The Sequoia Slouch- Free Crochet Pattern

A new year means new beanie patterns, and I hope you all love this one as much as I do!

To read about the design, construction and story behind this beanie, please check out our blog post on it here.  While there, you can also find a helpful photo tutorial and (once it’s ready), a link to a video tutorial!

**If you would prefer an ad-free, large font and inexpensive PDF of this pattern, you can purchase it from our Ravelry or Etsy shops.  That clean-look and colored PDF will include both the patterns for the Worsted Weight and Extra Bulky weight sized beanies as well as additional notes for comprehensive sizing not offered on the free version**

Due to the popularity of the Fireside Beanie, I knew going into this season that I wanted to make at least 2 more quick-to-make, 1 skein, Extra Bulky beanies this year, the Linden being our first, and this being our second.  But I ended up loving the texture so much that I just had to see it in a worsted weight as well!

So while this beanie will hopefully appeal to those of you who like the quick-make feature of the Fireside and Linden beanies, I hope that it’ll also appeal to those of you who prefer the knit-look and detailed features of the Jennie and Brilliant Cables beanies.

Enjoy and Happy Crocheting!

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What You Need 
1 skein of Lion Brand Wool Ease (or similar worsted weight, size 4 yarn) for Worsted Weight Size 

or 

1 skein of Lion Brand Thick and Quick yarn (or similar extra bulky weight, size 6 yarn) for Extra Bulky Size 

6.0mm (US J) crochet hook or hook to meet gauge for Worsted Weight Size 

10.0mm (US N) crochet hook or hook to meet gauge for Extra Bulky Size 

scissors 

embroidery needle (for weaving in ends) 

Pom Pom (optional) 

Approximate Completed Measurements- Worsted Weight Size
Newborn: 11.5” circumference & 6” tall

0-6 month: 13” circumference & 7” tall

6-12 month: 14.5” circumference & 7.5” tall

2T-3T: 16” circumference & 8” tall

4T- 10 years: 17.5” circumference & 8.5” tall

Teen: 19” circumference & 9.5” tall

Adult Female: 19” circumference & 10.5” tall

Adult Male: 20.25” circumference & 11” tall

Approximate Completed Measurements- Extra Bulky 
Baby: 14.25” circumference & 7” tall

Toddler: 16.5” circumference & 8” tall

Child: 19” circumference & 8.5” tall

Tween: 19” circumference & 9” tall

Adult Female: 19” circumference & 10.5” tall

Adult Male: 21.5” circumference & 11” tall

Gauge Used- Worsted Weight Size
14 sts X 11 rows (3 hdc ss, dc) pattern= 4” X 4” square
Gauge Used- Extra Bulky Size
9 sts X 7 rows (3 hdc ss, dc, 3 hdc ss) pattern= 4” X 4” square
Abbreviations Used 
ch=chain

p/u= pick up

st (s)= stitch(es)

blo= back loops only

tlo= third loop only

hdc= half double crochet

dc= double crochet

ss=slip stitch

sk= skip (stitch)

FO= fasten off

Special Stitches
Hdc ss= half double crochet slip stitch: yo, insert hook into st, p/u loop, pull through 2 loops on hook

Hdc ss in blo= half double crochet slip stitch in back loops only: yo, insert hook into back loop of st only, p/u loop, pull through 2 loops on hook

Hdc ss in tlo= half double crochet slip stitch in third loop only: yo, insert hook into the 3rd loop (the stitch closest to you  only), p/u loop, pull through 2 loops on hook *please note that the front loop will be located at the front of your work*

Pattern Notes
  • This Pattern uses US standards
  • I recommend going through and highlighting the numbers associated with the size beanie you are making before you start.
  • Measurements are meant to be as close to standard as possible, with an approximate 1-2” negative ease and a 1”- 1.5” slouch (depending on the size and weight yarn), but please double check circumference needed before you begin to ensure a proper fit.
  • This beanie is worked back and forth as one rectangular piece, seamed together to create a cylinder, then closed up at the top.
  • The Worsted Weight Size Pattern is written first, with the Extra Bulky Size Pattern to follow.
  • The 2 skipped stitches at the start of row 1 do not count as a stitch
  • The chains at the beginning of each row do not count as a stitch
  • To prevent as much gapping as possible along the edges of the rectangle, the turning chains are 1 less than standard (1 for hdc and 2 for dc).  If you tend to have taller stitches, you can choose to work with 2 turning chs for the hdc rows or 3 turning chs for the dc rows.
  • You can also choose to work the first stitch of each row under both loops of the “v” of the 1st st (as opposed to in the blo or flo).  This will offer a more even look on the edge.
  • The stitches used will result in a bit of curl on your rectangle.  The use of slip stitches along the bottom help to give a cleaner look, but you can also choose to block your rectangle, or add a second row of slip stitches along the bottom before assembly for an even cleaner look.
Additional Pattern Notes for Worsted Weight Size
  • The Worsted Weight Size pattern is written in newborn size with (0-6 month, 6-12 month, 2T-3T, 4T-10years, teen, adult female, adult male) sizes to follow in parentheses.
  • The circumference is the same for the Teen and Adult Female sizes.  This is not a typo. In testing, we found this row count to offer the best fit for these sizes.  The difference in these sizes is strictly in the stitch counts.
  • All stitch counts after Row 1 will remain the same throughout the pattern.
  • For the final row before closure, you will be ending the repeats with a  “row 3”
Additional Pattern Notes for Extra Bulky Size
  • This size has less sizes available because the stitch repeat pattern is so much larger in this hook and yarn size combination.
  • The circumference is the same for the child, Tween and Adult Female sizes.  This is not a typo. In testing, we found this row count to offer the best fit for these sizes.  The difference in these sizes is strictly in the stitch counts.
  • This size also offers less stretch in the smaller sizes, which is why they have less negative ease than in the Worsted Weight size.
  • This size is written in baby size with (toddler, child, tween, adult female and adult male) sizes to follow in parentheses.
  • For the rows with double crochets, you will not be working the complete row, but pick it back up in the subsequent row.  This will make it easier to close up the top of the beanie once rectangle is complete.
  • For the final row before closure, you will be ending the repeats with a  “row 7”

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Worsted Weight Size Pattern: 

*Using Worsted Weight yarn & J hook*

Row 1: ch 23 (26, 28, 30, 32, 35, 38, 40), starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc across, turn (21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 33, 36, 38) 

Row 2: ch 1, hdc ss in each st across, turn 

Row 3: ch 1, hdc ss in blo across, turn 

Row 4: ch 1, hdc ss in tlo across, turn 

Row 5: ch 2, dc in blo across 

Row 6- 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 51, 55): repeat rows 2-5 

Assembly

Ch 1, ss across the bottom into each row across

Closure Row (or row: 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 52, 56): ch 1, with right side out, hdc ss into each ch of  foundation and into third loop and back loop of ending row across. FO, leaving long tail. 

Use tail to weave in and out of top opening (opposite of slip stitches).  Pull tight to close hole and tie off. Weave in ends. Attach pom pom if desired. 

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Extra Bulky Size Pattern: 

*Using Extra Bulky weight yarn and N hook*

Row 1: ch 17 (20, 21, 22, 25, 27), starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc across, turn (15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25) 

Row 2: ch 1, hdc ss in each st across, turn (15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25) 

Row 3: ch 1, hdc ss in blo across, turn (15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25) 

Row 4: ch 1, hdc ss in tlo across, turn (15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25) 

Row 5: ch 2, dc in blo 15 (16, 17, 17, 20, 22), sk last 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3), turn (15, 16, 17, 17, 20, 22) 

Row 6: ch 1, hdc ss in each st across, turn (15, 16, 17, 17, 20, 22) 

Row 7: ch 1, hdc ss in blo across, continuing to work into the remaining 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) of row 4,  turn (15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25) 

Row 8- 23 (27, 31, 31, 31, 35): repeat rows 4-7

Closure Row (or row: 24, 28, 32, 32, 32, 36): ch 1, with right side out, hdc ss into each ch of  foundation and into third loop and back loop of ending row across. (15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25) 

Assembly

Ch 1, ss across the bottom into each row and 2 into each dc row around, FO and weave in tail. Use yarn to weave in and out of top opening, into the longer (hdc ss) rows and opposite of the slip stitches.  Pull tight to close hole and tie off. You can use remaining tail to weave in and out of the very top of the dc rows if you so desire, but these bumps will be well hidden in the slouch and under the Pom. Weave in ends.  Attach pom pom if desired.

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