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The Ashley Beanie with Messy Bun Option!

The Ashley Beanie with Messy Bun Option!

Cable crochet used to be soooo confusing for me! I couldn’t figure out the right stitch counts and my cables were always so slanty. Until I made this hat.. Something about figuring it out for myself made it click! I’m also secretly not a fan of the messy bun hat. I guess it isn’t really a secret anymore, but this hat has a messy bun option anyway! Enough about me… Let’s get into the pattern! This post may contain affiliate links.

You’ll need

Yarn: Around 200 yards of size 4 I used Vanna’s Choice. If you go the messy bun route, you’ll need 150-160 yards.

Crochet Hook and yarn needle: US I9/5.50 mm (If you’re a tight crocheter, you may want to go up a hook size)

Gauge

Begin the pattern with the brim. At the end of your brim, before the join, it should be about 20 inches long. This is “unstretched”.

Stitch Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • St – Stitch
  • Sts – Stitches
  • HDC – Half double crochet
  • DC – Double crochet
  • Blo – Back Loop Only
  • Bphdc – Back post half double crochet
  • Fpdc – Front post double crochet
  • Hdc2tog – Half double crochet two together
  • Fpdc2tog – Front post double crochet two together (that’s a long one!)

Pattern

*Note: While crocheting the cables, be sure to keep the tension relaxed. If it gets too tight, your hat will not be stretchy and may not fit your noggin*

Brim

Ch 10
Row 1
Hdc in the second ch from hook and in each chain
Row 2 – 48
Ch 1 and turn, hdc in blo in next 8 stitches, hdc in last stitch (not the blo, be sure to pick up both loops)
At this point, your brim should measure (?) and should fit around your head.


Hold the two short ends together and slip stitch in each hdc and initial ch st to join.

Hat Body

Round 1
Once the ends of your brim are joined, ch1
Hdc 72 times around the brim. I put those stitches in the ends of each row and once more. It is 3 hdc stitches for every 2 rows.
Join with a slip stitch to the top of your beginning ch 1.

Round 2
Ch 1
*Fpdc in next 4 sts, bphdc in next st, fpdc in next 6 sts, bphdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Total of 6 sets of cables.
Join with a slip stitch to the ch 1 from the beginning.

Round 3
Ch 1
*skip 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in 2 previous skipped sts (creates your first crossed stitches), bphdc in next st, fpdc in next 2 sts, skip 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in 2 previous skipped sts, bphdc in next stitch*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
Join with a slip stitch to the ch 1 from the beginning.

Round 4
Repeat round 2 (The crossed stitches from the previous round are kinda on top of each other. You’ll have to pull them out a bit to work into them.)

Round 5
Ch 1
*fpdc in next 4 sts, bphdc in next st, skip 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, lay those 2 stitches down and work behind them, fpdc in previous 2 sts (these 2 sts are worked behind as pictured below), fpdc in next 2 sts, bphdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
Join with a slip st to the ch 1 from the beginning.

Round 6
Ch 1
*skip 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in 2 previous skipped sts, bphdc in next st, fpdc in next 6 sts, bphdc in next stitch*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
Join with a slip st to the ch 1 from the beginning.

Round 7
Ch 1
*fpdc in next 4 sts, bphdc in next st, fpdc in next 2 sts, skip 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in previous 2 skipped sts, bphdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
Join with a slip st to the ch 1 from the beginning.

Round 8
Repeat round 2

Round 9
Ch 1
*skip 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in 2 previous skipped sts, bphdc in next st, skip 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, lay those 2 stitches down and work behind them, fpdc in previous 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, bpdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
Join with a slip st to the ch 1 from the beginning.

Round 10
Repeat round 2 (After this round, go to the Messy Bun section for that style)

For the next section or round repeats, you’ll want to keep note of where you are. It’s easy to get lost on which repeat you’re doing!

Round 11
Repeat round 7
Round 12
Repeat round 6
Round 13
Repeat round 5
Round 14
Repeat round 2
Round 15
Repeat round 3
Round 16
Repeat round 2 (Again?!?)
Round 17
Repeat round 5
Round 18
Repeat round 6
Round 19
Repeat round 7

Round 20
This is where we start to close the top.
Ch 1
*Fpdc2tog twice, bphdc in next st, fpdc2tog 3 times, bphdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
Slip st to ch 1 from the beginning.

Round 21
Ch 1
*skip first st, fpdc in next st, fpdc in previous skipped st, bphdc in next st, skip first st, fpdc in next st, lay that stitch down and fpdc in the previous st behind it, fpdc in next st, bphdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
Slip st to ch 1 from the beginning.

Round 22
Ch 1
*fpdc in next 2 sts, bphdc in next st, fpdc in next 3 sts, bphdc in next st
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
11
Slip st to ch 1 from the beginning.

Round 23
Ch 1
Hdc2tog in each stitch around. (21 total sts)
Join with a slip st to the top of your ch 1 from the beginning of the round. Chain 1 and cut a long tail for sewing the top together. Pull the tail through the ch 1 so your work will not come undone.
With your yarn needle, weave the tail through every 3rd stitch around. Work back and forth through every third stitch. Once you reach the end (starting ch 1) pull the tail to tighten and close the top. Be sure to pull it nice and tight then tie a strong knot to secure the top of your hat.

Weave in the ends and pop that work on your noggin!

Messy Bun Option!

Round 11
Ch 1
*fpdc2tog twice, bphdc in next st, fpdc in next 2 sts, skip next 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in 2 previously skipped sts, bphdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
Slip st to the ch 1.

Round 12
Ch 1
*skip 1 st, fpdc in next st, fpdc in previously skipped st, bphdc in next st, fpdc2tog 3 times, bphdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times and sl st to the ch 1.

Round 13
Ch 1
*Fpdc in next 2 sts, bphdc in next st, skip 1 st, fpdc in next st, lay that stitch down and fpdc behind it into the previously skipped st, fpdc in next st, bphdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * 5 more times
Slip st to the ch 1.

Round 14
Ch 1
Hdc2tog around. (21 stitches)
*Note: This is where I stopped my messy bun beanie because I have long hair so there’s lots of mess to fit through the hole. If you’d prefer a smaller hole, carry on with another 1 or 2 rounds of round 14 to reduce the size.

Optional rounds. 15 and 16
Hdc2tog around to make the hair opening smaller.
Cut yarn and weave in the ends!
Let’s be honest, our hair is always in a messy bun so go ahead and give it a test run!