Easy to Crochet Messy Bun hat – Fun and Easy!

Yes, I got on the Messy Bun bandwagon

Today I want to share a pattern for an Easy to crochet “Messy Bun” hat.   I have received so many requests for an easy pattern.  

So, by popular demand here it is.  This is what I came up with for an “easy” pattern.  You can follow the instructions for rows 11-12 for a mock rib brim or just continue with double crochet for a plain edge hat.  

Either way, it looks and fits great.   You can customize the hat by choosing your own colors.  School colors, favorite colors or season colors make it so much better.   

I later realized that perhaps using this type of yarn might not have been the best choice.   Oh, well live and learn. 

Easy to crochet Messy Bun Hat

Easy Messy Bun Hat

Supplies Needed 

Approximately 3 1/2 ounces of Medium weight yarn.  I used  RedHeart Supersaver Cameo  – Color  Mirage


Yarn needle

Crochet Hook (I used a size I ) for larger heads use a J hook.   For children use an H hook

I apologize for this photo.  I was having technical issues and just couldn’t get my beautiful photo to upload so I was stuck using this one.  Boohoo 

If you prefer you can purchase an Ad-Free PDF pattern Here:


To begin your “Messy Bun” hat:

Chain 24, being careful not to twist your chain slip st into 1st chain

Round 1:  chain 3 (counts as a dc here and thru-out), dc into each ch (total 24 dc) sl st into 3rd ch

Round 2:  chain 3, dc into same st, 2dc into each st (48 dc total) sl st into 3rd ch

Round 3:  ch 3, dc into next 4 st, 2dc, *dc into next 5 st, 2dc* rep from * to * to end of round, sl st into 3rd ch  (56 total dc)

Round 4 – 10:  ch 3, dc into each st (total 56 dc), sl st into 3rd ch

Round 11: ch 3, *fpdc, bpdc*  repeat from * to *, sl st into 3rd ch

Round 12:  ch 3, *fpdc in previous fpdc, bpdc into previous bpdc* repeat from * to *, sl st into 3rd ch.  sew in tail

Finishing:  Sew in all tails

Drawstring (optional)

ch 75,  pull ends taunt and make another knot on each end.  Trim off excess yarn tail.   Weave the drawstring thru first round of hat on every other dc post.

I left the ends of my drawstring to the top of the hat so that I can have easy access to adjust the opening.

If you are a messy bun fan you might also like this shell stitch  messy bun:   https://allcraftschannel.com/crochet-messy-bun-hat/?swcfpc=1

Messy Bun Hat

Crochet “messy bun” hat

If you are a visual learner and prefer a video tutorial?  No problem, I have uploaded a YouTube Video tutorial for you.



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94 Responses to Easy to Crochet Messy Bun hat – Fun and Easy!

  1. Jo Dull December 16, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    Dear Yolanda, I use a ponytail band and crochet 24 sc around, then I start my beanie pattern. On my first row I use the front loop method to start my first DC row. It hides the band. I find it a lot easier,and much more sturdier during washings. I just wanted to share with you. Luv you, your videos and your patterns. You are my “GO TO” person when I need Help! Please keep up the Awesome work. Thank You! And Feliz Navidad! And have a Blessed New 2017Year 🎄⛄🎉

    • Yolanda December 16, 2016 at 9:18 am #

      thank you for the tip.

    • gardengalmarissa December 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

      This is what I’m trying to do too Jo with the rubber band and sc stitches around. I was using another pattern and trying to modify a lot for fit. I’m excited to try Yolanda’s pattern as it seems much easier for to do with the rubber band (and easier to remember). The video was so helpful!

    • Edith February 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

      I just made this and your pattern was so easy to follow. I did watch the tutorial for the last 2 rounds for the fpdc and the bpdc stitches since I had never done those before. The hat turned out perfect. Thank you so much

      • Yolanda March 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

        I’m so glad you liked it

  2. RaeAnn Reed December 19, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Good afternoon Yolanda, I just watched your video and printed out the pattern for the “messy bun hat”.
    Now , I have a question for you. This has nothing to do with the hat. I want to make an autism afghan and I need just a pattern on making the puzzle pieces. Would you happen to have a pattern on doing puzzle pieces?
    Thank you for your help.

  3. Paula Moore December 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Love your tutorial. It’s easy to understand but moves along at a good pace so it doesn’t get boring.

    • Yolanda December 20, 2016 at 5:41 pm #

      thank you

  4. Val December 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    How can I print this off? Sounds great.

    • Yolanda December 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

      At the moment I do not provide a PDF format.

  5. Shirley McMunn December 21, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Just finished the messy bun hat. I haven’t crocheted in a few years but decided this looked pretty easy and had a gift request for it. After reviewing your tutorial a couple of times I was able to finish this hat in just 3 hours. Learned a new stitch(Can teach an old crocheter new tricks). Thanks for the great pattern and the very helpful tutorial. Can’t go wrong. Thanks Yolanda!

    • Yolanda December 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      I’m so happy to hear that the pattern and tutorial worked for you.. welcome back to the crochet mania

    • Sharon December 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

      Shirley, I am in the same boat.. haven’t crocheted in years and my nieces want this hat!!Gonna try this pattern! Thanks!!

      • Yolanda December 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

        welcome back Sharon

  6. Sharon December 21, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

    Yolanda, can you tell me the gauge for this pattern?? I think I tend to crochet too tight!!

    • Yolanda December 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

      It is 5 dc = 1 inch if you are using the hook size indicated. If you need to make it a little larger for your head (or you have a ton of hair lol, you can go up to a size J/10 6.0mm hook and that gauge is 4dc = 1 inch

  7. Pam December 23, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    Yolanda I have tried 2 different patterns for this hat, yours is the best. Thank you thank you so much. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    • Yolanda December 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

      thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the pattern. My goal is always to simplify things

  8. Shelby December 23, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    Absolutely love this pattern! Thank you so much for sharing it with the crocheting community!

    • Yolanda December 23, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

      You are welcome

  9. Natalie December 25, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Yolanda. Question. What age group would you consider kids? I’m not sure what size hook to use… thanks 🙂

    • Yolanda December 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

      4 – 10 years old

  10. Ami December 28, 2016 at 3:08 am #

    I just finish one using your pattern and it turned out small I guess I crochet really tight :-/

    • Yolanda January 2, 2017 at 3:53 am #

      I tend to crochet tight also just move up a hook size

  11. Tori December 28, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    Hi Yolanda! I absolutely love this pattern! I was wondering though, if I wanted to use two different colors where would I change to the next yarn at, in the slip stitch maybe? I’m kind of new to crocheting in the round lol. Thank you 😀

    • Yolanda January 2, 2017 at 3:53 am #

      I would change at the end of the row BEFORE completing the slip stitch

  12. Sandra Myricks December 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    Love new ideas. This has got to be the best thing since sliced bread. Love it ,got lots of granddaughters to make them for. Thank you so much, Sandra

  13. Claire Cottrell December 28, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    I did it! I crocheted it in 2.5 hours! Thank you! I love your pattern!

  14. Mary Davis December 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi , do you have a pattern in this for young kids or teens

    • Yolanda January 2, 2017 at 3:52 am #

      I would still use the same pattern but try going down a smaller down for kids.. teens should be able to wear this same size as the brim is stretchy

    • Mary Davis January 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

      Great easy pattern looks very nice,do you have a pattern for pony tail hat with a slit in the back instead of a hole on top.

  15. Tina December 29, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Love this. You make this so easy thank you.

  16. DeDe Sproul December 30, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! I tried various other patterns and yours is, by far, the best! The video helped enormously!! Again, thank you! 😆

    • Yolanda January 2, 2017 at 3:51 am #

      so happy to hear that

  17. Serena December 31, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    Yolanda, I have been crocheting for years and find this one of the easiest hat patterns ever! My daughters and granddaughters are going to love it!

    • Yolanda January 2, 2017 at 3:51 am #

      Thanks, my goal is always to take what seems difficult, break it down into easy to follow steps so everyone can have success.

  18. Jamie Deters January 1, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    Thank you Yolanda, I tried a couple of other patterns, one took 6 hours and one was ugly. I used your video tutorial, paused after each step until I completed the circle and started back up. It took me an hour and 20 minutes start to finish including the brim stitch for 3 rows! And it looks great! I am going to try putting the hair tie in the first row too as I prefer it to a ribbon or chained adjuster.

    • Yolanda January 2, 2017 at 3:50 am #

      thanks, I think once you see it with a solid color you can see the brim better, but you know me I’m trying to use up my yarn stash first

  19. Linda January 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi, My granddaughter just ask me to make a Messy bun hat the other day. Then yesterday i found your pattern and made two hats today. They are easy and quick to make. Thanks. I love it.

    • Yolanda January 2, 2017 at 3:50 am #

      so happy to hear it

  20. Lynda Dean January 3, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    I was unable to print instructions for Messy Bun cap , [email protected]

  21. Lynda Dean January 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

    Thank you Lynda

  22. Deana January 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! A coworker sent me a link to a different tutorial, but I like yours so much better! It was so easy to follow, and I enjoyed making it so much I’m already on my second one! Thanks again for all your videos!

    • Yolanda January 3, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

      that’s great to hear

  23. Barbara James January 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    Could you please tell me what “fpdc and bpdc” mean? I have tried looking it up to no avail. Thank you

    • Yolanda January 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

      fpdc = front post double crochet bpdc = back post double crochet You can watch the video tutorial which shows how to work those stitches

  24. Rosemary January 4, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Thank you.soo awesome, and easy.You are a great teacher. Look forward to more stuff.Thanks😄

    • Yolanda January 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

      thank you for your kind words

  25. Jody Fink January 6, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    My granddaughter saw these hats and asked me to make her one. I knew what I wanted but could not find a pattern until I found yours. It’s exactly what I wanted with the fpdc and bpdc. Thanks so much. I will take yarn and your pattern with me to hospital. I guess I’ll be making a lot for her and the rest of the cheerleaders. Keep up the good work.

    • Yolanda January 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

      that’s great news. Girls all seem to love the messy bun hats.

  26. di January 7, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

    love this! you are awesome!!!

    • Yolanda January 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

      thank you

  27. Mary Davis January 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

    Do you have a pattern for a pony tail hat with the hole in the back and not on the top.

    • Yolanda January 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

      No, you would need to use larger needles and start with fewer chains.. The gauge for this hat was 4dc = 1 inch.. with the hook size I specified in pattern and medium weight yarn. Use a hook that will allow you to match that gauge with the chunky yarn.

  28. Sharon January 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    OK,, One of my nieces has short hair and does not want a hole in her hat. How can I make this same pattern, but a regular hat??

    • Yolanda January 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

      yes, begin with a magic circle, ch 1, 6 dc into cirlce, sl st into 3rd ch. row. 2: 2dc into each st, then continue as the instructions show for the beanie.. of course youur row 1 will now be your row 3.

      • Shantra Sisk September 8, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

        What is a magic circle? Is that how you start the messy bun? I would also like to make one without the hole in it. I don’t know what you mean by 6 dc into circle but, gonna try anyway.

        • Yolanda October 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

          Magic circle is a technique used to start round crochet. You can also just chain 4, slip stitch into the first chain and begin doing your double crochet stitches into the circle

  29. Patti January 8, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    Thank you for this pattern. I look forward to see all your other DIY. Have a wonderful New Year.

  30. Sharon Carangi January 8, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    Beautiful great for granddaughters

  31. cindy villanueva January 8, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    If I use a chunky yarn how do I adjust size? Smaller needles? Thank you

  32. Amanda Marlow January 9, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

    Have been searching for a bun hat that doesn’t have the ribbed edging. It takes too long to me and gets boring! ha. This FPDC and BPDC were new to me and I enjoyed it. Hat fit perfect! Thanks again

  33. Linda Peyton January 10, 2017 at 6:22 am #

    Your pattern for the messy bun hat was great! I saw in one of your answers for a smaller size that you go down smaller. I am not clear in what you mean. Can you clarify for me?

  34. Natalie January 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    Yolanda. I need your help. I need to make a hat for a three year old. How would you adjust this pattern for that?

    • Yolanda February 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

      I would do the same hat except change to a a smaller hook, maybe try an H hook.

  35. Elia January 14, 2017 at 7:36 am #

    Thank you Yolanda for you calm, patient voice . Your an excellent teacher❤️

    • Yolanda January 17, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      thank you

  36. Pixie Barber January 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    Thank You so much for the pattern for the messy bun hat Yolanda 🙂 I am getting ready to start making one now! God Bless

  37. Barb L January 16, 2017 at 6:19 am #

    This is an awesome pattern, so quick and easy. I’m more of a knitter but really enjoyed your tutorial. I will probably make dozens of these! Thank you!

  38. Suzie Dupree January 22, 2017 at 8:07 am #

    I made this hat and it was too big. How do I make it smaller?

    • Yolanda January 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

      Did you use the correct hook size and yarn weight? It might be your tension if you did use the correct materials. I would try a smaller hook.

  39. Jeannie Huff January 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    Thank you for the video and pattern. I am a beginner and I had so much fun with this. Even had someone ask me to make them one. Thanks!

  40. Dawn February 2, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

    Thank you so much for this video! I made a HAT for the first time ever. Just started crocheting in December 2016. I don’t know if the yarn I used was the correct size but I love how it turned out. Plus, it fits perfectly. The video was extremely helpful!

  41. jacqueline payne February 13, 2017 at 4:42 am #

    another one you your wonderful patterns, thank you….you really do explain things to the last detail, follow many of your projects always they come out perfect….keep up the good work xx

    • Yolanda February 13, 2017 at 9:04 am #

      thank you

  42. Diane February 16, 2017 at 7:11 am #

    Thank you so much for the Messy Bun hat pattern can’t wait to get started

  43. Jackie Roulette September 9, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    This is a great pattern! So glad i found it,Got an early start on Christmas presents. I love making them in two colors. Thank You

  44. Jackie Roulette October 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Thank you for the pattern! I have made other messy bun hats, but yours is very easy and works up quick, love band. Plan on using it on beanies for my guys. Got a head start on Christmas presents.

    • Yolanda October 20, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

      you’re welcome

  45. Sultana Muzikir October 30, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    I love this pattern!!! I’d like to know if you allow people to sell finished items from this pattern. Thank you!!!

    • Yolanda November 2, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

      you can sell any items from my patterns but you cannot sell the patterns themselves as they are copyright protected. I would appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Good luck

  46. Stacy White December 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    I made this and switched between two colors. It looks gorgeous. If you were going to make this as a standard hat, how would you fill in the center? In other words, what would be your foundation stitches?

    • Yolanda December 22, 2017 at 9:16 am #

      I would begin with a magic circle and start filling it out that way, working from the top to the bottom

  47. Colleen January 4, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    I just found this and made one for my adult daughter. Great pattern and I loved the video. So helpful! Thank you!

    • Yolanda January 9, 2018 at 11:15 am #

      thank you so much

  48. Marcelle DeWitt January 4, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    I am on round 10 of your messy bun beanie…first I must say this is my very first hat of any kind and your pattern was so easy to follow! Thank You! My only problem is I wear my bun more towards to back, so wearing this beanie I end up with too much bunched in the back and not enough to cover my forehead. Any suggestions?

    • Yolanda January 17, 2018 at 1:37 am #

      I will have to think about that.. I might just have to come up with a new pattern with the opening lower to the back for a pony tail

  49. Lynda McCool-Miller January 11, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    I would love to make this hat in a super bulky (#6) yarn to match a scarf I just made. I used a N hook (10mm). Could you please advise me on exactly how to adjust the number of stitches I should do so that the hat will still fit correctly? Thank you!

    • Yolanda January 17, 2018 at 1:36 am #

      I have never sized it for that weight yarn.

  50. Susan January 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm #

    Thank you your video was great didn’t bore me by going over and over the instruction.

  51. Yvonne February 19, 2019 at 8:36 am #

    Yolanda, (Great name, my sisters’)
    Thank you! My preteens are wanting to learn to crochet and my abilities are limited in this area, but they like these hats too. We started with pony tail holders, but I realized I would need to decrease so this helps. I am wondering If I can do four rows of the edge you used with two so it can fold up? I think they may like that better? Thanks

    • Yolanda March 5, 2019 at 11:55 am #

      yes, of course

  52. Debbie Armstrong January 9, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

    I have not seen the following abbreviations before: fpdc and fpdc. I am enjoying the pattern up to this point. Thank you.

  53. Debbie Armstrong January 9, 2020 at 1:41 pm #

    I am sorry about the auto correct. The 2nd abbreviations is b p d c . Thank you in advance.

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