This is an easy and quick Messy Bun Hat that you can work up for friends and family You can even sell these at craft shows.
So, I have a confession to make. Every time a new Winter season comes around I sign up for at least 1 craft show. As I start prepping for it I am reminded each year how much I actually dislike making hats.
Right now the added pressure of adding a faux fur pom pom is what gets me a bit overwhelmed.
I can never decide whether the pom pom should be removable or if I should just sew it on and if removable I’d need to make it clear to the customer how to remove it properly to wash the hat and if I sewed the pom pom on I would need to make it clear how to properly hand wash the hat without washing the pom pom.
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Since hats and beanies are just too much pressure for me I decided to take that unnecessary pressure away by not adding regular hats to my 1 craft show this year!! What a relief.
But the weird thing is though that I absolutely LOVE making Messy Bun Beanies! This type of hat I can make on repeat with no problem.
There is no added pressure with this type of hat. And if I were to wear a hat it would totally be a bun hat over a regular beanie hat.
I have a great fondness for messy bun beanies. Probably because one of my very first crochet designs was the Messy Bun Ponytail Hat. The initial yarn used for that one was Loops & Threads Facets which was discontinued so last year I updated the pattern to use Lion Brand Color Made Easy. The same yarn used in this new Messy Bun Hat pattern.
So, after all that I wanted to share with you the pattern for the bun hat that I had at my craft show this year (2019). I had so much fun working these up.
The yarn I used may have also been a huge factor in why I loved making these bun hats so much. Color Made Easy by Lion Brand Yarn really adds great definition to every stitch.
This hat design is based off of my Winding Ridges Beanie design which uses a #4 worsted weight yarn. That design includes a Beanie in sizes Toddler, Child, and Adult; an Earwarmer in sizes Toddler, Child, Adult; and a Messy Bun Hat in Adult size. Find that pattern HERE and don’t forget to use code GET1OFF at checkout.
If you are interested in other Free Crochet Patterns you can find them HERE on my blog. You can also find a collection of messy bun hat patterns here.
Now lets get starting on this Messy Bun Beanie!
- Yarn: #5 Bulky Weight (100-115 yards) – Used in example is Lion Brand Color Made Easy
- Hook: US Size (K/10.5) 6.5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
- Other Tools: Yarn Needle, Scissors, Measuring Tape
- 9 hdc x 6.5 rows = 4″ (view my FREE resource all about Gauge HERE)
Stitches/Abbreviations: US Terms
- ch – chain
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- hdc – half double crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- blo – back loop only
- 3rd loop of hdc – behind the front and back loop of the hdc there is another loop in which to work
- hdc2tog – half double crochet two stitches together
- The hat is crocheted from the band up. The band is crocheted in rows and the rest of the hat is crocheted in the round.
- Crochet in the back loop/ridge of beginning foundation chain.
- The hat is worked in multiples of 6.
- To make the seam less noticeable, when your next round begins with a 3rd loop hdc, sl st in the third loop rather than the top 2 loops of the st.
- Join each round with a sl st.
- Ch 1 does not count as a st.
- Your first st in each round will be made in the same st that you join to.
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Row 1: Ch 7, sl st in second ch from hook and in each ch across, turn – 6 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, in blo sl st in each st across, turn – 6 sts.
Repeat Row 2 until the band measures a length of 13-14 inches unstretched. Adjust the length as you feel needed. This type of band is extremely stretchy.
Fold band together, ch 1, sl st band closed in the front loop of last row and back loop of the bottom of the first row. Keep right side out.
Round 1: Ch 1, hdc 48 evenly around the band, join – 48 sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, *hdc in next 3, 3rd loop hdc in next 3; repeat from * around, join in 3rd loop – 48 sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, *3rd loop hdc in next 3, hdc in next 3; repeat from * around, join – 48 sts.
Rounds 4–7: Repeat Rounds 2-3. (If you need the hat taller you can add another repeat of rounds 2-3).
Round 8: Ch 1, *hdc2tog, hdc in next, 3rd loop hdc2tog, 3rd loop hdc in next; repeat from * around, join in 3rd loop – 32 sts.
Round 9: Ch 1, *3rd loop hdc in next 2, hdc in next 2; repeat from * around, join – 32 sts.
Round 10: Ch 1, *hdc in next 2, 3rd loop hdc2tog; repeat from * around, join – 24 sts.
Round 11: Ch 1, *hdc2tog, hdc in next; repeat from * around, join – 16 sts.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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*This pattern has been fully tested to ensure accuracy*
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Thanks. I would like to do the same for a girl 8 years