Bandwagon Bun Hat designed by Margaret MacInnis c. 2016
~~also headband and full hat option/without opening~~
Yarn: Paton’s Décor 25 percent wool, 75 percent acrylic
Natural (N); Blue (B): 50 g [55 g] or 2 oz/100-110 yds N; 30 [35 g] or 1 oz [1.2 oz]/60-70 yds B
Hook: 5 or 5.5 mm (US H or I) or hook to gauge
Yarn: Heavy worsted to aran-weight yarn. Model is in Patons Décor.
Gauge: 15-16 dc in 4”
Gauge Adult Large: 13-14 dc in 4”
Size: Hat fits snugly
Adult: hat finishes at about 18” to 19” in diameter at base to fit 21 to 23” heads (snugly)
Adult Large: hat finishes at about 19-20” in diameter at base to fit 22.5 to 24” heads (snugly)
Child: hat finishes at about 16” to 17.5” in diameter at base to fit 18 to 21” heads (snugly)
Tapestry-style: work in two colors, carrying yarn not in use under line of stitching enclosing it between stitches and round worked into. When switching colors, at end of last st before switch, work the last yo in the new color for the next st, and enclose the previous color in stitch line. When switching from one st to the other as stitch by stitch, it works like this:
B, N, 2 or more B: start sc in B as insert hook, yo, pull up loop, then yo in N, pull through 2 loops, then insert hook in next st, yo and pull up loop of N, yo in B, and pull through both loops, then work next stitch in B.
Note about Tapestry: If you find you work really tight tapestry, then increase each section by 2 stitches on RD 10 (13 sts in each section) and work each section with an additional 2 stitches between N, and an additional RD after RD 14, to (12 N, 1B), decreasing out in RD 15 back to 55 [66 sts]
Another tapestry option: one tester increased one hook size for the tapestry only section!
Instructions Child [Adult]
Start: Ch 56  in Blue. Join in first ch without twisting with a sc. Place marker in first sc. If you don’t wish to work spirally, then sl st and ch1 as per normal.
Working in a spiral without sl stitching is easiest; simply work around and move marker up each round to first st. If you prefer, sl st to first st, ch1 prior to sc, and ch2/3 as hdc/dc.
RD 1: sc around 56 (66) sc.
RD 2: hdc around. Move marker up to first st of round each round. Child: change to Natural on last yo, and pull color through. (and sl st with new color if sl stitching method is used). Drop Blue to back.
RD 3: Omit for Child Size or Head Band. [Adult]: hdc around, change to Natural on last yo and pull color through. Drop Blue to back.
RD 4: (dc, sc) around, change to Blue on last yo, and pull color through. Drop Natural to back.
RD 5: (sc, dc) on previous (dc, sc) around, change to Natural on last yo, and pull color through.
RDS 6-9: Omit 7-9 for Head Band. alternating colors each round, and alternate working sc on dc or dc on sc as they are encountered. Cut Natural after RD 8. (for Head Band, drop Natural to backm after RD 6 and move to RD 10; do not cut)
RD 10: See Note about Tapestry before you work this round: sc around in Blue, working last 2 sc tog on size Child only. 55 [66 sts]
RD 11: working tapestry-style in sc, add Natural (N) under line of Blue (B) crochet and switch colors as indicated by drawing through last yo of previous st to color change
Child [Adult]: 6 B, (1 N, 10 B) x 4 , 1N, 4 B
RD 12: continue to work tapestry-style
Child [Adult]: Work B to one before first N, (4 N, 7 B) x 4 , 4 N, work B to last st
RD 13: Child [Adult]: Work B to one before first N, (7 N, 4 B) x 4 , 7 N, there will be no B left to work, so switch to B on last st.
RD 14: Child [Adult]: Work B to one before previous N. (10 N, 1 B) x 4 , 10 N, last N will be worked into RD 13 beg, mark this st as new BOR. (beginning of round).
RD 15: sc around in N 55 (66 sts)
RD 16: hdc around in N (if you want a deeper hat, work 2 rounds of hdc here)
Head Band only RD HB: If you want a wider band, work a couple more rounds of hdc, and then sc around in N or B and fasten off.
RD 17: decrease round by 5  sts: 4 hdc, (hdc2tog, 9 hdc) x 4 , hdc2tog, 5 hdc; 50 [60 sts]
RD 18: hdc around
RD 19: decrease round by 10 sts: (3 hdc, hdc2tog) around for Child; (4 hdc, hdc2tog) round for Adult; 40 [50 sts]
RD 20: Child decrease round by 10 sts: (2 hdc, hdc2tog) around; 30 sts, sl st in first hdc. If you want a smaller hole, work another decrease round as you like (sc, sc2tog around). Fasten off.
RD 20: Adult decrease round by 10 sts: (3 hdc, hdc2tog) around; (40 sts)
RD 21: Adult decrease round by 10 sts: (2 hdc, hdc2tog) around; 30 sts, sl st in first hdc, fasten off. If you want a smaller hole, work another decrease round as you like.
If you want a Blue chain trim on the Bun hat
Slip stitch around post of each st around, join invisibly by following path of first chain to mimic a final chain. Fasten off.
Full hat option:
RD 22: [sc, sc2tog] around (20 sts)
RD 23: sc2tog around, leaving last loop of each st on hook (insert hook into first st, pull up loop, insert hook into second st, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops only), 10 sts. Cut yarn to 12 inches, work on tapestry needle through 10 sts and draw up to close. Weave in end carefully, working around circle twice to secure.
Alternate finish: work 10 sc2tog, and pull 12” cut end through last st. Thread tapestry needle and weave around in circle through top of each of 10 sts, and pull up tightly. Weave around circle twice, and weave in end securely.