So we had the Great Lakes Beanie and the Great Lakes Slouch… and who thought we were done with Great Lakes projects?! Well.. a reader emailed me to ask about a Great Lakes Messy Bun Hat..and well..I couldn’t resist! I love the texture of the bumps on the Great Lakes hats, don’t you? Texture takes your crochet up a notch. And here it is achieved through a simple combination of basic stitches! The hats are a joy to wear and fun to make–what’s not to love about that, right?
I had this delicious pink Vanna’s Choice yarn leftover from making the Daisy Baby Afghan and I thought it would be just the thing! This is my first Messy Bun Hat..and you know what? They are super easy. You start with a hair tie like this:Then crochet a round of about 30 or so stitches on it. And then, just continue on with the hat. Let’s pause for a moment to check out these hair ties. I thought this photo might be helpful. You know..in case you’ve had short hair for the last decade or two and get a bit stumped when you see the assortment of hair ties available. Now you know.
Notice that there is a light pink one missing…one that just so happens to almost exactly match the color of the pink yarn. I love it when a plan comes together like that! But really, the color of the hair tie is covered up by the stitches for the most part, so just a color that blends will do.
Great Lakes Messy Bun Hat Pattern
Here is what you will need:
- US H8/5 mm crochet hook (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- 4 oz Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in pink
- tapestry needle and scissors
Fits a medium sized adult. Finished size: About 20″ around by 8″ long.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
Attach yarn with a slip stitch to the hair tie.
R1: ch1 and single crochet around. Do not join to first stitch; you will be working in the round. (30 sc)
R2: Starting in the 1st sc of the last round, *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (36 st)
R3: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (42 st)
R4: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (48 st)
R5: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (54 st)
R6: *sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next, repeat from * around (60 st)
R7: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next, repeat from * around (72 st)
Note: in the next section, work rows by starting and stopping each round, joining with a sl st to the start of each round.
R8: Slip stitch to next st. ch1, sc in same st, ch 1, skip next st, *sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st*, repeat * to * around. Sl st to first sc at end of round.
R9: TURN WORK so wrong side of hat is now facing you. *Sl st in next space, hdc in same space*. Repeat * to * around. At the end of the round, sl st to 1st sl st. This will make bumps on the right side. At the end of the row, there should be 36 bumps.
R10: TURN WORK so right side of hat is now facing. Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, ch 1, skip next st, *sc in next st, ch 1 , skip next st* Repeat * to * around.
R11-14: repeat rows 9 & 10 twice
R15: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *sc in next space, sc in next st*, repeat around working a sc in ea st and space around. (72 st)
R16: On right side of work, ch1, sc in same space as joining. sc around (72 st)
R17-25: Repeat rows 8-16 once
Now continue to work the brim as follows:
R26: ch 2, hdc around (72 st), join.
R27-30: ch 3, *front post hdc in next st, back post hdc in next st* repeat * to * around.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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