Slouchy Horseshoe Hat
Here’s the second part of Hat and Scarf combo I made for my friend.
Worsted Weight yarn
Size 8 straight needles
CO 81 st
Row 1: K1, P1
Repeat next two rows
Row 5-12, Horseshoe Pattern
Row 5: P
Row 6: P1, *yo, K3, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, yo, P1, rep from * to end of row
Row 7: P
Row 8: P1, *K1, yo, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, yo, K1, P1, rep from * to end
Row 9: P
Row 10: P1, *K2, yo, K1, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K1, yo, K2, P1, rep from * to end
Row 11: P
Row 12: P1, *K3, yo, sl 1, K2tog, psso, yo, K3, P1, rep from * to end
The next part starts to get a bit tricky. You’ll need to keep track of two numbers at the same time as you begin working in short rows. This is what creates the slouch effect.
Row 13: Purl 78 st, turn work (should have 3 st on right needle)
Row 14: K 10 (including 3 already there) then work in pattern as usual for 66 st (total 76 st on right needle)
Continue working in short rows, knitting 2 fewer than previous row each time until there are 41 st on right needle to start. This can be complicate, but by remembering that each pattern set is 10 st, it gets easier. Note: when beginning/ending a short row in the middle of the stitch pattern, simply knit the necessary st without working in pattern
Should have 37 rows ending on wrong side (though it shouldn’t be necessary to keep track of this number; this is just for reference purposes)
Row 32: Work remaining st as Row 6
Row 33: P to end
Continue working in Horseshoe pattern for two or three more sets depending on how big you wish the hat to be. The decreases will only add about half an inch.
Row 1: P
Row 2: K2tog across
Row 3-5: *P2tog, P1* across
Row 6: K
Row 7: P2tog across
Cut yarn approx. 10”
Use yarn needle to pull yarn through remaining needle. Then, use remaining yarn to sew two edges together forming back seam.
This pattern is free for personal, non-commercial use.