How to Start a Messy Bun Beanie

Friends have been sending me pictures of messy bun beanies for a couple of years and saying, “You should make this!”

But I have resisted. Because I’ve had a short pixie cut for years.

2018 is different. This year, my hair is actually grown past my shoulders. And now I can totally see the appeal of a messy bun beanie!

So, I decided to finally follow my friends’ advice and design a messy bun beanie pattern!

Here’s me sporting my new design. Since my hair is still a teensy bit short for an actual messy bun, I like to wear mine with a half-up pony tail.

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I recently moved to a tiny town in Montana and there is a VERY limited yarn selection available. Luckily, I found this really pretty Lionbrand yarn that I really like. It’s called Hometown USA and it’s super bulky weight. So, I decided to use this yarn for the messy bun beanie and I’m loving it!

I experimented with a couple different ways to start the beanie and I discovered that Foundation Single Crochet (fsc) is the best way because it makes the top of the hat stretchy and it’s easier to pull your hair through.

If you’re not familiar with fsc, you can watch the tutorial below to see how I do it to start my Messy Bun Beanie.

So, this tutorial should give you an idea of how to get started with a messy bun beanie.

In the full One Hour Messy Bun Beanie Crochet Pattern, I included sizing for women and also girls. Here’s a pic of my friend and her daughter sporting twin messy bun beanies.

As you can see, we tested them in the snow and found that they are super cozy and warm!

Download your One Hour Messy Bun Beanie Crochet Pattern here

How to Make and Measure a Crochet Gauge Swatch

One of my most popular crochet patterns is the One Hour Beanie. The most common problem that I’ve heard from people who use the pattern is that their hat turns out too small. And the main reason why this happens is that they crochet tighter than I do. So, even though they counted correctly and followed the instructions, the end product is too small.

The solution to this is to use a bigger hook than the one that I list in the pattern. Then, your stitches will be bigger, even though you may crochet more tightly.

Or, an even better solution is to make a gauge swatch BEFORE you even start working on a new pattern!

Then you’ll know if you can use the hook size that I recommend based on what I do, or if you need to use a bigger or smaller hook to achieve the correct sized stitch.

Watch the video below to learn all about stitch size, hooks, yarn and gauge so that your next project will turn out the perfect size!

How to crochet around the edges of a rectangle

Sometimes when I'm working with a project that's square or rectangular, I like to crochet around the edges to give it a cleaner, smoother look.

You could use this for a scarf, wash cloth, pot holder, pillow...whatever your happy hooker mind can dream up!

Skills to know before you try this video:

Slip knot


Single crochet

Crochet in rows

Pattern to practice this skill

Easy Spring Scarf - coming soon!

How to crochet a chain (ch)

Most crochet projects start out with at least 2 chains.

Inside the patterns, you'll see this abbreviated as "ch"

Watch this video to learn how to crochet a chain and get your crochet party started!

Crochet skills to know before you start

How to tie a slip knot

Tutorials for the next steps 

Single crochet (sc)

Crochet in rows

Patterns to practice your skills

Easy spring scarf - coming soon!

How to roll an EPIC double-strand yarn ball

My scrap yarn stash looks like this...

But I like to be able to bring my crochet projects with me wherever I go. So, before I start a double-strand scrap yarn project like a beanie or a pillow, I roll up an awesome scrap yarn ball!

Watch the video below for tips on how to roll your own center-pull scrap yarn ball that's portable, easy to use, and creates an awesome, colorful scrap yarn project!

Links mentioned in the video:

How to tie a magic knot 

 Scrap Yarn Beanie

Scrap Yarn Beanie

Scrap yarn beanie crochet pattern  
Scrap yarn pillow crochet pattern - coming soon!

How to tie a magic knot

When you run out of yarn and need to tie on a new skein, or you're making a scrap yarn project and changing colors, the magic knot is the best knot to use!

Here's why you should try the magic knot instead of a regular square knot...

1. The Magic Knot is sturdy. I have used hundreds of these and I have never had one come undone. Unlike a square knot which can be hit and miss.

2. You can trim off the ends and avoid the tedious task of weaving them into the wrong side of your work later. This knot is so strong that you can cut those ends off super close and you don't have to worry about it unraveling.

3. This knot is small and you can easily hide it inside of the stitches so that it doesn't make a funny bump in your work. It's totally invisible after you crochet it into your piece!

4. The magic knot is quick and easy to do. Once you get the hang of it.

Here's a video to show you exactly how to tie a magic knot.

The hat I'm crocheting in the video is a Pussy Hat that I made for the 2017 Women's March!

Here's what it looks like when it's done. I love it so much. Even though the march is over, I still wear mine all the time!

Buy the Pussy Hat Pattern here

The magic knot is also super useful when you're doing a lot of color changes and making a scrap yarn beanie! You'll save tons of time weaving in ends if you use the magic knot as you go.

Grab the pattern for this Scrap Yarn Beanie here.

I hope you've enjoyed the Magic Knot and it saves you lots of time and energy in your crochet projects!

How to crochet FLO (front loop only)

Learn how to crochet FLO (front loop only) to create a different look for your projects! I use the FLO in single crochets to make a ridged brim for my fold-up beanies.

I used this technique to make the cute little fold-up brim from my Pussy Hat! I'm going to wear this beanie for the Women's March in Denver on January 21. If you'd like to get a little political and support women's rights, consider joining a march in your local area. And crochet a Pussy Hat, of course!

You can grab the Pussy Hat pattern here

Ok, so on to the video. Here's the FLO tutorial.

Use the FLO to create your very own Pussy Hat!

And, other patterns using this technique will be coming soon!

How to make cool color combinations in a scrap yarn beanie

You're finished crocheting your latest beanie. You're so happy! You can't wait to wear it or give it away.

Then, you look down and realize that you didn't use up all of your yarn. And there's not enough left over to make a whole new beanie. You have scrap yarn! 

What should you do with it?

Throw it away? No. I don't know any crafters who are cool with wasting supplies.

Store it with the rest of your yarn stash? Yeah, you might find a project to use it up in the future, but in the mean time it's going to sit and take up lots of space on your shelves.

How about making a scrap yarn beanie?!? Ding ding ding!!

Crocheting a beanie with your yarn scraps is an awesome stash buster! Imagine how you can use up all those little scraps of yarn that would have otherwise gone to waste. And you can free up space on your shelves for...more yarn, of course.

Plus, multi-colored scarp yarn beanies like these are truly unique! You'd barely be able to replicate one if you tried. 

Here are some tips on how to combine the colors of your scrap yarn pieces to make a fun, cool, boho style beanie.

Want the pattern for this beanie? Grab it here.

I'd love to see some pictures of your scrap yarn beanie. Join the Denver Whimsy Crochet Facebook group and post your pics!

Want a little closer look at some of my beanies? Here ya go!


Want to try crocheting one of these Scarp Yarn Beanies yourself? Get your patterns here...

Worsted weight yarn pattern

Worsted-Bulky weight yarn pattern

50% Off Friday - Terbert the Monster Crochet Pattern

Happy happy Friday!!

Today's featured 50% off pattern is Terbert the Monster

My niece named him Terbert when she was 6 years old, and I really think it suits him!

Terbert is a super easy to make, even if you've never crocheted an amigurumi project before. The pattern includes details pictures and links to video tutorials.

And, I don't know about you, but all of my friends and family have enough hats and scarves. I need to crochet some different types of gifts for the holidays this year.

And Terbert makes a great gift!

Terbert is a safe toy for babies and toddlers because all parts of him are crocheted and will not easily pop off to pose a choking risk. Plus, he’s small enough that they can easily pick him up to play!

Here are some comments about Terbert from other happy hookers:

“Easy peasy! It’s a GREAT pattern!” - Nancy A.

“I think it’s a great pattern! Does up easy and he’s really cute! Took me just over 3 hours to complete.” - Paula O.

"I think your pattern is great and I'll definitely be using it to make baby shower gifts :-)” - Dora M.

Dying to crochet a Terbert for a special kid in your life? Remember, this pattern is only on sale for 1 day!

Grab Terbert's pattern here for half price!

50% Off Friday - One Hour Beanie Crochet Pattern

TGIF! And to celebrate this phenomenal Friday, here's 50% off of my most popular crochet patterns -- the One Hour Beanie Crochet Pattern.

Yes, you really can make this beanie in an hour. Especially if you've crocheted a beanie before. If this is your first beanie ever, then it make take a little longer, but it still works up quickly!

And what's the secret?

Bulky weight yarn! This yarn is thicker than the typical worsted weight yarn and so the beanie turns out thicker and warmer, and you can make it super fast!

Tip: Make sure to use bulky weight yarn with this pattern. Hundreds of people have used and enjoyed this pattern, but occasionally I get an email from someone who says that they tried it but the hat turned out way too small. And it turns out that they used worsted weight yarn instead of bulky. So, double check the label of your yarn before you start! :)

For today only, you can get this pattern for 50% off!

You don't need a coupon code for this deal. The discount is already set in my shop. But just for today!

And check out one of the latest reviews in my Etsy shop. Clubmom has been using this pattern to make beanies for chemo patients! So awesome!

50% off Friday - Sports Fan Beanie Pattern

 Get 50% off the Sports Fan Beanie Crochet Pattern today only!

Get 50% off the Sports Fan Beanie Crochet Pattern today only!

Heya Happy Hooker!

Today is Friday. And it's a great day to give you 50% off one of my beanie patterns so that you have a new project for the weekend!

This beanie would make a great holiday gift because you can customize the colors for a school or sports team. I purposely crocheted the sample beanie in Broncos colors because I'm a big fan! ;)

You'll use super bulky yarn so this beanie will whip up in no time. Honestly, if you've made a beanie before, you can probably knock this one out in an hour.

Sound like fun?

For today only, you can get this pattern for 50% off!

You don't need a coupon code for this deal. The discount is already set in my shop. But just for today!

How to Crochet a Perfect Circle (aka JOIN)

How to crochet a perfect circle
 Use this technique to crochet the  Thick n Thin Beanie  with perfect stripes

Use this technique to crochet the Thick n Thin Beanie with perfect stripes

Have you ever tried to crochet a perfect circle? The most common technique for crocheting round shapes is called crocheting in the round. When you crochet in the round you create a spiral going out as you increase. But you never get to the point of finishing a circle or closing it to make it nice and neat.

So, it's time to learn how to crochet in joined rounds! (Abbreviated as JOIN in my patterns)

Like stripes? Even better, do you like perfect stripes? Crocheting a beanie or toy in joined rounds creates a project that is about as close to perfect as you can get in crochet. When I first learned, I found this a little bit harder than simply crocheting in the round, but I got the hang of it with a little practice.

When you crochet in the round, you simply crochet around and around in a circle going out like a spiral. In joined rounds, Each round begins and ends rather than going on continuously.

In a single crochet project, you make joined rounds by starting each round with a chain and ending each round with a slip stitch. In my patterns, I use an abbreviation for this procedure, JOIN. 

Check out the video below for a step-by-step demo.

Use this technique to create the awesome stripes in these patterns:

Perfect Stripe Beane
Chunky Stripes Beanie
Chunky Triple Stripe Beanie
Sports Fan Beanie

And my latest pattern, the Thick n Thin Striped Beanie.

Cheery the Monster Amigurumi Crochet Pattern Giveaway

Say hello to Cheery the Monster!

Isn't she the cutest thing ever! ?

And you have the chance to win her pattern for free! Just enter to win on my Denver Whimsy Instagram page where you see this picture posted. 

To enter, all you have to do is follow me (@denverwhimsy) on Instagram and tag a crafty friend in the comments under this picture. That's it! You are allowed to tag more than one friend for multiple entries into the giveaway. The contest runs through July 13, 2015.

Head on over to Instagram and have some fun!

P.S. Don't worry if you don't win, I'll be releasing the pattern for sale on Tuesday, July 14 and you'll have the chance to grab it for just $5.

Rammer Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Rammer makes a great gift for a happy, fun-loving kid. You can customize the color scheme to coordinate with a monster-themed nursery. Or you can choose the colors of a kid's favorite sports team to make your monster special.

My Inspiration
I chose to make Rammer yellow and green because I wanted to use up some scrap yarn from my stash. He only requires 49 yards of the yellow and 39 yards of the green, so he's a great stash buster!

Making Rammer's belly. I had seen a video on Craftsy (the Mix 'n Match Hats class, which I highly recommend) that showed how to do colorwork in the round, and I wanted to try that out on a monster. Making his belly took a little fiddling. I had to frog it the first time because I pulled the stitches way too tight and it gave him an hourglass figure! LOL. 

So, my tip for you for this pattern: Be careful to control your tension while you do the color changes on Rammer's middle. If it looks tighter than the upper part of his body, then you can pull it out and try again, but hold the yarn looser.

Through May 22, 2015, you can use the coupon code RAMMER for 50% off the pattern when you buy from my pattern shop!

Get the pattern now!


How I created 30 crochet patterns in 30 days

I'm feeling pretty victorious right now. I just posted my 30th crochet pattern in as many days. Every day in April I posted a new crochet pattern!

Here are a few facts for you about my 30 day journey.

  • I came up with this idea on March 28.
  • I had 7 beanies crocheted before I started.
  • I had pictures taken and edited of 3 of the 7.
  • I had 0 patterns ready to go.
  • I did not buy any new yarn for this challenge.
  • I worked a full time teaching job as well as after school tutoring while posting a new crochet pattern every day.

And I'm damn proud of myself! I honestly can't believe I was organized enough to plan ahead and pull all of this off. A lot of days I was still crocheting the beanie in the morning, photographing it on my lunch break, putting the pictures in the pattern and posting it at night. Whew!

30 patterns in 30 days

So, why did I put myself through this difficult challenge?

  • I wanted to use up some of my stash.
  • I needed practice putting my stuff out there without overthinking everything.
  • I wanted to experiment with the best days/times to post new content.
  • I wanted to have 30 more patterns to post on the web and start bringing in some passive $$!

And what were my results?

  • I nearly quadrupled the number of subscribers to my mailing list.
  • I have 100 new Instagram followers. And that's a lot considering I had about 275 when I started the challenge.
  • I have 30 new patterns to post to Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.
  • I feel so much more confident! People like my stuff! They really like it! Hooray!

So, if you're reading this. I'd love to say thanks by offering you this coupon! Through May 5, 2015, you can use the coupon code 30in30 to get 50% off all of the crochet patterns in my shop. So, if you missed any of the freebies this month, you can grab them at a discount!

Also, I'd love to hear from you. Have you ever completed a crochet challenge? Or any similar challenge where you had to do a lot in a short time? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

Sports Fan Beanie Crochet Pattern

Do you need an quick gift for a sports fan? Then this beanie is perfect! It’s made with super bulky weight yarn so it whips up super fast. Crochet it using his favorite team’s colors to create the perfect, thoughtful handmade gift!

Sports Fan Beanie Crochet Pattern


About the pattern

  • Includes links to video tutorials for each step
  • Sizing options for men and women
  • Written in standard American crochet terms


Here's what customers are saying about my crochet beanie patterns:

"Great pattern, fast shipping, great experience." - Vonnie

"Pattern was easy to follow. Finished the hat in one night. Already made 2!!! Thank you!!" - Kerri D.

"Easy and looks awesome. I'm making everyone a hat for Christmas now!" - Linda K.


Materials Required:

  • Size N/10 mm hook 
  • Super bulky weight yarn
  • Stitch marker

Skills Required

  • Crocheting in the round
  • Crocheting in joined rounds
  • Single crochet
  • Increase
  • Slip stitch
  • Color change

Click here to get the pattern for free!

One Hour Sunset Beanie Crochet Pattern

That's right! You can crochet this beanie in one hour! The finished beanie is super soft and warm, and I love the cool color combination! To make this beanie, you use bulky weight yarn in a variegated colorway, which creates the cool color changes and stripes. The pattern includes sizing options for teens, women and men and is written using standard American crochet terms.

**BONUS** This pattern includes links video tutorials that I've created to help you with each step of the beanie-making process. So, if you've never crocheted a beanie before, no problem!


Here's what customers are saying about my crochet beanie patterns:

"Great pattern, fast shipping, great experience." - Vonnie

"Pattern was easy to follow. Finished the hat in one night. Already made 2!!! Thank you!!" - Kerri D.

"Easy and looks awesome. I'm making everyone a hat for Christmas now!" - Linda K.


Materials Required:

Size L/8 mm hook (or whichever hook you need to achieve the correct gauge)
One skein of bulky weight, self-striping yarn
Stitch marker

Crochet Skills Required:
Crocheting in the round
Magic circle/ring
Single crochet
Slip stitch

Click here to get the pattern!