My raaaaspberry beret is not the kind you find in second hand store, no, it's the Turvid Slouch Hat, the *free* pattern for which is here (found via Ravelry, of course). I finished knitting it at a knitalong last Sunday (with generous helpings of sticky lemon slice and other good things to keep our strength up- thanks, fellow knitters).
When I finished knitting this hat it was not especially slouchy. I despaired, briefly, before remembering that my knit-tastic friend Linda had suggested blocking it over a plate, like you would a beret (who ever knew that you block berets over a plate? Not me). I used a crown lynn Royal New Zealand Navy plate, but I'm sure any plate would do.
You wet your slouch hat, stretch it over the plate, and dry it. Hey presto, slouchy!
I must also go on to dispel another myth in that song by the artist formerly known as Prince. If it was warm I wouldn't wear this hat at all, because it is 100% wool and is therefore quite toasty on the noggin. No, if it was warm I would wear a skirt and a t-shirt, probably.
This pattern was easy peasy lemon squeezy, and they are just the kinds of patterns I like. It comes very highly recommended by Me.