Easy Crochet Slouchy Beret

Easy Crochet Slouchy Beret

A floppy, stylish beret that’s both attractive and easy to crochet.

Here is a great crochet pattern for a slouchy beret or “tam”.  You will need worsted or  ymedium weight yarn and a J hook.  Note: each row is ended by attaching the last stitch to the first ch-3 or ch-2 with a sl st.

Ch 4 (counts as first dc).  Dc in 4th ch from hook.  Dc 10 more times in same stitch (12 dc total.)

Ch 3 (counts as first dc).  Dc in same st. *2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Ch 3 (counts as first dc).  Dc in same st.  *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Ch 3 (counts as first dc).  Dc in same st.  *1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.
(Can you see where this is going?)

Ch 3 (counts as first dc).  Dc in same st.  *1 dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

Ch 3 (counts as first dc).  Dc in same st.  *1 dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.

You can continue this increase for as long as you need to to make the hat wider.  For a person with short dreadlocks that are very thick, you would want to make the hat wide.  You would just continue the pattern (1 dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next st; 1 dc in next 6 st, 2 dc in next st, and so on, and so on, for as many rounds as you need.)

Once you have decided that the beret is wide enough:

Ch 3 (counts as first dc.)  Dc in every dc around.  Repeat this row five times- more if you want your tam to be long.  A person with long dreadlocks would need a long tam, but not so long that it becomes cumbersome.

Once the beret is long enough:

Ch 2 (counts as first sc).  Sc2tog around.  If you have made your hat very wide, you may have to do this for two rows.  There should be 40-50 stitches when you have finished.

Here is a good video showing how to sc2tog:

After you have reduced the stitch number to betwen 40-50, ch 2 and sc in every st around.  Do this for 5-6 rows.  You can experiment with this part of the hat; using a hdc instead of a sc makes it thicker, or you can use a fpdc/bpdc combo to make ribbing.

Wool is a great choice for slouchy berets in winter, and cotton in summer.  Learn more about yarn and crochet hook combinations here.

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Barbara Thompson, posted this comment on Jan 17th, 2010

I am crocheting this pattern , but I am wondereing if I can do this same pattern in either a single crochet or half double crochet.

Karen N Kelly, posted this comment on Apr 27th, 2010

I absolutely love this pattern, but not sure about finished measurements. I would love to make this for children. This pattern fits me fine, but if I could just have the length from top to bottom and the circumference for toddlers, I would be forever grateful. I’m not familiar with this style so I don’t know about these measurements & how they should look. I hope this won’t be too much of a hassle.

Also, I don’t have a website. Is that ok? Thanks so much.

Karen

Sandra, posted this comment on May 13th, 2010

hi i have a question can please email me at : speed_oh_11@hotmail.com!!

kim, posted this comment on Oct 20th, 2010

Hi, I crochet using red heart worsted weight. Do you find a thought about mine gathering before the 5 single crochet? It gathers when I do the sc2tog. It came out good though.

Lexi, posted this comment on Nov 7th, 2010

I made this hat but I used 9 mm hook and a bulky weight yarn and it looks great! Thanks for putting this pattern up.

Karen, posted this comment on Dec 20th, 2010

This is an older post, I wonder if someone will reply to my question!

If I use a weight 6 yarn, that is super bulky, can I still successfully make this hat and have it look right? The yarn isn’t quite as heavy and its a bit more thick (which I think will give it a more rustic look…) but my question, is this weight OK? Will it look right?

Tracey L. Dougharty, posted this comment on Dec 28th, 2010

I love the size and drape of the beret in the picture, I wondered if the directions are the ones used for it or which parts were altered.
thanks, Tracey

dvorah, posted this comment on Jan 15th, 2011

hi everyone! in response to questions:

barbara: yes you can do it in any stitch- the increases are the same, you may have to continue increasing in the pattern above to make it wider. here’s a link to a single crochet tam pattern i made: http://quazen.com/recreation/crafts/bulky-single-crochet-tam/ hope that helps :)

karen n kelly: this hat works great for children- one thing you might try is using a lighter weight yarn (like baby or sport weight) and a smaller crochet hook (like G). the hat would come out smaller but you could still follow the same pattern :)

kim: red heart worsted weight should work fine- i’m not sure what you mean by “gathering” but if your hat looks like it’s bunching up you may want to try counting stitches to make sure you’re increasing only when you’re meant to. bunching usually indicates excess stitches, or at least it does with me!

karen at the bottom: super bulky works great for this but you may not have to do as many increase rows- chances are with super bulky and this pattern you’d end up with a very, very large hat- but then again if you wanted to use a K hook with super bulky you’d end up with tight stitches and a similarly size hat.

tracey: the hat in the picture is the same pattern, but i may have used a K hook instead of a J hook- a K hook creates a looser stitch and more drape. it’s worsted weight yarn though :)

cheers everyone, and thanks for your comments.

Poetica, posted this comment on Feb 20th, 2011

This is the easiest and most adorable hat pattern I’ve seen. I’m using baby yarn and a G hook since it’s for my granddaughter. Thanks for posting this pattern.

Anna, posted this comment on Sep 8th, 2011

I have gotten the first round, but I am having trouble getting to the next. Could you please help?

Thank you,
Anna

Eljean, posted this comment on Sep 19th, 2011

I love your teaching about crochet theory, but I wish you had written down the directions for the hat in the picture, with the stitch count for each round. Do you have something like that? I love this hat and want to make it, but I want to make it in a finer yarn, and the vague directions will give me too many variables. Thanks.

an, posted this comment on Nov 10th, 2011

i was wondering how many rounds you increased the beret to obtain the one in the picture? i can’t tell if the beret is wide enough or not. =/

michelle, posted this comment on Dec 30th, 2011

what do you mean repeat from* around?

Garnie, posted this comment on Jan 3rd, 2012

Michelle,
“Repeat from * around” means to repeat everything after the * for the rest of the row or round.

For example…” *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. ” Keep repeating 1dc in next st, 2 dc in next st until you get to the end of the round. Then slip stitch into the top of the chain 3 that started that round. Chain 3 and start on the next round.

Garnie, posted this comment on Jan 3rd, 2012

Dvorah,
I love the freedom this pattern gives me to play with it and make it as big or as small as I want. I can make it from toddler to XXX large for men or people with dreads. Now I can stop looking. I’m also going to try different stitch patterns. Thanks a lot!!!!! And Happy New Year!!!

Andrea, posted this comment on Apr 18th, 2012

I really wanted to thank you for the pattern. It’s very easy to follow. I do with there was a stitch description. I can’t seem to figure out what a fpdc/bpdc is to make the ribbing. Thanks again! Andrea

Arselia, posted this comment on Apr 28th, 2012

I love the pattern but I don\’t understand sone of the terms I\’m just a beginner and I don\’t know if I can even finish the pattern I have too look over it but thanks for the pattern I kind. Of understand it

MegaMsVeee, posted this comment on Aug 8th, 2012

Hi Dvorah,

I love this pattern! I adapted it to use with Super Bulky Yarn and made a tutorial. Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Thanks again,
Ms Veee

Emily, posted this comment on Oct 9th, 2012

I have a question, I followed the directions exactly (or as exact as I could) and my beret has turned out super lumpy. It looks more like a shower cap than a beret. Is there any way that I can fix it? I currently have baseballs sitting in it to try to stretch it out (I make super tight stitches so I think part of it might be that). Any other suggestions?

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