First of all...why didn't I think of this? I seriously have the most giant messy bun...EVER. There are a lot of patterns going around... and a lot that you have to pay for...sad face.

So... I decided to come up with my own and share it with you!

I used Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand and my 6 mm crochet hook. 


Stitches: Ch(chain), sc (single crochet), hdc (half double crochet, dc (double crochet), dc2tog (double crochet 2 together)

Hat Brim: Ch 7, 
Row 1: hdc in second chain from hook and in remaining 5 chains. Chain 1, turn.
Rows 2-33: hdc in first stitch and each across, (6 hdcs), chain 1 and turn. (Depending on how big you would like to make your hat, you can add rows here! 33 is what worked for my head using the yarn I was using)

Slip stitch short sides together and turn work sideways, remainder of hat will be worked in rounds.

Hat Body: You will be starting with a circle, just choose a side and work around the edge. I just continue on from slip stitching the sides of my hat brim together. 
Row 1:  *make 1 sc in the end of first row, make 2 sc in end of second row* repeat around and join
Row 2: Chain 2 (work in back loops for this row only) dc in same stitch and each stitch around and join
Row 3-5: Chain 2 dc in same stitch and each stitch around, join (If you are using a less fluffy yarn or making a larger hat, you can add more rows in addition to the 3-5. It shouldn't make much difference in the decreases in the following rows :))

Row 6: chain 2, *dc2tog, dc in next 10 stitches* repeat around, join
Row 7: Chain 2, *dc2tog, dc in next 3 stitches* repeat around, join
Row 8: Chain 2, *dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches* repeat around, join
Row 9: Chain 2, *dc2tog, dc in next stitch* repeat around, join
Row 10: Chain 2 *dc2tog* around join (if you have one stitch left at the end, just dc one to complete your round and join, Fasten and weave in your ends! 

Something to consider when making hats, yarns come in different sizes, and so does everyone's head. So don't worry about counting every stitch and making it perfect. If you have a thicker yarn that requires a larger hook...you won't need as many rows in your brim and vice versa if you have a small yarn requiring a smaller hook, you'll probably need more rows!

Feel free to share! 


Heather Johnson
12/11/2016 5:04pm

So now I need a messy bun tutorial. Mine NEVER turns out cute like yours😜

12/14/2016 7:57am

Oh my! I have a TON of hair....and messy bun is my go to since I have to wear my hair up at work. My best tip...the messier the better!

06/22/2017 7:16pm

I love how this looks together with your crochet headband! Whenever I am at home and I need to finish some school works, I always put up my hair in a messy bun. The difference between our messy buns is that yours looks absolutely amazing while mine looks exactly how it sounds, a mess. Thank you for sharing how you achieved that look. I've been searching for years now how to create an elegant messy bun and now I've found one. I will definitely try this immediately!

01/20/2017 11:45pm

I am inspired by the things that are said here. Ia m glad that I have seen this and this will surely be shared to my friends and family as well. A very inspiring reading for all of us read and share. Thank you for this it is really cute reading about the hair

03/29/2017 3:27am

This will make my aunt very happy, if she read this. My aunt really like doing this kind of thing, it's like her hobby that she does when she have some spare time. I don't really understand all the instruction that you share with us, but I think my aunt will understand this easily and can follow your instructions. I really like to watch her doing this kind of things, because it makes me feel surprise and impress about the creative work that she have done. I will make my aunt read this and hopefully she will be happy to read this.

Lisa cramer
12/11/2016 6:45pm

Had a question the first 2 rows confused me it said add 1 single crochet then 2. Could you explain. I really like your pattern

12/14/2016 7:59am

Hey Lisa, you will turn your work sideways and work your single crochets into the side of each row. There isn't really a perfect spot to work them...just get one single crochet into the side of the first row, 2 single crochets into the second row, one single crochet into the third row....and make your way around the circle. I hope this helps! Thank you for checking out my pattern!

06/22/2017 7:14pm


Gale Oliver
12/12/2016 7:46am

Thanks for your pattern ! Will be making several for friends with their messy buns & ponytails !

12/14/2016 8:00am

You're welcome Gale! Happy crocheting! Can't wait to see how yours turn out!

Debi Nattier
12/12/2016 6:09pm

I love this pattern, but when I try to print it out for my own use, it comes out almost not there. There is no way I can read it. Hubby and I have searched all day on FB to find this post again, lol. I shared it to my page but other that writing it out what can I do?

12/12/2016 6:46pm

Debi can you copy and paste it --- if I find I can't print of the website incopy and paste it into my email and print it from there ... hope this helps ! Gale

12/14/2016 8:01am

Yes, Thank you Gale :) Copy and paste into a word document and then you can print. I am new to this whole blog thing, but I will explore ways to make printing easier!

Jennifer Powell
01/05/2017 3:24pm

I can't wait to make this pattern in a variety of colors! I LOVE your shirt! I'm just curious, where did you get it? I too am a messy bun kinda girl! ♡

01/08/2017 3:51pm

Thanks Jen! My shirt is from Maurices. Isn't it just perfect! Can't wait to see how your hats turn out!

Jennifer Powell
01/08/2017 5:39pm

Yes it is, I love it! I'm working on a beanie now using your pattern, but I'm making the brim ribbed because I like how stretchy it makes it.

Just in case you're curious as to how I made my brim..
Ch 7
Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in the remaining chs. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: Hdc in first st. Hdc in blo for sts 2-5 and hdc in last st. Ch 2
Repeat row 2 until desired length to fit your head or whoever the hat is for.

01/08/2017 5:53pm

Yeah, I tend to like them ribbed as well. I love the way it turned out on stiffer yarns! I feel like the softer yarns don't always hold enough structure with the ribbing.


This site is excellent and so is how the subject matter was explained. I also like some of the comments too. Waiting for the next post.

02/17/2017 10:09am

I love this! Can you tell me the names of the colors you used?

02/17/2017 2:47pm

Thanks Shannah. For this beanie I used Vanna's Choice in Graphite.

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