Everyone’s Going Crazy for Knit and Crochet Ponytail Hats (aka the Messy Bun Beanie) – FREE Patterns

UPDATE: Please note, many patterns have been published since this first post about the messy bun beanie trend. Please look at the links below for dozens of more patterns – easy beginner patterns to the more challenging. Enjoy!

For more on this popular trend (and free knit patterns), see also:

I follow a group on Facebook called Crochet Addict. Recently a member posted a photo of a ponytail hat (a winter hat with a hole for your ponytail to slip through, nature’s pom pom!) and things went wild! People LOVE this hat and are inspired to make them right away. Join the group, see for yourself!

I looked around Ravelry to see what was available in terms of free knit and crochet patterns and I found two:

Knit Tea Cozy Hat
by Woolly Wormhead

Messy Hair Bun Hat
by Kayla Rollin

Enjoy!

p.s. this is the one that started it all (not free)!

The yarn and colorway are Plymouth Gina #20: http://bit.ly/2ijOotC

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61 comments

  1. avatar
    Amanda Daras

    Thank you so much!! I know the Ravelry one that you have to pay for is crochet, I just wish she posted a pic instead of the knit version, but I have been searching for this hat! You are awesome!!!

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      Monique

      Is it really knitted the one pictured? Thought it was crochet?

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      knithack
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      HI Amanda, the first one is knit and the second two are crochet – is there anything I can help with?

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    Brandi

    the second one is not free. they must have changed it when these hats became popular

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    Darlene Middlebrook

    I am looking for a knot pattern of the hat that started all this craze, anyone know where l can find one?
    Darlene

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      Nancy Marrs

      Darlene, the multi colored hat has sentence above the picture with green highlighted words “the one.” Click on it and it will take you to Ravelry to this pattern. It cost $5.00 to purchase.

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      Mary

      Check Knitting Paradise. There is a Beanie/ponytail Hat/Cowl pattern knit on circular needles. It is free. Only adult size

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    Donna Hull

    I haven’t been able to find the free pattern for the ponytail hat. Can you help with this.
    Thank you, Donna Hull

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      knithack
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      Hi Donna, knit or crochet? There are two posts with 10+ free patterns, look at the very top of this post for the list – good luck!

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      knithack
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      There are two posts with 10+ free patterns, look at the very top of this post for the list – good luck!

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      knithack
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      There are two posts with 10+ free patterns (skip the crochet one), look at the very top of this post for the list, there are loom patterns – good luck!

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    Janet McIntosh

    Can you send me the pattern by email? My email is janetmac@windstream. I want the pattern for the ponytail hat!! Thanks!!!

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      knithack
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      Hi Janet, There are several and some are paid patterns. Please click on the image for the one you like and there are several more round-up linked at the top of this page. Thanks!

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    Carmen Newell

    What yarn was used in the pattern that isn’t free? The actual color.

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    maryland knitter

    Is there a basic formula way to alter a knitted cap into a “messy hat”???

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    maryland knitter

    Thanks so much for this information. I look forward now to working on some conversions!

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    Amber

    For the original bun hat what color of Gina yarn was used? I have some that wants the exact same color but can’t decide which one it is!

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