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ikkivan Posted - 11/12/2012 : 07:45:56 AM
I am looking for a hat pattern, probably one of the slouchy types, to make a hat for someone with dreadlocks. She said she would love a warm hat into which she can stuff all that hair that she usually wears "up."

Anyone been there? I'd appreciate ideas!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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queenbea Posted - 11/15/2012 : 2:01:05 PM
Try woolywormhead website Posted - 11/15/2012 : 09:32:53 AM
Simple slouchy hat is good for big hair.
beesnez Posted - 11/15/2012 : 09:22:59 AM
Oh, yes, I've been there! My son has dreadlocks and he wears them wrapped on top of his head with a hat covering them, turban style. It has been really tricky to find a hat pattern to accommodate all that hair and also be tight enough to keep it in place. I have finally gotten it down! I use the One Day Beret Recipe by Kirsten Kapur for Through the Loops. It starts at the crown with 4 stitches, increases to the desired diameter, and then decreases to the band. You can make it "slouchy" by knitting as many inches as you wish before you start the decreases. In my case, the best fit for my son's hair is a flat "beret" shape, so I don't add any slouch when I knit mine. Good luck!
harperbardknits Posted - 11/15/2012 : 08:55:49 AM
I recently completed a hat form the Noro Fall 2012 magazine - pattern is called Mans Slouchy Hat. It was a very quick and fun knit and in fact am going to knit up another for a co-worker. Of course the Noro yarn was delightful to watch take form and the hat could easily be adjusted to accommodate more hair if needed. Thanks for all the fun and informative posts knitters!

elizabeth c rudkin
Twiceteller Posted - 11/15/2012 : 08:47:01 AM
Originally posted by

Hi, Donna-

I have a free pattern you can download on Ravelry, my It would hold a whole bunch of hair, he he :)

Just because of a period, the link to your site doesn't go through. So those who are looking, try this:
Definitely worth a look because it's really cute! But Virginia, it's your Floppy Fairisle that had me drooling! It just shot to my "have to make!' list.
Jack Johnson Posted - 11/15/2012 : 07:35:27 AM
Alternatively you might consider knitting any regular hat and leaving the top open. I used this technique quite successfully for a friend w/ dreadlocks. I think I adapted Jared Flood's Koolhaus hat. Instead of doing the decrease rounds as designed I knitted extra rows in pattern leaving the hat 'unfinished." I then bound off loosely before I got to the final decreases.

This allowed the hat to be longer to cover the top of the head but also allowed the dreadlocks to be able to be pulled through. This trick could be employed with most any design I'd think and give more options.

I also designed a Mobius garter stitch "hat" for the same person. It was stretchy enough at the forehead to fit well but also open at the "top" to allow the dreadlocks to be pulled through. The person for whom I was designing was very pleased as it didn't try to "hide" the dreads but allowed them to be free and still provided warmth for the head.
Stasher Posted - 11/15/2012 : 07:26:11 AM
Wooly Wormhead also has a pattern called Scala, which you can find on Ravelry, too. Here is the link:
It says that it's particularly good for "big hair and dreads".
ikkivan Posted - 11/15/2012 : 07:25:21 AM
Wow, what a bunch of wonderful choices ... thank you all SO much. Ha, now I see that I need to make more than just one. I really do LOVE knitting hats, so this will be just great.

And thank you so much, Clara, for bringing attention to my request in your Thursday newsletter!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
mds1luvs2knit Posted - 11/15/2012 : 06:50:57 AM
I purchased a book in JoAnn's or Michaels or some other craft store called Celebrity Slouchy Beanies. It's got lots of choices for the type of hat you're looking for!

Love to knit
Alvern Posted - 11/15/2012 : 06:40:16 AM
Here is a great site for slouch hats. Posted - 11/15/2012 : 06:16:37 AM
Hi, Donna-

I have a free pattern you can download on Ravelry, my It would hold a whole bunch of hair, he he :) Posted - 11/15/2012 : 05:56:38 AM
My favorite slouchy hat is Slofock from Ann Hanson (Knitspot). It is an accomodating hat with plenty of room for dreads. Ann's husband is shown wearing it and he has dreads.
Grand-moogi Posted - 11/15/2012 : 05:14:13 AM
Hi knitwitkim. You are a new member. It looks like you joined up especially so you could help someone. That is the very spirit that makes this forum so great. Please stay on and keep posting.

I knit a hug into every stitch Posted - 11/15/2012 : 04:59:47 AM
How about this one? There is a chunky version, too.
KristiHB Posted - 11/15/2012 : 04:12:36 AM
Hi Donna,
I recently made this hat ( - it's a simple rib slouchy hat, which you can make as long or short as you like. My son really likes his!
ikkivan Posted - 11/14/2012 : 7:11:50 PM
Thank you ... I actually have one of those Rasta patterns saved in my Ravelry library! I really must improve my notes to myself.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
donnawatk Posted - 11/12/2012 : 11:48:45 AM
Hi Donna, I made slouchy hats for a friend of mind I found pattern on raverly, and crafsty. I made the chunky one on raverly and the Rasta one on Crafsty. Donna

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