Knit Like a Lumberjack! Get a Hip Plaid Hat with Slip-Stitch Knitting

The Check Slouch is an oldie but a goodie. Six years after it was originally published in the premiere issue of knitscene Accessories 2012, it still goes strong on Ravelry with almost 2,000 favorites and 200 projects by Ravelers with all sorts of clever variations. With a classic-yet-modern look, it stands the test of time and doesn’t date itself years after it was first created. It is one of those projects that will always look good, regardless of what the current trends are or who is wearing it. What exactly makes the Check Slouch so fantastic? Read on to find out!

Check Slouch by Triona Murphy, knitscene Accessories 2012; photography by Harper Point Photography

1. Super simple colorwork

The colorwork in the Check Slouch pattern looks more complicated than it is. It appears as though it could be stranded knitting, but the checks are actually created with slip-stitch colorwork. With the slip-stitch method, you only knit with one color per row, rather than with multiple colors. You get the alternating checks by knitting with the color you’re working on that row, and slipping the stitches of the other color in the row. That way, the color you are knitting with lies behind the slipped stitches, but it is visible in the stitches you knit with that color. The result is alternating boxes of color that slightly resembles a plaid pattern, depending on what colors you are using.

Check Slouch in Christmas Red, Ebony, and Oatmeal Heather; get your lumberjack on with this kit! Photography by George Boe.

2. Looks like plaid . . . even though it’s not exactly plaid

The check pattern on the Check Slouch is just a series of little boxes that are alternating in color. You can see it very clearly with an up-close look. A little further away, the hat looks like it has a genuine plaid pattern on it, especially in the brighter red and blue colorways. The red, black, and oatmeal one reminds me so much of lumberjack plaid, if I put it on I’d probably want to go out and chop down a tree. Well, probably not, but I’d take a weekend in a log cabin with a working fireplace! Whatever the activity, this is a great hat to pair with denim and boots.

Check Slouch in Cappuccino, Blue Splash, and Ice Flow. Photography by George Boe.

3. One kit = 3 hats

This pattern calls for three skeins of yarn not because the quantity is needed, but because it calls for three colors. The skeins have ample yardage that after I knit one hat from the three skeins, there was enough yarn leftover to knit two more hats, if you shift the main color. The brim is knit with the main color, and therefore more of that color is required, but if you shift the main color from hat to hat you should be able to get three full—and different—hats from these big skeins! Just be sure to triple-check that you are matching the pattern’s gauge, and you should get more than one hat from three skeins.

Photography by George Boe.

4. Awesome and affordable yarn!

Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted is a classic workhouse wool yarn with LOADS of colors, and each skein has a cushy 220 yards. The price for the yarn is very reasonable, especially so if you pick up one of these kits from the Interweave Store right now. We have the original colorway that was published in the magazine, the new red and black colorway, and the new blue and brown colorway. Which one will you choose?

Happy slip-stitch knitting!
Hannah


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