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Child Size Messy Bun Beanie Crochet Pattern

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Who would have thought that the Messy Mom Bun Beanie crochet pattern would have been so popular? I’d like to thank you for liking, sharing and loving that pattern. I have received countless requests for sizing this pattern down to child size messy bun beanie. So here we go!

Child Size Messy Bun Beanie

In my research for sizing this pattern, I discovered that the average child’s head size varies greatly. Heck I even asked my sister (she sports a PhD in Anthropology and is a professor of Anatomy, y’all) about child head size and she confirmed my suspicion that children’s heads are extremely hard to gauge. Kinda makes me wish I had girls instead of boys because my 7 year old son was flat out SICK of me testing this new pattern on his little head by the time I was finished. Bless his heart. ♥

As a result, I have added as much information to this pattern as possible so that you can tweak it to fit your own child’s head. And, I decided to offer it for free. Woot woot!

Child Size Messy Bun Beanie

Be SURE to check the gauge for this project. If you find that you are not lining up with my stitches, go down (or up) a hook size so that you are as close to my gauge as possible. I will be sure to include gauges for all future patterns when it will make a difference. Not sure what the gauge means? Stay tuned because I’ve decided to write up a post just for that. You’ll love it (and need/use it) I promise.

Child Size Messy Bun Beanie

I strive to make all of my patterns as easy to read and follow as possible. If you need help deciphering the crochet lingo, learn how to read a crochet pattern first.

Gauge:

15 dc stitches and 9 rows = 4” square

To test: ch­17, dc in third ch from hook and in each across. Ch­2, turn. Continue with dc rows until you
have nine rows of dc. Measure Is it 4” x 4”? Square is too small? Go up a hook size. Square too large? Go
down a hook size.

Materials:

Size (4) yarn (worsted weight) about 100 yards
Crochet hook in size H (5 mm)

Notes and Special Stitches:

The ch­2 and ch­1 that begin the rows do NOT count as stitches.

Start the new row in the same st as join.

An average circumference of a child’s head varies greatly. I’ve found in my research that children aged 3 ­
6 years old should have an approximate head circumference of 18”

If you would like to use a hair band to start, simply replace row 1 with the hair band and crochet around it for row 2.

Pattern:

Finished measurements: about 18” in circumference, 6.5” tall. If making for a 7 ­ 10 year old, go up to an I
(5.5 mm) hook.

For child size (3 ­- 6 year old)

Row 1: Ch­20, join using a sl st being careful not to twist the chain (20)
Row 2: ch­2, *dc in first st, 2dc in next* repeat around, join to top of first dc. (30)
Row 3: Ch­1, sc in each st around. Join to top of first sc (30)
Row 4: Ch­2, *dc in first two sts, 2dc in next* repeat around, join to top of first dc. (40)
Row 5 Ch­1, sc in each st around. Join to top of first sc. (40)
Row 6: Ch­2, *dc in first three sts, 2dc in next* repeat around, join to top of first dc. (50)
Row 7: Ch­1, sc in each st around. Join to top of first sc. (50)
Row 8: Ch­2, *dc in first four sts, 2dc in next* repeat around, join to top of first dc. (60)
Row 9: Ch­1, sc in each st around. Join to top of first sc. (60)
***stop and check sizing. It should fit crown of head (about 6.5” across when flat) and will increase as
length is added.***
Row 10: Ch­2, dc in each st around. Join to top of first dc (60)
Row 11: Ch­1, sc in each st around. Join to top of first sc (60)
Row 12: Ch­2, dc in each st around. Join to top of first dc (60)
Row 13: Ch­1, sc in each st around. Join to top of first sc (60)
Row 14: Ch­2, dc in each st around. Join to top of first dc (60)
Row 15: Ch­1, sc in each st around. Join to top of first sc (60)
Row 16: Ch­2, dc in each st around. Join to top of first dc (60)
Row 17: Ch­1, sc in each st around. Join to top of first sc (60)
Row 18: Ch­2, dc in each st around. Join to top of first dc (60)
***stop and check length; it should be around 5.5” tall before brim is added
Row 19: Ch­2, *fpdc around first post, bpdc around next* repeat around, join to top of first fpdc.
Row 20: Ch­2, *fpdc around first post, bpdc around next* repeat around, join to top of first fpdc.
*repeat round 20 if added length is desired*
Row 21: Ch­1, sc in each st around. Join and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Open this file for the free crochet pattern, save it or print it. Please do not share the pattern itself, but a LINK to this post so that others can get the pattern for free as well. I appreciate you, and share photos in our Heart Hook Home Crochet Group when you’re done!

More crochet before you go:

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Messy Mom Bun Beanie Crochet Pattern
Caron Cakes vs Sweet Rolls: An Independent (and 100% Honest) Review
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14 Comments

    1. Hi Venus! I have the adult version available as an ad-free printable pdf on Ravelry for a tiny fee. Hope this helps!
  1. Hello , tried making this hat for children and follow the pattern perfectly, but it turned out way to flared and oversized. I'm confused on how to fix it though.
    1. Oh no! You could stop increasing sooner. Instead of doing the last row of increases, start with the regular dc rows instead. Hope that helps, and this might as well: http://hearthookhome.com/how-to-size-crochet-hats-master-beanie-pattern/
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  3. Hello, I downloaded the Messy Bun adult hat and now I can't find it! I actually did print. The pattern, but the part I printed doesn't show what size hook to use and I have forgotten, so could you just let me know this?
  4. Thank you for sharing your pattern on the Messy Mom Beanie Hat, I am not good at reading patterns, but this one was really easy to understand. My niece was just asking if I could make a smaller one for my little niece, so now I going to try the smaller one.
  5. Thank you so much! I have 6 granddaughters who are going to love to have a new hat! Ages 7 to 21, looks like this grandma better get busy.