The Messy Bun hat allows you to keep your "do" intact while keeping you nice and toasty. My daughter sports a messy bun almost every day, so a messy bun hat was a must for our freezing Utah winters.
Knitting loom: KB Hat Loom, set at large gauge with 40 pegs.
Yarn: Approx 90 yds of bulky weight blend acrylic/wool yarn. Sample was knit with Mighty Stitch Bulky in Ash.
Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle.
Other: Oval Cord Elastic by Dritz, about 1 yard. Used for bind off method 2.
Gauge: 6.5 sts x 8 rows=2 inches
k=knit stitch (may use the u-stitch)
Cast on 40 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.
Rnd 1-10: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 11-14: k to end of rnd.
Rnd 15-18: p to end of rnd.
Rnd 19-22: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnds 15-22.
Next 4 rnds: p to end of rnd.
Bind off method 1: Bind off with basic bind off method (keep the bind off tight).
Bind off method 2: Oval Cord Elastic by Dritz (about a yard). Using tapestry needle, thread the elastic through the tapestry needle. Remove all the stitches off the loom onto the elastic. Once all the stitches are on the elastic, cinch it close, leaving about a 6-inch circle of elastic, tie a knot to secure it. Cut the ends of the elastic. To secure further, use needle and thread and sew the ends of the elastic together.
Weave ends in. Block lightly if needed.
NOTE: If you are using a different knitting loom than what is called in the pattern, keep the following in mind:
Pattern requires a peg count that is a multiple of 4 (40, 44, 48, etc)-the ribbing on the brim requires this multiple.
The hat be at least 7-7.5 inches in length from cast on to bind off. If you need to knit more rounds, repeat rounds 15-22 to maintain the stitch pattern.
12/12/16: Needle Knit Version Available. Click on this link to be taken to Ravelry to download the needle knit version.