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Messy Bun and Ponytail Hat Knitting Patterns

by | Dec 12, 2016 | Accessories, Featured, Hats

Knitting Patterns for Messy Bun and Ponytail Hats. Most patterns are free

Knitting Patterns for Ponytail, Messy Bun, Pigtail and other long hair hats.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Striping Messy Bun Hat

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.

Red Heart New Yarns

Free Knitting Pattern for Cabled Bun Hat

Cabled Bun Hat

Cable hat knit flat with a drawstring top opening for messy bun or ponytail. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn

Free Knitting Pattern for Ombre Messy Bun Hat

Ombre Messy Bun Hat

Easy Caron Simply Soft Messy Bun Hat is knit flat and seamed and features an ombre striped garter stitch brim.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Messy Bun Hat

Easy Messy Bun Hat

Laura Bain’s easy ponytail hat is knit in the round.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cable Brim Messy Bun Hat

Cable Brim Messy Bun Hat

Premier Yarns’ ponytail hat is knit flat and seamed with a cable border that frames the face. Adult Medium (Large). Great with multi-color yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Ribbed Messy Bun Hat

Ribbed Messy Bun Hat

Easy ponytail hat knit in simple ribbing is a quick project in super bulky yarn. Designed by Gina Michele

Free Knitting Pattern for Buttoned Ponytail Hat


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

Free Knitting Pattern for Slouchy Ponytail Hat

Bucaneve Hat

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Houndstooth Ponytail Hat

A Stroll in the Park

A houndstooth colorwork ponytail or messy bun hat by Mrs Luedeke

Free Knitting Pattern for Tundra Cardigan Hat

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Messy Bun Hat

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Messy Bun Hat

Messy Bun Hat

This ponytail hat is a quick knit using about 90 yds of bulky weight yarn. Designed by Isela Phelps

Free Knitting Pattern for Riva Messy Bun Hat

Riva Messy Bun Hat

This cable ponytail hat from the Berroco Design Team is a quick knit in bulky yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Urban Homesteader Hat

Urban Homesteader Hat

Here’s a clever hat design from Christy Varner fits any hairstyle! Open the middle flap for a ponytail, open the side flaps for pigtails or wear as a beanie for short hair. In child and adult sizes.

Free Knitting Pattern for Tea Cozy Ponytail Hat

Tea Cozy Hat

This quick, easy hat features a drawstring opening that’s ideal for those with long hair and pony-tails. Designed by Woolly Wormhead Pictured project by smbruner627

Free Knitting Pattern for Cat Ear Messy Bun Hat

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Honore Hat / Cowl

Honoré Cowl + Hat

A cozy, convertible drawstring hat that converts to a cowl. Pull your ponytail or messy bun through the top drawstring opening for a perfect ponytail hat. Designed by Cirilia Rose

Free Knitting Pattern for Braid Band Ponytail Hat

Braid Band Ponytail Hat

Two colors and a variety of stitch patterns make this a fun hat designed by Claudia Olson

Free Knitting Pattern for Nippertail Pigtail Hat


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

Free Knitting Pattern for Holey Hat

Holey Hat

This easy ponytail-friendly beanie is a quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by SplitStitch Designs

Free Knitting Pattern for Family Fun Messy Bun Hats

Family Fun Messy Bun Hats

Easy hats by Bernat are a quick knit in bulky yarn. Adult and child sizes.

Free Knitting Pattern for Earwarmer with Ponytail Opening

Fitness Headband / Earwarmer with Ponytail Hole

This ribbed earwarmer by Lynne Lounsbury features a ponytail hole at the back as extra protection for neck and ears created with short rows. Pictured project by purrminn

Free Knitting for Piggle Pigtail Hat

Piggle Hat

Lace hat with openings for pigtails in a 4-row 5 stitch repeat. Designed by Rebecca Dovi. Pictured project by strangelilmama

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Autumn Dust Messy Bun Hat & Cowl

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)

Free Knitting Pattern for Mapleton Bun Hat and Cowl Set

Mapleton Bun Hat and Cowl Set

Matching lace messy bun ponytail hat and infinity scarf cowl.

Knitting Pattern for Hearts Bun Hat

Hearts Messy Bun Hat

This ponytail or messy bun beanie includes child and adult sizes. Quick knit in bulky yarn.

Knitting Pattern for Faux Cable Messy Bun Hat

Faux Cable Messy Bun Hat

Easy ponytail beanie is a quick knit in bulky yarn.

Knitting Pattern for Daisy Messy Bun Hat

Daisy Messy Bun Hat

Easy beanie is a quick knit in bulky yarn.

Knitting Pattern for Cardiff Bay Ponytail Hat

Cardiff Bay Ponytail Hat

Butterfly cable and lace hat is a quick knit in bulky yarn.

Knitting Pattern for All Buttoned Up Beanie

All Buttoned Up Beanie

One skein hat that buttons up the back to show off your child’s or teen’s ponytail.

Knitting Pattern for Charlotte Cable Bun Beanie

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.

Knitting Pattern for Abbey Ponytail Hat

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.

Knitting Pattern for Atalanta Bun Beanie

Atalanta Bun Beanie

The spiral rib pattern on this ponytail hat is a simple 6 stitch repeat.

Knitting Pattern for Unisex Bun Beanie

Unisex Bun Beanie

Easy hat and quick knit in bulky yarn. Two sizes. And you can sell the hats you knit from the patterns.

Knitting Pattern for Clever Little Toque

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.

Knitting Pattern for Ponytail Cap and Mittens

Ponytail Cap and Mittens

Love the unusual slit design of this vintage digital set from the 1970’s.

Free Knitting Pattern for Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Cabled ponytail / messy bun hat that can also be worn as a neckwarmer cowl. Designed by Selena Miskin

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Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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