Messy Bun – Ponytail Hat – Knitting Pattern

Okay, so this is an unscheduled post, but it has to jump the queue.  There have been so many requests for a messy bun – ponytail hat over the last few months.  CRAZY.  As it is summer here, the idea of hats hasn’t been on my radar.  But I am a fan of the messy bun.

I wear a messy bun most days…..

So here is the pattern for a Messy Bun – Ponytail Hat.  I have looked at so many of them recently, and I think this sorts out a few of the issues I have seen in other patterns.  This has an elastic band at the top for securely holding the bun, making it a tighter fit.  It is also more shaped to the head, as the shape is a little different to a regular hat.

I have also made this a plain knitted hat so you can use textured or patterned yarn, or even adapt it with your own favourite textured stitch in the main part of the hat.

Also, here it is in both straight and circular knitting patterns, as well as in 3 sizes.

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Messy Bun Hat

You will need:
4mm circular knitting needles
DK Yarn
Short piece of elastic

Instructions are given for Small (Medium, Large) hats.  Small is for children, medium for most adults, large for anyone with a lot of hair, or a lot of curly hair.

CIRCULAR:

Cast on 80 (90,100) stitches
Rib 12 (14, 16) rows using the 2×2 rib pattern (knit 2, purl 2)

Knit 14 (16, 18) rows

On the following row, knit 8, knit 2 together – repeat over the row reducing the number of stitches on the needles to 72 (81, 90)

Knit 6 (8, 10) rows

On the following row, knit 7, knit 2 together – repeat over the row reducing the number of stitches on the needles to 64 (72, 80)

Knit 4 (6, 8) rows

On the following row, knit 3, knit 2 together – to the end.  (for small and medium sized hats this number will not be even, just knit the final stitches)

Knit 2 (3, 4) rows

On the following row, knit 2, knit 2 together – to the end.  (for small and medium sized hats this number will not be even, just knit the final stitches)

Knit 2, purl 2 – rib the remaining stitches over the next 2 rows.

Knit 2 together, purl 2 together – over the following row.

Thread a length of elastic through all the remaining stitches.  Tie up with enough room to comfortably fit around your ponytail.

Stitch in your tails.

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Elastic threaded through the top of the hat.

STRAIGHT:

Cast on 80 (90,100) stitches
Rib 12 (14, 16) rows using the 2×2 rib pattern (knit 2, purl 2)

Stockinette Stitch 14 (16, 18) rows

On the following row, knit 8, knit 2 together – repeat over the row reducing the number of stitches on the needles to 72 (81, 90)

Stockinette stitch 5 (7, 9) rows beginning on a purl row.

On the following row, knit 7, knit 2 together – repeat over the row reducing the number of stitches on the needles to 64 (72, 80)

Stockinette stitch 3 (5, 7) rows rows beginning on a purl row.

On the following row, knit 3, knit 2 together – to the end.  (for small and medium sized hats this number will not be even, just knit the final stitches)

Stockinette stitch 1 (3, 3) rows beginning on a purl row.

On the following row, knit 2, knit 2 together – to the end.  (for small and medium sized hats this number will not be even, just knit the final stitches)

Knit 2, purl 2 – rib the remaining stitches over the next 2 rows.

Knit 2 together, purl 2 together – over the following row.

Thread a length of elastic through all the remaining stitches.  Tie up with enough room to comfortably fit around your ponytail.

Fold the hat in half, and stitch up the seam.  Stitch in your tails.

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2 thoughts on “Messy Bun – Ponytail Hat – Knitting Pattern

  1. I like the knitted hat instead of the crochet version. I would like to add a wide brim and use a textured pattern. Any suggestions for these modifications?
    Thank you.

    • Hello there! Yes, very cool. For a wide brim, do you mean like one that folds over? For that I would recommend doubling the length of the ribbed section. To add a textured pattern, I would simply add it into the stockinette stitch section. There are 2 early decreasing rows – I would ignore those and carry on without decreasing there. When the hat reaches the length that the main decreasing starts, I would just to those. The hat will have a slightly different shape, but the textured pattern would be uninterrupted.

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