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Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Finishing Off The Bun Beanie

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.

messy bun hat pattern

The Yarn I Used

I made the beanie hat using two yarns – 1 skein (or leftover yarn) of super bulky 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.

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 ribbed messy bun hat pattern

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

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

messy ponytail hat knitting pattern

Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

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Notes

The messy bun 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 – approx – 7 inches / width – 9 inches
  • To fit head with a circumference of around 22-26 inches

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

The Supplies You Need…

Yarn

  • 1 skein (or leftover yarn) of super bulky 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.
  • Scrap yarns can be used, as you do not need a full skein for this pattern.
  • Super bulky weight – 106 yards. / yarn weight guide

Needles/Hooks

Notions

Other Tools

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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)

Yarn A – Grey Marble / Yarn B – Wheat

  • Cast on > 40 sts with Yarn A, join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
  • 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.

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Happy Knitting! xoxo

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2 Comments

  1. Love this pattern,rnine turned out lovely but i could use some help on how I could make one for great grandsaughter, 6 yrs old. She loved her nana’s, but at 84 I’m a little slow any more at figuring out size chsnges.. Thanking you kindly in advance for any help.

    1. Hello Sheila, I am so happy you enjoyed making the hat! For a 6-year-old – I would suggest using super bulky weight yarn and size 10 mm (US 15) circular needles casting on 36 stitches and then following the pattern – knitting to a length of around 5 inches and then following the pattern again to decrease. Casting on 36 sts would fit 4-12 years old. I hope that helps and happy knitting! 🙂