Steeple Slouch by Crazy4CrochetMomma | Pattern Review
I was so excited to work up The Steeple Slouch from Crazy4CrochetMomma. It has a simple, yet gorgeous texture that I was absolutely drawn to!
I picked up this paid pattern (available on Ravelry HERE and on Etsy HERE) and started hooking it up. The pattern calls for a size 4 worsted weight yarn and the Lion Brand Heartland that I had in my stash seemed to fit the bill. Boy, was I wrong…
This slouchy style hat is worked bottom up and as soon as I finished the band I noticed that something was wrong, like really wrong. The band was so short there was no way it was going to fit my head.
Let me just say that all yarn is NOT created equal…
The Steeple Slouch Pattern and Materials Info
The Ravelry listing for this pattern shows the recommended yarn as Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, so I tossed my Heartland wip to the side and grabbed some ILTY Stonewashed in Berry and hooked it up!
Right away I could see the difference in beanie sizes with the different brands of yarn. The Hobby Lobby yarn I used was a thicker size 4 and had a bit more stretch to it, which I really liked. The Heartland yarn has virtually no stretch.
I eventually did finish my Heartland yarn wip for comparison. I also made another sample in a size 5 yarn using an 8mm size hook.
The Heartland hat measured 16 inches around, the ILTY hat measured 17.5 inches around, and the Bernat hat measured 21 inches around.
While the Craft Yarn Council cites 16 inches as the standard head circumference for a baby/toddler, 18-20 inches for a child, and 21-24 inches for a standard adult, you have to consider what yarn you are using and if there is a stretch factor to take into account.
My Heartland hat had virtually no stretch and only fit my toddler. My ILTY hat fit me perfectly (my head measures 21.5 inches). The Bernat sample was waaaaay to big.
Overall, I loved making this hat and probably had a little to much fun experimenting with these yarns!
Things I Love About This Pattern
- There are lots of helpful photos in the pattern.
- The pattern also includes a modification for a messy bun version of this beanie.
- The design of The Steeple Slouch looks complicated, but is actually quite easy and relaxing.
- The join seam is nearly invisible.
- This hat without the pom looked great on the guys I had try it on.
Things I Didn’t Love About This Pattern
- There are 2 size options provided in the pattern (child and adult), but no finished dimensions or gauge were given making it difficult to determine correct size.
Tips For Beginners
- For best results, use a stretchy acrylic yarn such as Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn or Red Heart Soft.
- You will need to be familiar with how to crochet into the third loop of a half double crochet in order to be successful with this pattern. Tamara Kelly from Moogly has a great video tutorial for this technique (see video below).
- If you notice that your vertical bars are slanting, then you are most likely crocheting into the wrong stitch (the next stitch instead of the current stitch – stop for a moment and examine your stitches).
- I highly recommend using stitch markers to mark the first and last stitch in each round. This helps you to avoid confusing the slip stitch and chain 1 as actual stitches.
Now it’s your turn! Grab your supplies and get started! Be sure to drop by and let me know how much you loved creating this project! XOXO, Jules
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