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Winter Hat With Messy Bun Option

Ok, I know, I know, I'm late to the game. Messy bun hats have been popular for a few months now. But since we have 6 more weeks of winter coming (as proclaimed by the oldest and most trusted weather source available wink wink) you have plenty of time to make this Winter Hat and get plenty of use out of it before spring hits!

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I wanted to make sure that if I was going to write a pattern for a Messy bun hat that there would be something for everyone in it. I know there are people with short hair or those that never wear their hair up so I wanted to make sure that this hat could be made as a traditional closed top hat and a messy bun hat without too much difference between the two. Only the first two rounds of the hat are different. You can choose your option and make either hat with ease or make one of each! I sincerely hope you enjoy the versatility of the Winter Hat With Messy Bun Option.

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Winter Hat With Messy Bun Option

Toddler 8" wide x 6 3/4" tall from brim tip to top
Child 8 3/4" wide x 7 1/2" tall from brim tip to top
Teen/Adult 9 1/2" wide x 9" tall from brim tip to top

I hook
WW yarn (I used Vanna's Choice)
Color A (115 yrds)
Color B (10 yrds)
Yarn Needle

Hair Tie for messy bun option

bpdc - back post double crochet
bpsc - back post single crochet
ch - chain
dc - double crochet 
fpdc - front post double crochet
fpsc - front post single crochet
sc - single crochet

sl st - slip stitch

14 dc x 8 rows = 4" square

Difficulty Level
Experienced Beginner

-Please read all notes before beginning the pattern.
-Ch 3 counts as a st.
-At the end of the pattern you will see instructions for all sizes written together in one round. They are written for toddler (child, adult).
-The hat may be worked in all one color if you prefer.
-When beginning the pattern decide if you would like a hole in the top for a messy bun or ponytail. The first two rounds of the pattern are different depending on how you would like your hat to look.

-There are two separate beginnings to the pattern. Make sure that you are following the proper one for how you would like the top of your hat to be. Open or closed.



Sl st to hair tie.

Round 1: 40 sc around hair tie. (40 sc) For help with this round you can reference the step by step photos from my Ruffle Hair Bow HERE.

Round 2: Ch 3, (counts as st here and throughout pattern) dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat *to* around, join w/ sl st to top of beg ch 3. (48 dc)



Ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), 16 dc in ring, sl st to join to first dc. (16 dc)

Round 2: Ch 3, (counts as a st here and throughout pattern) 2 dc in same st, 3 dc in each st around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (48 dc)



Round 3: Ch 3, dc in the next 4 st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next st,* repeat *to* around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (56 dc)

END TODDLER SIZE INCREASES. Dc in each st around for 6 more rows. (You now have 9 rows total) move on to EDGING INSTRUCTIONS.

Round 4: Ch 3, dc in the next 5 st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 6 st, 2 dc in next st,* repeat *to* around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (64 dc)

END CHILD SIZE INCREASES. Dc in each st around for 5 more rows. (You now have 9 rows total) move on to EDGING INSTRUCTIONS.

Round 5: Ch 3, dc in the next 6 st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 7 st, 2 dc in next st,* repeat *to* around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. 

END ADULT SIZE INCREASES. Dc in each st around for 7 more rows. (You now have 12 rows total) move on to EDGING INSTRUCTIONS.


Round 1: Ch 3, skip 1 st, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, skip 2 st,* repeat *to* (dc, ch 1) in last st and join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st to top of first sc.


Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next 40 (44, 48) st, ch 2 (counts as a dc st here and throughout the remaining of the pattern) turn. (41, 45, 49 dc)

Row 4: Bpdc next st, *fpdc next st, bpdc next st,* repeat *to* across previous row’s dc stitches, dc in top of last st, ch 2, turn. (41, 45, 49 dc)

Row 5-6: Repeat Row 4. On last repeat only ch 1 before turning.

Round 7: Fpsc around next st, *bpsc around next st, fpsc around next st,* repeat *to* across all dc stitches in the brim, sc evenly around entire hat and join with sl st to first sc.

Break yarn, weave in ends.


Cut 6 strands of yarn approximately 36” in length, taking 3 strands at a time, fold them in half and loop them through the corners of the brim. Separate the strands into 3 groups of 2 strands each and braid, finish the ends off with a knot and cut the ends to be even.

That's it! I hope you all enjoy your Winter Hats whether you make them with an open top for your messy bun or close it up. Stay warm my friends!

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Products made from this pattern are your own creation and may be sold. If possible please credit String With Style as the pattern designer and link back to with any products sold or in any advertising. 

If you enjoyed this pattern you should also check out my Cabled Cutie Slouch.


  1. I do not wear hats in winter. I'm not comfortable with them. I put on my hood from my jacket and then nothing hinders me

  2. Cap is one of the vital thing in winter. As for me I like to wear it and especially like its design and warm material.

  3. I am just starting this, but excited about it. I love the color combos you used. As I have a lot of dusty rose silk bamboo, i am going to go w/ a solid color this time. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for the Pattern!

    1. Actually next time i think i will use the hat pattern.

  4. I’m so glad you’re excited about the pattern! I’d love to see what you’ve made when you’ve finished. You can tag me on IG @stringwithstyle or post to my fb page of the same name. Both options have the same fit so it’s pretty easy to switch back and forth. My messy bun one is still getting use during this winter/spring transition. Have fun!

  5. This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information... Johaug

  6. There seems to be a row or 2 missing from the beginning of the regular hat. When you go from 16 DCs in row one to 48 DCs in row 2, the result is a curled up row instead of laying flat. Can you explain this? Thank you.

    1. Hi Suzy, no, there isn't a row missing. It does stuff a lot of stitches into a fairly tiny space. As you add the other rows it starts to lay more flat and as it stretches out over the head it isn't rippled. If you tend to crochet tightly, and just know that about yourself, I would go up a hook size and check your gauge. The tighter you crochet the more bunched together the stitches will be and the curling will be even more exaggerated. Good luck!

      Your other option will be to put 24 sts in your first row and 48 in your second (two stitches in each of the previous row's stitches.) That could help some but I find it hard to close up a magic loop with that many stitches in it which is why I didn't write the pattern that way. If it works for you it could help with the curling of the edges of row 2.


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