Messy Bun and Ponytail Hat Knitting Patterns
Knitting Patterns for Ponytail, Messy Bun, Pigtail and other long hair hats.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Striping Messy Bun Hat
Laura Bain’s easy ponytail hat is suitable for beginners. The striping is made with self-striping yarn. Quick knit in bulky yarn.
Honeycomb Ponytail Hat
Ponytail Winter Hat is knit with one of my favorite stitches, an all-over honeycomb cable, with an opening for messy bun or ponytail. Uses just 115 – 125 yards (105 – 114 m) of bulky yarn so it’s a great one skein pattern. Designed by Rosemary Krimbel
Chunky Messy Bun Hat
Easy hat knit flat and seamed to leave a top opening for messy bun or ponytail. Designed by Marni Reecer. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
This easy hat features alternating ribbing and purl and a top opening for messy bun or ponytail. Designed by Filatura Di Crosa Italia. Quick knit in bulky yarn.
Chealse Messy Bun Hat
This easy hat features a spiral swirl texture stitch and a top opening for messy bun or ponytail. Designed by Shannon Dunbabin for Cascade Yarns. Quick knit in super bulky yarn with just one skein of the recommended yarn.
Ombre Messy Bun Hat
Easy Caron Simply Soft Messy Bun Hat is knit flat and seamed and features an ombre striped garter stitch brim.
Ribbed Messy Bun Hat
Easy ponytail hat knit in simple ribbing is a quick project in super bulky yarn. Designed by Gina Michele
This buttoned hat gives you a hole for your ponytail without messing up your hair. Place the hat on your head with the buttons open and then button the flap underneath your hair. Great for French braids too! Designed by Blake Ehrlich. Pictured project by beautyredefined
Slouchy beanie with a gap for a ponytail that can easily be hidden by folding in when you don’t need it. Designed by Maria Rosa Spighetti.
Riva Messy Bun Hat
This cable ponytail hat from the Berroco Design Team is a quick knit in bulky yarn.
Cat Ear Messy Bun Hat
The Bun Beanie Cat Hat by Whidbey Isle Yarns adds a fun twist to the messy bun / ponytail hat. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
Braid Band Ponytail Hat
Two colors and a variety of stitch patterns make this a fun hat designed by Claudia Olson
This hat has little turtlenecks to accomodate pigtails. Jenn Jarvis provides multiple options for position of the holes and design of the hat. Pictured project by angifitz
This easy ponytail-friendly beanie is a quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by SplitStitch Designs
Cardigan Ponytail Hat
This cloche features a button band in back that you button up around your hair without messing it. Or button it up entirely to wear over your hair. Designed by Allison Chrien. Pictured project by funkknit
Studio Messy Bun Hat
This easy messy bun hat from Kristen McDonnell at Studio Knits is a quick knit in bulky yarn. Great photo tutorial and video included.
Patterns for Purchase
Spiral Snow Bunny Bun Beanie and Cowl Set
Matching messy bun ponytail hat and cowl with spiral stitch pattern. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Lovely by Lee
Messy Bun Hat
This easy ponytail hat was designed to look great in multi-colored yarn. 4 sizes from Teen to Adult XL.
Autumn Dust Messy Bun Hat & Cowl
This set is knit with the dandelion or star stitch, and the cowl is long enough to wrap twice around your neck. Sizes S (M, L)
Mapleton Bun Hat and Cowl Set
Matching lace messy bun ponytail hat and infinity scarf cowl.
Hearts Messy Bun Hat
This ponytail or messy bun beanie includes child and adult sizes. Quick knit in bulky yarn.
Daisy Messy Bun Hat
Easy beanie is a quick knit in bulky yarn.
Cardiff Bay Ponytail Hat
Butterfly cable and lace hat is a quick knit in bulky yarn.
All Buttoned Up Beanie
One skein hat that buttons up the back to show off your child’s or teen’s ponytail.
Charlotte Cable Bun Beanie
Simpler than it looks, this pattern includes options for open and closed top beanies in sizes for children, teens, and adults.
Abbey Ponytail Hat
Sizes: toddler/child/adult woman, You can knit this hat with or without the ponytail pocket and the ponytail pocket is hidden so you can wear it as a regular hat, too.
Atalanta Bun Beanie
The spiral rib pattern on this ponytail hat is a simple 6 stitch repeat.
Unisex Bun Beanie
Easy hat and quick knit in bulky yarn. Two sizes. And you can sell the hats you knit from the patterns.
Clever Little Toque
Quick knit in super bulky yarn, this hat can be buttoned in front for style or buttoned in back to leave your ponytail free.
Ponytail Cap and Mittens
Love the unusual slit design of this vintage digital set from the 1970’s.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!