Seed Stitch Messy Bun Hat

Introducing a beginner friendly free knitting pattern for the hat that broke the internet.  This Messy Bun Hat features a rolled brim, plus a classic seed stitch rise, and an uber convenient spot for your bun or ponytail. Merry Christmas!

Also, don’t be alarmed by the term seed stitch, after all it is all just knits and purls.  In a seed stitch pattern they are arranged in a certain way to give that unique texture, and a denser fabric.

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Seed Stitch Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern available for free. Beginner friendly that works up quick with stunning results

Seed Stitch Messy Bun Hat

So, I’m sure you are all aware of the messy bun hat that broke the internet.  It’s a lovely crochet hat that accommodates your beloved ‘mom bun’, or ‘messy ponytail’ hairstyle that is classic to the carefree Moms of today.

Knitters and crocheters alike are being bombarded with requests from friends to make them one.  Anyhow, the Facebook tags and the pattern requests happened here too?  Therefore, due to popular request, I’ve got a couple of  patterns all finished up, and this one is ready to be shared with you.

Seed Stitch Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern

Notes

Rated: Easy

Skills Used

Seed Stitch Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern available for free. Beginner friendly that works up quick with stunning results

Materials

 

K2tog = Knit two together – a very simple decrease, where you turn two stitches into one.  Insert your right hand needle into the next two stitches on your left hand needle, and knit them both together. (K2tog)

P2tog = Purl two together – a very simple decrease, where you turn two stitches into one.  Insert your right hand needle into the next two stitches on your left hand needle, as if to purl, and purl them both together. (P2tog)



Seed Stitch Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern available for free. Beginner friendly that works up quick with stunning results

Directions

Cast on 54 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: *K1, P1; repeat from * across

Row 8: *P1, K1; repeat from * across

Repeat rows 7 & 8 until piece measures 7″ from cast on edge

Begin Decrease ( right side row): *K7, K2tog; repeat from * across

Next Row: *P6, P2tog; repeat from * across

Next Row: *K5, K2tog; repeat from * across

Next Row: *P4, P2tog; repeat from * across

Bind off, securing the last stitch.

Break yarn, leaving a long tail and sew up the seam.

Trim yarn and weave in all ends.

Seed Stitch Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern available for free. Beginner friendly that works up quick with stunning results

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41 thoughts on “Seed Stitch Messy Bun Hat

  1. Nancy Dickerson says:

    Do you have any other knitted pattern stitch for a messy bun hat? I would like to try it if you do. Thank you for your help.

  2. I just saw this pattern and my daughter and I want one. We both have long hair and hard to get a beanie to stay on with it all crushed up under a beanie. Thanks for the idea. Do you have any other pattern stitches that will work? Thanks for the Great Pattern!

    • Evelyne says:

      Yes! Good eye! And thank you for noticing my typo! **** I will edit it straight away!

      Would love a pic when you’re done! Evelyne 🙂

  3. Janie Dawes says:

    I made this on size 8mm circular needles using Deborah Norville’s Serenity Chunky yarn. I wanted to avoid the seam and it went well until decrease time but hung in with it to bind off! All the girls at work were so excited! Passing it around after tying up their hair! I gave it to the one that told me she wanted a Messy Bun hat, but I somehow think I need to make more. Thanks for a great and easy pattern…sure to please!

    • Evelyne says:

      That’s fantastic! I tend to write all my patterns for this site worked flat, so as to be less intimidating for those just getting their feet wet – so glad you enjoyed it! I will have a couple more publishing soon after the holidays – 🙂

    • Evelyne says:

      If you were going to use a worsted weight yarn, you would probably still get a hat that fits with the 8mm needles, but you may want to go up to a 9mm, but I wouldn’t go any bigger than that. Hope that helps!

  4. Roma Clarke says:

    I only have red heart super saver yarn now can I use that? If so what size needles and how many stitches?

    • Evelyne says:

      I think you would still get at hat that fits if you use 8mm needles – you may want to try 9mm needles, but definitely no bigger. Good luck and be sure to share photos of the finished product when you’re done!

  5. Tammy says:

    Can you recommend how many stitches for a larger head? This is my first hat and I love the pattern, but I cast on 54 stitches and it only went about half way around my head. Not sure if it would stretch enough. Please help! I finally found a pattern, the yarn and got the right needles, now I don’t think it will work. 🙁

    • Evelyne says:

      Hmmmm…..if you are using a bulky yarn,( category 5 for weight) and 8mm needles it should actually come out quite roomy. You can try bigger needles, but first double check the size of the needles you are using, and keep your tension pretty relaxed. Hope this helps!

  6. Hi Evelyne I just finished my first messy bun hat love it but would like to make it smaller Can I just cut back on number of stitches but still use the same pattern. I thought I would cut back at least 6 stitches. Thank you for sharing

    • Evelyne says:

      Hi! Glad it worked out for you. There are two ways you can make it smaller, and cutting back six stitches would work. That would change your decrease rows a bit, but you should be able to begin Decreasing with “K6, P2tog; repeat from * across,” and carry on from there. Alternatively, you may just try a smaller needle size. Go down two sizes and you may prefer the results. ( I have really big hair, and like my hats to sit low)

  7. Deb Schmidt says:

    Hi! Love the pattern. Could you give me the gauge? Made for my daughter w 8mm needles w 54 stitches and it was about 4 Inches too large. Tore it out and going to start agin but would love to know how to adjust my stitches. Thanks!!

    • Evelyne says:

      Ooops! I am sorry I forgot to include the gauge! I am mobile right now, but two things you might try is smaller needles ( go down about two sizes) or try casting on 48 stitches ( or 42 )

    • Evelyne says:

      Hi! So in a seed stitch pattern the stitches that are knit on one side are purled on the other, and the stitches that are purled on one side, are knit on the other. If you ended up with a ribbed pattern you likely just repeated row 7 for the pattern, instead of repeating rows 7 & 8 for the pattern. Still I bet it makes a great hat!

  8. Virginia says:

    I LOVE this look for a hat for my granddaughter (age 8 – head seems to measure only very slightly smaller than an adult)

    I am using DK weight yarn, do I need to go up or down in needle size? Also if I knit in the round, what do I change to still get the seed stitch?

    • Evelyne says:

      Thanks for reaching out Virginia! And I am glad you love the hat. If you want a slightly smaller hat, and are using a DK weight yarn , I would still use the needle size recommended for thus pattern. You could try a slightly bigger needle, but with a thinner yarn I worry it would get too loopy and saggy. As for working the seed stitch in the round, you just need to remember that you are knitting the purls and purling the knits. So essentially the pattern would be the same. Good luck!

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