Last year, I designed the Chevron Peaks Slouch for the Hat Not Hate campaign and I really loved the technique & crochet stitches that created the design and texture of the hat. I loved it so much that I came up with an argyle design for last year’s crochet Christmas stocking pattern. Then, after completing the argyle stocking, I knew that the design would make a great hat, but I ran out of time last winter to release the Argyle Beanie & Slouch. Everything works out the way it’s supposed to though, right? It did. It became the perfect project for a Mini-Mystery Crochet Along. Since then, my sister asked me for a new crochet messy bun hat so I decided to add one more option to the design. You can find the free crochet pattern in this post below, or an ad-free print friendly version on Love Crafts here, Ravelry here, or on Etsy here. *The ad-free PDF includes all hat options: beanie, slouch & messy bun.
I’ve had so many crocheters reach out to tell me that they LOVED my Chevron Peaks Slouch. I was pleasantly shocked because it was one of those designs that I really didn’t think would garner much attention. All of the positive messages I received were the reason I used the same technique for the argyle stocking and this crochet beanie pattern. I’ve got a couple more fun designs coming your way with this technique too!
Aren’t personalized leather tags such a great finishing touch to add to our crochet items? I ordered these ones and a couple different wooden ones from an awesome online maker. You can find links to where I purchased and a tutorial on how to attach all of them HERE.
Options, options, options!
The Argyle Beanie, Slouch & Messy Bun crochet pattern includes 2 hat band options (Stretchy Hat Band of Simple Hat Band) and 2 lengths (Beanie or Slouch). Both styles are crocheted from the bottom up. First, choose and crochet the style hat band you’d like. Then, continue on to crochet the length of the hat you love. Each option is clearly written.
The grey sample was made using the stretchy hat band and slouch length. The cream sample was made using the simple hat band and beanie length.
Argyle Messy Bun – Scroll Down
ARGYLE MESSY BUN – FREE CROCHET HAT PATTERN
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- Yarn: Worsted Weight Yarn / 4 / Any Color / I used Lion Brand Yarns Touch of Alpaca in Goldenrod
- Yardage: See “Fits Head Size” below for yardage of all sizes.
- Crochet Hooks: G/6/4.00mm, H/8/5.00mm (My favorite crochet hooks are the Clover Amour Hooks, I’ve never had an ache in my hand since switching)
- Yarn Needle
- Scrap piece of yarn or stitch marker
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- In hat band stitch pattern: 6 sts = 1.25″; 14 rows = 3″
- Body of Hat in sc: 11.5 sts = 3″; 11 rows = 3″
Fits Head Size
- Toddler: 16″ – 17-1/2″ circ. (120 yards)
- Kids: 18″ – 20″ circ. (140 yards)
- Teen / Adult Small: 20-1/2″ – 22-1/2″ circ. (160 yards)
- Adult Medium / Large: 23″ – 24-1/2″ circ. (180 yards)
- Argyle Beanie & Slouch Pattern – Click HERE
- Argyle Messy Bun Pattern – Scroll Down
Abbreviations (US Terms)
- ch(s): chain(s)
- sl st(s): slip stitch(es)
- st(s): stitch(es)
- sc: single crochet
- dc: double crochet
- inv sc2tog: invisible single crochet decrease
- RS: Right Side
- BLO: back loop only
- FLO: front loop only
- Rep: repeat
- Rnd: round
- yo: yarn over
- circ: circumference
- Turning chains are not included in stitch count unless noted otherwise.
- The majority of the pattern is worked in continuous rounds (a spiral). I suggest using a stitch marker to keep track of the round you’re on.
- Yarn Notes: Lion Brand Yarns Wool Ease, Touch of Alpaca & Pound of Love were used for the samples. Another comparable light worsted weight yarn may be used as long as gauge is met.
- Lion Brand Pound of Love in Elephant Grey, 100% Acrylic (1020 yards / 932 m / 454 g / 16 oz).
- Lion Brand Yarns Wool Ease in Fisherman: 80% Acrylic / 20% Wool (197 yds / 180 m / 85 g / 3 oz)
- Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca in Goldenrod, 90% Acrylic / 10% Alpaca (207 yards / 190 m / 100 g / 13.5 oz)
- Pattern Repeats: In the crochet instructions you’ll see: rep from ( to ) around. The instructions written within the ( ) parentheses are one full pattern repeat. You are to repeat these around the entire hat. The stitch pattern will repeat evenly so you should not have any stitches remaining at the end of each round.
- Changes for sizes are written as follows: Toddler (Child, Teen/Adult Small, Adult Medium/Large).
- Argyle Beanie & Slouch Pattern – Click HERE
- Argyle Messy Bun Pattern – Scroll Downward as you
- Invisible Single Crochet Decrease (inv sc2tog): Insert hook into the BLO of stitch indicated, insert hook into BLO of next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru all loops on hook.
Simple Hat Band
Gauge: Using a 5mm hook: 11.5 sc = 3″ (stitch height isn’t crucial)
The entire hat is worked in a spiral (continuous rounds). I strongly suggest using a scrap piece of yarn to keep track of the beginning of each round.
Set-up: Using a 5mm crochet hook, ch 60 (68, 78, 86), being careful not to twist the ch, join w/ a sl st to the 1st ch.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, working into the back hump of the foundation ch, sc in each ch around. Do not join. Begin using a stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn to keep track of the beginning of each round as you work. (60, 68, 78, 86 sts)
Rnd 2 Note: In round 2, you will increase by 2 – 4 stitches. You can place these stitches wherever you’d like. Stitch placement isn’t crucial.
Rnd 2: Work 64 (72, 80, 88) sc evenly around. Do not join. (64, 72, 80, 88 sts)
Rnd 3: BLO sc in each st around. Do not join.
Do not fasten off. Continue on to Argyle Design.
Argyle Design – Body of Hat
The remainder of this project is worked in a spiral (continuous rounds). I strongly suggest using a scrap piece of yarn to keep track of the beginning and ending of each round.
See Argyle Chart Below
Rnd 2: (BLO sc in each of the next 3 sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in each of the next 2 sts ) rep from ( to ) around.
Rnd 3: (BLO sc in each of the next 2 sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in each of the next 3 sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in the next st) rep from ( to ) around.
Rnd 4: (BLO sc in the next st, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in each of the next 5 sts, FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below ) rep from ( to ) around.
Rnd 5: (FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in each of the next 7 sts) rep from ( to ) around.
Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 4. *Note: Some FLO dc will be worked into the FLO of other dc 2 rnds below.
Rnd 7: *BLO sc in each of the next 2 sts, (FLO dc in the next st 2 rnds below, BLO sc in the next st) 3 times, rep from * around.
Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 7.
Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 7.
Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 4.
Rnd 13: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 4.
Rnd 15: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 16: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 17: Rep Rnd 1.
Rnd 18: BLO sc in each st around.
Repeat Round 18 until your hat measures 4.75″ (5.5″, 5.75″, 6.25″) from the bottom edge of the hat band.
Do not fasten off. Continue on to Messy Bun – Crown Shaping.
How to read the chart above:
- Read the chart from right to left, bottom to top.
- The Red squares indicate when you’ll work a dc.
- Make sure to work the dc in the front loops of stitches 2 rounds below the current round.
- The vertical numbers indicate the round you’re on. Begin following the chart and working a little better dc in round 1 of Argyle Design – Body of Hat.
- The horizontal numbers represent the stitch number. This stitch pattern is a multiple of 8 stitches.
- After working Round 17, continue with Round 18 above.
Messy Bun – Crown Shaping
Rnd 1: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in each of the next 6 sts) rep from ( to ) around. (56, 63, 70, 77 sts)
Rnd 2: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in each of the next 5 sts) rep from ( to ) around. (48, 54, 60, 66 sts)
Rnd 3: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in each of the next 4 sts) rep from ( to ) around. (40, 45, 50, 55 sts)
Rnd 4: (BLO inv sc2tog, BLO sc in each of the next 3 sts) rep from ( to ) around. (32, 36, 40, 44 sts)
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Continue on to Finishing.
Note: Make sure not to work this part too tightly or you can greatly affect the fit of your hat. Adjust your hook size to get the perfect fit, as needed.
Rnd 1: Join yarn in stitch closest to the first st of Rnd 1 of hat band, sl st in each st around the bottom of your hat band. Use the Special Join Technique (click HERE for tutorial), to join.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Your argyle messy bun hat is complete!
Now that you’ve finished crocheting your Argyle Beanie, Slouch, or Messy Bun hat, add your own finishing touches using one of these fun options!
- Chain Loop Pom (click here for tutorial)
- Faux Fur Pom (click here)
- Personalized Tags (click here for tutorial)
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