This ponytail hat pattern is a fun and quick knitting project and not only do you get a messy bun hat with this easy knitting pattern, but you also get a cute knitted hat too. With poms poms even. And it's easy enough for beginner knitters too.
I love things with a dual purpose don't you? You may even be able to wear this as a neck warmer but I'll let you decide on that after you make it.
The really cool part about knitting ponytail hats/messy bun hats is you don't need to do all the decreasing at the crown as you normally would in a regular knit hat pattern.
This fun hat pattern is made with thick soft yarn and easy knitting stitches. I wanted to create simple textured stitches so I chose the Double Andalusian stitch pattern.
It creates just enough texture and it's still a nice easy quick knit pattern. It also has a larger opening at the top so it will be great for large messy buns.
I hope you enjoy the pattern.
To download the PDF for my pony tail hat pattern click here
Skills Required: Cast On, Knit, Purl, P2tog, Bind off
Gauge: 2.5 = 1 inch
Materials: Approximately 100 yards bulky weight yarn and straight or circular knitting needles size US 13 (9 mm)
Size: To fit adult head circumference approximately 20 – 23 inches. It’s quite stretchy
Notes: I used two colours for my pony tail hat but you can use one if you like. This easy hat pattern is knit flat and can be done in a couple of hours which means you can knit up a whole bunch in different colors.
With contrasting color and using stretchy cast on of your choice, I used the long tail cast on 52 sts
Knit 4 rows of K2, P2 ribbing
Switch to main colour and knit as follows:
Rows 1 and 3: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 4: P1, *K2, P1, repeat from * to end of row
Work pattern rows 1 – 4 until your work is approximately 8.5 inches from beginning.
Switch back to contrasting color and continue as follows:
Row 1: K2, P2 to end
Row 2: Eyelet Row: *K2, yo, P2tog, repeat from * to end
Knit 2 more rows of ribbing and bind off loosely.
Seam up back.
There are a couple of ways you can make a tie for the top of the hat. Either make an I-Cord tie or you can simply crochet a chain or even use a nice ribbon. If you aren’t sure how to crochet a chain I’ve included a video just below my pattern. Be sure to make the tie long enough to weave through the holes at the top of the hat and cinch it closed.
Add pom poms if you wish or even beads, weave in the ends and you're finished knitting your ponytail hat and knitted hat all in one.
Simple right? Happy Knitting!