Slouchy Hat for Children

Summer is coming to an end and the clouds are starting to carry a breeze. Hat season is beginning! What better way to let your children show their own style than with a slouchy hat?! This free crochet pattern is very easy to follow :) And it is a personal Stitch11 favorite! This slouchy hat is designed for children ages 3 and up! ALSO check out the Adult Slouch Hat!!!


Size K/6.5 mm  hook.
Simply Soft yarn (medium weight)


SC – Single Crochet
DC DEC – Double Crochet Decrease 
DC – Double Crochet

Get Started! 

Round 1: Magic Circle, CH 3, 9 DC inside ring. Join to top of CH 3.
Round 2: CH 3, DC in same stitch, 2 DC in next 9 stitches. Join to the top of CH 3.
Round 3: CH 3, DC in same stitch, DC in next stitch.  ** 2 DC in next stitch, DC in next stitch. Repeat from ** 8 more times. Join to top of CH 3.
Round 4: CH 3, DC in same stitch, DC in next 2 stitches.  ** 2 DC in next stitch, DC in next 2 stitches. Repeat from ** 8 more times. Join to top of CH 3.
Round 5: CH 3, DC in same stitch, DC in next 3 stitches.  ** 2 DC in next stitch, DC in next 3 stitches. Repeat from ** 8 more times. Join to top of CH 3.
Round 6: CH 3, DC in same stitch, DC in next 4 stitches.  ** 2 DC in next stitch, DC in next 4 stitches. Repeat from ** 8 more times. Join to top of CH 3.
Round 7-9:  CH 3, DC into each DC around. Join to top of CH 3.
Round 10: CH 2, DC DEC into first 2 stitches, DC in next 8 stitches. **DC DEC, DC in next 8 stitches, Repeat from ** 4 more times. Join to top of first DC DEC
Round 11: CH 2, DC DEC  into first two stitches DC in next 7 stitches. **DC DEC, DC in next 7 stitches, Repeat from ** 4 more times. DC in last stitch,  Join to top of first DC DEC
Round 12:  CH 3, DC into each DC around. Join to top of CH .
Round 13: CH 2,  DC DEC into first two stitches,DC in next 5 stitches. **DC DEC, DC in next 5 stitches, Repeat from ** 5 more times. Join to top of first DC DEC.( you will be shy one DC at the end of this round, and that is okay :))
Round 14-16:  CH 3, DC into each DC around. Join to top of CH 3.
Round 17-22 : CH 1, SC in each stitch around. Join to CH 1.
Finish off and weave in ends.

For the flower pattern, check out My Daisy!

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  1. laura says

    just made this hat from your pattern as a beginner in crocheting it turned out super cute and was easy even the little flower! thanks so much!

    • imelda says

      For rounds 6-9, I count 54 DCs, so that when I do Round 10 with the DC DEC, 8 DC, five times, I am left with with 2 extra DC. Am I counting wrong.? I am eager to finish this lovely hat for my granddaughter, but I am stuck. Thank you for your help

      • CorinaCorina says

        Make sure you are joining the end of the round to the top of the DEC DC and not the CH 2. I havent looked at the pattern right now, but I do know one of the rounds say there will be an extra, and then the next round it evens back out. Its been so long since I made this. Hope I helped.

  2. Keri from SC says

    Just wanted to let you know I made this for my 8 year old. She loves it! My 2 year old threw a fit for one, too so looks like I’ll be making a toddler one, too! :) Will have to figure out how to do that and let you know! :)

  3. Nancy says

    Can you give me the gauge that is used for this hat? Just want to make sure it fits my 6 yr old granddaughter. Thankyou, Nancy

  4. says

    I am so going to make this for my 12 yr old 😉 she has been wanting 1 for a little while…and all the credit for the turn out of the hat will go to Corina @ Stitch11 !!!

  5. Ashley says

    Hi! This is such a beautiful hat! I have attempted this pattern twice and I have a few questions…The first attempt I followed your pattern to a T, I used your DC DEC but the hat just seemed to get bigger, when you say Insert hook in next stitch, are you actually skipping a stitch? And are you not joining at the end of each round on rows 3-6, they don’t say to? On my second attempt I used the traditional way to DC DEC and finished the hat but it was too small for my 4 year olds head. I know its a lot of questions but I figured I better ask before the third attempt :-p

    • CorinaCorina says

      I am going to look over the pattern asap but I will go ahead and answer a few of your questions. You do join at the end of each row. If you skip a stitch, I will say to skip a stitch. When it says to crochet into the next stitch, you crochet into the next stitch.

      I have had many people use my adult slouchy hat pattern to make a childs slouchy hat. But instead of using homespun yarn, they used yarn like, I Love This Yarn, and also Red Heart Love. And I have heard it works up perfect

  6. Emma says

    Loved this pattern took me about 4 hours to make. Love it can’t wait to make the flower and finish it up with I could post a picture my little one loved it. Thanks for sharing !!!!!!

  7. Heather L says

    I followed this pattern exactly. Even used Simply Soft Yarn. But the bottom won’t even come close to fitting either of my girl’s heads. It’s way too small and they are a very petite 4 year old and not even 3.

    • CorinaCorina says

      Maybe you crochet a lot tighter than I do. I would use a larger hook next time. Sorry your having problems.

  8. Stefanie says

    I made this for my 4 year old in a purple yarn with sparkles – she loved it and it turned out so cute. For those saying it was too snug – I recommend doing te final rows of single crochet very loosely. I had the same problem before I loosened my stitch.

      • Mia says

        Oh ok. please disregard the previous question as you have answered it.

        The one I have is Rowan pure wool worsted. If this is not ok, would Blackstone Tweed gage 4.5 sts=1″ do? it shows 4.5 (7 US) needles. It looks finer
        OR would Patons ColorWul bulky 5 be better? this shows needles size 6.5mm (US 10 1/2)

        • CorinaCorina says

          To be honest, I have never worked with either of those yarns. I would have to test them out to know for sure. I also have this slouch hat pattern that works perfect for 8 year olds. You may consider it if it helps you know more of what size yarn you can use. The kind I used for this… I really havent used it ever since :/ so its hard for me to remember exactly how thick it was compared to other yarns. But this one I am linking, most medium weight yarns work wonderfully

          • Mia says

            Thank you Corina. I appreciate your help. When I look at the girl with this hat the yarn seems to be the same as worsted. I will check the one you just sent me.

  9. Mia says

    I just made this hat with pure wool worsted yarn (Rowan) and used a 6.50MM crochet hook and it turned out perfect! I made my stitches on the loose side and it fits a young child aged 7+ , as well as me! I think I will make one for each female in my family. This is a great accomplishment since I am a new crocheter. Thank you Corine for sharing this beautiful pattern. I would send a photo if I was able to.

  10. says

    I’m making this hat but I don’t see how the DC Dec is any different than a DC. And when I look up a DC Dec on YouTube it is very different that your directions. Please help. Thank you.

  11. Mrs. Tepper says

    I was trying to make this hat for a 1 year old and everything was going ok until i got to rows 17-22. There is no way that would fit a 1 year old. Can you tell me what I am possible doing wrong! I know I followed the instructions like stated i am not sure why its coming out too small.

  12. Mrs. Tepper says

    The first time I made this pattern i was a little worried it seemed kinda small but after a day of reviewing and re working I found my mistake and the hat came out Perfect!! My daughter looks adorable in it! Thanks for the pattern!

  13. Amanda says

    love this pattern. Just started row 10. At the beginning do you chain anything before decreasing or just decrease right from the slip stitch?
    TIA :)

    • CorinaCorina says

      Good question! I would CH 2. It’s been awhile since I wrote this one so I will edit it. But yeah, CH 2 but when joining, join to the first stitch.

  14. Terry says

    Thanks so much for this pattern! Just made is for my great niece and it’s so cute I’m gonna make a bigger one for myself!


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