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

Chain

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:

Tutorials
How to tie a magic knot 

Scrap Yarn Beanie

Scrap Yarn Beanie

Patterns
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...

Ever run out of yarn while you’re in the middle of crocheting a project? Next time this happens, try the magic knot! This knot is so sturdy that you don’t have to worry about it coming undone. And it’s so tiny that you’ll never notice it making your project lumpy or bumpy. Click through and watch my crochet tutorial on the magic knot! #crochettutorial #magicknot “Thanks for the GREAT magic knot tutorial:)” - Julia W.

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!


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.


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!

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

Worsted weight yarn pattern

Worsted-Bulky weight yarn pattern

How to Crochet a Perfect Circle (aka JOIN)

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)

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, when you want to change colors when you’re making something like a beanie with a stripe, you end up with a funky-looking jog. Not cute. When you crochet in the round, you never get to the point of finishing a circle or closing it to make it nice and neat. So, in this crochet tutorial, you'll learn how to crocheted in joined rounds in order to make a perfect circle! Click through to watch the video tutorial now.

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.

Observe… the Perfect Stripe Beanie!

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.

Crocheting in joined rounds is the best way to crochet perfect stripes in a beanie! Practice your JOIN with the One Hour Triple Stripe Crochet Beanie Pattern.


How to Crochet a Beanie: Fasten Off and Weave in the Ends

Hi Happy Hookers!

It's time to fasten off and weave in the ends! Guess what!? If you've made it to this step, then you're almost done with your beanie! Hooray! 

In case you missed them, click the links below for the previous videos and steps to making your beanie:
Magic circle/ring - mc/r
Single crochet - sc
Increase - inc

In this video, you will see my favorite tips and tricks for fastening off the beanie to make the edge nice and smooth. I know, everybody hates the part where you have to weave in the ends, but here I'll show you 2 different techniques to make weaving quick, easy and as painless as possible.

Did you like this video? If so, please comment below and share it with your crochet friends!

If you'd like to make the striped beanie that's featured in the video, please visit my pattern store here.

How to Crochet a Beanie: Increase

Today you're going to learn one of the most important steps in crocheting a beanie, the increase. An increase does just what the name implies, it makes the beanie bigger. You use increases to make the top of the beanie about as big as the crown of your head (or the head of the lucky recipient of your handmade awesomeness). Then, once you've reached the desired size, you stop increasing, turn on your favorite TV show and tweedle away until your beanie is finished perfection.

So, check out the video below and learn how to do this important step and you're on your way to crochet greatness.

When you master the increase, you can use it in all of my crochet beanie patterns:

Click here for beanie patterns

With this video I'm drinking red clover blossom tea, and I mentioned that I had a funny story about this tea. 

I bought the tea when I was doing a health cleanse, because it's supposed to help clear out your system. I ordered it online because I couldn't find it in the store and I wanted to buy the loose leaf variety. Little did I know that when you buy a pound of loose leaf tea it comes in a huge bag! Check out the picture below. I've been drinking this tea for 4 months and I've barely put a dent in this huge bag of tea leaves. So, if anyone wants to try some red clover blossom tea, I've got plenty!

Loose leaf tea in a mason jar

Loose leaf tea in a mason jar

One huge bag of tea leaves!

One huge bag of tea leaves!

 

How to Crochet a Beanie: Single Crochet

Welcome to Step 2 of crocheting a beanie, the single crochet. In crochet patterns, single crochet is abbreviated as sc.

I love to make beanies with single crochet. The stitches look smooth, tight and beautiful. (Hmmm, that sounds a little dirty, but I'm talking about crochet here! ;) Anyway, single crochet is a basic, easy stitch and it creates awesome results. I use it in most of my patterns so once you nail this stitch, you'll be on your way to making tons of fun projects.

To start your single crochet beanie, you first need to make a magic circle. Now you're ready to do some single crochets into the circle to start the very top of your beanie. See the video below for step-by-step details.

For some people. the magic circle and the first single crochet stitches are the hardest part of the entire beanie. So, take your time and don't get frustrated. Watch the video a few times and follow exactly what I do. Rest assured that your effort is worth it because your beanie is going to look awesome! And, once you've got this part down, the rest of the hat will be easy peasy.

How did it go? Were you able to successfully execute a single crochet stitch? Tell me about it in the comments below! ;)

How to Crochet a Beanie: Magic Circle/Magic Ring

How do you start to crochet a beanie? Never fear, your question is answered here. I'd wager this is the hardest step of the whole process, so be a bit patient with yourself if this seems difficult at first.

Even though this might take some practice to learn, it will be worth it and you'll see why in my video. Using the magic circle makes your beanies look awesome!

In my patterns, I write this step with the abbreviation mc/r. In some patterns, you'll also see MAL, which stands for Magic Adjustable Loop. These two techniques are the same, so this tutorial can help with whichever pattern you're working with.

In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to start a beanie without making a hole in the top! It’s called the magic circle or magic ring and it’s awesome. Click through to watch this free crochet tutorial and download a free crochet beanie hat pattern! #crochettutorial #crochetpatterns #crochethat

The magic circle/magic ring technique will result in a beanie with no hole at the top! It really is magic. Use this to start all of your beanies for a clean, neat appearance with no odd hole in the top.

 

The first step to starting your crochet hat

How did it go? Were you able to start your beanie with the magic circle? Let me know in the comments below!

Want to try your hand at using the magic circle to crochet a beanie? Grab my FREE Mens One Hour Beanie Crochet Pattern here.