Lobster Claw Cable Ponytail Hat

This Lobster Claw Cable Messy Bun hat is literally my favourite thing right now. I love the colour, the texture, the style, the look…. Here is the pattern for you. I also made a removable pom pom for those days when I don’t want it to be a messy bun hat. Instructions for this here.


You will need:

  • DK yarn. 100gms is more than enough
  • 4mm curricular knitting needles or double pointed needles
  • Cable needle
  • Darning needle
  • Elastic

Cabled Messy Bun Hat

Cast on 80 (small), 90 (medium) or 100 (large) (for various sizes. I wear the largest size, and my 10 yr old niece the smallest size)

(Knit 1, purl 1) repeat this rib pattern for 12-16 rows (your preference of brim size)
You can use a Knit 2, Purl 2 pattern on either the small or the large size.

6 row repeating pattern-
Row 1-5:
Knit 8, purl 2
Row 6: Cable row: 2 on cable needle to the front, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle, 2 on cable needle to the back, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle, purl 2.

Small: Repeat rows 1-6 5 Times

Medium: Repeat rows 1-6 6 Times

Large: Repeat rows 1-6 7 Times

Complete decrease over the next 6 rows.

  1. Knit 3, k2 tog, knit 3, purl 2 – repeat over the row
  2. Knit 2, k2 tog, knit 3, purl 2 – repeat over the row
  3. Knit 2, SSK, knit 2, purl 2 – repeat over the row
  4. Knit 5, p2 tog – repeat over the row
  5. Knit 1, CDD, knit 1, purl 1 – repeat over the row
  6. CDD, purl 1 – repeat over the row

Elasticated top

Cut yarn. Thread elastic through remaining stitches and tie to create a stretchy loop for the hair. I have a lot of thick hair, and I prefer this method for the top of the hat.

And here it is with the removable Pom-Pom.


14 thoughts on “Lobster Claw Cable Ponytail Hat

  1. Hi, have enjoyed knitting this pattern…till I got to the decrease row 5. What does cdd mean…I know probably stupid question.Hope to hear from you.

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    • Heya- just darn in the yarn tail without going around the hole… down the cable, not around. Does that make sense? But darn it in after putting in the elastic. (It makes things easier)

  3. How do you thread the elastic thru stitches and not have it show? Tried it and always showed. Then tried just a I cord bind off ,but too firm. Still love this pattern except for that pesky ending! Am trying to have these ready for 🎄

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