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Avoid Bad Hair Days With These Ponytail Hat Patterns

Does your love of ponytails stop you from wearing knit hats? I wear my hair pulled up a lot, so I often skip the hat to avoid a frizzy mess.

This winter, though, there’s a knitting trend that will keep your ponytail intact and your head warm. Meet the ponytail-friendly hat knitting pattern! These hats feature small openings that let you thread your hair through, whether it’s in a ponytail, messy bun or even dreadlocks.

Basketweave Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

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1. Basketweave Ponytail Hat

The basketweave stitch on this hat is simple enough even for beginners. The basketweave is created by alternating knits and purls, so as long as you know those two basic stitches, you’ll have no problem with this hat.

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Ponytail Hat Abbey Knitting Pattern

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2. Ponytail Hat Abbey

This hat comes in three sizes: toddler, child and adult. The ponytail pocket is hidden, so you can wear the hat with or without your hair pulled up. You can also slide the hat around and put the pocket on the side for kiddos who like to rock the side pony.

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Cat Hat with Ponytail Opening Knitting Pattern

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3. Cat Hat with Ponytail Opening

This pattern includes instructions for five different hat sizes, as well as photos to guide you along the way. You can also wear this hat without taking advantage of the ponytail hole. It’s buried in the back where the brim meets the rest of the hat, so it’s easy to hide.

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Ridges Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

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4. Ridges Ponytail Hat

We love the buttons on this hat because they allow you to wear your ponytail either low or high. Plus, it’s easy to button the hat up around your ponytail instead of trying to squeeze it through an opening. Use a self-striping yarn or take advantage of your sock yarn stash.

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Cabled Ponytail Jogger's Hat Knitting Pattern

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5. Cabled Ponytail Jogger’s Hat

Practice those cables with this hat that has texture and a handy ponytail opening. The pattern also comes with instructions for infant and child sizes, so you can make one for everyone in the family. (Just omit the ponytail opening for family members who don’t have long hair.)

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Ombre Bun Hat Kaia Knitting Pattern

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6. Ombré Bun Hat Kaia

These hats are usually referred to as ponytail hats, but they also work great for buns. Knit this one up in a solid color, or follow the designer’s pattern for the ombré version pictured here.

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Latitude Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

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7. Latitude Ponytail Hat

Thanks to a heavy worsted weight yarn, you’ll be able to knit this hat up quickly. Alternating rows of knit and purl give the hat lots of pretty texture that looks great with plied yarns that offer a lot of stitch definition.

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Ponytail Beanie Hats Knitting Pattern

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8. Ponytail Beanie Hats

These beanie hats come in three different sizes and feature a ribbed ring around the ponytail opening that help you pull your ponytail through smoothly. The ring also helps avoid snags and tangles when you’re taking off the hat.

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Easy Ponytail Bun Hat Knitting Pattern

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9. Easy Peasy Ponytail Hat/Messy Bun Hat

This hat has a larger opening at the top than most other ponytail hats. It’s a versatile design that lets you wear your hair up in a ponytail or even in a large, messy bun. Since it doesn’t require as much yarn as a regular hat, the designer also points out that it’s a great stash-buster.

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Knit Bun Ponytail Beanie Knitting Pattern

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10. Knit Bun Beanie/Ponytail Hat

This hat cinches at the top, making it totally versatile for any updo — or no updo at all. Check out the designer’s other photos to see how you can even wear it as a neck warmer!

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Double Cable Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

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11. Double Cable Ponytail Hat

You’ll only need one skein of worsted-weight yarn for this hat, so it’s perfect for that odd skein you’ve been hanging onto. The buttons in the back allow for lots of different hairstyle options, from low ponytails to high buns.

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Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

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12. Ponytail Hat

The drawstring at the top of this hat ensures any hairstyle stays in place. It’s especially great for people with thicker hair or dreadlocks. Thanks to the customizable opening, you can even wear this hat as a cowl.

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What do you think of the ponytail hat trend? Would you wear one? 


Sue Lee

Cute! But would wear with my short hair. The kitty cat would have been cute before the pussy hat thing, now I think it’s just disrespect, I would wear it for anything


Really I find it nows represents women who are speaking out and taking control of their own lives.


A lot of us are cat lovers and if a little girl or a big girl wants a kitty hat I say make one. It’s not disrespectful in any way shape or manner. I was knitting cat hats many years before it was adopted as a symbol by the new women’s movement. We’re getting way too sensitive these days. It’s a kitty hat, no more no less 🙂

Lee Bernstein - SimplyHeavenKnits

I love ponytail and messy bun hats. I originally wrote a knitting pattern one in 2016, for Knit Picks. I have since added the pattern to Etsy under the title Get-Up-and-Go Messy Bun Ponytail Beanie Hat.

I want to thank ALL of the ponytail and messy bun hat designers out there! I love how we inspire each other . . . and I love how we keep the “fad” going. Actually, I have a feeling it won’t be a fad for long — instead, it will become a classic hat design, loved by long-haired lovelies for many years to come. Bring on those patterns!


OMG I absolutely love these hats. Wish I knew how to knit. 🙁


I quite agree with Sue Lee. I used to use the cat hat pattern for homeless charity because it was quick and easily sized up or down. After it was used so disrespectfully and with such venom and nastiness, I refuse to knit another. It’s okay. Many other patterns out there.


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