I was planning a pattern for a baby bonnet last night, and while I was doing that, I got the inspiration for this shell stitch messy bun crochet hat pattern. The shell stitches work up quickly, and the finished project is adorable! I think this might be my favorite messy bun hat yet (I think I’ve said that about the last two). The bow is done a little bit differently than the others, too. I like to switch things up a bit.
If you’ve missed the other messy bun hats, they’re available here:
The free crochet hat pattern is below, but if you don’t have time to make this hat right now, you might want to:
- Purchase the ad-free version of this pattern in my Etsy Shop
- Pin it on Pinterest.
- Add it to your queue on Ravelry
Ready to make this crochet hat for yourself? It might look like a complicated stitch, but if you follow the directions step by step, you should have no problem at all!
- Worsted weight yarn
- Small amount of chunky yarn for the bow
- H crochet hook
- Bow Crochet Pattern
- This pattern is worked in the round. You will not turn your work.
- I crochet a little on the tight side. If you crochet loosely, you might want to go down a hook size.
- If you’ve made my other messy bun hats, you’ll know that those have an opening about the size of a hair elastic. This has a larger opening. It could easily fit over a bun that’s already formed.
- Remember, when you’re working into the chain loop, you’re not working into individual stitches. You’re working into or around the loop.
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Ch 37. Join to the first ch to make a loop.
Round 1: Work 60 dc around the chain loop. Sl st to the top of the first dc. ch 2. (60)
Round 2: Dc in the same stitch and in the next 3 stitches. 2 dc in the next stitch. *dc in the next 4 stitches. 2 dc in the next stitch* around. Sl st to the top of the first dc (NOT the top of the ch 2). ch 1. (72)
Round 3: sc in the same stitch. skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in the next stitch. *skip 2 stitches, sc in the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in the next stitch* around. Sl st in the first sc to join. Ch 2. (12 shells made)
Round 4: 2 dc in the same stitch. skip 2 stitches. sc in the next stitch. *skip 2 stitches, 5 dc in the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc in the next stitch, skip 2 stiches* around. Work 2 more dc in the same stitch as your beginning ch 2/2 dc. Sl st to the top of the ch 2 to join. ch 1.
Rounds 5-13: Repeat rows 3 and 4.
At the end of round 13, ch 2 rather than just 1.
Round 14: hdc in the next stitch, sc in the next 3 stitches, hdc in the next stitch, *dc in the next stitch, hdc in the next, sc in the next 3 stitches, hdc in the next stitch* around. Join with a sl st to the top of the ch 2. Ch 1.
Rounds 15-19: sc in the first stitch and in each stitch around. Sl st to the top the first sc to join. (72)
Cut yarn and weave ends.
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Note: Ch 2 counts as a stitch.
Row 1: dc in the third chain and in each stitch across. Ch 2. Turn. (14)
Rows 2-7: dc in the second stitch and in each stitch across. ch 2. Turn (14)
Row 8: Now, you’ll be working around the edges of your bow (rectangle right now). Sc evenly around your entire bow working 3 stitches in each corner.
Cut yarn and weave ends. Shape into a bow and wrap yarn around the middle to make the center of the bow. Attach to your crochet hat in any way you choose (bobby pins, alligator clip, sewing it on).
Thanks for joining me on this messy bun hat journey!