I have been wanting to try making a messy bun hat for a while. While I do not personally wear buns, I do wear ponytails a lot, and sometimes it would be nice to have something on my head to keep it warm even when I have my hair in a ponytail.
When I started out, I wanted something that I could wear to school events, so I found this beautiful variegated yarn from Premier Yarns called Frosty. It has shades of blue, grey and white.
Once I made the hat, I did not really like the look of the band out of the variegated yarn (see image below) so I made some adjustments. I loved the stitch, but just thought it would look cuter in a solid color.
I grabbed some Grey Heather yarn from Premier Yarns, and started to make the hat again. I was planning to make it in all grey, but then I placed the grey band I was working on over the top of the variegated hat I had already made and I knew I had the perfect hat when I combined these two colors.
The book by Leisure Arts is really easy to follow, and has great pictures. I love how easy it is to follow along and watch the progress of your project. Since this pattern does call out a gauge to follow, I was quickly able to figure out that the hook I was using was too big, and I went down one size . . . which turned out to be the perfect size.
And now, the finished hat with a grey brim and a variegated body . . . I think it turned out really cute!
Since I have a smaller head, the next time I make this I think I will just take out a row or two from the body of the hat, but I am going to give this one to a friend so the size will be perfect for her.
I would highly recommend the Messy Bun Hats, Plus! book. Find a yarn in your favorite color and jump on in and try one out. They are fun and easy to make. This one only took me a couple of evenings to make and I even changed my mind and switch color combinations after making the hat the first time.