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Hello again! I’m back this week with another free crochet hat pattern – the Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat. This hat was created when I received a custom order for a messy bun hat with loads of texture. The client had seen my post on Instagram for my Ava Cowl and loved the puff stitches. She wanted a messy bun hat that was warm and had a ton of texture so I wanted to make sure I included a few different textures to give the hat some variety. After discussing materials, we agreed that I would use the Caron X Pantone yarn for her hat. I knew exactly what I wanted to make her and set out to making it happen.
After playing around with some designs, the Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat was born. This pattern works up quickly and is good for a beginner that wants to try a few different types of stitches in a single, small project. Like my Arctic Gem Beanie, this pattern features a ribbed band, made with half double crochet done in the back loops only.
The pattern calls for 2 skeins of Caron x Pantone yarn however, you will not use all of the second skein. You will likely have enough to make a pair of gloves to match your new hat.
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The Polar Puff Messy Bun Hat
Skill Level: Intermediate
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
DCDEC = Double Crochet Decrease
SL ST = slip stitch
BLO = Back Loops Only
FO = Finish Off
Puff Stitch: Yarn over (YO) and insert hook into designated stitch. YO and draw through stitch and pull up to height of previous stitch (or chain). YO and insert hook into same stitch, YO and pull through stitch and make it the same height as previous stitch 4 more times. YO and pull through all loops on hook. CH1 to secure.
Size: One Size – Adult
Finished size: 6.5 inches tall x 10 inches wide.
Gauge: 8 sts across x 7 rows (rows 1 – 7 of the beginning of the hat body) = 2” square
• After the brim is completed, the body of the hat is worked in the round from the bottom up. The end of each round is joined with a sl st.
• Instructions within the ** are to be repeated.
• I’ve used the Pantone numbers on the packaging to note which colour is used and my description of the colour next to the Pantone number for those that may no longer have the packaging. A picture of the tag is included here as reference.
(Using the darkest teal 19-4024 ) Ch 8.
Row 1: HDC in 2nd CH from hook. HDC 6. Ch 1 and turn. (7 sts)
Row 2: HDC in same st. HDC 5 in BLO. HDC in last st, under both loops. Ch 1 and turn. (7 sts)
Repeat row two until your band is approximately 18.5” long. You can make the band a little shorter or longer than that if you need to. Generally, a good length for a band for an adult is between 18” – 19”: long when laid flat. Do not stretch. When completed, fold the band in half and sl st the two sides together. Turn the piece so the seam is on the inside and the right side is facing you.
Row 1: (Still using 19-4024) CH1. SC in the first stitch. SC 72 evenly around the top of the band. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
(Switch to 144089 – the lightest teal)
Row 2: CH2. HDC in the first stitch and in each stitch across. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Row 3: CH3. Puff stitch in the 2nd stitch, skip the next stitch. *Puff stitch in next stitch and skip the next stitch* until end. Join with sl st to top of chain. (72 sts)
Row 4: CH2. HDC in the first stitch and in each stitch across. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
(Switch to 17-5034 – the next lightest teal)
Row 5: CH2. HDC in the third loop of the first stich and in each stitch around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Row 6: CH2. FPDC around the 1st stitch (not the ch). BPDC around the next stitch. *FPDC 1, BPDC 1* until end. Join with sl st. (72 sts)
Row 7: CH2. HDC in the first stitch and in each stitch across. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
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(Switch to 94340 – the next lightest teal)
Row 8: CH 2. HDC in the third loop of the first stich and in each stitch around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Row 9: CH3. Puff stitch in the 2nd stitch, skip the next stitch. *Puff stitch in next stitch and skip the next stitch* until end. Join with sl st to top of chain. (72 sts)
Row 10: CH2. DCDEC in the first stitch, DC in the next. *DCDEC, DC1* until end. Join with a sl st. (48 sts)
(Switch to 194026 – the second darkest teal)
Row 11: CH2. DC in the first stitch and in each stitch across. Join with a sl st (48 sts)
Row 12: CH2, DCDEC in the first stitch, DC in the next. *DCDEC, DC1* until end. Join with a sl st. (32 sts)
Row 13: CH1. *SCDEC, SC6* until end. Join with a sl st. (28 sts)
FO and weave in ends.
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