Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern

Recently, a friend posted a photo of a hat she really liked on FB. “Who can make this hat?” She asked.  She had to have it!

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Another friend tagged me…so I set off to make the hat. Later it turned out that someone else made the hat for her, but I still thought I would share the pattern I had created…just in case anyone else was looking to make one of these. There seemed to be a lack of patterns for this style hat online so I figured one was needed!

There are a few patterns online now, but none of then use the simple front and back post crochet stitches to create the brim. Also, some of them are not free and you must purchase them.  I created this pattern myself, but I never feel the need to charge a fee for crochet patterns. I have found so many awesome FREE patterns on the web over the years that it’s the LEAST I can do to give back a few!

For this hat, I used Lion Brand Ice Cream Crème Glacée. Color: Cookies and Cream. (I had this yarn laying around in my studio for awhile so I’m not sure if it’s still being sold. It’s a medium weight yarn a bit lighter than WW yarn, but I think you will do just as well with WW. I used a size G/6/4.25MM hook, but an H/8/5mm would work as well.

Stitches used will be: CH (chain), SC, DC, HDC, FPHDC, BPHDC, and SS (slip stitch). This pattern took about 2-3 hours to complete.

If you like this pattern, you may also like my Simple & Sweet Ponytail Hat Pattern that I actually love much more than this one. It can be found HERE

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Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern

Row 1:  Chain 32, SS  to the first chain ensuring the chain is flat so that the next row won’t twist.

Row 2:  Chain 1 (does not count as 1st SC), SC in the same stitch as the chain 1, SC into each of the remaining chains, SS to the Chain 1. (32 stitches)


Row 3:  Chain 2,  (does not count as 1st DC here or in any of the other rows)<<DC in the following pattern: 1, 1, 1, 2 in the same stitch (see photo at bottom for visual of the pattern)>>, repeat <<>> to end of row, SS to the chain 2 (40 stitches)

Row 4:  Chain 2, turn
From this point on all DC will be worked into the back loop only, until Row 18. (See photo) <<DC in the following pattern: 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 in the same stitch>> repeat <<>> to the end of the row, SS to the chain 2. (48 stitches)

Row 5:  Chain 2, turn.
<<DC in the following pattern: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 in the same stitch>> repeat <<>> to the end of the row, SS to the chain 2. (56 stitches)

Row 6:  Chain 2, turn.
<<DC in the following pattern: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 in the same loop>> repeat <<>> to the end of the row, SS to the chain 2. (64 stitches)

Row 7: Chain 2, turn.
<<DC in the following pattern: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 in the same loop>> repeat <<>> to the end of the row, SS to the chain 2. (72 stitches)

Rows 8-17

Chain 2, turn.
1 DC into each stitch all around the row, SS to the chain 1.

Row 18: Chain 2, (Go back to working a regular stitch, instead of using the back loop only) HDC into each stitch in the row, SS to the chain 1

Row 19-22: Chain 2, 1 BPHDC, <<2 FPHDC, 2 BPHDC>> continue <<>> around the row, SS to the chain 2. (Make sure to line up your FPHDC and BPHDC with the previous row, as this is what provides the ribbed look that finishes the hat brim.) Note, I worked all of the front and back post stitches into the TOP of each stitch (see photo).


Tie off and weave in the ends.


All done! Enjoy!

*photo description of the 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 type pattern

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52 thoughts on “Crochet Messy Bun Hat Pattern

  1. Isn’t the size G/6/4.25 MM too tiny to fit on an adult’s head? I’ve made other hats and have usually used a 6 MM with great success. I’m nervous to start it with a 4.25 MM so I’m going to try the 6 MM and see how that goes. I’ll let you know. Thank you soooo much for the free pattern. ❤️

      • On rows 19-22 for the brim it doesn’t make sense to me. I am self taught on crocheting after having brain surgery 3 1/2 years ago. I wasn’t able to crochet before my surgery but I am happy that I can now. Or at least I am happy with what I have taught myself. I am also left-handed but I crochet right-handed.

  2. Do you have any tips on how to do this pattern for a smaller hat? Just made this one and I love it! So easy to follow the pattern. Just need a smaller size. Thank you!

  3. Joyful Girl, thank you so much for the pattern, but can you tell what kind and color the yarn is on the model ? thank you so much Maria

  4. Thank you for beautiful hat. I’ve had so many ask me to crochet one exactly like the picture.. I see from former comments that you don’t know what brand and color you used. I’ll try to look it up online a similar color.. great job!

  5. Thank you so much for this pattern. I had another one that required too much yarn and I was losing more than gaining, then found his pattern ,which is better works up pretty quick, I can finish one in 2 hours . Not to mention is beautiful when finished. thank you again !

  6. I have a question: wouldn’t it be the same to alternate rows of front loop and back loop? Is it easier to turn and only do back loop?

  7. I started to do this pattern but I am finding myself confused there were no amount of stitches at the end of the rows until I got to row 7. When I finished a row of 1,1,1,2 I would end up being off, I think but I am unable to tell due to not knowing how many stitches I should have in that row. Not sure if I am clear…lol

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  10. Thanks so much for the pattern, I make touques for the guys at work, but a couple of the girls have asked for one of these, and yours seems to be the best pattern I’ve found so far

  11. I charted out the increases and was able to figure out the number of stitches – 32 for rows 1-2, 40 for row 3, 48 for row 5, 56 for row 6, 64 for for 7 and 72 for row 8. Work even on 72 stitches for the body of the hat and the “ribbing”. Hope this helps.

    • Hollie, by turning the work your BPO DC create a ribbing along the length of the hat. It’s also an option to do FPO DC instead of turning, I personally don’t like working FPO in the round because it just feels awkward to me. If you still aren’t following what I am saying give me a shout out email and I will link you to a video on how to do the turning I mentioned. 🙂

  12. I’m so used to counting stitches. It made it easier for me. I’ve made about half a dozen of them so far. People seem to prefer softer yarn vs standard worsted weight.

  13. I want to make this hat but with the ponytail holder in the circle…any idea how to implement that? Kinda new to the crochet game lol any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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