Free Pattern – Snow Day Slouch

As a child, few things were more magical than a snow day. I still love waking up to a world that’s all fluffy and white, under a dusky blue sky. Take a bit of that magical feeling with you whenever you wear this Snow Day Slouch! Knit in a bulky yarn, it’s soft and squishy and warm, and works up quickly too. The stitch pattern is much easier to make than it looks, and is mostly knit stitches!

Snow Day Slouch - a free knit pattern on StitchesNScraps.com


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Snow Day Slouch


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Materials:

  • Bulky weight yarn – Sample is shown in Willow Burrow Bulky, Marine (blue) and Chalk (white). 
    • 55 yds blue
    • 65 yds white for hat
    • 10-20 yds white for pom pom (optional)
  • 16-20 inch circular needles, or set of double pointed needles:
  • 2.5 inch pom-pom maker
  • Yarn or tapestry needle

 

Difficulty:

Intermediate – Worked top-down, in the round. One special stitch for the texture. Some increases and ribbing, otherwise mostly plain knit stitches.

Sizes:

Adult, one size fits most.

Gauge:

13 sts x 15 rows = 4 inches in stockinette.

Abbreviations used:

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • kfb = knit front and back (see Special Stitches)
  • k4b = knit 4 below (see Special Stitches)
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • Rnd = Round

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Special Stitches:

Knit front and back (kfb): Knit next stitch but do not remove it from the left needle. Knit into the back loop of the same stitch.

Knit 4 Below (k4b): Remove next stitch from needle and drop it down 4 rows. Insert right needle into the loose stitch as if to knit, underneath the 4 horizontal bars from dropped stitches. Yarn over and pull through the stitch as you would to knit. See alternate methods and a video tutorial for this stitch here.

drop down 4 rows - Bubble Stitch washcloth on StitchesNScraps.com Insert needle under all bars - Bubble Stitch washcloth on StitchesNScraps.com finished k4b - Bubble Stitch washcloth on StitchesNScraps.com

 

Instructions:

Top:

With blue, and larger needles, CO 8 sts to work in the round. (8 sts)

Note: You may find it helpful to mark the first stitch of the round.

Rnd 1: Kfb in each st around. (16 sts)

Rnd 2 and all even numbered rounds in this section: K all stitches

Rnd 3: (Kfb, k 1) around. (24 sts)

Rnd 5: (Kfb, k 2) around. (32 sts)

Rnd 7: (Kfb, k 3) around. (40 sts)

Rnd 9: (Kfb, k 4) around. (48 sts)

Rnd 11: (Kfb, k 5) around. (56 sts)

Rnd 13: (Kfb, k 6) around. (64 sts)

Your work should now measure about 7″ in diameter. 

Rnds 14-25: K all stitches.

 

“Bubble” Stitch Section:

Change to white yarn

Rnds 26-30: K all stitches.

Rnd 31: (K 3, k4b) around. (16 “bubbles”)

Rnds 32-36: K all stitches.

Rnd 37: (K 1, k4b, k 2) around. (16 “bubbles”)

Rnds 38-43: Repeat rnds 26-31.

 

Ribbing:

Change to smaller needles

Rnds 44-51: (K 1, p 1) around.

Bind off:

Knit 2 together bind off (easier): (knit 2 stitches together, place stitch back on left needle) around.

OR

Sewn, tubular bind off (recommended):

Cut yarn, leaving a 60 inch tail, and thread the tail onto a yarn needle.

Set up: Work steps 1-4 as below except that in steps 1 and 3, place the stitches onto the right needle instead of dropping them. You are partially binding off the first two stitches of the round, then moving them to the end of the round so you can finish binding them off at the end. This makes the bind off seamless all the way around.

Step 1: Insert needle into first knit stitch as if to knit, pull through, and drop this stitch from the knitting needle.

Insert knitwise -1- Tubular Bind Off tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

Step 2: Skip next purl st. Insert needle into the next (knit) stitch as if to purl, and pull through.

 Insert purlwise -2- Tubular Bind Off tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

Step 3: Insert needle into skipped purl st as if to purl, pull through, and drop this stitch from the knitting needle.

Insert purlwise -3 - Tubular Bind Off tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

Step 4: Bring the needle up between the next two stitches, insert it into the 2nd (purl) stitch as if to knit, and pull through.

Insert knitwise from back - Tubular Bind Off tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com  Insert knitwise from back - rear view - Tubular Bind Off tutorial on StitchesNScraps.com

Repeat steps 1-4 until only 2 stitches remain. These should be the first two stitches from the set-up step, so now you can just drop them from the yarn needle.

Finishing:

Weave in all tails, using the starting tail to sew the top of the hat closed.

With white yarn, make a pom-pom and sew it to the top of the hat.

 

 


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