How to Make A Messy Bun Beanie- Free Crochet Pattern

Follow this free and easy crochet messy bun beanie pattern to stay stylish and warm all season long! Featuring the Bobble Stitch for extra texture!

The Kate Bun Beanie is a fun and spunky messy bun beanie design! With the variety of textured stitches used, this beanie is anything but boring!

The pattern works great for solid color beanies, variegated color beanies, and even striped beanies.

This pattern comes in 3 sizes.

Adult size for heads with a circumference of 22 inches – 23 inches.
A child-size, fitting heads with a 20″-21″ circumference
A toddler size, fitting heads with an 18″-19″ circumference

If you need to make a messy bun beanie slightly smaller you could always jump down a hook size, and if you have super tight tension you might want to jump up a hook size.

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MATERIALS (WITH CLICKABLE LINKS)

I (5.5 mm) Crochet Hook
– 3-4oz of worsted weight yarn. I used “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby in the color Rosy Cheeks.
Scissors
Tapestry Needle

Note: In the video, I used a J 6.0mm crochet hook but in the pictures here on the blog I used an I. This is because when I switched to Clover Amour hooks my tension changed and I needed to go up a hook size.

STITCH KEY (US TERMS) 

CH = Chain
YO = Yarn Over
SL ST= Slip Stitch
DBLDEC = Double Crochet Decrease (explained below) INC= Increase – Put two stitches in the same space
SC = Single Crochet
HDC= Half Double Crochet
DBL= Double Crochet
BOBBLE = Bobble Stitch (explained below)

SPECIAL STITCHES

Camel Stitch: The only thing that makes a camel stitch a camel stitch is your hook placement. A typical crochet stitch has 2 loops on the top of your stitch. To do the camel stitch you put your hook in a third loop behind your top to loops. The best way to learn this stitch is to watch it being done.

Bobble: *YO, Insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 2 loops on your hook* Repeat 3 more times. Now you should have 5 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 5 loops on your hook.

Back Bump: This is where you flip your starting chain over and insert your hook into the “back bump” of the chain and place your stitch there. If you are unfamiliar with this technique I would suggest watching the full video tutorial that comes with this pattern.

Double Crochet Decrease: Combining two stitches from the previous round to make one new stitch. YO, Insert hook into first stitch, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops on your hook. YO, Insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop,

YO, pull through two loops, YO pull through all 3 loops left on your hook.

REFER TO THE VIDEO THAT GOES WITH THIS POST

GAUGE:
3” x 3” Square
10 stitches by 10 rows Single Crochet

IMPORTANT BEFORE YOU START YOUR KATE BUN BEANIE

Pay attention to the end of each row. After some rows, we will turn our work and others we won’t so be sure to read that before going to the next row 🙂

Directions for Child and Toddler size bun beanie instructions are listed after the adult instructions.

ADULT MESSY BUN BEANIE INSTRUCTIONS


Make a slip knot and CH 31, Join yarn into the first CH and CH 1. (Make sure not to twist chain)

Row 1: SC 30 into the “back bump” (video under special stitches) , join back into the top of the first SC, CH 1 (do not turn work) (30) If you are unfamiliar/uncomfortable with the back bump technique you can just SC as normal.

Row 2: Starting in the stitch closes to your CH 1, *2 HDC, HDCINC around. Join back into the top of the first HDC, CH 1 (do not turn work) (40)

Row 3 is done using a Camel HDC stitch. Refer to video tutorial with help with this stitch!

Row 3: Starting in the top of the HDC from row 2, *3 Camel HDC, Camel HDCINC around. Join back into the top of the first HDC, CH 2 (do not turn work) (50)

See the texture the Camel stitch creates!!

Row 4 only has 7 increases instead of 10 increases like the previous rows. If you are comfortable with just increasing 7 random times around you can, but if you prefer detailed instructions, I am going to write out every stitch so there’s no confusion. So 5 Camel DBL, DBLINC means you will do a DBL in the next 5 stitches then a DBLINC in the next stitch. All stitches in row 4 are a camel stitch.

Row 4: Starting in the top of the HDC from row 3, 9 Camel DBL, Camel DBLINC, 4 Camel DBL, Camel DBL INC, 4 Camel DBL, Camel DBLINC, 9 Camel DBL, Camel DBLINC, 4 Camel DBL, Camel DBLINC, 4 Camel DBL, Camel DBLINC, 9 Camel DBL, Camel DBLINC. Join back into the top of the first DBL, CH 2 TURN (57)

Row 4 was the most confusing row! Its gets easier from here on out I promise.

Row 5: Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 4 * BOBBLE, SC* around. End with a BOBBLE. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2, TURN (57)

Row 6: Starting in the top of the BOBBLE stitch in row 5, DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 (do not turn work) (57)

Follow this free and easy crochet messy bun beanie pattern to stay stylish and warm all season long! Featuring the Bobble Stitch for extra texture!

Row 7: Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 6, Camel DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2, turn (57)

Row 8: (Repeat row 5) Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 7, * BOBBLE, SC around. End with a BOBBLE. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 TURN (57)

Row 9: (Repeat row 6) Starting in the top of the BOBBLE stitch in row 8, DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 (do not turn work) (57)

Row 10: (Repeat row 7) Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 9, Camel DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2, turn (57)

Row 11: (Repeat row 5) Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 10, * BOBBLE, SC around. End with a BOBBLE. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 turn (57)

Follow this free and easy crochet messy bun beanie pattern to stay stylish and warm all season long! Featuring the Bobble Stitch for extra texture!

Row 12: (Repeat row 6) Starting in the top of the BOBBLE stitch in row 11, DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 (do not turn work) (57)

Row 13 is going to be a little weird, like row 4, since we are working with a stitch count of 57 and it’s a little tricky. Bare with me, its not hard, just weird. Remember if you see “4 DBL” that means double crochet in the next 4 stitches. If you don’t need exact instructions you can just space out 7 Camel DBLDEC evenly around.

Row 13: Camel DBL, Camel DBLDEC, 4 Camel DBL, Camel DBLDEC. Now we have a nice repeat. *7 Camel DBL, Camel DBLDEC* around 5 times. 3 Camel DBL. Join back into the top of your CH 2. CH 2, turn. (50)

Row 14: Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 13 * BOBBLE, SC around. (on this row you will end with a SC instead of a BOBBLE like the previous bobble rows) Join back into the top of your CH 2. CH 1, turn. (50)

Row 15: Starting in the top of the BOBBLE stitch from row 14, SC around. Join into the top of the first SC, CH 1, turn.

Row 16: Starting in the top of the SC from row 15, SC around. Join into the top of the first SC, TIE OFF and sew in your loose ends

Follow this free and easy crochet messy bun beanie pattern to stay stylish and warm all season long! Featuring the Bobble Stitch for extra texture!

Child Size Messy Bun Beanie- Fits heads with a 20”-21” circumference

To make the child size version of this beanie, you follow the same pattern as the adult size, you just use an H hook instead of an I. Here are pictures showing some measurements for your convenience.

Follow this free and easy crochet messy bun beanie pattern to stay stylish and warm all season long! Featuring the Bobble Stitch for extra texture!

Toddler Size Messy Bun Beanie: Fits heads with a 18”-19” circumference.

With an H hook, make a slip knot and CH 31, Join yarn into the first CH and CH 1. (Make sure not to twist chain)

Row 1: SC 30 into the “back bump” (video under special stitches) , join back into the top of the first SC, CH 1 (do not turn work) (30)

Row 2: Starting in the stitch closes to your CH 1, *2 SC, SCINC around. Join back into the top of the first SC, CH 1 (do not turn work) (40)

Row 3 is done using a Camel HDC stitch. Directions and link to a video is on the Introduction page.

Row 3: Starting in the top of the SC from row 2, *3 Camel HDC, Camel HDCINC around. Join back into the top of the first HDC, CH 1 (do not turn work) (50)

Row 4: Starting in the top of the HDC from row 3, *8 Camel HDC, Camel HDCINC around. End with 5 HDC, join back into the top of the first HDC. CH 1, TURN. (55)

Row 5: Starting in the top of the HDC stitch in row 4 * BOBBLE, SC around. End with a BOBBLE. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2, TURN (55)

Row 6: Starting in the top of the BOBBLE stitch in row 5, DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 (do not turn work) (55)

Row 7: Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 6, Camel DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2, turn (55)

Row 8: (Repeat row 5)- Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 7, * BOBBLE, SC around. End with a BOBBLE. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 TURN (55)

Row 9: (Repeat row 6) Starting in the top of the BOBBLE stitch in row 8, DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 (do not turn work) (55)

Row 10: (Repeat row 7)- Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 9, Camel DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2, turn (55)

Row 11: (Repeat row 5)- Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 10, * BOBBLE, SC around. End with a BOBBLE. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 turn (55)

Row 12: (Repeat row 6) Starting in the top of the BOBBLE stitch in row 11, DBL around. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 2 (do not turn work) (55)

Row 13 is going to have 5 Camel DBLDEC for a total of 50 Camel DBL around.

Row 13: Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 12, *8 Camel DBL, Camel DBLDEC around. End with 5 Camel DBL, join back into the top of the first DBL. CH 2, TURN

Row 14: (Repeat row 5)- Starting in the top of the DBL stitch in row 13, * BOBBLE, SC around. End with a SC. Join back into the top of the CH 2. CH 1 TURN (50)

Row 15: Starting in the top of the Bobble stitch from row 14, SC around. Join back into the top of the first SC. CH 1, TURN.(50)

Row 16: Starting in the top of the SC stitch from row 15, SC around. Join back into the top of the first SC. Tie off (50)

Sew in your loose ends and you’re finished!

Love messy bun beanie crochet patterns like this one? Be sure to check out the famous Claire Bun Beanie if you haven’t already!

Good luck selling these in your Etsy shops and at your craft shows! I hope they are a very hot item for you and you go viral!

Happy Crocheting
❤️Ashley

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