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{FREE} AUTUMN DREAMS : Classic Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern

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FREE Classic Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern with a double brim. It has a double brim and simple decrease so it fits nice and snug.

Have you ever worn a hat with a bun? It looks silly, yes I speak from experience. :)

I don’t consider myself to be a trendy person, so I’ve been avoiding designing a messy bun hat because I thought it was silly hype… until I put it on. It’s brilliant! It keeps your head & ears warm while keeping your hair out of your face.

I’ve worn my hair in a bun since I was a teenager. {I’m an old soul.} I don’t like my hair in my face and I don’t like brushing it, it hurts. If I wear it down, especially with a scarf, it gets tangled, which means brushing it more often or it looks ratty. I’m just not a fan of hair, however, I’m thankful I have hair. :) So, I wear it wrapped up on my head. It’s a win-win.


  • Available Sizes: One
  • Size: 21″ – 22” {53cm – 56cm} {Circumference}
  • Pattern Format: Written Pattern, No Chart
  • Pattern Language: English
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • PDF Format: Printer & Mobile Friendly
  • Bonus: Checklist, Video


  • Knit in the Round
  • Knit & Purl Stitches
  • Decrease Stitches
  • Double Brim


  • Yarn Weight: Worsted
  • Yardage: 110 – 120 yards {101 – 110 meters}
  • Suggested Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland
  • Needle Size: US 9 {5.5mm} Knitting Needles with a 16″ & 32” {40cm & 80cm} Cable or DPN’s
  • Extras: Stitch Markers


  • Measurements: 7″ x 10 {18cm x 25cm}
  • Gauge: 17 sts & 22 rows per 4” {10cm} square {St St KITR in the pattern below}
  • Weight: 2.1oz {60g}


  • Knit bottom up.
  • Knit using the Stockinette Stitch.
  • When knitting in the round you’re always knitting the right side of your work.

Video: How to Knit a Double Brim

Pattern, Knit in the Round:

  • CO 72 STS, PM, join in the round.
  • Knit all rounds for about 7 1/2″ {19cm} or desired brim size. Once I folded mine and seamed it, it was about 3 1/2” {9cm}.
  • On the next round, fold the CO edge to the inside and knit each CO stitch with each knit stitch. {For visual aide, watch the video above.}
  • Knit 6 more rounds, or desired height of hat.
  • Decrease Crown:
  • {Switch to DPN’s or a 32″ {80cm} cable, or longer, when the stitches get too tight.}
  • Round 1: *K7, K2TOG* {decrease 8 sts}
  • Round 2: *K*
  • Round 3: *K6, K2TOG* {decrease 8 sts}
  • Round 4: *K*
  • Round 5: *K5, K2TOG* {decrease 8 sts}
  • Round 6: *K*
  • Round 7: *K4, K2TOG* {decrease 8 sts}
  • Round 8: *K*
  • Round 9: *K3, K2TOG* {decrease 8 sts}
  • Round 10: *K*
  • Round 11: *K2, K2TOG* {decrease 8 sts}
  • Round 12-15: *K1, P1*
  • Round 16: BO in the K1, P1 pattern
  • Finishing:
  • Without binding off, cut or Break yarn, leaving a long tail.
  • Using a darning needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches, pull tight and weave in on the WS.
  • Weave in your beginning tail.
  • Block:
  • Block, if desired. {I didn’t block mine.}


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  • * – * – repeat between * to end of round
  • BO – bind-off in pattern
  • CO – cast-on {long-tail cast-on method}
  • K – knit stitches {K1 means to knit 1 stitch}
  • K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together
  • KITR – knit in the round
  • P – purl stitches {P2 means to purl 2 stitches}
  • PM – place marker
  • STS – stitches
  • St St – stockinette stitch
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