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Free Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern (Ponytail Hat) from Karla’s Making It #Redheart Unforgettable #CaronSimplySoft.

You HAVE to have seen the Messy Bun Hat Craze going on lately! Here’s a free pattern so that you can join in on the craze 🙂 xo

Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern

Free Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern (Ponytail Hat) from Karla’s Making It

Hey there Crocheters!!

Really quick, I had soooo many people ask me in the last couple days for this Free Messy Bun Crochet Pattern that I can’t answer individually anymore. The pattern was in my head and I told some over the phone AND wrote it up in shorthand in emails. I sat down this morning and wrote out a proper version for the rest of you guys. Sorry and thanks for being patient for those of you I didn’t get back to yesterday.

So, as you may know, this hat hit the Internet in the past week and went viral. Everyone in all my crochet groups are wanting to make some for themselves, for gifts… Have you seen it? The Messy Bun – or Ponytail hat – as it used to be called?

Free Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern
Source – Paid Pattern

This is not a new pattern but now has a modern use! Great for keeping your Messy Bun from getting extra messy in a hat!

So here you go, this is the Messy Bun Hat Pattern that I came up with for my friends who wanted a pattern and my customers who requested a hat!
Messy Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern from Karla's Making It

Free Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern (Ponytail Hat) from Karla’s Making It


I used Red Heart Unforgettable yarn in Sunrise
H/5.0 mm hook

Pattern notes:

Ch 1 or 2 doesn’t count as a stitch.  They are to fill the gap at the join.  The hat is easily customizable. You can make a wider or thinner band by making more or less than ch 9 at the beginning, as well as repeat Row 4 or remove rounds to make in larger or smaller.

Ribbed Band:

Ch 9.
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across (8 sts)
Row 2: ch 1, turn. Hdc in the Blo (Back Loop Only) in each st across (8 sts)
Repeat row 2 until desired length. 46 rows shown.
Join smaller sides with a slip stitch and keep yarn attached.  We are going to keep going with the hat part.


Round 1: Ch 1, Sc around the band. You should end with the same amount of stitches as there are rows in the band. (As shown 46 sts) Join with a sl st in the 1st st.
Round 2: Ch 1, Sc in each st, join.
Round 3: Ch 2, Dc in each st around, join.
Round 4-6: Repeat row 3.

Round 7: Ch 2, Dc in the next 6 stitches. Dc2tog. *Dc in the next 6 sts, Dc2tog* Repeat to the end of row, join.
Round 8: Ch 2, Dc in next 5 st, Dc2tog. *Dc in the next 5 sts, Dc2tog* repeat to end of row, join.
Round 9: Ch 2, Dc in the next 4 st, Dc2tog. *Dc in the next 4 st, Dc2tog* repeat to the end of row, join.
Round 10: Ch 2, Dc in the next 3 st, Dc2tog. *Dc in the next 3 st, Dc2tog* repeat to the end of row, join.
Round 11: Ch 1, Sc in each st around, join.
Round 12: Sl st around, join. Bind off and weave in ends.


If you use one of my patterns for your project, I would love to see your work! Post a pic on on the Karla’s Making It Facebook Page

Update 1/18/2017 – Here is a photo of a Messy Bun Hat that I made for a Special Steeler Fan!

Steelers Messy Bun Hat
Steelers Messy Bun Hat

Thanks for visiting and…

Make it a beautiful day!

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18 thoughts on “Free Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern (Ponytail Hat) from Karla’s Making It #Redheart Unforgettable #CaronSimplySoft.

  1. Karla, thank you for pattern, however im stumped in row 7~6dc +2dc join together? Huh??

    1. Yes. You are decreasing to go up to the top

      Do you know the stitch Dc2tog? if not

      1. Great, thanks! Yes I didnt realize that meant dc decrease, t hee. Always something to learn:)

        1. Actually the Dc is still double crochet. The decrease is indicated by two together (2tog) I guess. I don’t make the lingo – lol, and I have to look stuff up all the time. Sorry for the confusion. Glad you got it! xoK

  2. I just got my yarn to try this pattern and realized I have almost every hook except for a 5! Can I use a 5.5 to do this pattern? Do you think it will make a big difference?

    1. Yes, but make sure you are trying it on as you go. That will make the stitches bigger. If you are using Unforgettable, you may want to go smaller instead (but keep trying on as you go). If you are using any other yarn, bigger will work great! Let me know how it goes! Xo Karla

      1. So I got the 5 hook to follow the pattern and I guess I must have gotten confused somewhere because my finished hat is waaaaay too small, almost toddler sized. I’m thinking I’m counting my rows wrong? Or I’m confused as to what you are counting as rows? Any input would be appreciated, I’m going to attempt again but at least the small one I made looks super cute I’m gonna give it to my future niece 🙂

        1. That is really interesting because I thought mine could have been a little tighter but my daughter said I have a small head! HA!! If yours turned out super cute then go with it! You can always go up a hook size but I think I would also use two strands. Would make it way more squishy… Just a thought… Let me know what you come up with!

  3. If I want to use a red heart super saver color….would I go by the same # of stitches and same hook?!
    Great look and simple I structions!!!

    1. I don’t use SS but does it call for an H hook? If so you might be alright. However, for some reason I’m thinking RHSS is thicker than Unforgettable. If you think it is, I would make the hat, especially the brim, with less stitches.

  4. Ok, I made the band part. I don’t understand the part of join the smaller sides with slip stitch. Do I slip stitch the whole thing together so it makes a circle? I want to keep going but not sure how. Help 🙂

    1. Yes – You got it!

  5. I’m having issues with this pattern, I used the Redheart yarn Unforgettable and followed the pattern but my hat would not fit an adult, it might fit a small child. Can you give me suggestions on how to correct this issue.
    Thank you Amy

    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for commenting and let’s see what we can do. Since I can’t see you crochet or even the hat, its hard to be positive but I know we can fix this.

      The size of the brim is based on starting with +/- 9 sts, like the pattern calls for. If you make 11 sts instead, the brim will be wider, 7 stitches will make the brim thinner.

      If the brim is too tight, one way to fix that is to add more rows. The pattern calls for 46 rows but maybe you crochet tighter and might need to make 50 or more rows. The other way the brim could be tight is your first row of scs in Round 1 of making the hat. The pattern calls for 46 scs in Round one. If you space out a 2 sc increase and end with or more stitches (48-50something), you will get more stretch in that area.

      If the area from Round 1 to Round 12 (the forehead to the bun) is too small, you should add more rounds before the decrease. I would repeat Round 3 once for each inch you need. So your customized pattern wold be something like Rounds 4-8 Repeat Round 3. You will then have 14 (or more) rounds in your hat.

      Finally, if the bun part is not large enough, consider repeating Round 8 or 9 once instead of completing the Round 10 decrease. Also, stop at the Sc around or even make two sc rounds instead of making a Sl st around. I don’t know your style but many like to make tight slip stitches.

      Whew! I hope that helped Amy! If I totally made a mess of trying to explain all that, let me know and we can narrow down the problem. 🙂

      Thanks again for making these patterns with me. I enjoy your company
      xo Karla

  6. Nice simple hat and so versatile. Just made 3. Thank you!

    1. YAY!! I’m happy you liked the pattern and thank you so much for letting me know. When you get a minute, post a pic on my Facebook Page if you want to share

  7. Thank you for this pattern! You’re creative!

    1. Thanks Suzanne! I appreciate your kind words!

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