Free & Simple Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern

After having some success with my paid Messy Bun Ponytail Hat pattern I decided to create a free version of a messy bun hat.  This pattern still uses a bulky yarn which allows for you to create this hat in an hour or less.  It is worked from the top down.

Materials, notes and stitches: 8.00mm crochet hook, #5 Bulky yarn, yarn needle, work in back loop only (unless specified not to), ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch, single crochet (sc), extended single crochet (esc), stitch (st), chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st)

extended single crochet: insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through first loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook


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Foundation: Ch 22, sl st to join.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, esc in each ch around, sl st to join (22 esc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, *1 esc in next 2 sts, 2 esc in next st, rpt from * around, 1 esc in last st, sl st to join (29 esc).

Rnd 3: Ch 1, *1 esc in next 3 sts, 2 esc in next st, rpt from * around ending with a 1 esc in last st, sl st to join (36 esc).

Rnd 4: Ch 1, *1 esc in next 5 sts, 2 esc in next st, rpt from * around sl st to join (42 esc).

Rnds 5-10: Ch 1, 1 esc in each st around, sl st to join (42 esc).

Rnd 11: (still in back loop only) Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join (42 sc).

Rnds 12-14: (in both loops) Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join (42 sc).  Fasten off.

Have fun with this hat and experiment with different bulky yarn.  Add a button or two to the hat.  You can also try a two toned version where the section with extended single crochets are one color and the brim of single crochets is a contrasting color.

I’d love to see if you make any of these! tag #simplyhookedbyjanet

Crochet Away!

Janet P

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12 thoughts on “Free & Simple Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern

      1. Thank you. I love the pattern and so easy. I finished two last night. The only thing I did different was sc foundation chain around a hair tie. Will post pictures if I can figure out how to do that.

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  1. From Row 3 to Row 4, we go from *1 esc in next 3 sts* to 1 esc in next 5 sts*. Doing it that way, I couldn’t come up with 42 total stitches. I thought maybe it should be “…in next 4 sts”, but that didn’t turn out to 42, either but it was closer. Also, does the chain 1 after the slip stitch count as a stitch? I really like this pattern but I have taken that row out so many times, I’m getting discouraged. Thank you!

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  2. Hi Elise, I’m glad you are liking this pattern. The ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch. And in round 4 the pattern is correct when it says to crochet in next 5 sts not the next 4. When you crochet in the next 5 that’s when the count comes out to 42 sts in a round. If you crochet in the next 4 rather than 5 your stitch count will not come out to 42.

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  3. Thank you for answering me. I must’ve been doing something incorrectly, but I was finally able to get 42 stitches. I really like this easy pattern. I’m going to make 2 hats for my great-nieces. Thanks! Elise

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