cabled-messy-bun-bow-hat

Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat – a FREE Crochet Pattern

This post may contain affiliate links to products or materials that I have personally used or endorse. All opinions expressed are mine. Please see my disclosure policy here.

Have you made yourself a messy bun hat yet? They have become all the rage in the crochet world, and I am no different! The latest incarnation of these hats is with an adorable bow attached. I have been tagged in multiple photos of these adorable hats and have had many requests to make them! I wanted to create a hat that was cute, but with a little winter elegance too. I am currently obsessed with cabling, so I decided that a Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat was just what we needed!

I think it’s super cute, don’t you? My daughter is a competitive cheerleader so i think this hat is perfect for all our cheer families!

cabled-messy-bun-bow-hat

We just got home from a cheer competition, so my daughter is modeling in full cheer makeup – I promise she doesn’t normally wear sparkly false eyelashes around the house on a Sunday!

cabled messy bun bow hat pinterest

You will find the pattern below, or you can purchase the convenient ad-free printable PDF in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat

Skill level: intermediate
Size: Adult

Abbreviations:
sl st – slip stitch
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
dcfp – front post double crochet

Materials required:
1 skein of worsted weight yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Light Gray, available from Hobby Lobby
Yarn needle
Scissors
Crochet hooks, H and I (5mm and 5.5mm) – I used my Clover Amour

Hat band: (worked in rows) – Use H hook
Chain 9
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn (8)
Row2: sc in first st (both loops), sc in back loop only of next 6 st, sc in last st (both loops), ch 1, turn (8)
Row 3 to 80: repeat row 2.(8)
Stitch band together to form a circle using one sc in each st across, turn seam to the inside 8 stitches. Ch 2, turn band sideways to start body of the hat.

Hat body: (worked in the round) – Use I hook
Row 1: dc in first st and each stitch of the side of the hat band, sl st to first dc (80)
Row 2: ch 2, *dcfp around each of first 2 dc, hdc in next dc, skip 2 dc, dcfp around each of next 2 dc, working BEHIND the previous 2 st, dcfp around each of the skipped dc, hdc in next dc (after the 4 st cable)*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (80)
Row 3-4: ch 2, *dcfp around first 2 dcfp, hdc in next hdc, dcfp around next 4 dcfp, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (80)
Row 5: repeat row 2
Row 6-7: repeat row 3
Row 8: repeat row 2
Row 9-10: repeat row 3
Row 11: ch 2, *dcfp2tog, hdc in next hdc, skip 2 dcfp, dcfp around each of next 2 dcfp, working BEHIND the previous 2 st, dcfp around each of the skipped dcfp, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (70)
Row 12: ch 2, *dcfp around dcfp, hdc in next hdc, dcfp2tog, dcfp2tog, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (50)
Row 13: ch 2, *dcfp around dcfp, hdc in next hdc, dcfp2tog, hdc in next hdc*, repeat from * around, sl st to first dcfp (40)
Row 14: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to first hdc (40)
Row 15: repeat row 14
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bow: (worked in the round) – Use H hook
Chain 30, sl st to starting chain, be careful not to twist.
Row 1: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to first hdc (30)
Row 2-5: repeat row 2
Fasten off, leaving very long tail for wrapping into a bow. Fold band in half and wrap long yarn tail around the middle to form bow shape, pulling tightly to get the proper shape. Use yarn needle to secure yarn tail. Attach bow to hat using yarn tail as desired.

cabled messy bun bow hat bow

Here is a few photos I snapped of the cable section which is the trickiest part. It takes a bit of practice to go behind the cables to do a front post double crochet and make them twist.

I also made a video tutorial for the cabled portion of this hat. It is my very first video, so please excuse my extreme newbie skills!


I hope you enjoyed my Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat and I would absolutely love to see your creations or answer any questions you might have! Please help support CDM Handmade by commenting, sharing this post, or showing me your work on any of my social media links above. Thank you!

xoxo-Charmaine

26 thoughts on “Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat – a FREE Crochet Pattern

      1. Charmaine

        Hi Michelle! I had replied to Shannah somewhere, but I seem to have lost it in the internets LOL! I don’t have it written for smaller sizes at this time, but my suggestions for others have been to decrease your band rows in multiples of 8 – so 72 or 64 rows, then join and dc around for that many stitches in your hat body. Each cable section is a repeat of 8 stitches, so you would just be doing the repeat one or two less times. Depending on how small you make the band, you may also need to delete rows 8, 9 and 10 to make the body shorter for a small head. Let me know if that works out for you!

  1. Alicia

    I made this in purple and it turned out beautiful. Thank you for sharing your pattern. I did have to alter it some because it was too wide and too tall, but was pretty easy fix. I never done a cable stitch before this and I am thankful you had a video to explain it.

  2. Lea Ann

    I’m really frustrated…..I just can’t get the second half of the cable. I really don’t want to scrap this project but I’ve been 4 hours just on one cable. Is there another tutorial on this stitch somewhere?

    1. Charmaine

      I’m sorry you’re frustrated Lea Ann, cabling is really tricky at first! Don’t give up, once you get it you will always have it! I found this video that uses larger yarn so it might be a little clearer on the camera for you: https://youtu.be/aYeXldMEpV8
      Just remember that she is using different stitches and stitch combinations than my pattern uses, so you’ll have to adjust for that. She does a good job of showing how you go BEHIND the cables when you are doing the crossing though, so I hope it helps you get over this hurdle! Good luck!

      1. Jolene Ruckman

        Hi Charmaine – I tried to follow the additional link, but it takes me to a series of Bud Light Commercials (and not just a youtube ad before the stitch video). Any chance you can give the title so I can search for it that way?

        Thanks!

  3. Pingback: Top 10 Free Messy Bun Crochet Pattern Roundup – Traverse Bay Crochet

    1. Charmaine

      Hi Emily I’m so glad you like it! 80 is correct, but if you Crochet looser than me or have a smaller head (I think mine must be huge lol) then you can make it smaller! Just make sure it’s a multiple of 8! So 56 should work perfectly!

      1. Caitlin

        So leaving out eight stitches would take out a straight and cable section? I made the hat (and I’ve got a big head) and its huge. Not only that, but I’ve got to roll the bottom part like a cuff. Advice?

        1. Charmaine

          Yes it would take out a straight and cable section. If you’re having to roll the bottom, you may want to also consider removing 3 rows (like row 8, 9 and 10) and it will end up shorter. Our tensions must be very different! Hope that helps!

  4. Pingback: 25 Easy Crochet Hats with Free Tutorials - Styletic

  5. Pingback: Cabled Messy Bun Bow Hat

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*