9 Popular Ponytail Hats and Messy Bun Beanies – a Roundup of Paid & Free Patterns in Knit & Crochet

9 Popular Ponytail Hats and Messy Bun Beanies – a Roundup of Paid & Free Patterns in Knit & Crochet

UPDATED: For more messy bun patterns and tutorials — both knit and crochet — see the collection of links at the end of this post.

Known as ponytail hats and messy bun beanies, this fun look is taking the internet by storm! I imagine many lucky folks will be waking up to one of these under the tree this year. Since many are asking, here is a round up of my favorites, a few with a new twist!

Kaycee Ponytail or Bun Beanie Hat by Crochet by Jennifer – Crochet Pattern $4.95 via Ravelry

Ponytail Hat by Claudia Olson – FREE Knit Pattern via Ravelry

Stacey’s Bun Hat – $5.00 Crochet Pattern via Ravelry
– the classic hat that started this whole craze!

Knit Tea Cozy Hat by Woolly Wormhead – FREE Knit Pattern via Ravelry

The Best Messy Bun Crochet Hat Patterns - The Definitive Ponytail Hat Collection!

Angora Messy Bun Hat by PurpleMache

Messy Hair Bun Hat by Kayla Rollin – Crochet Pattern $2.00 via Ravelry

Messy Bun Hat by Isela Phelps – FREE Loom Knit Pattern via Ravelry

Messy Bun Ponytail Hat by Made with a Twist – Crochet Pattern $6.99 via Ravelry

The Cardiff Bay Ponytail Hat by Beth Ann Beck – Knit Pattern $5.50 via Ravelry

Ponytail Hat by Erika and Monika Simmons – FREE Crochet Pattern via Ravelry

Have fun making this quick projects – they look great!

Here are some more messy bun patterns:

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  1. Deb

    Kayla has made her pattern paid now…

    • knithack

      Ok, thanks for letting me know!

  2. Lena

    This is a cute assortment of ponytail hats, but they all require that you situate your ponytail to correspond to the one-position hole. Your hat does not have to be the boss of your ponytail! I have several patterns posted on Ravelry that button up the back so you can wear your ponytail high, low, or in-between. Easy knitting for beginners; search “Double Cable Ponytail Hat”, “Button Ponytail Hat.”, and “Ridges Ponytail Hat.”

  3. Jennifer Dougherty

    Thank you so much for including my pattern!! (Kaycee Ponytail or Bun Hat) My regular price will be $4.95 just as an FYI (it’s still on sale right now, but at $3.95)

    I appreciate the link! 🙂

    Crochet by Jennifer

  4. Shirley

    How do I receive the free patterns?

    • knithack

      Hi Shirley, click on the picture for the one you like or click on the text just below. Danielle

      • Judy Phelps

        If you are making the free patterns available to all who request them, I would love to have them as well.

        Thanking you in advance,

        • knithack

          Hi Judy, sure – just click on the image you like and you’ll be taken to the pattern. Danielle

  5. Sunny

    how about one made on the knifty knitter?

  6. shia

    First pattern costs over 5$ now.

    • knithack

      Thanks Shia, I’ll make the update.

  7. Tamera Sarkozi

    I will not pay for a pattern, to many free ones out there. I’ve even saw a two dollar pattern got to 6. smh

  8. Judy Phelps

    Tthis is so true, but I imagine whrn $ signs are in sight some can’t resist, so seeing an opportunity, feel thet must jump on it. If you want to make a Pony Tail or Messy Beanie, and have much experience at all, you may simply began decreasing earlier and finish when the opening is the size you prefer. No pattern needed !!

    • Brenna

      That was supposed to be a sad face, not question marks lol 🙁

    • knithack

      Hi Brenna, I’m sorry but I don’t control the prices and yes, it appears that the maker has raised the price. I’ve made the update. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  9. Marcelus

    HI I would like to get some of the patterns for the k it yes hat with the hole.
    Messy bun hats.
    Or please contact me.

  10. Pamela Grice

    Thank you so much for including my messy bun hat pattern in your list! Wasn’t this craze fun?!

    I’ve written a follow up blog post about how I made over 100K in three days when my Made with a Twist messy bun hat went viral. I thought your readers might enjoy it!

    It can be found here http://www.crochetpreneur.com/100K-in-three-days

    Thank you so much for all you do. Keep on yarning!


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