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

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

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

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


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

The yarn and colorway are Plymouth Gina #20:

Here are some more messy bun patterns:

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  1. Daphne Lewis

    Great idea and great patterns! Thank for sharing!

    • Shelley bongers

      Is there a knitted pattern for this hat on straight needles only?

      • knithack

        Hi Shelley, if you visit Ravelry and search ponytail hat, you may find one. Good luck!

        • Shelley bongers

          Thank you

      • Dianne Rhoades

        I have a knitted beanie pattern that I created. Would be more than happy to share it with you on this sight if it is allowed 🙂

        • narci

          Can you please send me a copy for the knitted beanie pattern too.

        • Angela Adamson

          Can you please email me the knitted pattern as well? It would be greatly appreciated!! jjam08@gmail.com. Thank you!!

        • Margaret Riccio

          I would like to have the knitted pattern please.

          • knithack

            Click through the image and you’ll be taken to where you can get the pattern.

        • Sheila Moody

          I would love to try your knitted pony tail hat pattern.

          • knithack

            Hi Sheila, you can click through the image for the pattern and there are a ton of additional knit ones here: http://bit.ly/2hKIaB6

        • rachel roberts

          I would love that pattern as well, the ponytail hat with straight needles. Rachelroberts59@gmail.com Thank you so much!

    • Wylone Brewer

      Do you have a crochet ponytail hat pattern with the hole further down the back. My daughter-in-law wears her ponytail about half way down the back of her head and I can’t find a pattern for that. Thanks

  2. Stephanie E.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Lisa Rios

      Is either of last two patterns free or is their any similar to these free?

  3. 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!!!

    • Monique

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

      • Nancy Marrs


    • knithack

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

  4. Brandi

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

    • knithack

      You’re right, this has been corrected. Thanks!

  5. Nancy Marrs

    Is there a version for a child’s size?? Thank you!

  6. Darlene Middlebrook

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

    • 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.

    • knithack

      Hi Darlene, did you get what you need?

    • Mary

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

  7. 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

    • knithack

      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!

  8. Mandy

    Anyone know the name of the color shown in this hat?

  9. Valerie

    Where can I get a free knit pattern for kids
    And adults

    • knithack

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

  10. Yolanda


    • knithack

      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!

  11. Janet McIntosh

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

    • knithack

      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!

  12. Carmen Newell

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

  13. Shelley

    Thank you so much Denise

  14. maryland knitter

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

  15. maryland knitter

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

    • knithack

      Great, so glad I could help!

  16. 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!

    • knithack

      Hi Amber, she used #20 – details here, via Ravelry: http://bit.ly/2ijOotC

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