Messy Bun Wide Ear Warmer | Free Crochet Pattern | The Unraveled Mitten

Messy bun beanies are all the rage right now but what is a girl to do if her hair isn’t long enough for a messy bun? You crochet a wide earwarmer, that’s what. Keep your ears cozy and your hair neat.

I used a new stitch for this project. It’s called the “mixed cluster “. I love the texture of it. You start this stitch in the same stitch you finished the previous cluster. I know it sounds a little intimidating but once you get the hang of it you’ll fly through this project.

Mixed Cluster Stitch Video Tutorial


  • Bernat Super Value Yarn. Baby Pink. Or similar #4/worsted yarn. Less than 1 skein.
  • 5.5mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors

Size and Gauge

  • Size: When layed flat finished piece measures 10 in x 4 in
  • Guage: 6 sc = 2 in.


  • Ch: chain
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Sc: single crochet
  • St: stitch
  • Sk: skip
  • Mc: mixed cluster

Special Stitches

  • Mixed Cluster (mc): yo, insert hook in stitch indicated, pull up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops. Sk 1 st. Yo, insert hook in next st, pull up loop ( 4 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same st and pull up another loop. Yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook.
  • Mixed Cluster Photo Tutorial
Messy Bun Wide Ear Warmer | Free Crochet Pattern | The Unraveled Mitten


Rnd 1: Loosely Ch 59. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Join to top of 1st sc using a sl st. Take care not to twist the yarn. Use tail to join bottom of of stitch (58)

Rnd 2: Ch 1. Mixed cluster starting in same sp as ch 1. *Ch 1, mc starting in same st as previous mc, repeat from * ending the last mc in same st as beginning ch 1. Ch 1, Join to top of first mc using sl st.

Rnd 3 : Ch 1, sc in same space as ch 1. Sc in each ch 1 and mc around. Join to top of first sc using a sl st.

Rnd 4-11: Repeat rows 2 and 3. On last round finish off and weave in ends.

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Messy Bun Wide Ear Warmer | Free Crochet Pattern | The Unraveled Mitten

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  1. If I would like to make this headband a bit bigger, what is the stitch count repeat? I would like to figure out how many foundation stitches I need to begin the headband. Thank you so much!

  2. So could you keep going up with this pattern and make it a pony tail beanie? Is it worked bottom up or top to bottom? Thanks.

  3. Just finished this and I have to say wow! Absolutely love it and I made it in about 40 minutes. Will be making several more for a Christmas bazaar next week! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Is there any way to avoid the tangle joining together . I know of a way if you didnt have to sc before you join with the slip stitch I am having a horrid time , keeps twisting

  5. Hi after completing round 3 how many sc should you have? Worked this pattern twice and after round 2 I am coming up with 54? Should it be 58 after the mixed cluster?

  6. Hello, I found the pattern easy to follow but the end result is only 8 inches instead of 10. I don’t think it’s big enough to fit anyone but a baby! I used the recommended hook size but perhaps my stitches are tighter than yours. I also used the chain and the skip a stitch in the creation of the mc row. Any suggestions for how to make it bigger? I think I should start with more chains but not sure how many?

  7. At the beginning when it says to use the tail to join the bottom of the stitch, is that sewing it together using a tapestry needle? I am pretty new to crochet, but don’t seem to understand how to properly join the row of single crochet since the bottom doesn’t come together when you sl st into the top of the sc.


  8. I love this pattern! It works up so beautifully and your instructions are spot on! I completed it doing only 7 rows for my daughter but plan on another one with all 11 šŸ˜Š

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