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Ponytail Hat Crochet Pattern (also known as an Easy Messy Bun Crochet Pattern) from Daisy Cottage Designs

Last week, a “new” thing in crochet went viral. Although it wasn’t really new at all, the messy bun hat is the hottest thing in crochet at the moment. Also called the ponytail hat (among other things), it’s a great way to keep your head warm without having your hair stuck up under your hat.

I had to get in on some of the fun, so I created this striped ponytail hat crochet pattern. I love that it’s worked in the round and from the top like a traditional crochet hat and that you begin by working around a hair elastic so it can easily fit around your bun and keep its shape.

When I made this messy bun hat, I used stripes, of course. As I may have mentioned a time or 10, I love stripes. If you’re looking for more adorable striped crochet patterns, All Free Crochet is a great resource.

 

 

Other Messy Bun Free Crochet Patterns:

Can’t crochet this hat right now?

Easy Ponytail Hat Crochet pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs. This messy bun hat is the perfect way to keep your head war and your hair cute!

Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern: For Women & Girls

Want to purchase an ad-free PDF of this hat? The adult and child size are included along with the bow and flower pattern!  Click here to purchase those patterns!

Materials:

To begin this ponytail hat crochet pattern, you’ll be working into a normal ponytail elastic. I recommend using several of the thin elastics rather than one fat one. That way, if one of them snaps (I have thick hair so I get elastics snapping regularly), your hat will still be perfectly fine and good to go.

Updated Note (12/18/16): Lisa from a FB group I’m in suggested creating a chain loop the same size as the ponytail elastic. That way, if you’re hair tie snaps, your work will still be intact! Fantastic idea.

Important Notes:

  • By request, I have created a video tutorial for beginning this hat. Find that video here.
  • At the end of each round, make sure you’re working into the first REAL double crochet and not the top of the ch 2. You work an extra stitch into the beginning of each round so you don’t have to work into the sl st.

For those whose hat is too big:

This hat is not meant to be worn with a bun that’s right on top of the head. If you want to wear the hat that way, you’ll definitely have to leave off a few rows. As you can tell in the picture below, my bun is more in on the back of my head (still towards the top). So, my hat is not pulled straight down on my head, but is angled towards the back. I have counted and recounted, made and remade this hat to be sure the stitch counts are correct.

If you have a tendency to crochet loosely, I definitely recommend going down a hook size or two.

If you’re making a hat for a young teenager or an adult with a smaller head, you could also use the kids hat pattern as it will be just one size smaller than this hat.


Gauge Swatch

(ch 2 DOES count as your first stitch in the swatch):
ch 11.
Row 1: dc in the third chain from hook and in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn. (10)
Row 2-6: dc in the second stitch and in each stitch across. (10 – including the ch 2)
This swatch should approximately measure 3” x 3”.

Messy Bun Hat Pattern

Round 1: Sl st around the ponytail elastics. Ch 2. Work 33 dc around/into (not sure which terminology makes sense). Sl st to the top of the first dc (NOT into the chain 2). Ch 2. (33) (If you want to see a video tutorial of how to do this, you can find that here.)
Round 2: 1 dc into the same stitch and the next stitch, 2 dc into the next stitch. *1 dc into the next 2 stitches, 2 dc into the next stitch* around. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. (44)
Round 3: 1 dc into the same stitch and the next 2 stitches, 2 dc into the next stitch. *1 dc into the next 3 stitches, 2 dc into the next stitch* around. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. (55)
Round 4: 1 dc into the same stitch and the next 3 stitches, 2 dc into the next stitch. *1 dc into the next 4 stitches, 2 dc into the next stitch* around. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Cut yarn and weave ends. (66)
Round 5: Join second color yarn using your preferred method. Ch 2, dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. (66)
Round 6: dc in each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. (66)
Round 7: dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Cut yarn and weave ends. (66)
Round 8: Join first color yarn using your preferred method. Ch 2, dc in each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. (66)
Round 9:  dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. (66)
Round 10: dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Cut yarn and weave ends. (66).
Round 11: Join second color yarn using your preferred method. Ch 2, dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. (66).
Round 12: dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. ch 2 (66)
Round 13: dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Cut yarn and weave ends. (66)
Round 14: Join first color yarn using your preferred method. Ch 2, dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 2. (66)
Round 15: dc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first dc. Ch 1.
Round 16-20: sc into each stitch. Sl st to the top of the first sc. Ch 1. (66)
Round 21: sc into each stitch around. Sl st to the top of the first stitch. Cut yarn and weave ends. (If you prefer to use the invisible finish method, omit slip stitch to the top of the first sc.) (66)

That’s it! You’re finished with your ponytail hat crochet pattern (or messy bun hat, whichever you want to call it). Keep reading for instructions on the flower.

Called a ponytail hat and a messy bun hat, this crochet pattern is great for cold days when you don't feel like fixing your hair. Whip one up in under an hour. Free crochet pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs.

To make the adorable flower embellishment for your messy bun hat, I used this large flower crochet pattern. I made it using two strands of double knit yarn and did an extra round to make it bigger. I also think it would be adorable to use a HUGE bow on the side. Use this large bow crochet pattern (find the bow pattern in the middle of the post… it comes after the headband). This bow pattern is also adorable!

Want to make this for a younger girl? Find the free kid’s ponytail hat pattern here.

Easy ponytail hat crochet pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs. Whip up this messy bun hat in no time at all and put a smile on your friends' faces.

A very special thank you to my friends Merissa & Nicole for helping me with my photoshoot for this ponytail hat crochet pattern. We had a great time getting dolled up and doing the styling for this shoot. I’m not usually very confident in front of the camera, and would rather not model my stuff, but they made me feel more comfortable than usual. I’d love it if you’d stop by and say hello to them!


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