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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: 20-22″ {51-56cm} Head Circumference
  • Styles: One, Messy Bun Hat
  • Pattern Format: Written Pattern, No Chart
  • Pattern Language: English
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • PDF Format: Printer & Mobile Friendly
  • Bonus: Video


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


  • Yarn Weight: Worsted
  • Yardage: 110 – 120 yards {101 – 110 meters}
  • Suggested Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland
  • Needle Size: US 9 {5.5mm} Circular Needles with a 16” {40cm} & 24”+ {60cm} Cable, or DPNs
  • Extras: Stitch Markers


  • Measurements: 7″ Wide x 10″ {18cm x 25cm}
  • Gauge: 17 STS & 22 rounds per 4” {10cm} square, knit in the pattern below
  • Weight: 2.1oz {60g}


  • Not reversible.
  • Knit bottom up.
  • Knit using the stockinette stitch.
  • Knit in the round with a circular needle.
  • When knitting in the round you’re always knitting the right side of your work.

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 STS with each knit stitch. {Watch the video.}
  • Knit 6 more rounds, or desired height of hat.
  • Note {Optional}:
  • When the stitches get too tight switch to DPNs or a longer cable and knit using the magic loop method.
  • Decrease for the crown:
  • Round 1: *K7, K2TOG, PM* {decrease 8 STS}
  • Round 2: *K*
  • Round 3: *K6, K2TOG, SM* {decrease 8 STS}
  • Round 4: *K*
  • Round 5: *K5, K2TOG, SM* {decrease 8 STS}
  • Round 6: *K*
  • Round 7: *K4, K2TOG, SM* {decrease 8 STS}
  • Round 8: *K*
  • Round 9: *K3, K2TOG, SM* {decrease 8 STS}
  • Round 10: *K*
  • Round 11: *K2, K2TOG, remove stitch marker* {decrease 8 STS}
  • Round 12-15: *K1, P1*
  • Round 16: BO in the K1, P1 pattern
  • Weave in the ends.
  • Block, if desired. {I didn’t block mine.}


  • * – * – repeat between *
  • CO – cast-on {long-tail cast-on method}
  • DPNs – double pointed needles
  • K – knit stitches {K1 means to knit 1 stitch}
  • K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together
  • P – purl stitches {P2 means to purl 2 stitches}
  • PM – place stitch marker
  • SM – slip stitch marker
  • STS – stitches


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{FREE} Classic Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern : Autumn Dreams


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