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Extremely Easy Bun Hat

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

Pattern also available as a downloadable pdf for free on Ravelry.


I have to admit that I didn't think I'd be hopping on this particular crazy train, but here I am! My Fast and Fingerless Gloves were calling for a match, though, so I broke out the chunky yarn and 10 mm hook again and whipped up a complementary hat. And I do mean whipped - this is another project that can be done in less than an hour! Just how fabulous is that??

And how adorably cute is this little girl in hers!?

Extremely Easy Bun Hat in Cascade Pacific Bulky (image courtesy of Marina Hayes)

I'll be teaching this as a kids class at my LYS starting in March using Cascade Pacific Bulky, along with the Fingerless Gloves. You can look for class times here or on Yarn Matters' Facebook page. I'm SO excited to be teaching again!

Crown to ... bun hole? Ha ha ha. This "hat" measures about 6.5 inches. If you want to make it a different size, simply chain fewer or more stitches. The width will be determined by your fabric's fit around your head, so this, too, is an easily customized project!


8 sc and 8.25 rows equals approximately 4" square. Don't stress about trying to match my gauge, though. This pattern is designed with flexibility in mind, so just add or subtract stitches to get the size you want!

Suggested Materials:

  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn (6) in Fisherman, 1 skein (I used 102 g)

  • N/P/10.0 mm Crochet Hook

  • 5 mm x 1.5 mm Flat Beadnova Leather Cording, Medium Brown, 70"

  • Stitch Marker(s)

  • Scissors

  • Darning Needle


Loosely chain 12 – you want your chain stitches to be about the same size as the tops of your single crochet stitches. Use a larger hook size if necessary.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea st across. Please note that I work into the back bump of the starting chain to give the starting edge a similar finished look to the finished edge of single crochet stitches. (11 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn. Sc in ea st across. (11 sc)

Repeat row 2 until desired width is reached, measuring around your forehead. I did 42 rows for mine, which would be a small hat for someone with a head circumference of approximately 21 inches. 22" would be a medium and 23" would be a large. Ish. I'd recommend checking the fit with the crocheted material itself rather than relying on measurements alone so that you can decide how snugly it should fit. Here's a chart from the Craft Yarn Council to help you estimate head circumference for someone else.

Once you've finished making rows, ch 1 and without turning (simply pivot your fabric 90 degrees to the right), work into the ends of each row to create the opening by decreasing over 3 stitches all the way across. On 42 rows that would be 14 sc. Finish off with an invisible join to mimic your starting corner and weave in ends.

Leather Seaming:

Cut a length of leather cording at least 70” long – add some extra length if you’re making a larger hat or if you want to tie a big bow. You can always trim it if it's too long, but you can’t add more on!

extremely easy bun hat lacing

Weave cording across long side of fabric (your brim), working into each row of single crochet. Be certain not to pull the cording too snugly or your hat may become too tight. Align your edges and tie a half knot to secure the brim of the hat together and then thread your ends to the inside of the hat through the same holes but on the opposite sides they originally came out of.

Then, weaving your cording in and out of each stitch along the way, cross it as many times as you need to reach the top. Bring your ends back up out of the next stitch (this should be your ch 1 and invisible join) and tie another half knot and a bow if you so choose. Trim cording as desired.

Now put it on your head over your messy bun and marvel at your fast and furious crochet skills!

extremely easy bun hat

I hope you enjoyed this project and I’d love to see your creations, too, so if you feel like sharing, pop on over to my Facebook page or tag me @crochetcetera on Instagram or Twitter and show me what you come up with!

*This pattern has not been tested for accuracy.

This pattern will always remain free here on my website and for your convenience, you may also download a pdf for this pattern through Ravelry. Enjoy!

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