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Monday, February 27, 2017

Gina Messy Bun Hat

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Are you still loving the messy bun hat trend? I sure am! I think lots of designers and crocheters are just getting started and some may even have designs stashed away for next fall. Here in West Virginia it seems spring is already upon us. We've had a banner week of warm and unseasonable temperatures- but that doesn't mean winter is over. We usually have a final snow at the end of the season around Easter, and I'm on the lookout for the temps to drop.

That's why I've got one more bun hat for you this winter. Like my other design this hat is made from the top down starting around an elastic hair tie. I really love using post stitches. They create such great texture and long lines. I've also had fun working the the third loop of crochet stitches. Another pattern that uses this technique is my Luxury Spa Wrap. You can read that guest post for more information about how to crochet in the third loop. The technique is described in detail in the main post on Stitch and Unwind

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...and this is my favorite yarn! I simply adore the feel and workability of Red Heart's With Love line. The Gina hat featured is photographed in Pewter.

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Gina Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern

Difficulty: Easy
Gauge: 6 sts = 2" in hdc and 5 rows fpdc = 2"
Hook: H8/5mm
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Heather Gray or any worsted
Finished size: apx 20" around and 7.5" from elastic to brim before stretching to fit.
Notions: yarn needle, elastic hair tie apx. 2" in diameter

Special Stitches:

fpdc- front post double crochet: yo, insert hook from front to back around post of indicated st on the right side of work, yo, and draw up a loop, yo draw thru 2 loops, yo draw thru last 2 loops on hook. fpdc made. 

hdc in 3rd loop: keeping right side racing, yo, insert hook into third loop (horizontal bar located directly below "v") on the wrong/back side of the indicated st, yo draw up a loop, yo draw thru all loops on hook. This forces the "v" on the top of the stitches of the prev round to fold over and face outward, creating a horizontal "knit-look" pattern on the right side of the work.

Note: Turning chs at beg of rounds do not count as sts. Make first st of round in same st as turning chs. Be sure to meet gauge to obtain size listed in pattern. Feel free to adjust hook size or number of rounds before brim in order to make a custom fit.

Gina Bun Hat:

Round 1: Join yarn to elastic hair tie and ch 1, hdc 30 around hair tie, join with a sl st to first hdc, ch 2.

Round 2: dc in the first st, and in each st around, join, ch 2. (30 sts)

Round 3: dc in first st, then fpdc around same st, *dc around next st then fpdc around same st*, repeat ** around, join, ch 2. (60 sts)

Round 4: dc in first st, fpdc in the next, *dc, fpdc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 2.

Rounds 5-12: repeat round 4, ch only 1 at end of round 12.

Round 13-15: hdc in third loop of each st around, join, ch 1.

Round 16: sc in the third loop of each hdc from the prev round, join, do not ch.

Round 17: sl st loosely in each st around, join, fo.

Hint- a blind join looks great here, at the end of round 17. 

Here's how: sl st around until one st remains. Cut yarn leaving long tail for weaving in ends. Pull tail all the way through last sl st, eliminating the loop your hook went through. Thread yarn needle with tail. Sew yarn tail under "v" of next st (the first sl st made), and through the other side. Sew tail in through middle of the last "v" made and out on wrong side of work. Invisible join made. Knot tail once and then weave in ends as normal.

And there you have it! The fabulous plush ridges of the Gina Bun hat, with a stylish knit look brim.

Pattern Update! - Gina Beanie

I've had a request to turn the Gina into a beanie (with no hole at the top). I worked out a great looking conversion. We're still making the hat from the top down, but instead of crocheting into an elastic hair tie, we'll start with a ring...

Form magic ring.

Round 1: dc 15 into magic ring, join with a sl st to first dc made, ch 2. Pull starting tail to tightly close ring. (15 sts)

Round 2: dc into first dc, then fpdc around same st, *dc around next st then fpdc around same st*, repeat ** around, join, ch 2. (30 sts)

Round 3: dc into first dc, then fpdc around same st, *dc around next st then fpdc around same st*, repeat ** around, join, ch 2. (60 sts)

Round 4: dc in first st, fpdc in the next, *dc, fpdc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 2. (60 sts)

Rounds 5-14: repeat round 4, ch only 1 at end of round 14.

Round 15-17: hdc in third loop of each st around, join, ch 1.

Round 18: sc in the third loop of each hdc from the prev round, join, do not ch.

Round 19: sl st loosely in each st around, join, fo.

And that should do it to convert the Gina Bun Hat into the Gina Beanie! Let me know what you think of this conversion, and if it works out for you! 

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If you just have bun hat fever and you can't get enough, then I suggest you visit allfreecrochet.com and check out their collection of 29 free bun hat patterns! They are all very cute and I'm so fortunate that my original design, "Kip's Bun Hat" was chosen among these fabulous patterns. All Free Crochet is an amazing resource for free crochet patterns of every kind. 

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xoxo- Bethany


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  2. I added a few rows of dc,fpdc to make it comedown over the ears more.

  3. Do you just work in rounds or do you turn your work after you ch 2 every round?

    1. I just worked in rounds and it turned out really well.

  4. When you are crocheting round 3 & doing the dc the fpdc around same stitch, is that the stitch you just made or the stich you dc'd in?? Just a tad confused...lol

  5. You dc in the stitch then you fpdc around the stitch you just crocheted in.

  6. I'm brand new at this and can't understand this pattern. I dont know what all these abbreviations mean. Is there another pattern that explains it in simpler terms?

    1. best way to learn is to keep the pattern and google the abbreviations. which ones are you having trouble with? I've made two of these hats so far and could try to help with what your having probs with

    2. this is a very nice simple pattern,,,you need to study what the abb. mean ...the brim is a little trying but it does come,,,

  7. Just made this with 6mm hook and Soft Essential yarn in Charcoal from Michaels. Added a few more rows to make it deeper. Also changed to a 7mm hook for the last sl st row. A very warm, thick hat. Very happy the way this turned and Will be making more for sure.

  8. I’m not understanding how to do rows 13-15, “the third stitch”

    1. There is a loop behind the stitch . This is called the third stitch

  9. just finished and all is well...had a little trouble with the brim but finally figured it out.....thank you for the pattern...

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  13. On the beanie hat how do you go from rnd 2 w 30 stitches to 60 in rnd 3? I'm getting 33 stitches in rnd 3. Also should there be a row of DC before I do rnd 2? I can't figure out how to get to 60 stitches....

  14. Hi, I too was a bit confused on row 3, I know how to do a FPdc but how do you 60 stitches out of that?

  15. Are there increases on rows 4-12 or just straight dc, fpdc. There are no stitch numbers so I can’t tell.