Today’s Messy Bun Hat is going to be a fun one!  I’ve gotten lots of requests from you, so I’ve designed a very basic knitting pattern for this knitted beanie with room for your messy bun or ponytail.

I encourage you to get really creative with changing up your yarn colors and mixing knit stitch patterns.

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES for the Messy Bun Hat Pattern

Slip Knot 
Cable Cast On Method
Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
• Stretchy Bind Off


MATERIALS for the Messy Bun Hat Pattern

• Yarn in Bulky weight.  Any fiber and colors of your choice. I’m using wool for extra warmth.
• Straight Knitting Needles size 11 US (8.0 mm)
• Scissors
• Tapestry Needle

Materials. How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.



MESSY BUN HAT PATTERN

This hat is knitted flat, with bulky weight yarn, so it’s a one sitting quick knit. And you can get really creative with patterns and colors. Let’s get started!

This is a really simple hat pattern because it is knitted flat on straight knitting needles. I’m using large size 11 US knitting needles and bulky weight yarn, so it knits up really fast!


RECOMMENDED KNIT STITCH PATTERNS for the Messy Bun Hat Pattern

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• 2×2 Rib Stitch Pattern
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How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.


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ABBREVIATIONS

CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
K = Knit
P = Purl
K2Tog = Knit Two Stitches Together
BO = Bind Off
** = Repeat pattern between asterisks


KNIT STITCH PATTERN for the Messy Bun Hat Pattern

Step 1 | Casting On

Cast On 52 Stitches.
We begin with our beloved Slip Knot and are using the Cable Cast On Method to cast on 52 stitches onto our knitting needle.  You may use the Long Tail Cast On Method, if you’re more comfortable with it. I just personally prefer the look of the Cable Cast On for adult hats.

Cable Cast On. How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.

Step 2 | Knit Hat Brim

We are going to knit a 2×2 rib stitch pattern for the brim of our hat.
Rows 1 – 4: * K2, P2 *
Repeat pattern between the asterisks on all rows.

We begin by knitting two stitches, then bring our yarn to the front to purl two stitches. Simply continue this 2×2 rib stitch pattern on all four rows.

2x2 Rib Stitch Pattern. How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.

Step 3 | Knit Length of Hat

Knit your hat the length you desire!  I recommend measuring where you’d like to your hat to hit from just an inch below the crown of your head to the middle of your ears.

My adult hat fits best at 8.5″ inches long.

A child’s hat fits great around 6″ long.

Knit Hat Length. How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.

How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.

Step 4 | Decrease Top of Hat

Just one super easy decrease row!  That’s part of the beauty of this hat. We bypass all those decrease rows!

Simply decrease with the Knit 2 Together (K2Tog) stitch.  Since I cast on 52 stitches, I now have 26.

Decrease K2Tog. How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.

Decrease K2Tog. How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.

Step 5 | Bind Off

Now let’s bind off.  You may bind off your normal way, but I’m going to do the Stretchy Bind Off, because it has a bit more give when pulling my hair through the opening at the top of our hat.

Bind Off. How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.

Step 6 | Tack Edges of Hat Together

With the “right” sides of our knitted work folded into each other, go ahead and tack the edges of your hat together using your tapestry needle and yarn.

I suggest using the same yarn color to tack your edges together for a more seamless look.

Tack Edges Together. How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.

Step 7 | Weave In Ends

Weave in the ends of all yarn tails, turn your hat right-side out, and you are DONE!


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How to Knit a Messy Bun Hat Beanie Ponytails in 7 Easy Steps. Free Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit.