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Messy Bun Hat Pattern


This simple women’s messy bun hat pattern is an excellent beginner project, for anyone who wishes to learn how to knit in the round.

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

This ribbed ponytail hat would take you around an hour to make (depending on how fast you knit!) and will be welcomed in the colder weather when you go running or for brisk walks.

ponytail hat knitting pattern

An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog and knitting in the round.

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

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here.

*Please scroll down to see the free pattern*

Messy bun hat

The Yarn I Used For The Messy Bun Beanie

I made the beanie hat using 1 skein of super bulky yarn (in black) suitable for size 10.00mm (US 15) needles.

Lion Brand wool ease thick and quick or Hometown USA would be great yarns to use.

This was knit up quite quickly and used less than one skein of yarn from each colour.

Any super bulky weight yarn 06 will be okay to use for this pattern.

easy messy bun hat

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

black messy bun hat knitting pattern

Messy Bun Hat Pattern

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The ponytail hat knits up quickly in super bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Skill Level – Easy

Size –

  • Adult woman
  • Height – 7 inches / width – 9 inches
  • To fit the head with a circumference of around 22-26 inches

Gauge – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4in/10cm.

The Supplies You Need…


Easy Messy Bun Hat Free Knitting Pattern

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Approx = Approximately
  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM Place marker
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rnd(s) = Round(s)
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)


  • Cast on > 42 sts, join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
  • K3, P3 every round to form ribbing until the work measures 6′′ from the cast on edge.
  • (If you want the hat to be a little longer – you can increase this by one or two inches).

Decrease as follows >

  • Shape top: 1st rnd: *K3, P3, K3, P3tog* Rep from * to the end of the round.
  • 2nd rnd: K3, P3tog, K3, P1* Rep from * to the end of the round.
  • 3rd rnd: *K1, K2tog. Rep from * to the end of the round to the last st, K1.
  • 4th rnd: *K1, K2tog. Rep from * to the end of the round to the last st, K1.

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.

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