One of the fun thing about working at a post-secondary school is that students will oftentimes work in your office. They’re not always skilled labor for the tasks at hand (though sometimes they are) and they always get the grunt work. But it’s really fun getting to know students at the place you work (especially if your job isn’t student-facing). Our office, Marketing and Communications, has been very fortunate in the student workers we’ve had and I have made some very good friends of many of them. So when our current student worker asked if I could make him a “slouchy hipster-style hat” I agreed. When he asked if I could make a set of matching hats for him and his best friend, I lept for joy because how adorable is that?
A few years back, we accidentally gave our student worker the nickname Varsity. See, his initials are J.V. When my coworker wrote them down next to a task on a list, we all felt bad that he was JV and really thought his work easily bumped him up to varsity-level. Ha ha, right? However, it stuck.
Varsity is a lovely friend and student worker, funny and well-versed in pop culture. So when a new friend of his started showing up while he was working, I would sometimes stick my nose into their conversations and we’d all joke around (c’mon, an extrovert in a department of introverts needs all the conversation she can get!). I was able to watch their relationship move from classmates to best friendship. When Varsity asked if I could make matching hipster hats for the two of them, who was I to say no?
I did a lot of searching online (and even asked them to pick a style they liked from some pictures) but I wasn’t happy with how those were turning out in the yarn I had selected for this project. So, I kind of faked it. But really, a basic hat is one of the easiest things to make.
I opted for acrylic yarn for this project. Similar to last year’s Nephew Hat Project, I wanted to create a simple, easy to care for, sturdy hat. However, I couldn’t find a gray in my go-to bulky yarn when, Lion Brand Yarn’s Thick & Quick, when I stopped by the craft store. Instead I picked up (too much) Bernat Softee Chunky. Nothing special about the yarn, but it’s a good, solid bulky yarn to use. Each hat took less than one skein to use. But I don’t think I could get two hats from one ball.
While there are about a billion slouchy hat patterns online, I just went simple and made up my own pattern.
Slouchy Hipster Hat
Using a US 10.5 needle, I cast on 56 stitches. Join without twisting. I knit everything circular in magic loop, so I used a long cable and split the stitches between the two needles.
Rows 1-10: k1p1 across to make a basic ribbing.
Switch to US13 needle. Increase by knitting though the front and back loop on the first and last stitch of each needle. 60 stitches.
Knit every stitch for 9″-9.5″ total. Start decrease.
Decrease for top of hat (this is a shallow decrease to make a flatter top for the slouchy effect)
- Row 1: *k4, k2tog* Repeat *to* entire round
- Row 2: Knit all stitches
- Row 3: *k3, k2tog* Repeat *to* entire round
- Row 4: Knit all stitches
- Row 5: *k2, k2tog* Repeat *to* entire round
- Row 6: Knit all stitches
- Row 7: *k2tog* Repeat *to* entire round
- With a needle, bring yarn through remainig stitches, weave in ends
I didn’t check gauge. I make no claims that this will work since, well, I’m impressed I remembered to write down what I was doing as I did it! I hope, though, that this works for you to create a warm, slouchy hat for those days when you, too, need to hipster. There is a lot of room for customizing this pattern.
In the end, I had mostly matching hats. One was a little larger than the other since I knit the first shorter than what I have here. But, both men said they love their matching hats and every day this winter I’ve seen Varsity he has been wearin his hipster hat. BTW, for you non-knitters, that is the #1 to get a knitter to knit for you: Show him or her that you truly love what they made and make sure they see you actually using/wearing it.
- Knit through front and back (KFB)
- Bind off
- Knitting in the round (in this case, magic loop).
What’s a fun, unexpected project you knit for someone in your life? Let me know in the comments and make sure to include links to patterns!