This is a crochet pattern review of the Alpine Ridge Slouchy Hat designed by Megan Myers for Left in Knots. Review done by Kami Jones for Cre8tion Crochet.
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The team here at Cre8tion Crochet decided to focus some of our content for the next couple months on Megan of Left in Knots. Her husband’s cancer journey has taken away from her ability to work this holiday season. You can read more about her story on Instagram. My contribution is a three part pattern review series that I am calling Mondays for Megan. I am also hoping to continue the promotion on my Instagram sharing one of her patterns I have made every Monday through Christmas.
Megan of Left in Knots is well known in the crochet community for her water balloon pattern and her vintage red truck blankets. She also has brought us Seven Days of Scarfie for several years. All Megan’s patterns are free to view on the Left in Knots Website. I chose to purchase the ones that I’m featuring to help support her family.
The third design I’m sharing is the Alpine Ridge Slouchy Hat. Megan has so many beanie and ear warmer patterns available on her website. I love the color pops on the Crinkle Beanie. If you’re looking for something a little more intricate, try the Celtic Winter’s Slouchy Hat. For a super quick last minute make try the 20 Minute Beanie. If ear warmers are more your style maybe the Coffee Bean Ear Warmer is for you, see the review by Carrie from Mountain Momma Crochet. You can also see my first review of the Snowdrop Mod Scarf or check out the Designer Showcase by Emily from Crochet Aweigh.
I chose this pattern because post stitches are also a favorite of mine, I love the texture they create. The alpine stitch has a good alternation between stitches but an easy memorizable repeat. I also really love Lion Brand Jeans yarn, which is what this beanie was designed with.
What Materials Do You Need to Crochet a Beanie?
- 219 Yards of Worsted Weight #4 Yarn – I used Lion Brand Jeans Yarn; 63 yards Stonewashed, 50 yards Faded and 106 yards Brand New
- I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Pompom or pompom maker (optional)
- Alpine Ridge Slouchy Hat, Free Crochet Pattern from Left in Knots
I used Lion Brand Jeans yarn as the designer did in this pattern. This is one of my favorite yarns, it’s so soft and has a very different feel than most acrylic yarn. I went ahead and used the same colors as the designer except on the last few rows I finished in Stonewashed instead of the Brand New.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Beanie?
It took me around an hour and a half to complete this beanie. I opted to use a premade pom pom instead of making my own.
My beanie measures 8.5″ wide and 9.5″ tall. It came out slightly smaller than the designers did.
My gauge matched the brim gauge given in the pattern at 10 SC BLO and 8 rows equaling 2″. My gauge for the body was 8 stitches and 9 rows worked in pattern in the round is equals 2″.
This hat is worked in one piece from the bottom up which makes it fairly easy to adjust the brim width for the right fit. I ended up adding 8 rows to the brim to make it 17″, this was a good fit for me. Because this yarn and the brim style are stretchy it probably would have worked out fine as written, it just would have fit a bit tighter. I also added an additional 8 stitches to the body. To be able to follow the rest of the pattern if you do adjust make sure you use multiples of two. When you come to the decrease rows you can still follow the pattern but the stitch counts will just be different. You will also have a bigger hole to cinch. If it’s bunching too much you can always add an additional decrease round.
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