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Messy Bun Hat Pattern

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This simple women’s messy bun hat pattern is an excellent advanced beginner project.

This ribbed ponytail hat would take you around an hour to make (depending on how fast you knit!) and will be welcomed in the colder weather when you go running or for brisk walks.

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MESSY BUN HAT PATTERN

An Easy-Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog, and knitting in the round.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, you will also complete simple decreases to shape the top of the hat.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here. – How to join knitting in the round with circular knitting needles

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The Yarn I Used For The Messy Bun Beanie

I made the quick knit beanie hat using 1 skein of super bulky yarn (in black) suitable for size 10.00mm (US 15) needles.

Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick or Hometown USA would be great yarns to use.

This was knit up quite quickly and used less than one skein of yarn from each color.

Any super bulky weight yarn 06 will be okay to use for this chunky hat pattern.

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Messy Bun Hat Pattern

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Notes

The chunky messy bun hat knits up quickly in super bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

Easy to make with scrap yarns in various yarn colors you can add a ribbed brim to the ponytail beanie by adding extra length.

You can also add a hair elastic to the top of the hat with a few stitches if you wish.

This snug-fitting beanie has a ribbed texture.

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Skill Level – Easy

Size –

  • Adult medium.
  • Height – 7 inches/width – 9 inches.
  • To fit a head circumference of around 22-26 inches.

Gauge – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4in/10cm.

The Supplies You Need…

Yarn

Needles/Hooks

Notions

Other Tools

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Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • Approx – Approximately
  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
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Pattern Instructions (Free Messy Bun Hat)

  • Cast on > 42 sts, join in the round, and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
  • K3, P3 every round to form ribbing until the work measures 6′′ from the cast on edge.
  • (If you want the hat to be a little longer – you can increase this by one or two inches).

Decrease as follows >

  • Shape top: 1st rnd: *K3, P3, K3, P3tog* Rep from * to the end of the round.
  • 2nd rnd: K3, P3tog, K3, P1* Rep from * to the end of the round.
  • 3rd rnd: *K1, K2tog. Rep from * to the end of the round to the last st, K1.
  • 4th rnd: *K1, K2tog. Rep from * to the end of the round to the last st, K1.

Break yarn.

Draw the end through rem sts and fasten so that you have an opening large enough to fit your hair through (the ponytail hole).

Don’t close it up too tightly or it will be difficult to pass your long hair through the hole.

Sew in any loose ends.

You can see a ponytail hat pattern here – Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy Knitting!

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2 Comments

  1. Hi there, I’m a newbie so sorry if this is a silly question. Do you cast off when done or do you finish with the knitted row? Thanks

    1. Hello Tracy,
      You finish with the knitted row (you don’t cast off) and then you do this…
      Break yarn.
      Draw the end through rem sts and fasten so that you have an opening large enough to fit your hair through.
      Don’t close it up too tightly or it will be difficult to pass your hair through the hole.
      Sew in any loose ends.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise