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messy bun ponytail muts haakpatroon

It’s a big hype at the moment: the messy bun beanie.
I’m a member of different Facebook groups and these hats keep showing up in my timeline!
The messy bun hat is also known as a ponytail hat. They can also be used while running.
In Holland these hats aren’t a big hype yet, so I took my chance and wrote a Dutch pattern.
For you, I translated it into English!
I used worsted weight yarn and hook size 5 mm.

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Abbreviations (US)
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
fpdc = front post double crochet.
2 dctog = 2 double crochet together

Messy bun beanie crochet pattern

Model 1: one color with border stitch

Each ch3 is the first dc of the next round. For example: round 1 says ch3 at the end. The ch3 is the first dc of round 2.

Chain 30 and close.

Dc in each st around ( 30 )
Close with sl st in first dc and turn. Ch3.

Round 2
2 dc in each st around (60)
Close with sl st in first dc and turn. Ch3.

Round 3
1 dc in each st around.(60)
Close with sl st in first dc and turn. Ch3.

Round 4
(dc in next 4 sts -2 dc in next) around (72)
Close, turn, ch3.

messy bun beanie crochet round6
dc in next 4 sts – 2 dc in next

Round 5
(dc in next 5 sts -2 dc in next) around (84)
Close. Don’t turn, don’t ch3.

From here on you don’t turn your work anymore. I made a video tutorial for round 6 – 8. Please turn on the subtitles if you watch it. They explain what I’m doing.

video tutorial round 6 – 8
Round 6
(Sc – skip next st – dc, ch1, dc in next – skip next st) around.
Close with a sl st in the first sc of the round. Ch3 (=1st dc of round 7!)

messy bun beanie crochet
sc – skip next st – dc, ch1, dc in next st – skip next st

Round 7
(dc in sc previous round – ch1 – sc in chain space -ch1) around.
Close with a sl st in the first dc of the round.

crochet pattern bun beanie
dc in sc previous round – ch1 – sc in chain space -ch1

Round 8
(1 sc in de of previous round – dc, ch1, dc in sc of previous round) around.

Repeat round 7 and 8 four times. Then crochet round 7 one more time.

You don’t have to turn after closing rounds.
Start each new round with ch3 (=1st dc)

Round 1
dc in each st and space: (12 dc – 2 dctog) around. Close. (78)

Round 2
(dc –  fpdc) around.

Round 3 – 5
Repeat round 2.

Round 6
Sc in each st around.

Close and fasten off. Weave in the ends.

messy bun beanie crochet pattern

Model 2: 2 colors and a different edging.
Start like model 1:

Crochet round 1 – 5 with color 1.
(Round 6 en 7: color 2
Round 6 en 7: color 1)
Repeat 2 times.
Then crochet round 6 and 7 using color 2.

Edging with color 1:
(Sc – skip chain space – 3 dc in next – skip ch space) around.
Close and fasten off. Weave in the ends.


  1. Just finished your pattern. Worked up beautifully. Thank you for sharing your talent and translation. Making several as Christmas presents. Happy Holidays…….

  2. Question on row 4 says 4 DC 2 in the next. So does that mean that repeats Al the way around 4 DC, 2 DC in the next 4 DC 2 in the next? That’s what I’m thinking but want to be sure.

      1. Does this mean that you will have 6 DC in each stitch of the previous round? Seems that it would be more than 72 stitches for the 4th round.

        1. You crochet 1 dc in the next four stitches and 2 dc in the fifth stitch. You continue doing that until the end of the round. Then you have 72 stitches.

  3. Could you please explain this better to me?
    * sc – skip next st – dc, ch1, dc in 1 st –
    skip next st*
    Repeat *-* until the end of the round
    and close. Ch 3.

    “dc in 1st” is where im stuck. Am I suppose to go back to the first sc stitch or are you just saying to proceed to the next stitch after ch1.
    Hope I am not to confusing.

    1. Thank you for your question. More people have been asking that and now I understand the confusion!
      I do mean you have to proceed to the next stitch after ch1. I just changed that part of the pattern.

      1. I have a similar question. When starting the 2nd round 6, where we sc into previous round 7’s dc. Then skip next st. Is the next st we skip the ch 1 or the sc?

  4. Great pattern, just one question,…. since you go back and forth and join at the end of round 6…. what did you do with the slit that is left… thank you

  5. I love the texture in this pattern! Thanks so much for sharing a free copy!! I been creating a hat for my niece using a stitch that I love, but I needed a really good pattern to compare and to really understand how this style of hat build up 🙂 Thank you!! I know I will be keeping this in my file and will be making MORE!!

  6. Help! when I get to Row 6 everything is fine. Row 7 is okay but the hat becomes smaller. Then when I repeat row 6 it gets smaller again. Row 6 has 6 stitches with the skips but row 7 has 4 stitches. So I think I am dropping 2 stitches each time. What am I doing wrong?

  7. I have the same question as Teri. The hat gets smaller and smaller every time I repeat rows 6 and 7. So many people are having great success with this beautiful pattern, so I know it must be something I am doing wrong. Any help or advice would be much appreciated! Thank you.

    1. Thanks for your question! I’m making a video tutorial of this pattern. I’ll let you know when it’s online.
      I suspect something is going wrong with closing and starting a new round. I’ll put that part in the video.

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