messy bun hat
Hats,  Patterns

How to Make a Messy Bun Hat? Beginner’s Edition

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It’s here!!! One of the most popular items in the crochet hat world is the messy bun hat. This is a super cute hat that has a hole at the very top to pull your hair through to make a messy bun or ponytail.

messy bun hat

I am that girl that wants to get my hair off my neck and this is the perfect solution. But…it also works as a super cute beanie too!

For Therapy in Knots, we are working on quick and beginner friendly projects and this one fits firmly in that category. Going to stay with the bulky yarn and larger crochet hook. This project works up very quickly and don’t be surprised if you are creating multiple hats in a day.

With this being a super quick project, this can also be a hat that can be made to gift or even sell! Add your own spin and creativity with accessories like buttons, ribbons, tags, or even flowers.

Want to purchase an ad-free, printer-friendly, and all in one place PDF of this hat? The teenage/adult size are included.

Messy bun hats (or ponytail hats) are a huge trend and the perfect gift for the hard to shop for teen, mom, or friend. This hat lets you keep your head warm without flatting down your hair by pulling your hair through the top for a messy bun or ponytail. This pattern creates an easy and quick project for a chunky messy bun hat.

chunky messy bun hat


  • Super Bulky 6 (LINK to what I am using) – need 1 skeins
  • Crochet Hook: 8.00mm L hook (LINK to a crochet hook set)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle (LINK)


  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sc – single chain
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • rep: repeat
  • fo: finish off

The Pattern

Note: The ch stitches at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.

Foundation RowHolding 2 elastic ponytail holders, attach a slip stitch to the hook and ponytail holder.
Row 1HDC 12 around the ponytail holder
Join with a sl st to the 1st HDC
Ch 1
Row 22 HDC in each stitch around the circle (24 sts)
Join with a sl st to the 1st HDC
Ch 1
Row 3[HDC in next stitch – 2 HDC in next stitch]
Repeat from [*] (36sts) Join with a sl st to the 1st HDC
Row 4HDC in each stitch (36 sts) Join with a sl st to the 1st HDC
Ch 1
Row 5 – 11Repeat Row 4
Row 12SC in each stitch (36 sts) Join with a sl st to the 1st SC
Ch 1
Row 13Repeat row 12
Row 14Sl st in each stitch (36sts)
Join with a sl st to the 1st sl st
Finish off and weave ends in

Video Tutorial

How do you wear a messy bun hat?

Tons of options with this messy bun hat from it being a regular beanie to hair sticking out of the top.

Check out the end of the tutorial video on tips to put the hat on!

Where did you find the hat tags?

hat tags

I am in love with these hat tags!!!

I have two go-to Etsy stores where I get my hat tags that have been fantastic to work with. All this Wood and Idaho Taylor Made

I get the Rivets from Amazon. What I like best about this particular one is that you can screw it on vs. trying to use the punch tool. Get the link HERE.

Wrapping This One Up

messy bun hat

Looking for a crochet project that works up quickly and won’t make your brain hurt? This is the perfect one to save and make. Perfect gift idea or even make and sell for a side hustle.

Want more info on how to sell your items? Check out the “How to Sell a Crochet Hat” post HERE.

Get your ad-free, printer-friendly PDF version of this pattern. This is a great way to print and put in your pattern binder or save on your computer for a quick find.

desktop mat

Oh…I almost forget! The white desktop mat that holds EVERYTHING in place came from Amazon and can be found HERE.

This mat comes in a ton of colors and I have one for both my crochet desk and office.

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