I have loved the idea of the sock bun since I first saw it on Pinterest, mostly because I like the look of the bun but am growing my hair out and it is much too short to create the style without some help. I didn’t necessarily want to go out and buy brown socks just to cut one up, and I had tried the style with a white sock but too much of the white had shown through. I was considering buying a mesh hair donut from Sally’s when I came across a pin on Pinterest that linked to a tutorial on how to crochet one. I happen to be an avid crocheter and had some chocolate brown yarn on hand so I gave it a shot, and it turned out great! I ended up modifying the pattern a bit for my preferences and I couldn’t be happier.

Here’s a quick overview of the process:


  • Yarn that matches or is similar to your hair color
  • A smaller size crochet hook (F, G, or H would work well)
  • Yarn, craft or embroidery scissors
  • Yarn needle

-Chain 25 (add or subtract chain stitches based on how thin or thick your ponytail is)

Row 1: Double crochet in the third loop from the hook and in each chain across (23 double crochets).

Row 2: Chain 2 and turn. Double crochet in the back loop of each of the 23 stitches of the previous row. 

Row 3-14: Repeat row 2. You can add or subtract rows based on the amount of volume you want your bun shaper to have.

-Roll the crocheted fabric up from the bottom.

-Whipstitch the tube together lengthwise. This will create a seam but it can be hidden in the center of the bun shaper, so don’t worry if it doesn’t look great.

-Bring the two ends of the tube together to create a donut shape, then whipstitch the ends together tightly. You wouldn’t want it to pull apart while it’s on your head! ;)

Voila! You now have a bun shaper that won’t show through your bun, you can insert bobby pins into it to secure it to your head, and you can customize it to whatever size you want!


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    This is so clever.
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