Slouchy Hat Pattern & Video: Chain Links – FREE

Slouchy Hat Pattern for Men: Chain Links

Slouchy Hat PatternThis slightly slouchy hat pattern is perfect for men or women. It has a classy hip look. The cables are easy to do with a two stitch technique. But if the cable stitch is worrisome to you an alternative pattern is pictured below. Looks just as good with less flash.

I’ve made it with Paton’s Classic 100 % wool yarn in the Light Grey Marle but it will work well with any yarn type or color, bright, earthy or pastel. I do prefer wool for cable patterns for its ability to stretch better than say acrylic or a blend.

The loom knit pattern is free on the website for now. To adjust it for children just change the loom to the next step down and knit fewer rows. For a “Slouchy-er ” look add a few more rows at the end of the patter.

Stay tuned for the EASY step by step Video Tutorial that should be ready by January if not sooner. I promise that you even if you have never loom knitted in your whole life you should be able to make this baby with no problems.

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Supplies for the Slouchy Hat Pattern

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 Extra Large Loom, Worsted Weight Yarn, Yarn Hook, Scissors, Stitch Markers, a Stitch Counter and an optional cable stitch holder.


Slouchy-Hat-PatternLoom: I used the Large 66-Peg 1/2 inch gauge wooden CindiLoom for this project. It was my first with this particular brand and I must say that I was really impressed. I will be using it again. For sure.

I Recommend any large round loom with at least 40 Pegs.The gauge is not important but the smaller the gauge the better the hat will look and the less loosy loopy your ribbed border.

The extra large Knifty Knitter is a good option.


Slouchy Hat PatternYarn: I used Paton’s Classic 100 % Wool worsted weight yarn in Light Grey Marle.

I like Paton’s brand but any medium weight yarn will work fine . I do recommend that if possible you should use a wool or wool blend because it makes stretching the yarn to make your cables a lot easier.

Let us know in the comment section if you have a type of yarn you prefer. It helps everyone to know your opinion.


Slouchy Hat PatternStitch Markers: I used the Rainbow Loom rubber bands to mark my loom. I like these because of all the different colors you get in the bag. I get a bag with 600 of them for less the $4. That is way cheaper than your regular stitch markers. If I lose them I don’t care. I love that.

I wrap each one twice so that they don’t get in my way while I knit.The bottom row in blue to mark the cable pattern and the top row in red to mark the ribbed stitch. I knit where there is a marker and purl where there is none. The top red row I removed when I was done knitting the border.


Stitch CounterStitch Counter : I used a 4 digit manual counter that cost me less than $2 with Free Shipping on Amazon. It works awesome. I have used the other stitch counters but I really like this one because it’s sturdy, I can put a temporary sticker to mark it and I can have a lot of them because they’re cheap. I tend to work on 3 – 6 projects at the same time. I have mild ADD.

Another plus is that I can put it on a rope around my neck so that I don’t misplace it in my world of yarn, craft supplies and multiple projects.



 Slouchy Hat Pattern: Chain Links


Chain link stitchStitches: Knit, Purl, Rib Stitch: (which is basically just a knit1, purl1 pattern) , 2 Stitch Cable

Instructions for the Cable Stitch: When you reach the section of the pattern that calls for the cable stitch make note of the first two pegs. Knit both pegs using the e-Wrap method, then remove the loop off the first peg and hold it with your hands or a cable stitch holder . Remove the loop off the second peg and place it on the first peg. Take the first loop you were holding and place it on the second peg (you are swapping loops) and knit the second peg. Feels a bit funky – don’t worry. Continue the pattern.




Cast-on : Chain Cast On

Row 1 -13 Single Rib Stitch – Note: use the U-wrap or Flat Knit Stitch


The Hat

Note: Use the e-Wrap Knit Stitch

Rows 14 – 18   Knit 2, Purl 2, Knit 1, Purl 2  - until the end of the round (5 rounds)

Row 19  Cable, Purl 2, Knit 1, Purl 2 - until the end of the round

Rows 20 – 25 Knit 2, Purl 2, Knit 1, Purl 2  - until the end of the round (6 rounds)

Row 26  Cable, Purl 2, Knit 1, Purl 2 - until the end of the round

Rows 27 – 50 Repeat pattern (Rows 20-26)

Rows 51- 55 Knit Stitch only until the end of the round (5 rounds)

Note: To make it slouchy-er add more rows of knit stitch.


Close the Hat

Use the Gathered Method

You’re Done!


Slouchy- Hat-Pattern

Hat with 60 Rounds of Knitting


Slouchy Hat Pattern

The Smurfy Slouchy

Note: Changes to the pattern can give you a slightly different hat.

I recommend that you stick with softer yarns, wool or wool blends is best. And, don’t get carried away with the number of rows. More is not always better – unless you have a particular look in mind. Dahan al’Ahmad Davis from our Facebook Family was nice enough to share her “Smurf Version” of the Chain Link slouchy hat pattern. I laughed so much when I first saw this picture I thought I was going to pee on myself (sorry couldn’t phrase it another way). Her handsome hubby was such a good sport to model the treasure for us.

THANK YOU DA’HAN and HUBBY ! You guys are beautiful . :)



Video Tutorial: Slouchy Hat Pattern


Slouchy Hat Pattern: Minus the Cables

An easier alternative to the Chain Links slouchy hat pattern is to make a slight change to the pattern above, where it calls for cables just replace it with an e-Wrap knit stitch and add 5 more rows of stitches to make the hat simpler and longer. The complete altered pattern can be found below this picture. The supply list is the same.



Note: I wanted this hat to be softer and to drop more so I used a softer yarn – The Caron Simply Soft. It’s luxuriously soft. Pictures don’t do this yarn justice to the feel or the richness of the jewel tone color.


Cast-on : Chain Cast On

Row 1 -13 Single Rib Stitch – Note: use the U-wrap or Flat Knit Stitch


The Hat

Note: Use the e-Wrap Knit Stitch

Rows 14 – 18   Knit 2, Purl 2, Knit 1, Purl 2  - until the end of the round (5 rounds)

Row 19  Knit 1, Purl 2, Knit 1, Purl 2 - until the end of the round

Rows 20 – 25 Knit 2, Purl 2, Knit 1, Purl 2  - until the end of the round (6 rounds)

Row 26  Knit 1, Purl 2, Knit 1, Purl 2 - until the end of the round

Rows 27 – 55 Repeat pattern (Rows 20-26)

Rows 56 - 60 Knit Stitch only until the end of the round (5 rounds)


Close the Hat

Use the Gathered Method

Your Done!

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Comments: 32

  1. Sharon March 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm Reply

    On a round loom with 36 pegs doing the 2 k, 2 p, 1 k, 2 p, on the last 6 pegs will it look funny with 2 p, 2 k, 2 p?

    • Denise Canela March 25, 2014 at 10:06 pm Reply

      No Sharon, it’s going to look fine. Depending on the yarn – you barely notice. I try to keep the knits between purls – be it 1k or 2k.
      Note that with a 36 peg loom you will get more of a beanie then a slouchy if the hat is for an adult.
      Hope that helps,

    • Sharon March 26, 2014 at 10:16 am Reply

      Thank you. Can’t wait to get started and see how it looks

      • Denise Canela March 26, 2014 at 7:29 pm Reply

        Share Pictures !

        • Sharon March 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm Reply

          I wanted to post a picture of the finished hat but don’t know how to do it. Please advise.


  2. Allison March 16, 2014 at 2:06 am Reply

    Please forgive my stupidity but with a 41 peg loom NOTHING comes out even at the end of each round.

    The pattern on rows 1-13 is KP so I end up one short. Do I finish with a KPK or a KPP??

    The pattern on rows 14-18 is KKPPKP which goes over by one. What do I add and where?

    The pattern on row 19 is PPKPP which falls short by one again. What do I add here??

    Thanks for your time!

    • Denise Canela March 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm Reply

      Hi Allison sorry for the delay – I’ve been working on some other projects. My personal preference is to always put a knit (K) in the middle of purls (p). So is I only have 3 pegs left those last 3 would be PKP if I have 5 pegs left I would do PPKPP or PKPKP . Because the knit shows up better that way. So lets answer your three rows

      In rows 1-13 finish with PKP even if you have PPKP as an ending – it’s ok
      In rows 14-18 add a P – in order to keep the K between Ps
      In row 19 change it to PPKPKP – so you’re adding a P at the end – always keeping the K between Ps – doesn’t matter if its 2 P or 1 P

      Hope that helps – if not – come back and ask again – no problem :)

  3. Dionne February 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm Reply

    Im using a 41 peg loom it looks like hat is gonna be to big and loose

    • Denise Canela March 2, 2014 at 12:12 am Reply

      The 41 peg loom is the correct size for a slouchy. The Rib Stitch tightens the brim to your head and changing the stitch after the brim is what creates the slouch. Hope that makes sense. .. As “they” say : Try It – You’ll Like It.
      Let know if that doesn’t answer your question.

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  5. Jessica Daoust February 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Hi ! First of all, I want to thank you very much for this video and pattern, I love it ! Also, my yarn is too thin, so I’m using two strands of yarn as one. But I was wondering if I must do less rows when I’m doubing my yarn, or if I can do 60 of them anyway. I’m sorry if my question doesn’t make much sense, english is not my first language.

    • Denise Canela February 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm Reply

      Hi Jessica, good question but I don’t have the answer. Only you know if 60 rows is good or not because you have the loom and your yarn in your hand. So here is how you find the answers to your question. With more questions.. :)
      The first question is how long do You want your hat let’s say in inches. The second question is how many rows do YOU have to do to get an inch. So knit a few rows then measure until you get an inch. If it takes YOU with your loom and your yarn 3 rows to make an inch and you want a 10 inch slouchy – 3×10=30 so YOU will need to knit 30 rows. Just remember that the brim and the hat are different stitches and you need to measure them separately. If that doesn’t help try this link for a video: Click Here
      On this post you will find other peoples questions – that might help too.

      Let me know if you still have questions. No problem I will try to explain it differently.

      • Jessica Daoust February 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm Reply

        Hi Denise,

        Thank you, your answer helped me a lot !

        • Denise Canela February 16, 2014 at 11:15 am Reply

          So Glad – Thanks for coming back to let me know :)

  6. Elizabeth January 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm Reply

    Hello! This video is awesome :-) thank you for posting it! This is my second attempt at this hat.. My first came out a smurf hat!! Lol. I bought a bigger loom and the one I’m working on now, looks good as far as the cable stitch is concerned. My only question is, my hat looks too open. Like the spaces in between the cable stitch look too far apart. Yours looks tight and together. I thought maybe I was doing it too loose but even when I made sure to make them tight they still don’t look like yours. Then I thought maybe my yarn was too thin.. But I checked mine with what you’re using and they’re the same weight.. Lol help!

    • Denise Canela January 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm Reply

      Hi Elizabeth, the loom that I used to make this hat is by CindiLooms and it’s a small gauge loom. If you want the stitch tighter with your current loom try using two strands of yarn as one.
      Hope this helps,

      • Anonymous January 22, 2014 at 12:54 am Reply

        I’m sorry I’m such a beginner!! Are you saying I should double wrap or use two separate skeins at once??

        • Denise Canela January 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm Reply

          Hi Anonymous, I’m not trying to be funny but the answer is Yes and Yes. Both options will work – just not at same time. You can double warp each peg or you can use two separate skeins. You can also take one skein and pull from two places. The aim is to get 4 loops on each peg and pull the two button over the two loops on top when you knit.
          I hope that helps, if not – let me know. You can ask me as many times as necessary. ITS FREE :) and never be sorry that you stopped by for help. I’m glad you choose me to ask when there are lots of other sites to choose from.

  7. Terri January 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm Reply


    thank you for all you do. Your videos and patterns are awesome. One question does the slipknot go on the anchor peg or the first peg in the loom? I am using a 41 peg loom. Also my Patons yarn seems thinner than what you used in the video. Is there another yarn you recommend that would have the same thickness
    as yours?

    • Denise Canela January 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm Reply

      Hi Terri, Thank you for the complement. It’s greatly appreciated. ..To do the Chain Cast on you can put the slip knot on the first peg – or on the crochet hook itself but not the anchor peg. As far as the yarn – you should try to stick to wool or wool blends. For some ideas – Click HERE
      Hope that helps,

  8. Sewfy January 18, 2014 at 4:33 am Reply

    Hiya, I made a 66 peg loom so that I can have ago at loom knitting. I really want to make this hat! I’ve never knitted on a loom before, so sorry if this is a silly question; how much wool do I need I.e. If I get a 50g ball will I need 2/3 balls?
    Also this website and your YouTube posts are amazing! It must take you ages to do all of this! Thank you so much and thank you for keeping it free- wool is so expensive in England. I couldn’t even buy a loom from anywhere they just don’t seem to exist.

    • Denise Canela January 18, 2014 at 10:05 am Reply

      Hi Sewfy, Thank you for acknowledging that this does take A LOT of work. I try not to let it bother me when folks give a thumps down on the YouTube videos – like they have no idea that I’ve given up hours and hours to do that video and without regard, just because – they give a thumps down. Borderline cruel and cowardly. Anyway, let me stop… about your loom – great to know you made one ! PLEASE send a picture. Would love to see that. I want to do a post about handmade looms. Put if you ever want to buy them, Amazon and eBay ship to you in England. About the yarn – I used Paton’s Classic (one of my VERY favorites for 100 % wool because of its price )worsted weight, 192 m/ 210yds. I made two of these hats and had yarn left over.

  9. Jim January 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm Reply

    This was my first time doing the cable pattern. Looming about a year and have made socks, hats and scarfs. The video was one of the best I have seen online. Can’t wait to do a cable pattern on socks or scarfs. Thank you for the very helpful website.

    • Denise Canela January 12, 2014 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Thank you Jim for your kind words – Greatly appreciated.

  10. Trina Reid January 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm Reply

    I downloaded a free “counter” application to my cell phone. You can use the counter and save the file. This way if you have multi projects on the go you can name each file according to the project, save it and come back to it later.

    • Terri January 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm Reply

      Hi Trina,

      What is the name of the counter app you downloaded. There are so many that I want to choose the best. Thanks,

  11. Lesley C December 31, 2013 at 5:45 am Reply

    I am on the third hat in this pattern! I LOVE it! I’ve been looming since November 1 and was scared of cabling until I saw this post. How easy that is! Thanks so much for the great pattern and tutorial. I am using a 41-peg Darice loom; I do the series of 7 stitches 5 times and the last is 6 stitches, ending with a purl stitch.

  12. Linda December 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

    Oh, I see you’ve posted a video and you addressed the pattern issue from my previous question!! I’ll have to watch it carefully again and sort it out. Any additional advice you have about adjusting the pattern rows to different numbers of loom pegs would be greatly appreciated!! Again, thanks so much for these great patterns!!!

  13. Linda December 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply

    I just LOVE these two patterns, and want this to be my very next project. Thanks so much for sharing them!! I do have a question. If I’m understanding this correctly, your row stitch patterns are increments of 7 and 6 repeated stitches, and the 7-stitch pattern does not repeat an even number of times on your 66-peg loom (I’m planning to use a 48-peg loom). How do you make this work on those rows?? Thanks for your help!!!

    • Denise Canela December 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm Reply

      Thanks Linda, yes you will need to make adjustments to the last few stitches depending on the number of pegs on your loom. Just make note of the fact that when you adjust the pattern at the end of the row make sure to have Purl stitches on either side of a Knit stitch.
      Hope that helps,

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