Crochet Owl Messy Bun Beanie

Free crochet tutorial for the Owl Messy Bun Hat, designed by Cynthia Anderson
Free crochet tutorial for the Owl Messy Bun Hat, designed by Cynthia Anderson

Last year I wandered across a beanie that I absolutely fell in love with, problem was it in knit.  Knitting was on my to-do list to eventually learn, but at the time it was a no go.  While I have started learning now, I’m still not quite ready to tackle knit cables so the search for a crochet version began.  Guess what?  I found it!

Free crochet tutorial for the Owl Messy Bun Hat, designed by Cynthia Anderson
Free crochet tutorial for the Owl Messy Bun Hat, designed by Cynthia Anderson

Video Tutorial!

Owls have been really popular for a couple of years now and anything depicting them is hot!  This design features six of them in a lovely setting.  The beanie design is by Cynthia Anderson, however there is not a written pattern for this one.  Instead, there’s a nice YouTube video tutorial, which is nice if you’ve never worked with cables a whole lot.  My only suggestion is watch the video once and write down the instructions before you begin, she moves fast!

Free crochet tutorial for the Owl Messy Bun Hat, designed by Cynthia Anderson
Free crochet tutorial for the Owl Messy Bun Hat, designed by Cynthia Anderson

Fit and details

For my beanie, I chose Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in Cape Cod Tweed.  This is a bulkier yarn but I still used a 5.0 mm hook with the pattern.  One of the downfalls of this beanie is that you can’t really alter the size too much unless you want to add or eliminate an entire owl which would be a huge size change.  So really only by changing the yarn weight or hook size can you make any adjustments.  Mine does fit a little snug and in my pictures, you can see the design stretching.  I would definitely recommend using a larger hook.

Free crochet tutorial for the Owl Messy Bun Beanie, designed by Cynthia Anderson
Free crochet tutorial for the Owl Messy Bun Beanie, designed by Cynthia Anderson

The beanie is a pretty quick make and I really liked the method for making the ribbed band.  For the eyes on the owls, I used 1/2″ buttons in olive and untwisted two strands from the yarn to sew them on. I also like to make my messy bun beanies with ponytail holders in them, so my first round gets crocheted over the top of one.

I hope you love the beanie as much as I do, it was fun to make and I get tons of compliments on it, even though I look horrible in hats!

Keep creating. I know I will!

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