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One Skein Messy Bun Beanie

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For this month’s installment of the 2023 One Skein Series we are going back to our roots with a fresh new Messy Bun Beanie. If you’ve got one skein of worsted weight yarn and a crochet hook, this super quick free crochet pattern is great for stash busting and gift giving.

one skein Messy Bun Beanie Pattern

One-Skein Messy Bun Beanie

Speaking of going back to my “roots”… one of the first patterns I ever released was called the Messy Mom Bun Beanie. That was about 7 years ago and while that pattern has been well loved, it’s time for a fresh new take.

This adorable free messy bun hat pattern comes in size Toddler, Child, Small Adult, and Large Adult. Make one for everyone in the family! The One Skein series is just that… a crochet series in which I share one new pattern each month of the year that uses one skein of yarn or less. This beanie pattern in ANY size uses less than one skein.

For this beanie pattern we are using a worsted weight yarn I chose the Brava Tweed because I love the specks of color. Here I am wearing the Adult Small in the “Elderberry” colorway. I love how it’s dark blue with undertones of purple as well.

one skein free messy bun beanie pattern

I think you’ll love the construction of this beanie pattern. We’re basically making a shaped rectangle that incorporates ALL parts of the pattern in ONE piece, then seamed along the short edge. Simple, quick, and stylish.

Grab the ad-free, printable version of this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or right here in the Heart Hook Home Blog Shop. Thank you!


Worsted weight yarn (Brava Tweed in “Elderberry” pictured)
-approx. (120, 130, 140, 150) yards

Crochet hook in size J/6mm

Gauge: 14 sts x 12 rows = 4” square using alternating rows of Whdc and Hdc in 3rd loop only

Sizing: (Toddler, Child, Small Adult, Large Adult) fits head circumference of (19″, 20″, 21″, 22″)

Pattern Notes:

Pattern written using US terms.

Hat is worked flat in one piece and seamed.

The chain at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.

Whdc = Wide Half Double Crochet (tutorial here)

Hdcslst = Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch = YO, insert hook, pull loop up and straight through all loops on hook.

BLO = Back Loop Only


Row 1: Ch-(23, 25, 27, 29), sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next (3, 3, 4, 5) chs, hdc in next (14, 15, 16, 17) chs, hdcslst in rem (4, 5, 5, 5) chs. (22, 24, 26, 28)

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, sl st in previous row’s third loop only in the first (4, 5, 5, 5) sts, Hdc in previous row’s third loop only of next (14, 15, 16, 17) sts, sc in blo of rem (4, 4, 5, 6) sts. (22, 24, 26, 28)

Row 3: Ch-1, turn, sc in blo of first (4, 4, 5, 6) sts, Whdc in next (14, 15, 16, 17) sts, hdcslst in rem (4, 5, 5, 5) sts. (22, 24, 26, 28)

Rows 4 through (57, 59, 61, 63): alternate previous two rows (22, 24, 26, 28)

Should end at the top of the hat. Do not fasten off.

Top: Ch-1, rotate to sc in every other row end around top of hat. Join to first sc. (28, 29, 30, 31)

Fasten off leaving a long tail and use to seam row 1 to the final row. Weave in all ends.

That’s it! Isn’t that too quick and too cute?! I hope you love the construction of this beanie. I love how the brim is incorporated into the design so there’s less attaching and fewer yarn ends to weave in. Awsesome!

Be sure to tag @HeartHookHome across all social media so I can see your creations.

messy bun beanie free pattern

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  1. This pattern looks so neat! Will definitely be making one. If I wanted to add a hair tie to the top of the hat like other messy bun hats would you recommend any alterations to the pattern?
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