Friday, April 27, 2012

Brunette Sock Donut

If you don't know what a sock bun is, you might be a little confused as to what this pattern actually is.  A sock donut is what is used to create those big, almost Princess Lea-like buns in your hair, though it can easily be toned down to create just a simple bun or top-knot, and has more of a girly, ballerina feel than the traditional science fiction heroine.

As you may have already guessed, these donuts are typically done with a sock.  To create the traditional sock donut, all you have to do is cut off the toe, and roll it up so that it resembles that pastry we've already mentioned a fair amount.  However, I'm not wild about putting a sock in my hair, even if it has been washed and is clearly clean.  That is why I decided to knit one, instead.  It has pretty cabling on the sides of it, and I know for a fact it has never been on my foot!

If you'd like to know more about how to use a sock donut, check out my post on how to create a top knot with this nifty little tool here: Top Knot with a Sock Donut

  • Less than 1 skein Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate
  • 2 size 8 circular needles
  • Cable needle
  • Yarn Sewing Needle
Stitch Glossary
    CB8: sl 4 sts to cn and hold to back, k4, then k4 from cn.
    CF8: sl 4 sts to cn and hold to front, k4, then k4 from cn.
    Cast on 34 sts and divide evenly between two needles (17/17).  Join round.
    Rounds 1-2: {k12, (p1, k1) 2 times, p1} 2 times.
    Round 3: {CF8, k4, (p1, k1) 2 times, p1} 2 times.
    Rounds 4-6: repeat row 1.
    Round 7: {k4, CB8, (p1, k1) 2 times, p1} 2 times.
    Round 8:  repeat row 1.
    Repeat rounds 1-8 until piece measures 8".  Cast off.

    Weave in tail on one end.  With the other tail, sew ends together, forming a donut shape.
What's your oddest hair trick/tool?


  1. You might want to add a line of instruction about putting the sock donut in your hair and a photo of someone with it in her hair. Does the hair just get pulled through the center, wrapped toward the outside, then pinned?

    1. I actually have a post on that exact topic scheduled for Monday! Once that is up, I will link it to this post, and let you know. :)