Messy Bun Beanie


You have probably seen them all around social media, messy hair is in this season, as long as you sport a beanie, you will be in fashion. Now, this is for a messy bun as the opening is big enough to allow the messy bun to go through. 

This beanie has the option of adding a small bill.

LOOM:  Hat Loom set at large gauge with 42 pegs.
YARN:  Approx 80  yds of super bulky weight wool yarn.  Malabrigo Rasta in Purple Mystery (100% merino wool, 90 yds per skein).
NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle.
GAUGE: 4.5 sts and 8 rows  = 2 inches in stockinette.
SIZE:  Fits adult (up to 21″ head circumference).



k=knit stitch (note: the true knit stitch is recommended for this project with this type of yarn)
p=purl stitch
CO=Cast on



Assemble Hat Loom at large gauge with 42 pegs (largest size).

Cast on 42 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: k to end of rnd. (If you worked a Bill, on the first round, treat all loops on the pegs as one loop).

Rnd 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: p to end of rnd.

Rnd 11-14: p to end of rnd.

Rnd 15-19: k to end of rnd.

Rep Rnds 11-19: 2 more times

Next 3 rnds: k to end of rnd (or until item measures 7.5 inches from CO edge).

Bind off using a crochet hook as follows: transfer all the stitches to a piece of scrap yarn. Insert crochet hook on last stitch (where the working yarn is located). Pass the crochet hook through the next stitch (two stitches are on the hook), hook the working yarn and pass it through both stitches. *Insert the crochet hook through the next two stitches, hook the working and pass it through both stitches. Rep from * all the way to the end, until all stitches have been crochet. On the last stitch, cut the working yarn leaving a 6-inch yarn tail. Pull the yarn tail through the last stitch. Weave ends in. Steam block to soften the wool.

Video on this can be found at this link:


CO 20 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1 (from right to left): k to end of row.

Row 2: Sl1, p to last st, k1.

Row 3: Decrease row as follows: Move loop from the second peg over to the third peg. Move loop from first peg to empty peg 2. At the other end of the loom, move the loop from the second to last peg to the third to last peg. Move the stitch on the last peg, to the second to last peg (it was emptied when you moved the stitch to the neighbor peg to the right). (18 sts rem).

Sl1, k to end of row.

Rep Rows 2 and 3: until 12 sts remain on the loom.

Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave ends in. Do not block. The stiffness of the yarn will help the Bill stay up.

Place the CO edge stitches back on the loom (20 sts), then follow Beanie Instructions.

Have questions or comments, please feel free to contact Isela Phelps by leaving a comment below. 



4 thoughts on “Messy Bun Beanie

  1. Hi, you would have to use every other peg on the AIO. Follow the pattern as instructed with the weight yarn as instructed, when you cast on, cast on every other peg.

  2. Hi, I love this pattern and I was wondering if you can knit it into a closed hat. If so do you have any suggestions for how to do that.

    Kind regards,

  3. Continue knitting in the round until the hat is the desired length, then remove it with the gather removal method.

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