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Taos Slouch Hat
Designed by Laura Andersson, CPY Sock Guru for Crystal Palace Yarns
Inspired by the hat worn by Pete Seeger at the Obama Inauguration in January 2009

Inspiration: During the recent Inauguration celebration, noted Activist-Singer Pete Seeger wore a hat that I really liked. It was tall and floppy, with a lot of pretty yarn colors showing in the unique shape. This is my own interpretation of the hat, using two colors of Taos yarn. See the Pete Seeger with Bruce Springsteen at the Inauguration HERE


Crystal Palace Taos, 1 ball each of #013 ‘desert blooms' (CC) and #23 ‘Carlsbad' (MC).
Crystal Palace Bamboo Short Circular Needle size 8 (or size needed to achieve gauge); also DPN for crown. Large eyed tapestry needle or crochet hook

Gauge: 5 sts per inch (20 sts/10 cm) and 7.5 rows per inch, over St st.

Size: woman's/man's Small/Medium (size Medium/Large). The approximate head circumferences are ~19 (21) inches.

Abbreviations: beg- beginning; CO- cast on; dpn- double pointed needles; K- Knit; K2tog - knit 2 sts together; ndl- needle; P- Purl; PM- place maker; rep - repeat; sl1- slip one; St st - stockinette stitch; YO - yarn over; PSSO - pass slip st over; rnd(s) - round(s); st(s)- stitch(es); tog - together. RT - K2tog but now knit into the first st on needle again and then move both to right needle. OR, alternately, RT - ‘K into back loop of 2nd st on needle, now knit the first st'.

Pattern - Knitting Notes
Note 1: carry the non-working color up as you go by twisting the two yarns together at marker.
Note 2:
the yarn is very soft, and the hat-style “snug", so this could also be a good chemo cap.
Note 3:
While the yarn is so pretty it keeps you enthralled as you knit, if you want a little diversity, then add 1 rnd of *(RT, K2) around.

With Main color (MC) and the bamboo circ, cast on 96 (104) sts. Join, being careful not to twist; PM to mark end/beginning of rnd.

1. With MC, Purl 3 rnds; work 3 rnds K2P2 rib.
2. Join CC and work in “corrugated rib" (K2CC, P2MC) for 0.75 inches.
3. Drop MC (do not cut) and K 5 rnds CC; Drop CC (do not cut) and K 7 rnds MC.
4. Drop MC and K 5 rnds CC; K 6 rnds MC.
5. K 8 rnds CC; K 5 rnds MC.
6. K 5 rnds CC; k 5 rnds MC.
At this point, the hat is ~8 in from cast-on edge. Begin shaping for crown and top of hat.
Prepare to switch to dpn as needed.

Crown decreases: alternate MC & CC as desired. Model shown has CC-3 rnds, MC-2 rnds; CC-3 rnds; MC-2 rnds; CC-2 rnds, MC-2 rnds.
Dec Rnd 1:
*(K6, k2tog), around. K1 rnd. Dec Rnd 2: *(K5, K2tog), around. K1 rnd.
Dec Rnd 3:
*(K4, K2tog), around. K1 rnd. Dec Rnd 4: *(K3, K2tog), around. K1 rnd.
Dec Rnd 5:
*(K2, k2tog), around. K1 rnd. Dec Rnd 6: *(K1, K2tog), around. K1 rnd.
Dec Rnd 7:
*(K2tog) around. Repeat as needed until ~2 sts remain.

Now work a 2-st I-cord for ~1/2 in.
Cut yarn leaving an ~8 in end.

Finishing: With crochet hook, pull yarn through each of rem sts, and drop off needle one at a time. Pull tautly and bring end into inside. Try a crochet hook for this - no need to thread needle & is very fast.

Laura Andersson, PhD is the editor (and author-designer) of the “Friendly Socks" Books. The newest, “50 Socks - 50 states" is scheduled for a late Summer '09 release. Information about these books can be found at or .
Laura is the owner of Sirius Knitting Publications and can be reached at
drlaura -at- (change the -at- to @ to send email, we do this to help drlaura avoid spam).

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copyright 2009 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this free knitting pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns Taos are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.