Christmas Crafting – Day 12

On the last day of Christmas Crafting my sister made for me…a Messy Bun Hat. Right now there is quite the knitting trend happening, with the creation of the messy bun hat. My sister sent me a message a few weeks ago hinting not so subtly that she might like me to make her a messy bun hat. So I did. There are a few patterns floating around on Ravelry (a knitting pattern site) but not many. When I can’t find what I want in the gauge or size I need I make it up. Here is my messy bun pattern if you wish to whip one up.


  • Bulky weight #5 yarn – 3 stitches per inch
  • set of 4 double points and or 22″ circular needles – US 10/6 mm
  • large needle


  • ROW 1: CO48
  • ROW 2: Join and K2 P2* repeat to end of row
  • ROW 3-12: Repeat ROW 2
  • ROW 13: Knit one round
  • ROW 14: Purl one round
  • ROW 15: Knit one round
  • ROW 16: Purl one round
  • ROW 17-32: Knit 16 rounds
  • ROW 33: K6, K2TOG * repeat to end of row
  • ROW 34 – Knit one round
  • ROW 35 – K5, K2TOG * repeat to end of row
  • ROW 36 – Knit one round
  • ROW 37 – K4, K2TOG *repeat to end of row
  • ROW 38 – Knit one round
  • ROW 39 – K3, K2TOG * repeat to end of row
  • ROW 40 – Knit one round
  • ROW 41 – Cast off
  • Cut yarn leaving a long enough tail to close with a needle (hole at top is 2 7/8-3″ in diameter)

This pattern is intended for personal use only. I offer this pattern for free but I request that you do not sell it or any product made from it.


13 thoughts on “Christmas Crafting – Day 12

  1. Annabelle Melton December 25, 2016 / 5:46 am

    After row 16, the pattern goes back to row 8…??? I’m there, and not sure how many rows to knit. Also, I assume you closed by threading the tail through the stitches? How big an opening should I leave? Thanks…and thank you for sharing your pattern.


    • spaleksic December 25, 2016 / 11:13 am

      Hi Annabelle, seems that I made a mistake in the pattern. I have corrected it. The opening is about 3″ but it depends on how tightly you cast off. Merry Christmas. Sarah

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  2. Dianne January 3, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Hi there,

    Thank-you for the pattern. I was so excited to make the hat but am having difficulty with 48 stitches being enough for the opening to fit over my adult daughter’s head. I tried using a larger needle but that did not work either. I have now gone back to the size 10 needle and I cast on 84 stitches. I am not sure that is going to work out either. You really only cast on 48 stitches? Most hats call for many more, even for a child’s hat. Could you please clarify for me?


    • spaleksic January 3, 2017 / 9:32 am

      Hi Dianne. yes I only cast on 48 stitches. The weight of the yarn, and how tight you knit are factors. The gauge is 3 stitches per inch. Sarah


      • Dianne January 3, 2017 / 12:46 pm

        Thank-you. The one you made looks very nice.

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  3. Taunia Fascella December 9, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I like the little tag you added to yours – where might you find those? I want to gift them as well.
    Thank you!


    • spaleksic December 10, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Hi, I got them at Michaels but it was years ago. Good luck!


  4. linda Mcneely July 21, 2018 / 7:32 am

    I have seen them made on utube with a rubber band closure which makes a lot of sense too me but they start at the top and work down. if we could just figure out how to get those stitches on a rubber band by knitting from the bottom to the top it would be wonderfull! then you could substitute any hat pattern you have.


  5. Susan Hahaj November 7, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    have you tried to knit the stitches around an elastic on the last row?


    • spaleksic November 7, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      I haven’t, but if you try let me know how it goes.


  6. Susan Surrency December 15, 2019 / 9:22 am

    Love your pattern! It was easy and quick. However, at the end, do you cast off (passing one stitch over the other) or thread the loops with a needle? You say both. Thanks! Susan


    • spaleksic December 15, 2019 / 9:24 am

      Hi Susan, thank you. I cast off passing one stitch over the other and then use a needle to thread in the end. Sarah


  7. Nancy Belcher August 31, 2020 / 5:53 pm

    Just made this hat. Changed the cast on stitches to 56, bulky yarn it came out great! Thank you .


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