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Monday, October 14, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern - Key Tab Slouchy


I recently found this fun stitch called the Key Tab on "The New Stitch a Day" website. I fell in love with the texture so I decided to write up some free patterns with it. This is the 1st in a series! I hope you will enjoy these new patterns as much as I do. I think these will make perfect Christmas gifts or just a perfect fall accessories! 

My inspiration for this pattern came from a new coat I recently purchased. I wouldn't normally pick mustard color anything, but my hubby insisted and It's my new favorite! 

This hat is currently only sized pre-teen to women's, but it's very easy to change the sizing up or down. Just make sure you do your ribbing row counts in a multiples of 4.  It features a fun button tab add on. It's totally optional as it's added on at the very end for embellishment. 

This pattern was tested by my amazing testers! A big thank you to them as always! 

I used Lion Brand's Heartland yarn. Which is becoming a new favorite. It's color ways are vibrant but multi tonal for dimension. Its a lighter worsted more like simply soft but I think its so much better to work with. Be sure to check your gauge with heavier worsted weight yarn but it's a slouchy that is meant to fit a little bigger. 

I can't wait to see your hats! 

Key Tab Slouchy Hat Free Crochet Pattern

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Key Tab Slouchy 


Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: 
Worsted Weight Yarn of Choice: Lion Brand Heartland  - 1 Skein in Color-way of choice
Yarn details {5 oz / 251 yards - Worsted Weight (4)}

*Hook size: H - (5.00 mm)
*Tapestry Needle
* 2 Buttons of choice

*Ribbing Gauge 2” x 2” swatch =  8 rows of 8 sc 
*Body of Hat Gauge 2” x 2” swatch = 4 rows of 8 dc

Terms and Stitches used:
(ch) chain, (st) stitch, (sl st) slip stitch, (sc) single crochet, (dc) double crochet, (rep) repeat, (blo) back loop only, (flo) front loops only, (YO) yarn over

Special Stitches: 
*Three Double Crochet Cluster (3dc cl)
YO hook insert hook into the next indicated st/sp, YO and draw up a loop, (3 loops on hook) YO and draw through 2 loops, YO hook insert hook into the same st/sp, YO and draw up a loop, (4 loops on hook) YO draw through 2 loops, YO hook insert hook into the same st/sp, YO and draw up a loop, (5 loops on hook), YO draw through 2 loops, YO and pull through remaining 4 loops. One cluster made. 
*Three Double Crochet Cluster Dec (3dc cl dec) See image example below
YO hook insert hook into the next indicated st/sp, YO and draw up a loop, (3 loops on hook) YO and draw through 2 loops, YO hook insert hook into next st/sp, YO and draw up a loop, (4 loops on hook) YO draw through 2 loops, YO hook insert hook into the next st/sp, YO and draw up a loop, (5 loops on hook), YO draw through 2 loops, YO and pull through remaining 4 loops. One cluster dec made. 


Notes:
 *Chain stitch does not count in stitch count!
*The number at the end of each row is the stitch count for the row (#).

Key Tab Slouchy Hat
Pre-teen - Women’s Size fits approx. 20-22”
Approx Measurements un-stretched 10 1/2” wide by 10 1/2” tall 



*Note: Hat is worked from the bottom up! 

Ribbing:

Row 1: ch 11, (working in BLO only) sc in 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across, ch 1, turn (10) 
Row 2: sc in blo of each st across, ch 1, turn (10)
Row 3-76: Repeat Row 2
*Match up Row 1 and Row 76, sl st together in blo of each st across to join, ch 1 
*Do Not Fasten off!

Body of Hat:

Make sure right side is facing.

Round 1: working along the ends of the rows, sc in each row around, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 1 (76)
Round 2: sc in same st as join, ch 3, 3dc cl in next st, ch1, sk 2 sts, *(sc in next st, ch 3, 3dc cl in next st, ch1 sk 2 sts) rep from * around, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 2, turn (19 - 3dc cl)
Round 3: *(sc, ch 3, 3dc cl) in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, rep from * around, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 2, turn (19 - 3dc cl) 
Round 4-14: rep Round 3 

Note: You can add more rows here if you would like more slouch. 

**Rounds 15-18 use the 3dc cl dec (see special stitches) 

Round 15: *(sc, ch 3, 3dc cl) in next ch 3 sp, ch1, (sc, ch 3) in next ch 3 sp, 
3dc cl dec over (same ch 3 sp, ch 1 sp and next ch 3 sp), ch 1 rep from * around to last ch 3 sp, (sc, ch 3, 3dc cl) in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 2, turn (7 - 3dc cl, 6 - 3dc cl dec )

Round 16: (sc, ch 3, 3dc cl) in next ch 3 sp, ch1, *(sc, ch 3) in next ch 3 sp, 
3dc cl dec over (same ch 3 sp, ch 1 sp and next ch 3 sp), ch 1 rep from * around, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 2, turn (1 - 3dc cl, 6 - 3dc cl dec)

Round 17: (sc, ch 3, 3dc cl) in next ch 3 sp, ch1, *(sc, ch 3) in next ch 3 sp, 
3dc cl dec over (same ch 3 sp, ch 1 sp and next ch 3 sp), ch 1 rep from * around, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 2, turn (1 - 3dc cl, 3 - 3dc cl dec)

Round 18: *(sc, ch 3) in next ch 3 sp, 3dc cl dec over (same, ch 3 sp, ch 1 sp and next ch 3 sp), ch 1 rep from * around, join with a sl st to 1st sc 
(2 - 3dc cluster dec)

*Fasten off, but leave a long tail for sewing top closed. Sew closed by weaving yarn through the remaining sts. Weave in ends. 

Optional Button Tab: 

Count over about 30 Rows on the ribbing to the Right or Left of the back seam. (depends on which side you’d like your tab) 

Row 1: Join yarn to the front loops with a sl st, sc in front loops of the same st as join and each of the 9 stitches across, ch, 1 turn, 

Row 2: sc in blo of each st across, ch 1, turn (10)
Row 3-7: Repeat Row 2
*Fasten off, but leave a long enough tail to sew on two buttons of choice.
*Sew buttons as desired.
* Fasten off and Weave in ends. 

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Please do not copy and/or redistribute this pattern, but direct people back to the blog post.

Thank you for using a Calleigh’s Clips original pattern. I have done my best to keep my patterns simple and easy to understand. If at any time you need assistance, please feel free to contact me using the contact me tab.

Please remember that there may be a slight variance in sizing due to different tensions of each individual and materials used.

All patterns are copyright protected, but you are welcome to sell finished products made from my patterns. I do ask, however, that you mention my company name along with my web shop address as follows:

Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations by Elisabeth Spivey 

I would love to see your finished products if you would like to send me pictures. These will be for my personal use only and will not be posted anywhere without prior written permission from you.

Enjoy,
Elisabeth

Be sure to check out the rest of the Key Tab Series 
Links to the other patterns! 





20 comments:

Carolyn said...

What a great stitch and a beautiful pattern. Thanks so much for making it a free one.

Elisabeth Spivey said...

Thank you Carolyn! Your very welcome! Enjoy!

Holly Johns said...

Fantastic slouchy and so easy to make up!!!

Jessie Johnson said...

Thanks so much for the pattern! This hat is really pretty. Now to pick what color... :)

divinedebrisjewelry said...

I really like that stitch you used, I will definitely give it a try. It works very well with the basic brim, and the accent of buttons is great. Adorable hat. :)

niccupp said...

I love this hat! I am working on one in Navy blue using Caron Simply Soft.

Congrats on being featured on All Free Crochet!

bethintx1 said...

Thanks! Here is my Ravelry page for mine: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/bethintx/key-tab-slouchy

I also took the stitch pattern and am making a small cowl.

Carrie Kraft said...

When working the rounds in the body of the hat the rounds end with "turn." Do you really turn at the end of each round?

Elisabeth Spivey said...

Yes you will need to turn and work the other way.

Andie Cavanaugh said...

I am a little stuck on Round 15 of the hat body section This round involves (3dc cl) and (3dc cl dec) this is the text for Rd 15: *(sc, ch 3, 3dc cl) in next ch 3 sp, ch1, (sc, ch 3) in next ch 3 sp, 3dc cl dec over (same ch 3 sp, ch 1 sp and next ch 3 sp), ch 1 rep from * around to last ch 3 sp, (sc, ch 3, 3dc cl) in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, join with a sl st to 1st sc, ch 2, turn (7 - 3dc cl, 6 - 3dc cl dec )

Where I am confused is I began in the first chain 3 space and did the regular (3 dc cl) then when I move on I am working in the next chain 3 space and the chain 1 stitch and the next chain 3 space to complete the (3dc cl dec) Correct????? So I end this in a chain 3 space and it then states ch 1 and repeat.

My question is when I begin to repeat am I moving in a new chain 3 space?????
It just seems weird to me

Elisabeth Spivey said...

Amanda- Yes you'll move on to the next ch 3 space. I sounds like you are doing it right. Someone else suggested that if the decreased doesn't make sense you could also just go down hook sizes repeating row 3 until it's small enough that you can cinch the top shut. Just another options if you get stuck :)

Megan Fox said...

I used a size 5mm hook and doing the 76 rows in the beginning seems way too big. Is it just me? Does it come together and fit a lil snugger as you work along? I know its supposed to be loose fitting but it just falls. It doesn't stay on my head.

Elisabeth Spivey said...

HI Megan! If it's too big, which it might if you have a smaller head like me! Just take out rows in multiples of 4. So try it with 72 or 68 maybe instead. The dec rounds might work out a little differently with less stitches in the body of the hat but I can help if you get stuck!

Megan Fox said...

Ok Thank you so much. I guess I could've just asked in what multiples to increase or decrease. I just couldn't come up with how to word it. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

I made this hat and have gotten tons of compliments on it! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern! Can you tell me what multiple of stitches are needed for the clusters? My brain doesn't do math very well and I'd like to try a matching scarf.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I just noticed your cowl pattern and that would do just fine.. ignore my question above!

Anonymous said...

I really tried to do this pattern but I am just getting back into this and did not understand all the directions and had no tutorial to show me. When I get better and understand more terminology with crocheting I may try it again. Thanks

Elisabeth Spivey said...

Its more intermediate. Dont give up. There is a Video on how to work the key tab stitch in the post which may help some.

Dani Marie Wolking said...

Hi, I'm about half way through the body of the hat, with the 3dc clusters. Is there a way to increase with this stitch, to give it a little more fluff? I'm trying to figure it out, but don't want to mess it up!

Elisabeth Spivey said...

The easiest solution would be to go up a hook size or two for more "fullness"

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