For those days when you want to rock a ponytail or messy bun and a hat, crochet one of these beanies that will accommodate your hair while keeping you warm! Crocheted messy bun hats look like your average beanie, but they have an opening at the top so your hair can come through instead of being flattened inside.
These crochet hats started as a trend, but they aren't going anywhere. And why would they? Ponytail hats are cute and practical, and this list of patterns is sure to convince you!
01 of 10
Many ponytail and messy bun hats start with an opening that's tight around your hair. This shell stitch hat by Lauren of Daisy Cottage Designs has a larger opening, which makes it easier to slip on over your hair bun.
The shell stitch design gives this a nice texture and the added bow makes it extra special. This and many of Lauren's other patterns are free, but you can also buy the PDF version for easy printing and saving.
02 of 10
Even beginners can make this super bulky messy bun beanie! Phanessa Fong includes video tutorials along with her pattern so anyone can successfully accomplish this project. Puff stitch makes the bulk of this hat, which you can make as a traditional beanie or with the opening at the top!
03 of 10
What could be cozier than a buffalo plaid winter hat? Learn how to crochet in plaid from Whistle and Ivy's tutorial series, which includes the messy bun hat, an infinity scarf, and boot cuffs!
Instead of a large or elastic opening, this pattern weaves ribbon through the stitches so you can cinch up the hat and embellish your hair with a pretty bow!
04 of 10
Instead of working in the round, try this crocheted beanie made with vertical rows. Although it includes a few special stitches, it's still easy enough for beginners who have already made a few projects. The free pattern includes two sizes and works around an elastic hair tie at the top.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
What's better than one ponytail? Two pigtails! Bethany from Haute Kippy designed her version of the ponytail hat for a young friend who wanted to show off her pigtails. It's toddler/child-sized, but if you want to try this fun style, you could add more stitches for a larger version.
06 of 10
No need to pull this beanie on over your hair—just wrap it around your head and button it in place! Crochet this extra-wide headband-style hat with single crochet and chain stitches to form the faux cables. Not only does the button closure make this easy to put on over your perfectly styled bun, but it also adds a fun detail.
07 of 10
This ponytail hat from Crochet by Jennifer has a bonnet styling with braided ties. Perfect for intermediate crocheters, the main body of the hat features a basket weave stitch pattern. It also comes in a few sizes, like all the hats in Jennifer's shop. Be sure to look through her extensive collection!
08 of 10
You can crochet this beehive-style hat in a flash because it's made with super bulky yarn. The pattern includes five sizes, as well as options for adding the stripes and the bow. With just this one pattern, you can make hats for all your friends and family!Continue to 9 of 10 below.
09 of 10
Erin from The Cookie Snob designed her version of the messy bun beanie in the style of her series of 3 mL beanies. They hold more than 3 milliliters, but the backstory for the name includes some fun geekery. And to create the rows of horizontal chains, she works into the third loop of the half double crochet stitches. It's a fun way to make a hat with a popular look!
10 of 10
Although this last ponytail hat is a knitting pattern, the cat ears make it too adorable to skip. For those who both crochet and knit, grab your needles and cast on this cutie! But even if you don't knit, you might just be inspired to work up some triangle ears to attach to your favorite crochet ponytail hat!