Tailgating Messy Bun Hat

Learn how to knit a messy bun hat to keep looking your best this fall.

The ponytail hat trend has arrived just in time to keep your team spirit up no matter how cold it gets. The opening at the top will let your messy bun or ponytail free itself without costing you warmth, and you can even tailor the stripes to match your school’s colors.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 17” circumference x 8” tall to fit average Adult Woman’s head.

Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking.


Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (100% Acrylic; 315 yards [288 meters]/170 grams): 9509 Grey Heather (A), 1 skein; 9711 Dark Country Blue (B), 1 skein; 9701 White (C), 1 skein; 9707 Dark Sage (D), 1 skein

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm): 16” circular; US size 8 (5 mm): 16” circular

Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch marker.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round on circular needles. There is a ribbed brim, then the hat is worked in stockinette stitch for the body. You will decrease for the crown before switching back to ribbing for the pony tail opening.


With smaller needles and D, CO 84 sts. Place marker to show the beginning of the rnd.

Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 1-12: Rep Rnd 1.

Switch to larger needles.

With C, knit 4 rnds.

With B, knit 10 rnds.

With A, knit 8 rnds.

Crown Decrease

Rnd 1 (Dec): With B, *k5, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 72 sts.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3 (Dec): *k4, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 60 sts.

Rnd 4: Knit.

Rnd 5: With C, *k3, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 48 sts.

Rnd 6: Knit.

Rnd 7: With D, *k2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 36 sts.

Rnd 8: Knit.

Rnd 9: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd – 24 sts.

Rnd 10: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 11-12: Rep Rnd 10.

BO all sts loosely in est ribbing.


Weave in ends. Steam block to measurements.

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