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:
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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Great idea and great patterns! Thank for sharing!
Shelley bongerson December 11, 2016 at 10:06 pm
Is there a knitted pattern for this hat on straight needles only?
knithackon December 12, 2016 at 12:35 pm
Hi Shelley, if you visit Ravelry and search ponytail hat, you may find one. Good luck!
Shelley bongerson December 13, 2016 at 8:11 pm
Dianne Rhoadeson December 18, 2016 at 5:46 pm
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 🙂
knithackon December 19, 2016 at 5:15 am
Sure, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
narcion December 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm
Can you please send me a copy for the knitted beanie pattern too.
I would love to have the knitted one also – don’t seem to be a lot around – thank you so much – email@example.com
knithackon December 23, 2016 at 5:59 am
There are free knit patterns here: http://bit.ly/2hOVOAi
Angela Adamsonon December 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm
Can you please email me the knitted pattern as well? It would be greatly appreciated!! firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!!
Margaret Riccioon December 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm
I would like to have the knitted pattern please.
knithackon December 30, 2016 at 7:53 am
Click through the image and you’ll be taken to where you can get the pattern.
Sheila Moodyon January 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm
I would love to try your knitted pony tail hat pattern.
knithackon January 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm
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 robertson January 13, 2017 at 7:57 am
I would love that pattern as well, the ponytail hat with straight needles. Rachelroberts59@gmail.com Thank you so much!
Wylone Breweron January 6, 2017 at 4:57 pm
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
knithackon January 7, 2017 at 7:01 am
Hi Wylone, have you looked at this one from Red Heart: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/ponytail-hat
Janeton March 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm
Is there a knitted one with the low ponytail hole?
And maybe for a male?
knithackon March 19, 2017 at 6:51 am
There are many more options here: http://wp.me/pjlln-3Ex
Stephanie E.on December 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm
Thanks so much for sharing!
Lisa Rioson December 21, 2016 at 10:22 pm
Is either of last two patterns free or is their any similar to these free?
knithackon December 23, 2016 at 5:57 am
Hi Lisa, there are free options here: http://bit.ly/2gG5OLn
Amanda Darason December 8, 2016 at 4:02 am
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!!!
Moniqueon December 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm
Is it really knitted the one pictured? Thought it was crochet?
Nancy Marrson December 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm
knithackon December 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm
HI Amanda, the first one is knit and the second two are crochet – is there anything I can help with?
Brandion December 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm
the second one is not free. they must have changed it when these hats became popular
knithackon December 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm
You’re right, this has been corrected. Thanks!
Nancy Marrson December 11, 2016 at 8:31 am
Is there a version for a child’s size?? Thank you!
knithackon December 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm
Hi Nancy, knit or crochet?
Nancy Marrson December 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm
Crochet please. 4 -5 year old.
knithackon December 11, 2016 at 4:43 pm
Hi Nancy, did you see this one: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kaycee-ponytail-or-bun-beanie-hat
Darlene Middlebrookon December 11, 2016 at 9:07 am
I am looking for a knot pattern of the hat that started all this craze, anyone know where l can find one?
Nancy Marrson December 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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.
knithackon December 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm
Hi Darlene, did you get what you need?
Maryon December 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm
Check Knitting Paradise. There is a Beanie/ponytail Hat/Cowl pattern knit on circular needles. It is free. Only adult size
Donna Hullon December 11, 2016 at 8:46 pm
I haven’t been able to find the free pattern for the ponytail hat. Can you help with this.
Thank you, Donna Hull
knithackon December 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm
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!
Mandyon December 11, 2016 at 10:43 pm
Anyone know the name of the color shown in this hat?
Valerieon December 12, 2016 at 8:23 am
Where can I get a free knit pattern for kids
knithackon December 12, 2016 at 6:42 pm
There are two posts with 10+ free patterns, look at the very top of this post for the list – good luck!
Yolandaon December 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm
Where can I GET A FREE PATTERN FOR KNIT LOOM BUN HAT?
knithackon December 12, 2016 at 6:45 pm
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!
Janet McIntoshon December 12, 2016 at 9:08 pm
Can you send me the pattern by email? My email is janetmac@windstream. I want the pattern for the ponytail hat!! Thanks!!!
knithackon December 13, 2016 at 11:34 am
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!
Carmen Newellon December 17, 2016 at 7:15 pm
What yarn was used in the pattern that isn’t free? The actual color.
knithackon December 18, 2016 at 3:56 pm
This is the yarn, http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/plymouth-yarn-gina
knithackon January 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm
Plymouth Gina #20
Shelleyon December 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm
Thank you so much Denise
maryland knitteron January 4, 2017 at 5:18 pm
Is there a basic formula way to alter a knitted cap into a “messy hat”???
knithackon January 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm
Hi maryland knitter, check out this tutorial from vickie howell: http://vickiehowell.com/2016/12/how-to-messy-bun-beanie/
maryland knitteron January 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm
Thanks so much for this information. I look forward now to working on some conversions!
knithackon January 9, 2017 at 6:13 am
Great, so glad I could help!
Amberon January 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm
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!
knithackon January 13, 2017 at 4:56 am
Hi Amber, she used #20 – details here, via Ravelry: http://bit.ly/2ijOotC