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Free Knitted Fisherman’s Rib Slouchy Hat Pattern

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Free Knitted Fisherman’s Rib Slouchy Hat Pattern

Not every knitted item turns out the way you plan.

This hat, for example, is not at all what I was expecting.

My niece, Shelby, wanted a matching hat set for her and her baby, Bailey, and so I set to work learning fisherman’s rib and began knitting away!

I’d never worked fisherman’s rib but thought, hey, how hard can it be? I’ll just whip out my own pattern. Ha! Probably not a great idea when you’re not familiar with a stitch.

I kept thinking, ‘Is this going to be too big? It should fit. It seems kinda big. It’s definitely pretty big. No. It will fit.’

Yes, that’s me, attempting to model it:

free knitting fishermans rib hat pattern

Turns out my intended beanie ended up being a slouch. A really slouchy slouch.

Not to mention I attached a 10-lb pom pom which weighs it down even further. Ha ha! It felt that heavy anyway. It actually weighed a whopping 1.9 oz. Holy mother of pearl. Usually my pom poms are too sparse and so I overcompensated and made this mega thick jumbo one.

free knitting fishermans rib hat pattern

Golly. You’d think after all these years knitting I would know better. 😉

I’ve opted not to post this as an official pattern on the site (you can see those patterns here if you like, many of them free), but since so many of you asked for the pattern, I’ll tell you what I did.


2 skeins Cerulean Sky Superwash Merino Silk Pearlescent Worsted (I used 4.5 oz total, just for the hat, and the pom pom weighed 1.9 oz)

If it’s not listed when you click over, it’s out of stock. My colors come and go and I list new shades nearly daily, so any of my worsted weight yarns here would work, but try to choose something with wool or other stretchy fiber in it. Pure silk would be reallllly loose and probably not a great fit for this pattern.

NEEDLE SIZE: US 10.5 (6.5mm)

GAUGE: 3 sts to the inch in stockinette

NOTES: Hold the yarn DOUBLE throughout the project. (Two strands held together at all times, to make a thicker yarn)

I’ll give the adult size pattern as well as a baby size since I made one of these for her wee little bebe and it turned out to fit pretty great. 🙂

Let’s Begin!

Cast on 60 sts for an average adult size head (46 sts for a 1 year old baby) or any multiple of 4.

Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist your sts and place a marker so you know where your round begins.

Work K1, P1 ribbing for one inch. ( I worked 5 rounds)

Round 1: *K1below, p1. Repeat from * around.

Round 2: *K1, P1below. Repeat from * around.

Repeat those two rounds until your hat is 8 inches from cast on edge ( 6 inches for the baby hat).

Not sure how to knit 1 below or purl 1 below? Just do a quick google search as there are lots of helpful tutorials out there! (Same for making a pom pom.)

Decrease for the Crown:

Round 1 of Crown: *K2tog, K1below, P1. Repeat from * around.

Round 2: *K2, P1below. Repeat from * around.

Round 3: *K1, K1below, P1. Repeat from * around.

Round 4: *K2, P1 below. Repeat from * around.

Round 5-6: Repeat rounds 3-4

Round 7: *K2tog, P1. Repeat from * around.

Round 8: *K1, P1. Repeat from * around.

Round 9: *K2tog. Repeat from * around.


Cut your tail and weave it around twice through the remaining live stitches and then either leave it long to attach your pom pom or weave into the sts on the inside of the hat.

free knitted fishermans rib hat pattern


I hope you like the pattern!

Now, given the fact that it does turn out so big, you can make it smaller by decreasing the number of stitches after working your initial k1, p1 ribbing. Just play around and see what you can get. I’d love to see your version!

free knitted fishermans rib hat pattern


And here’s Miss Bailey looking all fly in her wee little hat. I attached ties on the side so it would stay on:

free knitted baby hat pattern

Oh my gosh. The cuteness it too much to handle!

And the fun thing is, at the same time, I was secretly making this baby quilt for her:

baby bailey quilt

Professional quilters, avert your eyes! I am by no means a professional! I made quilts back when I was a teenager, but it’s been awhile.

I literally just scoured Pinterest and… started. Bit by bit. It’s full of mistakes but I love it and she liked it!

baby quilt

baby quilt

baby quilt

Awwwwwww!!!! Seriously. I can’t get over her cuteness.

This was my first time free-motion quilting and I’m convinced it’s one of the most fun things everrrr! Definitely get some grippy garden gloves for that.

baby bailey quilt

My biggest takeaway from this project: Ruffler Foot. GET ONE! It’s a miracle. It made all that ruffle in no time!!

I don’t have a pattern as I just sort of made it up as I went. My favorite way to craft. 🙂

baby bailey quilt

I made a label with a permanent fabric marker (tracing text I had printed) onto a piece of fabric I backed with fusible web. Amazing stuff!  Then I ironed it on and hand-tacked it down.

baby bailey quilt



Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the hat and quilt and if you’ve ever made anything that didn’t quite turn out as expected.

*My blog theme is soooo outdated that my comments aren’t showing up right now, but you can still leave them, we are still reading them on our end and are planning a big blog overhaul/update soon and they will all show back up then. Whew! So please comment away! That way I don’t feel like I’m blabbering into the abyss. 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!! Have a fantastical day, because today is all we have. We can choose to be happy or to be a mully grub. And who wants to be a mully grub? Not me!

And remember, I appreciate YOU!!



By | 2017-09-04T14:04:52+00:00 April 10th, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting, Knitting Patterns, Sewing, Silk Yarn|19 Comments


  1. Merry Miller Moon April 10, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Cute cute cute baby!
    I love the hat-I’m going to have to knit one for myself. And, the quilt is simply beautiful! Thank you Chandi!

  2. Arika April 10, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I think the slouch hat looks wonderful on you! I bet it’s warm.

  3. Carol April 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I love your baby quilt. I don’t know how you find the time with all of your projects. I was just going to knit a large size baby blanket, and I still intend to, but your blanket is on my to do list for a new granddaughter.
    Love your work.

  4. Kristin Lewis April 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I think it’s darn tootin’ adorable! I love slouches, though, so I’m a bit biased. If I could knit I’d give it a try, but I’m terrible at knitting and just as bad at making pom-poms, lol! It looks like Miss Bailey love loves it, too! She’s such a cutie pie! I have one niece and another niece/nephew on the way (my brother and sis-in-law want the gender to be a surprise, which is tough for me because I don’t know what gifts to make for the little bun in the oven yet). Aw, and the quilt is wonderful! It will be a gift to cherish always. 🙂

  5. Karen April 10, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to cuddle that cute baby in 37 days 🙂 nieces and great-nieces are the best 🙂

  6. Samantha April 11, 2015 at 12:23 am - Reply

    You two are sooooo adorable! !!!

  7. Lori-Lynette Mumford April 11, 2015 at 1:03 am - Reply

    That was a hat mistake…turned into a new hat style. I love the hat and was in a yarn store when I got my email…so you know what I did. I can’t wait to make it and will try to be as cute as that baby!!! Lol!!!

  8. Diane April 11, 2015 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Funny story. You never know when a “mistake” will turn out to be something you like!
    Love the quilt – AND your adorable niece!

  9. jenny April 11, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

    love the quilt, you really did that free motion not with a computer template sewing machine? I stick to stitch in the ditch 3:)

  10. Chrisi April 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Love the quilt!!! I am getting ready to start my first baby quilt for my new nephew that’s on the way. Imperfections give it character and make it look hand-made…..besides, you’re probably the only one that notices them anyway.

  11. Cindi Ryan April 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I am amazed at how talented (and fearless) you are! Love the quilt!

  12. Kelly Calkins April 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I love the hats and the quilt! My Mom (almost 86) knits baby hats for her local hospital. Is it OK to use your pattern?

  13. Wanda Barefoot April 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I LOVE the hat! Can that be made on a loom? i can’t use knitting needles and recently discovered looms. I’m Having a great time doing something I have always wanted to do! I Would love a hat like this! I think its gorgeous! The blanket is beautiful too. I would love to have that kind of ability and imagination! Thank you for sharing your creations and patterns!


  14. Laraine April 13, 2015 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful things! Love <3

  15. Carol O April 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh! Your hat looks like a pattern I made as a kid from one of my grandmother’s Workbasket magazines (Highland Beret). I have looked for that pattern forever!! It used a brioche stitch, but this looks exactly like it. I’m excited! It was my favorite hat. (And my pom pom weighed a ton too…lol)

  16. sarai April 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    I saw your video on YouTube yesterday
    Your passion for all thing yarn made me
    What to learn to spin I know it won’t be easy
    But its some thing I’ve wanted to do since
    I started knitting thanks for the inspiration

  17. Kymber April 15, 2015 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Chandi these are adorable!!! I think oopses are sometimes my favorite types of projects, and the make as you go no pattern projects are usually the ones most loved especially since they know that nobody else will have one like it!!!

  18. Laura April 19, 2015 at 3:52 am - Reply

    So creative you are! Your niece is precious! I’ve knitted for years, like forever but decided to try crochet today and found your video. It was fun and very helpful. Thanks

  19. Sierra Aiken April 20, 2015 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Bailey is adorable. She looked so cute in that hat. The hat looks good too! Fisherman’s Rib actually looks really nice. The only hat I’ve made was for my friend’s new baby cousin due in June. I’m attaching little bear ears. So cute!

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