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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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.
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.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This easy hat pattern is excellent for any advanced beginner knitter.
- Knitting cast-on methods.
- Knitting Lessons
- How to cast on knitting.
- How to cast off knitting.
- How to knit the garter stitch.
- How to knit the purl stitch.
- How to knit stockinette stitch.
- How to read knitting patterns.
- Knitting abbreviations and terms.
- How to knit rib stitch.
- How to kit two stitches together – K2tog.
- How to knit in the round.
- Basic knitting stitches
Messy Bun Hat Pattern
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
- 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…
- 1 x skein of super bulky yarn (in black) suitable for size 10.00mm (US 15) needles.
- Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick in black.
- Scrap yarns can be used, as you do not need a full skein for this knit hat pattern.
- Super bulky weight – 106 yards. / yarn weight guide
- Pom pom maker Clover 2 – 1/2 inch Large.
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations 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)
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.
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.
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