Quick Crochet Messy Bun Hat

I think the whole concept of the messy bun hat is, you don't have time to wear your hair down so you throw it up, put on your hat, and get out the door! It makes you look like you made an effort, but in reality the hat does all the work. If you don't have time to get all dolled up to leave the house, chances are you don't have too much time to whip up a hat either.. SO of course, I had to make a very quick and easy tutorial on how to get one of these babies done in a short amount of time. This took me well under an hour using chunky yarn, and I'm super stoked that it only took one skein (technically two for the hat shown with two colors)!

Okay, here we go!


1 Skein of bulky weight yarn
(In this particular hat, I chose Loops & Threads Charisma in off-white and Bernat Super Chunky in gray because that is what I had on hand)
N/9.00mm hook
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Scissors for cutting the yarn

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We will be starting with the brim of the hat and working our way up.

Chain in beginning of rounds do not count as stitch

Brim of Hat

Start by crocheting 9 chains in the color you want your brim to be (I used off-white)
SC into the second chain from the hook and SC across (8 SC)
Chain 1, turn your work and SC across (8 SC)
Continue doing this until you have 35 rows. 
(At this point, you have made the brim of the hat. You can wrap this piece around your head to see if it will fit. I had to stretch it a few inches, but you will want to do this as the hat may stretch over time and plus, it will give you a snug fit. If you find the brim too small, add a few more rows until you find the perfect fit for you.)

Once you have the brim finished, fold it in half so you can slip stitch the ends together. If you want to use two colors, this is where the color change occurs. At this point, I changed to the gray color and started to work in rounds.
Row 1: Chain 1, and SC around the brim. I crochet 1 SC for each row, just try to keep the stitches evenly spaced. Don't worry if you don't think you're doing it perfectly, just go with it. So for this row I had 35 SC around. Slip stitch into the first SC in the round. This completes your "first row".
Row 2: Chain 1, SC all around. Slip stitch to first SC
Row 3: Chain 2, skip next stitch, DC into next stitch. Next DC into stitch that was skipped (this makes the DCs look like an X.) Continue doing this in the round. (If you made more rows for your brim and have an extra stitch, DC in that last stitch.) Slip stitch into first DC.
Row 4: SC all around. Slip stitch to first SC
Row 5: Repeat row 3
Row 6: Chain 1, *1 SC in the next 3 stitches, SC decrease. Repeat from * until you get to the last stitch - SC in last stitch (29)
Row 7: Repeat row 3
Row 8: Chain 1, SC decrease all around [I had a remaining stitch, so SC into that last stitch if this is the case for you as well] (15)
Row 9: Repeat row 3
Fasten off and weave in ends.

**If you need more room for your messy bun, you can leave the last row off!

There it is! Only NINE rows (besides the brim) and that's it! I think the brim actually took me the longest to do, but after that it was smooth sailing from there!

I can't wait to see with what you guys come up with! Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!

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  1. Wow..Good work..I like very much.This Crochet Messy Bun Hat is very impressive..each steps are very cleasrly describe and what are the materials too.. Thank you for the great work.keep sharing..

  2. Hi, I'm excited to try out your pattern, it's so cute! My question is, both the yarns you used were a size 5 bulky? Did you mean you used Bernat softee chunky yarn in gray? That's a 5 and then the loops and threads charisma is a 5. Thanks in advance!

    1. Yes! That's what I meant ;) both are a bulky 5 weight yarn :)

  3. Awesome, thanks so much for the quick response :)

  4. Your instructions were wonderful. I'm going to try with regular weight yarn as that is what I have. Fingers crossed it works out.

  5. Thanks for sharing amazing information !!!!!!
    Please keep up sharing.

  6. Well, it’s a nice one, I have been looking for. Thanks for sharing such informative stuff.
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  7. Hi Maria. I love this pattern and wondered if you considered sharing it via Ravelry. I made a couple of versions of it and posted pics there, but like to see what others do with patterns I'm interested in. I used a soft bamboo yarn on one and Caron Cakes on the other. Both turned out great!