I found this adorable crochet Katniss messy bun hat pattern. It’s fashioned after the garb of Katniss, the main character in the Hunger Games. I love the texture of the hat. It really dresses up the basic crochet beanie giving it a classy yet sporty look.
The original pattern can be found on the Facebook Crochet M@ssy Buns & Beanies group. The group has a vast number of free hats and beanie patterns, so many that I decided to google the pattern. I found this wonderful instructional YouTube video by Yvonne Metz. I suggest you view the video if you plan to crochet the hat. She works through the entire original pattern and offers a few of her own changes.
I used Yvonne’s instructions instead of the original pattern to crochet two Katniss messy bun hats for my granddaughter. In the video, Yvonne is using Red Heart Soft yarn, but I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in Raspberry and Aqua along with a size I (5.5-mm) crochet hook. The brim is shaped by chaining nine stitches (versus Yvonne’s 11 for an adult hat), and 60 rows of single crochet in the back loop only (instead of Yvonne’s 70 rows for an adult hat). The pattern is worked for several rounds using 60 (70) stitches. It decreases in the last few rounds leaving an opening for a ponytail. I suggest you count your stitches at the end of each round. I found myself coming up a stitch short in more than one row, so I had to frog it a couple of times and recount the stitches.
If you’re looking for a handmade holiday gift idea, then look no further. The Katniss messy bun beanie can be made in a couple of hours. My granddaughter loves her two hats. She has plans for me to crochet two or three more in various shades of pink. I think it’s time for her to learn how to crochet.
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