Friday, 23 December 2016


crochet messy bun cap, crochet headwear

crochet headwear, crochet messy bun cap


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 set of variegated yarn, and sadly this too does not work for a planned pooled pattern – as the variegations of colour 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... and as the trending project in crochet is the Messy Bun Cap, let's go with that!

In an aside, dunno why they're renaming this project as a Messy Bun, as this 'holed', slightly unfinished project has been around before.. with a different set of names.. Pony tail cap being one of them? but aah, social media.. what circles you draw around us all! :) 

This is 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

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 yarn for this project with a  4 mm crochet hook.

Indian ICE Batik acrylic yarn

crochet head wear, crochet messy bun cap

crochet head wear, crochet messy bun cap

crochet messy bun cap, crochet headwear

This free project for the trending messy bun hat was shared yesterday on Facebook (yet again Providence ?!) and I thought I’d use this pattern from 
and this was the lovely inspirational photograph

The beauty of this pattern is that the designer has given instructions for a messy bun hat as well as a full cap (i.e the regular fully closed crown type cap).. so a beautiful 2-in-1 project!

Sadly though, I find that the variegated yarn does not look good with the peak, so I have started it just after the peak bit.

I have started with the Foundation Double Crochet (fdc) and Rnd 1 of Body of hat.
The pattern states that we should have 80 dc, so you should start with 80 fdc if you’re working this pattern without a brim.

I, however, started with 76 fdc, as I have got the circumference needed for my hat. 
So what I’d suggest is that you work an EVEN NUMBER of fdc 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.

This pattern is really cool, as it makes this a totally reversible project.  Thanks Marly Bird for this lovely freebie.

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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