Free Crochet Pattern: Waffle Cone Slouchy Hat

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! This pattern was supposed to be your Christmas gift but I thought maybe some of you would prefer to have the pattern early so that you can use it to make some hats as Christmas gifts! I just wanna say I’m super thankful for all of you who have been loyal readers of my blog, all of you who have bought my crochet patterns, my sponsors, and of course all of the friends I’ve made through this blog! You rock and I hope you enjoy this free pattern! :) 


This is a very basic, mesh hat pattern! It’s a bit different than my other slouchy hats. This one is actually a skully hat that gets it’s slouchiness from being extra long. I think you’ll love making it! It’s super quick and I designed it to take only one skein of Lion Brand Hometown USA!

Finished Size: Around edge = 22 inches. From edge to center of top = 11 inches. Measurements were taken while laying flat, unstretched.

Difficulty level: Advanced beginner/Intermediate



● Size N (9mm) crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
● Yarn Needle for finishing
● Bulky Yarn such as Lion Brand Hometown USA or Wool-ease Thick & Quick. Approximately 80 yards.

Yarn used in examples:
Lion Brand Hometown USA in Portland Wine and Monterey Lime


sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
rep – repeat
rnd – round
ea – each
sp – space
st/sts – stitch/stitches
FO – finish off



This pattern is worked in joined rounds. Join at the end of each round, where the pattern says to. Ch 4’s at the beginning of rounds will always count as 1 dc + 1 ch. Ch 1’s at the beginning of rounds 12 & 13 will count as 1 sc. Be sure to check your gauge after rnd 2.

Gauge: To check gauge, work rnds 1-2. Resulting circle should measure 5 inches across. Refer to the picture below for another way to check gauge.  1 dc + 1 ch should = just under an inch.


rnd 1: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc + 1 ch now and throughout). 1 dc in 4th ch from hook. ch 1. In same ch sp as before:  [1 dc, ch 1] 6 times. sl st to join. (8 dc) need help?

rnd 2: ch 4. 1 dc in same sp. ch 1. [1 dc, ch 1 twice in next dc] rep around.  sl st to join. (16 dc)

rnd 3: ch 4. 1 dc, ch 1 twice in next dc. [1 dc, ch 1 in next dc. 1 dc, ch 1 twice in next dc.] rep around. sl st to join. (24 dc)

rnds 4-11 (7 rnds): ch 4. [1 dc, ch 1 in next dc] rep around. sl st to join. (24 dc)

rnd 12: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in next ch sp. [1 sc in next dc. 1 sc in next ch sp.] rep around. sl st to join. (48 sc)

rnd 13: ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). Work in back loops only: 1 sc in ea sc. (48 sc)

Invisible join and FO


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You are welcome and encouraged to sell any items you make using this pattern! All I ask in return is that when selling online, please credit Julie King / Gleeful Things & provide a link to

You may NOT sell the pattern, distribute it in any form, repost it online, or alter it to claim it as your own (this includes charts & translations to other languages). Copyright © 2011 Julie King / Gleeful Things. All Rights Reserved.


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221 Responses

  1. Autumn says:

    This is SO cool! Thank you so much!

  2. esmey says:

    Hello, I love the hat patter but I have a question. I started ribbing and wanted the body of this hat. Would I start this and attach together or do you have a way to start this pattern working from ribbing and decrease to close the hat?

  3. I love your ‘waffle cone slouchy hat. i have always crocheted and i also have MS and my right hand close up on m3 and I tink this hat will be USABLE for me. We will see !!

  4. Kim says:

    Just made this with chunky Kelly green for my BFF. It matches the scarf she wanted, so this is her surprise. Thanks for such an easy and cute pattern! It is definitely a keeper!

  5. Kim says:

    Thanks so much this is amazing!! But I’m confusing at round 4-7 is it 8 rounds total?

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  7. Heather says:

    I’m not understanding what the pattern means when it says “1 double crochet, chain 1 twice in next double crochet”. . . I tried a couple of different ways I thought could be right, but it didn’t look right and I just want to be sure. Thankyou! I’m glad there is a place where I can ask you questions :)

    • gina says:

      Hi Heather, You might already know by now, but…

      You would work one DC and Ch 1, and then another DC and Ch 1 in the same st that is indicated. Hope that helped. :)

      Pretty hat Julie. Love it!

    • Diane says:

      This means to double crochet, chain one then repeat this again in the same stitcc.

    • rebekka says:

      it means, do a single crochet and chain 1 in the next space and then in the space after that do a double crochet chain 1. And alternate going all the way around the circle.

      • rebekka says:

        so , the stitch for this hat is : double crochet + chain 1
        Do that twice in one space, once in the next, twice in the next space, once in the next,

  8. Ive says:

    Do you make these for a 18 month old? How?

  9. Penny says:

    I am interested in making these for sale on a small scale. May I have permission to do so or pay royalties for the sales of this product? This is one great pattern.

  10. Karen says:

    Thank you for such a great pattern. I made three of these in one night for the girls I work with for Christmas and two for my neice’s. I used Loops & Threads Charisma for a super soft hat. I added a few extra sc rows at the end, for a thicker head band. I also used a 10mm crochet hook, as I don’t have a 9 in my kit for some odd reason. With the thick yarn, 10mm was perfect! Thank you for the pattern and for keeping me in my Christmas budget!

  11. Diane says:

    I just finished this hat in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. I used the oatmeal color. This hat is a very simple pattern to follow but it turned out oh so cute! I love it! I did make one change. I left out row 10 & 11 because I have thin, shorter hair and it was a bit to long for me but it did not change the style of the hat whatsoever. Thank you for sharing this pattern! Diane

  12. rebekka says:

    How many inches across does circle measure after row 4 is completed? you made this pattern with Super bulk yarn. Do you have a pattern for making this hat with bulky weight yarn? Worsted weight? thank you for this pattern, my daughter loves it. They work up quick and I have made 2 in the last couple days.

  13. Sheri says:

    Love your hats! Definitely going to make a couple. Just bought another pattern the other day. Question…where do you get your hooks? They look very comfortable!

  14. Michelle says:

    Love this hat!!! Anyone else having trouble with the sizing? My N hook is 10mm & my M is 9mm. I couldn’t get the 5in. gauge with either one. I undid this hat so many times to try and get it right. Ended up making it w/ the M hook and added an extra row before the SC’s. It’s not so bad but could be a little bigger in the body. Maybe I’ll try with the next size up for a hook because i really love this pattern and found this beautiful grey color & teal blue color to use.

  15. Elle says:

    I have made several of these the Loops and Threads Charisma yarn and I love them! They are super fast and super easy to make. I guess my guage is a little off, though, because I have to do a few more rows to achieve the slouch look in the photos. No matter! Still love it and love to make them!

  16. Heidi says:

    Thanks for the patterns that you provide. I’ve used some of them to make hats to give away to the local homeless shelter; they loved them.

  17. andrew mcgehee says:

    I am still confused about the start of this hat even after viewing the pictures and reading the instructions. I am fairly new to crocheting so will you please email me a short video just detailing the start or a more detailed description of the first round? thanks!

  18. Gini says:

    Hi, The pattern looks easy and is great for the teenagers. The meshy look seems to lend to the softness and looseness, am I right? The girls would love this but provided its on the soft side. Any suggestions. Thanks, Gini

  19. Miranda says:


    This is my first attempt at a hat…but I’m stuck at row 2! after chain 4, it says DC is same space……….which space? argh!

    Please advise this newbie!


  20. Nisha says:

    I’m using a 9 mm hook and hometown usa yarn but no matter what i do i can’t get the gauge! After 2 rounds i only get 4 inches across…!

  21. sheila says:

    Love this hat

  22. Alexis says:

    I thought this was a nice pattern to try, I used Loops and Threads Kaleidoscope yarn, with a K hook, so I had to compensate for the gauge difference. I did rows 1-3, then I did a round adding 8 stitches, and then another adding 4. I also did 11 straight rounds, instead of 7, because I wanted a really long slouchy beanie. The end result is really cute, and surprisingly warm :)

  23. Hannah says:

    I made this hat with two strands of yarn instead of bulky yarn and I think it turned out great! I haven’t tried making one with bulky yarn so I don’t know how different it would look but using two different colors gives the hat a cool look :) Thanks for the pattern!

  24. Ohmsa says:

    Bad*ss hat! Thanks :)

  25. yvonne anderson says:

    your pattern for ur hats are so beautiful.

  26. sima says:

    nice hat,thnx alot.

  27. Leigha says:

    This is an adorable pattern. I used 2 strands of yarn bee soft secret and the hat turned out beautifully. However I did have trouble with the last two rows. I ended up switching to a J hook was not happy took it apart and tried the I hook. I am still not happy with those last two rows but will keep working until I have it figured out. Thanks for sharing.

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