Christmas Countdown – Free Crochet Messy Bun Beanie

Last Updated on February 3, 2020 by Gwen Bautista

Merry Christmas!  Thanks for spending some time during your holiday season with us.  We hope your Christmas is full of the joy of gift-giving and of course lots of handmade goodies.  Today’s featured designer is Amy from Another Mum Fights the Dust.  Make sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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Hello! My name is Amy, crochet designer and blogger at Another Mum Fights the Dust, and I am so excited to be a part of Mary Maxim’s Christmas Countdown!  I’ve been married to my best friend for 11 years and we have 4 amazing kids who keep us on our toes.  There’s never a dull moment around our house!

I was first introduced to knitting by my grandma who taught me how to knit a dishcloth when I was 16, but it wasn’t until a good friend showed me how to crochet in my early 20’s that I really fell in love with all the yarny things!

I love crocheting cute and cozy items for my kids.  My daughter is always looking through my yarn stash and giving me new ideas on what to make.  My kids have always been a big part of my crochet inspiration!

I really got into crocheting after my daughter was born in 2010.  It was something to keep my hands busy while I held and fed her all day long.  I made her alllll the hats! My friends and family encouraged me to start selling my crochet items, but I really doubted if they were good enough. I continued to make hats, blankets, and scarves for my family and friends until my husband and I moved to a new province and I became a stay at home mom. In this time of transition, I finally got the courage to start a blog and open my Etsy shop.

I wanted to help other moms in their journey of raising kids and trying to keep their sanity. That’s when Another Mum Fights the Dust was born. A place where I share the challenges of raising a family and working towards a healthy marriage and family life. For me, being creative through designing crochet patterns and making things for my kids helps me to maintain my sense of self as well as giving me a break at the end of a long day.

I hope I can inspire you as you come along on the journey of practicing your creativity and fighting the dust day after day!

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Free Crochet Messy Bun Hat

The Hooked On You Ponytail Hat Pattern came about after many friends asked me to make them a messy bun hat similar to the popular CC Beanie.  I searched the interwebs for a pattern but could never find one that quite matched what I envisioned.  And so, the Hooked On You Ponytail Hat was born! 

This pattern uses 2 different stitches and hook sizes to create the ribbed effect of the stripes.  It is worked from the brim up using my all-time favorite brim pattern that I use on almost all of my hats.  It gives the perfect amount of stretch!

The top of the ponytail hat is finished with a hair elastic to help keep the shape of the hat and make it super easy to pull over your ponytail or messy bun.  I hope you enjoy making this hat as much as I have!

I used Mary Maxim’s Starlette Worsted Weight yarn in Red Wine.  I just love all the colors that this yarn comes in and can’t wait to see what you choose!

Hooked on You Ponytail Hat ~ Crochet Pattern.  DOWNLOAD IS EXPIRED

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Skill Level:

Advanced Beginner


  • 75g of 100% acrylic, worsted weight yarn. I used less than 1 skein of Mary Maxim Starlette Worsted Weight yarn in Red Wine.
  • 5mm and 8mm crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
  • 5 Stitch markers
  • Hair elastic
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors


8 stitches x 10 rows = 2″ (5cm) square
Pattern used for gauge: slip stitch BLO (Brim) 5mm hook


Adult = 9″ (23cm) tall by 8″ (20cm) wide
Fits an average sized teen or woman’s head (21-23″ (53-58cm) circumference)


CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half-double Crochet
HDC2TOG – Half-double Crochet 2 Together
SLST – Slip Stitch
ST(S) – Stitch(es)
SK – Skip
BLO – Back Loop Only
Rnd – Round

Stay Tuned

These are the last days left of our countdown and are so pleased that you have decided to share a part of your holiday season with us, thank you for sharing our posts on your social media pages and with your fellow fiber artists. We’ll have our final free pattern for you tomorrow.  Thank you so much for sharing these articles on your social media pages. Stay tuned for more amazing patterns from Mary Maxim and other featured makers.

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Happy Crafting!

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