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How to Knit a Slouchy Beanie: 52 Ways

These slouchy beanie knitting patterns are great for knitters of all skill levels. Learn how to knit a beanie for beginners in one convenient place.

By: Kristina Kittelson, Editor,
Updated September 13, 2017
How to Knit a Slouchy Beanie 52 Ways

Slouch, slouch, everywhere! It's no mystery why slouchy hats are in style, with their effortless, artistic urbanity. With this collection of How to Knit a Slouchy Beanie: 52 Ways, you, too, will have the power to knit the perfect slouch.

Learn how to knit a slouchy beanie in four different categories and a ton of different styles. Even as the snow melts and the birds come out, these hats fit right in with any ensemble, short-sleeves or long. Teach yourself how to knit a slouchy beanie with cables, ribs, pom poms and more.

Even the least experienced knitter can manage one of our easy knit hat patterns. It's not hard to learn how to knit a slouchy beanie once you have the basics down; from there, it's all embellishments and fancy knits, like cabling.

BONUS! Check out this video tutorial to learn how to knit the cozy, slouchy hat of your dreams.

Simple Slouchy Knit Hat Patterns

Lazy River Beanie

Sometimes, simpler is better. In this section, learn how to knit a slouchy beanie with no surprises. Solid or multicolor, slighly slouchy or super slouchy, you still have options. If you're really ambitious, you can learn how to knit a slouchy beanie to match one of a beautiful kimono pattern or a gorgeous ombre shawl.

The sheer simplicity of these slouchy hats make them all the more customizable, and all the more uniquely yours. Anyone can buy a slouchy beanie at a department store, but there's no question you'll be the only one in the room with an original knit slouchy hat.

How to Make a Beret

Simple Vanilla Hat

The best part about berets is that their very design is slouchy! Unlike the typical slouchy hat, these guides will teach you how to knit a slouchy beanie that rests as a circle on the back of the head with little to no forehead coverage, just like the Irish revolutionaries used to wear, only much prettier.

With these beret patterns, you can learn how to knit a slouchy beanie for the artist in your life. Such artsy patterns deserve matching jewelry, so gift your friend a hand-knit set, or keep it all for yourself.

Slouchy Knit Pom Pom Hats

Vintage Nell Hat

Move over, Santa Claus! Pom poms aren't just for the north pole. Even when it's not frigid outside, these fun, puffy balls of yarn make any accessory instantly cuter. If you're a fan of all things exciting and adorable, you'll want to learn how to knit a slouchy beanie adorned with pom poms.

Before we teach you how to knit a slouchy beanie even Grandma would be proud of, you're going to want to learn how to make pom poms. Once you've got the easy-as-pie yarn balls down, you're ready to get started on these perfectly puffy winter hats.

Slouchy Ribbed and Cable Knit Hats

Parker Slouch Hat

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be more ways to learn how to knit a slouchy beanie, you find these ribbed and cabled treasures. Rather than accented with a pom pom, these patterns feature special knitting techniques that give your slouchy hat a textured look. All it takes to learn how to knit a slouchy beanie like these is to learn how to knit cables and how to knit ribbing!

Once you have those basics down, making a cool slouchy hat like these is a breeze. Whether you can cable and rib in your sleep, or you still have a lot to learn, you won't regret making these fashionable fancy-stitched slouchy hats.

Best Yarn for Slouchy Beanie Knitting Patterns

Wavy Bird Slouchy Beanie

When it comes to slouchy beanie knitting patterns, not all yarn is created equal. Especially for beginner knitters, it's important to work with a yarn with a high wool content.

A superwash yarn will have a nice amount of stretch and will hold its shape very well. A 100% wool yarn will also work well due to the ability to stretch without stretching too much and losing shape (unlike a 100% alpaca yarn). Wool yarn also does not become too rigid like most plan based fibers.

When in doubt, it's best to use the yarn indicated on the pattern you're using to ensure your slouchy beanie will come out looking its best. However, if you do need to substitute the yarn or you're not working off of a specific pattern, a yarn with a high wool content is most likely your best bet.

What's your favorite color to use when knitting a slouchy hat?

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