim, ending after a Rnd 1.



Using either the Gathered Bind-off or the Modified Gathered Bind-off, transfer all stitches from the needle to yarn and gather to close.



Weave in all ends and block as required.

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