The Studio Bun Hat (free crochet pattern)

You can see the full range of Studio Beanie hats here where you can find a link to download an add free, printable version of Studio Bun Hat and two other beanie hat patterns all in one!


I have a lot of hair.  Last winter when I first came across Messy Bun Hats, I knew I had hit on something which was for me!

So here is my take on the messy bun hat as part of my Studio Range which includes the Studio Scoodie and the Studio Stripe Scarf.   Like with the scarf and scoodie, this texture brings a 3D look to the hat and creates a super cosy practical accessory.

Did you know that we lose most of our body heat through the head?  Not anymore!

Before you start, you should know..

I use US crochet terms.

You may sell what you make from my patterns crediting Dora Does as the designer, but the pattern is copyrighted and may only be shared via links to this page. My photos may be shared with credit.  This pattern contains affiliate links.

Pattern Notes

  • The pattern is worked by alternating extended double crochet (edc) and half double crochet (hdc) stitches (see below for stitch explanations) in the round to create texture.
  • You will turn your work at the end of each round and work the hdc into the top of the edc from the row below and the edc into the top of the hdc.
  • The turning chains do not count as stitches.
  • When you turn at the end of a round, the first stitch of the next round should be made in the same stitch as the chain (this is the top of the first stitch from the last round).  This ensures that the stitch repeat will continue to alternate.
  • Instructions in square brackets [like this] indicate the stitch pattern repeat, these should be made in separate consecutive stitches.  e.g. “[edc, hdc] twice” means that in the first stitch you work an edc, an hdc in the next, edc in the next and an hdc in the 4th.  This two stitch repeat is used throughout the pattern.
  • Instructions in round brackets (like this) indicate that the stitches should be made into the SAME stitch.


5.5mm / I hook

Yarn: ~ 150 yds, 50-60g of Aran yarn in two colours, referred to as A and B

In the item pictured, I used roughly 100 yards of WI Soft and Smooth Aran (aff) yarn in grey (colour B) and about 50 yards in the teal (colour A)

Yarn needle & scissors

Finished size: 19in circumference, 6in height

Standard Stitches & Abbreviations Used (US terms):

ch = chain

st = stitch

yo = yarn over

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

blo = back loop only

Special Stitches:

fsc = foundation single crochet

edc = extended double crochet

Foundation Single Crochet (fsc):  Ch 2, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook).  *Yo and pull through one loop (this creates the base stitch of the next fsc).  Yo and pull through two loops.*  For the next st start by inserting the hook into the v of the base stitch and pulling up a loop.  Continue from *

You can find a tutorial for this stitch on my youtube channel here.

If you struggle with this technique it can be replaced with making a chain of the number of stitches plus one, then sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and across to achieve the required number of stitches.

edc = extended double crochet: This is very similar to a double crochet but with a small extra step.  Yo, insert hook, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through one loop (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through two loops.

The Pattern

Using colour B

Round 1:  fsc 48, join with a sl st to first st without twisting chain.  Use tail to sew in to the other side of the chain. Ch3, turn.

If you do not work fsc, chain 48 and join with a sl st, then work 48sc into the chain and join with a sl st. Ch3, turn.

Round 2: *[edc, hdc] 5 times, (edc, hdc) in next st, (edc, hdc) in next st*.  Repeat * 3 more times join to first st with sl st (56).  Ch2, turn

Round 3: *[hdc, edc] 6 times, (hdc, edc) in next st, (hdc, edc) in next st*.  Repeat * 3 more times join to first st with sl st (64).  Ch3, turn

Round 4: edc, hdc around, join to first st with a sl st (64).  Ch2, turn

Round 5: hdc, edc around, join to first st with a sl st (64).  Ch3, turn

Round 6: Repeat round 4 (64)

Round 7: Repeat round 5 (64)

Round 8-11: Repeat round 4 and 5, finishing on a row 5 repeat (64)

change to colour A

Round 12: sc in each st around, sl st into the top of the first sc (64)


You can find a video tutorial on how to make this band here

Without fastening off, ch 8, work a sc in the 2nd chain from hook and back up towards the hat, sl st in the first sc an next sc from round 12.

*sc in the blo of the next 7 sc of the band, ch1, turn, sc in the blo of the next 7sc, sl st in the next 2 sc of round 12*.  Repeat around (64 rows) until you reach the start.

To finish, work the last row of the band by working through the blo of the starting chain and the last row of sc.

Fasten off and sew in ends


Using Colour A, work 1 round of sc around the top end of the hat (the other side of round 1).

Slip stitch to the first stitch and fasten off.

Your Studio Bun Hat is ready to wear!

Happy Hooking


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Pattern Link: Ravelry


2 thoughts on “The Studio Bun Hat (free crochet pattern)

  1. Thank you for sharing this great pattern with us. I would love to make one someday, when I finally catch up (if thats ever possible) with all/some of my wips. I do have one question about the first step. On the first step you have: “chain 48 and join with a sl st, then work 40sc into the chain and join with a sl st.” I am wondering how you go from chaining 48 and then immediately have 40 sts in the next round. What happened to the 8 stitches? Thank you for any help you can give in solving this confusion.


    1. Hi Penny,
      Thanks your your comment and attention! You found a transcription typo! That should have read work 48 Sc (not 40). The first round starts with 48 st. Those 8st have their place back!!


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