Looking for an easy and textured crochet messy bun hat pattern? Well, you’ve come to the right place!! Also known as the ponytail hat, this beanie is perfect for us girls that want to keep our ears warm during winter without having to tuck our hair into the beanie! Add the amazing textured detail of this pattern and you will wear your hair up in style!
I made this easy free crochet pattern using only half double crochets in two different ways. This messy bun beanie will go perfectly with my infinity scarf crochet pattern!
Let’s dive into the deeds:
Before you start with this easy crochet messy bun hat pattern, here are some important things to know and some background around this pattern.
The Detail in the body of the crochet beanie pattern
I love, love, love creating new and exciting beanie patterns. When I came across the messy bun hat, I knew I had to design a pattern that was fun and easy to make at the same time!
Luckily we have the HDC (Half double crochet) to do all the work for us! Using the HDC in two different ways simply adds texture to this messy bun hat without any hassle! If you are familiar with the Back Crossed Half Double Crochet (click on the link for the video tutorial) and working in the 3rd loop of a half double crochet, then you are all set!
If you aren’t, DON’T WORRY! Here is the link to the post with pictures, where I explain how you crochet both techniques. It’s super simple and easy to follow!
You can also add any embellishments to your beanie like a crochet flower or a button! Here I added one of my background flowers as an example!
Some FAQ and answers:
Can I adjust the size of the Messy Bun Hat?
The size of the messy bun hat is made for an adult head size. If you’d like a smaller version for this hat, please feel free to leave me a comment down below!
What size yarn and other materials do I need?
For this pattern I used Himalaya Anti-pilling Everyday Worsted yarn. You will need at least 100g/ 3.5oz (165m/ 180yards). If you don’t live in South Africa you can use yarn like Red Heart Soft or Patons Classic Wool
You will also need a thick hair tie, sizes 5.5mm (I-9) and 5mm (H-8) hooks, a tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors and your trusty stitch marker!
The Hair tie:
When buying the hair tie, I prefer getting a thicker one, to prevent breaking when you put it on. If you would like to use a thinner hair tie, I’d suggest that you use more than one, or make a chain that goes around the hair tie with some extra chains to help with the stretch of the hair tie.
Let me know if you have any other yarn or size related questions by leaving a comment down below!! 🙂
Let’s get started!
All righty then!! You better get stitching because I assure you, you will be making a lot of these!
And go and subscribe to my YouTube channel!! Brand new addition to the blog where you will find videos of my patterns and tutorials!
Happy Crocheting!!! 🙂
Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern
This pattern is written in US Terms
Easy / Skilled Beginner
- Number 4 worsted weight yarn (100g/ 3.5oz) (170m/ 186yards)
- Size 5mm Hook (US H-8 )
- Size 5.5mm Hook (US I-9)
- Hair tie (preferably a thicker one to prevent breaking)
- Measuring tape
- Stitch Markers
- Tapestry Needle
- Ch = Chain
- Sc = Single Crochet
- Hdc = Half Double Crochet
- Bcr Hdc = Back Crossed Half Double Crochet
- Inc = Increase (adding 2 stitches into designated stitch)
- Rnd *= Round *
- Ss = Slip Stitch
- St(s) = Stitch(s)
- Rep = Repeat
Back crossed Half Double Crochet:
Skip 1 stitch and work a half double crochet into the next stitch. Yarn over and insert the hook around the back of the previous half double crochet into the skipped stitch (from front to back), yarn over and pull through one loop (3 loops on the hook|). Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on the hook.
For a step by step tutorial of the Back Crossed Half Double Crochet, Click Here!
3rd Loop of the Half double crochet:
When looking at the half double crochet, you will see that in this pattern the 3rd loop is in the back of your work. The loop is located just below the stitch where you would insert your hook for a normal half double crochet.
10cm x 10cm / 4in x 4in = 12 rows x 14hdc
Width x Length laying flat: 23cm / 9in x 20cm / 8in
Circumference: 46cm / 18in
- To make this messy bun hat pattern seamless, it is worked in continuous rounds. You can also connect the round with a slip stitch to make the rounds connect seamlessly.
- When starting with the first rows of hdc around the hair tie, move and space the stitches evenly around the hair tie as you go. The hair tie might show, but this will be covered with your hair so don’t worry too much about that!
- Use a stitch marker to indicate the first stitch of each round.
- Number of stitches are shown in brackets () after each row.
- For the increase rounds, the repeat pattern of the round is specified between brackets, meaning if the pattern calls for *3hdc, inc, 3hdc* rep from * to * until the end of rnd, you need to crochet 1hdc in the next 3 sts, 2hdc in the same st and then again 1hdc in the next 3 sts. Then start again with the same repeat pattern until you reach your stitch marker at the end of the round.
- To see a step by step tutorial of the brim, click here!
Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern:
Using the larger hook (5.5mm):
Attach the yarn to the hook with a slip knot.
Insert the hook through the middle of the hair tie and slip stitch to connect.
Rnd 1: 42hdc around the hair tie, place a stitch marker in your first st. (42hdc)
Rnd 2: *3hdc, inc, 3hdc* rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. (48hdc)
Rnd 3: *7hdc, inc* rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. (54hdc)
Rnd 4: *4hdc, inc, 4hdc* rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. (60hdc)
Rnd 5: *9hdc, inc* rep from * to * until the end of the rnd. (66hdc)
Rnd 6: hdc into the 3rd loop in each st around. (66hdc)
Rnd 7: hdc into the 3rd loop in each st around. 66hdc)
Rnd 8: bcr hdc around until the last st. (33 bcr hdc, 66hdc sts)
Rnd 9: hdc in each st around. (66hdc)
Rnd 10-17: Repeat rnds 6 – 9 alternatively until you reach rnd 17.
Rnd 18 and 19: hdc into the 3rd loop in each st around. (66hdc)
At the end of round 19, bring up a loop and remove the 5.5mm hook.
Switch to the smaller hook (5mm) and continue with this hook until the end.
Using the smaller hook (5mm)
You will now work in rows (R) around the messy bun hat.
With the right side facing you,
R1: sc in the second ch from the hook, 8sc, sl st in each of the nxt 2 sts (these sts are on the beanie itself), turn
R2: sk 2 sts (the 2 sl sts), 9sc in the BLO, ch1, turn
R3: 9sc in the BLO, sl st in each of the nxt 2 sts, turn
R4 – 66: rep row 2 and 3 until the end of row 66, at the end, sl st into the top of the brim an sl st in each st down the row to connect.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew in and secure ends.
Weave in all ends securely and you’re done!