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The Malia Messy Bun Beanie

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This pattern is part of the Fall 2017 Malia CAL (Crochet-Along). To view the other patterns in this collection (including a slouchy hat, beanie, infinity scarf, buttoned cowl and more), please visit the Malia CAL Homepage.

 

I got so many requests for a messy bun hat pattern last season. The problem was, I had already gone on a self-imposed maternity leave by the time the messy hat trend exploded!

I’ve had quite a few people ask me if I believe the messy bun hat will be popular again this season, and while I don’t think it will match the absolute CRAZY levels of viral-ness it did last year, I do think that the messy bun hat is here to stay. Why? Because it’s more than just a style trend. It’s also super practical! The concept has been around for a long time, but now that a lot more people know about it, I think it will probably become a regular part of the winter accessory lineup.

So, my first messy bun hat pattern is here! (Sorry it’s a year late.) If you’ve already made a Malia Beanie or Malia Slouch, this will be super simple for you. If you haven’t, I recommend you watch the video tutorial for those hats to get you started. The tutorial shows you step by step how to make the beanie (adult large size) but all we’re doing to convert it to a messy bun beanie is skipping straight to Round 3 and working it around a hair elastic. Everything else is the same!

Here are a few more photos. Scroll down for the free pattern!

Free Printable Tags

I made some cute printable tags for this pattern that you are welcome to use! If you’re selling or gifting this hat, a tag or wrap just ups the professionalism, in my opinion. I included a wraparound label (shown in the photo) as well as a smaller tag that can be attached to a piece of decorative string wrapped around your finished product, by punching a hole through the corner and threading the string through before tying a bow to secure. Print on cardstock for best results!

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This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you're agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions. You're welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

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Malia Messy Bun Hat (2 sizes)

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Difficulty: Easyish

Finished Size: 8.25" tall x 18.5" around (teen / adult small), and 8.25" tall x 20" around (adult medium / adult large).

Yarn: #4 aran weight. Individual yardage listed under each size in the pattern. Yarn used in sample photos is Yarn Bee's Rustic Romantic in "Faded Porch Swing."  (See Malia CAL Homepage for substitution suggestions.)

Hook: I (5.50 mm) or whichever hook is needed to obtain correct gauge

Gauge: The importance of checking your gauge for this project cannot be understated. Because of the construction of the hat, it is difficult to adjust mid-pattern if you discover it is turning out too large. Even if you typically do not complete gauge checks, I strongly encourage you to do so this time. To ensure the best results, the gauge check is a swatch taken straight from the pattern. Upon completion, you should have a 4” square. If yours is larger, consider using a smaller hook or a thinner #4 yarn. If yours is smaller, consider using a larger hook.

Pattern for Gauge:
CH17.
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (16)
Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 7 times. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 3: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (16)
Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 14 STS. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 5: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (16)
Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 7 times. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 7: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (16)
Row 8: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 14 STS. SC in final ST. (16)
Row 9: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (16)
Rows 10-16: Repeat Rows 2-8. (16)

You'll also need: Yarn needle, hair elastic

Terms and Abbreviations:
MC (magic circle - view tutorial here)
ST/STS
 (stitch/stitches)
SL ST (slip stitch)
SK (skip)
CH (chain)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
LBS (large bean stitch - see "Special Stitches")
BLO (back loop only)
3rd LOOP (work stitch into 3rd loop only - see "Special Stitches")

Special Stitches:
Large Bean Stitch (LBS)
Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (8 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 8 loops. Chain 1 to close the stitch. (Because this stitch creates two sets of loops - one when creating the bean, and one when closing the stitch - each completed Large Bean Stitch will count for two stitches in the row or round's final stitch count.)

3rd Loop Only
Half double crochet stitches have a 3rd loop that we utilize in this pattern. When working in turned rows, as in this pattern, the 3rd loop can be found just below the front loop on the side of the work that is facing you. When instructed to work in "3rd loop only", insert your hook into this special loop. This creates a delicate braided look on the opposite side of the pattern.

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CH1s at the beginning of rounds and rows do not count as a stitch in the final stitch count.
(3) Click here to view a video tutorial for the beanie version of this pattern.
(4) Individual instructions are listed first, followed by seaming instructions at the bottom, which is the same for both sizes.

 

Size: Teen / Adult Small

Finished Size: 8.25" tall x 18.5" around
Yarn Total: 150-160 yards

INSTRUCTIONS:

Base Round: Attach yarn to hair elastic and secure with a knot. Work 72SC around the hair elastic. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC. (72)

Your elastic will be VERY crowded with stitches and will be wavy. This is good! We are now switching to vertical rows, and working them one by one using the stitches we just crocheted around the elastic. The pattern refers to the stitches around the elastic as the "base round".

Row 1: CH29. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. SL ST to the base of the CH29, then SL ST to the next ST along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the CH1 and the 2 SL STS along the Base Round, SC in each of the first 22 STS of the previous row. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the final ST. (28)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 11 times; row is complete. SL ST in each of the next 2 empty STS along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Row 4: CH1, turn. Skipping over the CH1 and the 2 SL STS along the Base Round, HDC in each of the first 22 STS of the previous row. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the final ST. (28)

Row 5: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 22 STS; row is complete. SL ST in each of the next 2 empty STS along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Row 6: CH1, turn. Skipping over the CH1 and the 2 SL STS along the Base Round, SC in each of the first 22 STS of the previous row. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the final ST. (28)

Row 7: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 11 times; row is complete. SL ST in each of the next 2 empty STS along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Row 8: CH1, turn. Skipping over the CH1 and the 2 SL STS along the Base Round, HDC in each of the first 22 STS of the previous row. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the final ST. (28)

Row 9: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 22 STS; row is complete. SL ST in each of the next 2 empty STS along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Rows 10-65: Repeat Rows 2-9, in order, 7 more times.

Rows 66-72: Repeat Rows 2-8.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the seam. 

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Size: Adult Medium / Large

Finished Size: 8.25" tall x 20" around
Yarn Total: 190-200 yards

INSTRUCTIONS:

Base Round: Attach yarn to hair elastic and secure with a knot. Work 84SC around the hair elastic. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC. (84)

Your elastic will be VERY crowded with stitches and will be wavy. This is good! We are now switching to vertical rows, and working them one by one using the stitches we just crocheted around the elastic. The pattern refers to the stitches around the elastic as the "base round".

Row 1: CH29. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. SL ST to the base of the CH29, then SL ST to the next ST along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the CH1 and the 2 SL STS along the Base Round, SC in each of the first 22 STS of the previous row. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the final ST. (28)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 11 times; row is complete. SL ST in each of the next 2 empty STS along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Row 4: CH1, turn. Skipping over the CH1 and the 2 SL STS along the Base Round, HDC in each of the first 22 STS of the previous row. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the final ST. (28)

Row 5: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 22 STS; row is complete. SL ST in each of the next 2 empty STS along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Row 6: CH1, turn. Skipping over the CH1 and the 2 SL STS along the Base Round, SC in each of the first 22 STS of the previous row. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the final ST. (28)

Row 7: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 11 times; row is complete. SL ST in each of the next 2 empty STS along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Row 8: CH1, turn. Skipping over the CH1 and the 2 SL STS along the Base Round, HDC in each of the first 22 STS of the previous row. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in both loops of the final ST. (28)

Row 9: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 22 STS; row is complete. SL ST in each of the next 2 empty STS along the Base Round. (28 + 2 SL STS)

Rows 10-81: Repeat Rows 2-9, in order, 9 more times.

Rows 82-84: Repeat Rows 2-4.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the seam.

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SEAMING

Turn hat inside out. Thread your yarn needle onto the long finishing tail and sew the first 6 stitches (the ribbed band) together, stitch by stitch. The following photo is a screenshot from the video tutorial:

Once you finish with the ribbed section, sew the rest of the seam up, stitch by stitch, putting your needle through the 3rd loop only of the final row of HDCs and across to the corresponding stitch on the other side of the seam. This will ensure that the seam creates a row of visible top loops to match the other 3rd loop rows around the hat. The following photo is a screenshot from the video tutorial, with the 3rd loops highlighted:
 

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Done! If you're sharing on social media, be sure to hashtag #maliacal and #maliamessybunhat, and tag me @littlemonkeyscrochet. Hope you enjoyed it!

 

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
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  • sandy November 9, 2017, 10:07 pm

    My granddaughter just asked me to make one of these hats for her so it was a nice surprise to see it in my email. Thanks

  • Gaile Boudreau November 10, 2017, 5:23 am

    Hi, and congratulations to your families addition last year! you have some cute sons and it’s fun to see your posts with them. Has anyone made the brim wider to flip up on the beanie? I was thinking of trying that but didn’t know if it would need extra stitches to make it look and fit right?

    • Rebecca November 10, 2017, 12:18 pm

      Hi! If you want to try it, just add 6 chains and make the ribbing 12 stitches long instead of 6. 🙂

  • Cindy Shockey November 10, 2017, 12:15 pm

    I love this CAL! I have long hair, and battle static electricity and fly aways. After finishing the first two patterns, I picked up Deborah Norville, Cotton Silk yarn from premier to use on the ear warmer pattern. Wow! what a magic combination. I have made a couple of the ear warmers in the cotton silk and have worn them almost constantly since. Thanks for doing this CAL , my warm ears and head thank you also !
    Cindy

    • Rebecca November 10, 2017, 12:18 pm

      Sounds lovely!

  • Deborah Crossley November 11, 2017, 9:31 am

    I love this Messy Bun pattern. It looks great and classy. I’ll love wearing it & so will my granddaughter.