Ballet Bun Covers – Free Crochet Pattern

Sugar Plum Ballerina Bun Cover

This sweet pattern can be customized for any dancer, equestrian rider, gymnast, and everyday bun wearer. A bun cover or net provides extra security to a hair bun. As a matching accessory, it is a lovely gift. The pattern is written so that it can be personalized in color, size, yarn gauge, and style (web or mesh). Think about the individual you are making the bun cover for and choose yarn accordingly: pima cotton for something shiny and fancy or worsted weight cotton for a smaller bun that wants to look fuller.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

My daughter studies ballet (which sounds very grown up, but she is only 7) but has not yet been blessed with an abundance of hair. After each recital we trim (or chop) her hair to let it grow in better. She really loves having a real ballet bun for practice, so we’ve always had to use a ballet bun form. After her last recital, only an inch of hair popped through the form! So before class, I whipped up one of these ballet bun covers to go around the form. She was so happy to have the appearance of a bun!

This pattern includes 8 different kinds of bun covers. It’s a great stash-diving project. No specific yarns are listed in the pattern.

Four options are given for lightweight yarn and a 4.0 mm hook.

Four options are given for worsted weight yarn and a 5.5 mm hook.

Large and Small Mesh pattern & Large and Small Web pattern in worsted weight & lightweight yarn.

Large = 10” circ. bun form (or hair bun equivalent)
Small = 7” circ. bun form (or hair bun equivalent)

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Materials

For Lightweight Bun Cover, use any lightweight yarn and a 4 mm hook.

For Worsted Weight Bun Cover, use any worsted weight yarn and a 5.5 mm hook.

Yarns pictured: Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton; Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted

Elastic Hair Band

Pattern Info

Gauge: Varies depending on specific yarn/hook combo. Small differences in finished size will not affect the bun’s function.

Sizes: Small (cover fits a 7” circ. hair bun or bun form); Large (cover fits a 10” circ. hair bun or bun form).

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Notes

There are a lot of combinations here for the ballet bun. If you want to work one up in lightweight yarn, grab a 4 mm hook and follow the style (web or mesh) and size (large or small) instructions. Do the same for worsted weight yarn.

There are 8 possible combinations:

  1. Small Web in Lightweight Yarn
  2. Large Web in Lightweight Yarn
  3. Small Mesh in Lightweight Yarn
  4. Large Mesh in Lightweight Yarn
  5. Small Web in Worsted Weight Yarn
  6. Large Web in Worsted Weight Yarn
  7. Small Mesh in Worsted Weight Yarn
  8. Large Mesh in Worsted Weight Yarn

Abbreviations

ch        chain

dc        double crochet

rep       repeat

sc         single crochet

st         stitch

Patterns

Light & Worsted Weight Web (Small & Large)

Light & Worsted Weight Mesh (Small & Large)

Light & Worsted Weight Web (Large & Small)

Note: Web is created in a spiral by creating chains, skipping the chains from the previous rnd, then working a sc in the sc from the previous rnd. Move marker up a rnd each time you work a stitch in the marked st from the prev rnd. This marks both the beg and end of the rnd. Work the sc to finish the rep, then follow the instructions for the next rnd.

All sizes and patterns –

Part 1: Increase rnds

Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 8 sc in second ch from hook. (8 sc)

Rnd 2: Sc in first sc from rnd 1, place marker, [ch 1, sc in next sc] rep around to marker. (8 sc, 8 ch-1-sps)

Rnd 3: [ch 2, sc in next sc] rep around to marker. (8 sc, 8 ch-2-sps)

Rnd 4: [ch 3, sc in next sc] rep around to marker. (8 sc, 8 ch-3-sps)

Rnd 5: [ch 4, sc in next sc] rep around to marker. (8 sc, 8 ch-4-sps)

Rnd 6: [ch 5, sc in next sc] rep around to marker. (8 sc, 8 ch-5-sps)
All sizes (except Large Lightweight Web) move to part 2.

Large Lightweight Web only:

Rnd 7: [ch 6, sc in next sc] rep around to marker. (8 sc, 8 ch-6-sps)

Rnd 8: [ch 7, sc in next sc] rep around to marker. (8 sc, 8 ch-7-sps)

Rnd 9: [ch 8, sc in next sc] rep around to marker. (8 sc, 8 ch-8-sps)

Part 2: Non-Increase Rnds

Small Worsted Weight Web – Rep rnd 6 two more times, then move to Part 3.
Large Worsted Weight Web – Rep rnd 6 four more times, then move to Part 3.

Small Lightweight Web, Rep rnd 6 two more times, then move to Part 3.

Large Lightweight Web – Rep rnd 9 four more times, then move to Part 3.

Part 3: Elastic Band

Note:  Stitch count for the elastic band rnd should be equal to the number of sts in the last increase rnd. If elastic band becomes too stretched on rnd 1, try skipping every third stitch. The band should go back to its normal size – if it stays expanded, there are too many stitches. (This will depend on your gauge, yarn choice and elastic band.)

Rnd 1: All sizes – working around a regular sized elastic hair band as you work the stitches, sc in each st/ch around.

Rnd 2: Sc in each st around, sl st in next st. Finish off.

Light & Worsted Weight Mesh (Large & Small)

All sizes and patterns –

Part 1: Increase rnds

Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout pattern), dc in fourth ch from hook, [(ch 1, 2 dc) in same ch as last dc] 3 times, ch 1, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (8 dc, 4 ch-1-sp)

Rnd 2: Sl st in next dc and in next ch-1-sp, ch 3, in same ch-1-sp work (dc, ch 1, 2 dc), [ch 1, in next ch-1-sp work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)] rep around, ch 1, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. (16 dc, 8 ch-1-sp

Small Worsted Weight Mesh – move to rnd 1 of Part 2.
Large Worst Weight Mesh & Small Lightweight Mesh – rep rnd 2 once more then move to Part 2. (32 dc, 16 ch-1-sp)

Large Lightweight Mesh – Rnd 3: Sl st in next dc and in next ch-1-sp, ch 3, in same ch-1-sp work (dc, ch 1, 2 dc), [ch 1, in next ch-1-sp work (2 dc, ch 1)* in next dc work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)] rep around ending last rep at *, ch 1, sl st in first dc to connect rnd. Move to Part 2. (48 dc, 24 ch-1-sp)

Part 2: Non-Increase Rnds

Rnd 1: Sl st in next dc and in next ch-1-sp, ch 3, in same ch-1-sp work (1 dc, ch 1), [in next ch-1-sp work 2 dc, ch 1] rep around, sl st to first dc to connect rnd.

Small Worsted Weight Mesh – rep rnd 1 three times, then move to Part 3.
Large Worst Weight Mesh & Small Lightweight Mesh – work rnd 1 three times, then move to Part 3.

Large Lightweight Mesh – work rnd 1 four times, then move to Part 3.

Part 3: Elastic Band

Note:  Stitch count for the elastic band rnd should be equal to the number of sts in the last increase rnd. If elastic band becomes too stretched on rnd 1, try skipping every third stitch. The band should go back to its normal size – if it stays expanded, there are too many stitches. (This will depend on your gauge, yarn choice and elastic band.)

Rnd 1: All sizes – working around a regular sized elastic hair band as you work the stitches, sc in each st/ch around.

Rnd 2: Sc in each st around, sl st in next st. Finish off.

 

 

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