Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

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This simple women’s ponytail hat knitting pattern is an excellent beginner project.

Using basic knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

ponytail hat

This ribbed bun beanie requires a little crochet knowledge to finish it off, to tidy up the top where the hole for the hair is.

I created a single crochet stitched edge around the hole to tidy it up.

This is not totally necessary, but it makes it look a bit neater.

This bun hat is a beginner level pattern, with basic ribbing used, knit and purl stitches.

messy bun hat pattern

Ponytail Hat Pattern

The hat pattern is easy to follow, knitting in the round on 16″ circular needles, you could knit this hat on DPN’s if it is your preference.

The hat uses basic stitches – knit and purl, to knit ribbing for the main body of the hat.

If you are a beginner it will also introduce you to shaping through simple decreases.

easy ribbed messy bun hat pattern

Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

This easy hat knitting pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for learning the basic knitting stitches.

The hat size can also be adapted if you want to make it smaller or larger, just measure the circumference of the recipients head and adjust the number of stitches you cast on.

If you would like to make more knitted items for women, please take a look at the other patterns in the women’s knitting pattern library.

messy ponytail hat knitting pattern

chunky messy bun hat knitting pattern


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Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

This simple women’s ponytail hat knitting pattern is an excellent beginner project. Using basic knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy/beginner


  • 1 ball (or leftover yarn) of chunky yarn (Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick in grey marble) and leftovers of another colour, I used Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick in wheat, suitable for size 10.00mm (US 15) needles.
  • Super bulky weight – 106 yards.
  • Scrap yarns can be used, as you do not need a full ball for this pattern.


  • Set of 10.00mm (US 15) 16″ circulars
  • Crochet hook 10mm (N/15)
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure


YARN A – Grey Marble / YARN B – Wheat

  • Cast on > 40 sts with Yarn A
  • K1, P1 ribbing until the work measures 5″ from the cast on edge.
  • (If you want the hat to be a little longer – you can increase this by one or two inches).
  • Change to Yarn B and knit 3 rows.

Decrease as follows >

  • Shape top: 1st rnd: *K1, K2tog* Rep from * around.
  • 2nd rnd: *K2tog* Rep from * around.
  • 3rd rnd: *K2tog. Rep from * around till last st.

Break yarn. Draw end through rem sts and fasten so that you have an opening large enough to fit your hair through.

Don’t close it up too tightly or it will be difficult to pass your hair through the hole.

Sew in any loose ends.

With a 10mm (N/15) crochet hook (or you can use a lower number – 7mm will be ok) create a single crochet line around the hole for the hair, to tidy up the edge.


Gauge – 5 stitches = 2″

Abbreviations >

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

Cont = Continue(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

M1 = Make 1 stitch

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

SKPO – Slip one, knit one

St(s) = Stitch(es)

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