Saturday, 24 December 2016


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Last month, I received a really beautiful surprise bounty of yarn from a friend.  This contained two sets of beautiful multi-coloured yarn from the Indian ICE Batik range – a yarn I had been eyeing but not yet had a chance to use.  So you can obviously understand my double excitement on that receipt.  The first yarn was used to make my (Unpooled) Indradhanush scarf at

This is the second messy bun cap that I’m creating with the second set of variegated yarn, which too cannot work for a planned pooled pattern – as the variegations are too wide apart. 
I am gifting this project to the person who gifted me the yarn and I do hope she will like it and will enjoy it as much as I am going to enjoy making it for her.

Check out the other Messy bun hat using the same yarn at

This is, once again, a superb cap, as its totally reversible and looks absolutely fantastic.  A totally “Must Make” project, and I am so happy you’re joining me here today to make it with me.

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman Millenium and / or Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarns with a 4 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :
How to join the two ends of your work :

I have used our Indian ICE Batik acrylic for this project with a 4 mm crochet hook.

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 I just finished my first Messy Bun hat.. the new trending article in headwear.  I thought I’d make a second one with the yarn I have in hand, and thought of using the Linen stitch – and as I was telling my friend this, she pointed me in the direction of this Free Crochet Pattern, all ready to go – so I’m cheating here and using this pattern at . Here is the lovely inspiration photograph (just in case this was on your "to do" list anyway, you can tick this off right now)

My notes are only for the small changes or differences that I’ve made in my creation.

I have started with the Foundation Single Crochet (fsc) rather than a chain, and I found that it was simpler to get to the back loop this way.  As I’m working on an adult cap, I started with 8 fsc to work on the brim of the messy bun cap.

For the body of the cap, I worked 76 sc, (which worked for the circumference needed for my hat).  I’d suggest is that you work an EVEN NUMBER of sc for this first round and then carry on with pattern.

Note though that if you are starting with a lesser number of stitches, your end counts will differ from the designer’s patterns.  It does not matter as you will still achieve the same end result.

I am saying this especially for Indians who may not achieve the gauge needed with our locally available Indian yarns.

crochet messy bun cap, crochet headwear

crochet messy bun cap, crochet headwear

crochet headwear, crochet messy bun cap

The final difference that I made was in working the linen stitch, I did not join with a slip stitch at the end of a row, but worked in continuous rounds.  I feel that working this way gives you a totally reversible project, as one is unable to see the carried over stitch and the first stitch does not show differently either.

That said, you can work either the way the designer has intended with the join, or not, and yet again, achieve the same end result.

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Have a great day and see you soon. J

I have a few pieces of headwear already made, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go  J