This cute, and simple crochet bun cover pattern is perfect hair accessory to make for ballerinas and dancers of all ages. It brings to mind images of ballet class, and tiny dancers frolicking around the room in tutus–so precious and sweet! Find the free crochet pattern instructions below, or purchase a print-optimized, ad-free PDF by clicking here.
Bun covers are classic, elegant, and practical as they prevent hair “flyaways” at the dance studio. This crochet cover is small, and light weight with plenty of stretch, meaning it should last for years as your ballerina grows up.
The small cover is approximately 3.25″ across, and was designed to fit children with medium to long hair. It can also fit adults with short to medium length hair. The Medium cover is approximately 4″ across and should work for adults. Make it if you have thick, heavy, long hair.
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Size “0” or 2.55 mm steel hook
Approximately 15-20 yds Aunt Lydia’s #10 Crochet thread in Silver, or Antique White, or color of your choice
Medium 4mm hair elastic <–click here if you need to pick some up.
Sewing thread in a color that matches your crochet thread
Czech Glass Seed Beads 8/0, in the color “Iris Sphinx” from Bead Treasures @ Hobby Lobby
(Optional): 3mm or 4mm small pearl bead for center of flower
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sp = space
Small (Kids): Approximately 3.25″ across
Medium (Adults): Approximately 4″ across
Gauge isn’t especially important
-This bun cover looks nice with or without beads. It’s up to you how you want to make it.
-I’ve linked to the type of beads I used for this project in the materials list. If you choose to use a different brand of bead I don’t know if it will fit over the #10 crochet thread.
-If you aren’t sure how to get the beads into the center of the single crochet stitch, please watch this video:
Ballerina Bun Cover Pattern (US Terms):
If making this cover with beads follow this step first:
For Small bun cover: string 64 seed beads onto your working thread. This will give you enough beads for 4 rounds of bead accents. I used a dot of glue to stiffen the end of the string to form a make-shift needle to pick up the beads with.
For medium size bun cover: string 80 seed beads onto your working thread. This will give you enough beads for 5 rounds of bead accents. I used a dot of glue to stiffen the end of the string to form a make-shift needle to pick up the beads with.
If you don’t want to make your bun cover with beads, start here:
Round 1: In magic circle, ch 1, 16 dc, join with sl st to first dc. (16)
Round 2: ch 6, sl st into same dc as join, *ch 6, sl st to next dc; repeat from * around for a total of 16 “loops”, final sl st counts as join. (16 ch-6 sps)
Each time you make a single crochet in rounds 3-7 slide a bead up into the center of the stitch. Your beads may try to poke through the back, but try to make it come through the front. This step may take a little bit of practice, but it will look better in the end. Once your bead is situated in the center of the stitch, pull the single crochet stitch tight. This will ensure your bead does not wander out of the center.
Rounds 3-7 : sl st into the next 4 chains of the first ch-6 “loop” or sp. This should put you right about the top of the “loop”, ch 1, sc in same st, ch 6,*sc in next ch-6 sp, ch 6; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (16, ch-6 sps)
*Small ends here. Continue to finishing round.*
Round 8-9 :sl st into the next 4 chains of the first ch-6 “loop” or sp. This should put you right about the top of the “loop”, ch 1, sc in same st, ch 6,*sc in next ch-6 sp, ch 6; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (16, ch-6 sps)
*Medium ends here. Continue to finishing round.*
Finishing round: ch 1, taking your hair elastic, work 4 sc around the ch-6 sp from the previous row and the elastic to join them together. Continue putting 4 (or even 5 sc if you want the band to be more filled in) sc around each of the ch-6 loops or sps and the elastic until you reach the end of the round, join with sl st to first sc. (64 sc)
Cut thread and weave in ends.
Leaving a 6″ tail, ch 5, join to first ch creating a ring.
Round 1: [ch 3, sl st into ring] 5 times in ring. (5 ch-3 sps)
Round 2: sl st into first ch-3 sp, (ch 1, hdc, dc, hdc, ch 1 sl st), *sl st in next ch-3 sp (ch 1, hdc, dc, hdc, ch 1 sl st); repeat from * around. (5 petals)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Use the tail to sew the bead to the bun cover.
String 5 beads onto a 18″ length of sewing thread. Sew into center of flower.
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