Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pink Ponytail Hat

Pink Ponytail Hat
Pink Ponytail Hat

A few of you have been asking for a ponytail/messy bun hat, and I'll admit there are two reasons why I haven't jumped on the trend. #1 - Hedwig (my fake head) looks absolutely RIDICULOUS when I try to put her lovely hair in any kind of updo, which means that I have to model any version of this hat myself. Not exactly my favorite activity. And #2 - when one designs these kinds of hats, one doesn't get to design the very best part - the crown. Even in the face of this sad, crownless world, though, when I got a request to do a ponytail hat with a pattern similar to the Cellular Stitch Kids' Poncho, I put on my big girl pants and got it done. Because I couldn't make a crown, however, I had to get a bit fancier nearer to the face. But if you want to make this hat with the Cellular Stitch and that stitch alone (you can get a better view of it in the picture below - it's the top part, with the holes), simply knit the ribbing and then knit rows 26 - 29 on repeat until your hat measures roughly 6" and you've just finished row 29, and then proceed with the remaining rows as written.

Yarn: Sommer Merino 85 (100% Superwash Wool; 96 yards [85 meters]/50 grams); #867 - 2 skeins

Pink Ponytail Hat
A better view of the back.
And my small, sad little ponytail.
Needles: 16" circular needle in size US 6, one 16" circular needle in size US 8, one set of double pointed needles (dpns) in size US 8

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 17 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

So let's make one of these hats, shall we? Using your size US 6 circular needle, cast on 90 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll work the following ribbing:

Ribbing Row: * k1, p1; rep from *

Knit this ribbing row until piece measures roughly 2". Transfer work to your size US 8 circular needle, and then we'll work a variation on the Wide Leaf Border from page 342 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns that transitions into the Cellular Stitch. I wish I had better news for you at this point, but sadly you'll have to follow the pattern for every single row of this hat, as follows:

Rows 1 & 2: knit

Row 3:* k5, k2tog, (k1, yo, k1) in next stitch, ssk, k5 *

Row 4: * p5, k5, p5 *

Row 5: * k4, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, ssk, k4 *

Row 6: knit

Row 7: * k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3 *

Row 8: * p3, k9, p3 *

Row 9: * k2, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k2 *

Row 10: knit

Row 11: * k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, ssk, k1 *

Row 12: * p1, k13, p1 *

Row 13: * k1, ssk, (k3, yo) twice, k3, k2tog, k1 * 

Row 14: knit

Row 15: * k1, yo, ssk, k3, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k1 *

Row 16: knit

Row 17: * k2, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k2 *

Row 18: knit

Row 19: * k3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k3 *

Row 20: knit

Row 21: * k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1 *

Row 22: knit

Row 23: * yo, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, k1, k2tog * 

Row 24: knit

Row 25: * (k2tog, yo, k1) twice, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, (k2tog, yo, k1) twice *

Row 26: knit

Row 27: * yo, k1, k2tog *

Row 28: knit

Row 29: * k2tog, yo, k1 *

Row 30: knit

Row 31: * (yo, k1, k2tog) twice, sl2-k1-p2sso, (yo, k1, k2tog) twice * (78 stitches)

Row 32: * k5, sl2-k1-p2sso, k5 * (66 stitches)

You're going to want to switch to your dpns at this point...

Row 33: * k2tog, yo, k2, sl2-k1-p2sso, k1, k2tog, yo, k1 * (54 stitches)

Row 34: * k3, sl2-k1-p2sso, k3 * (42 stitches)

Row 35: * k2, sl2-k1-p2sso, k2 * (30 stitches)

Complete rows 1 - 35 and then knit 5 rows around. Bind off loosely and tuck in ends. If desired, block.

Pink Ponytail Hat
Pink Ponytail Hat
Pink Ponytail Hat
Pink Ponytail Hat
Pink Ponytail Hat
Pink Ponytail Hat

31 comments:

  1. OMGosh. That is SO cute! My hair is rather short now and layered. I might have to knit myself a ponytail to put on top. Thanks so much. What a darling design.

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    1. Ha! Yeah I have just enough hair to (kinda!) make it work. And it was years before that that I couldn't have....

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  2. Your sad little ponytail makes me very happy. ;-) The hat is really quite stunning. Beautiful stitches!

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    1. Thank you! My sad little ponytail has been getting slightly happier. :)

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  3. Hi, I am having trouble with line 3. What do you mean in the next stitch. I get to the end and I am off and I have been knitting for years but I am stuck on this.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi there!

      This is a 1-to-3 increase, so you will perform all of those actions - k1, yo, k1 again - in a single stitch. Here's a link to a video, for further help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8R2sj1JsKg :)

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  4. I'm glad you modeled this instead of Hedwig! The hat is beautiful and you look great!

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  5. Yes her hair isn't terribly poseable although sometimes I braid it! And thank you! :)

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  6. Perfect! Prettiest pattern I've seen after looking for a half hour at some really not so pretty ones.

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    1. Wonderful! Let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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  7. If mine comes out looking as good, I will send you a pic.

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  8. Hi! I made this for myself (my first ever piece for myself!) and loved it so much I wear it all the time -- and now of course like three people want me to make them for people as gifts before Christmas (Sigh! Need more time! LOL). Anyway, one of the people is a little girl with a smaller head than mine and since I am a relatively new knitter (and also suck at math), I don't know how to decrease the pattern properly. Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. Hi there!

      Glad to hear that this pattern is working out so well for you! :) And I am happy to help - are you looking for more of a toddler size, or a child?

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    2. Child. She's in 2nd grade, but is tiny for her age. So a child's small I would guess, and I'm sure it would stretch too.

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    3. They always do stretch, don't they! :) And I would say you have two options:

      1) Knit the hat with slightly thinner yarn, on smaller needles. I recommend aiming for 18 - 19 stitches per 4 inches, and decreasing the ribbing by about .5". If you do this, you can simply knit the pattern as written, although if it looks like it's getting too long you can also cut rows 27 - 30. The nice thing about scaling down the yarn gauge, though, is that the whole design scales down and often works out nicely for a smaller pattern that still has the same proportions.

      2) You could cast on 75 stitches instead of 90. If you do this the pattern will still work out (other than the stitch counts at the decrease), but I recommend knitting the ribbing on a needle one size larger, and possibly the main pattern as well (that's a call you may want to make after measuring the ribbing). If you do this, definitely reduce the ribbing to 1" (or maybe even do a rolled brim - just purl four rows around), and then cut rows 27 - 30 so it doesn't get too long.

      Anyway, I hope everything works out for you, let me know if you have any questions! Oh, and another choice would be to knit a LONGER ribbing (for either option) and design it to fold over. This is what I did with my smallest son's most recent hat, and it's grown with him nicely!!!

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    4. Awesome thanks so much! I actually did start with a lighter weight yarn and I was just worried that as I got further on, it wouldn't be warm enough for the Iowan winter!

      I will try the others and let you know! Thanks for taking the time to help! Much appreciated.

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    5. You're right that that's a risk - if you've got any hand sewing skills and you're worried, you could try lining it with fleece?

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    6. Me again! I just sat down to cast on trying the 75 stitch version and realized that doesn't work for the 1x1 ribbing. Should I just run 76 and decrease one after the ribbing?

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    7. Rib* not run * (I'm. So tired lol)

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    8. Ah yes, you're totally right, and that is a perfect solution!!! :)

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  9. BTW, here is my finished hat (I did a neutral brown bc Im boring LOL)

    https://ibb.co/mwBaqG
    https://ibb.co/eztYcw

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    1. Oh, it's so pretty though! And brown isn't boring, just practical. I always make myself super brightly colored stuff and then I have nothing to wear it with!!!! I have actually considered shaping my wardrobe entirely around my knit accessories, and that's just sad...

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    2. Ha, I think "sad" is a relative term for "awesome" :)

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    3. That's what I choose to believe!!!

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  10. your hat is stunning i cant wait to knit it thank you.

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    1. So glad you like it! Let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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  11. Hello! I love this hat, but am struggling with row 13, I keep ending up with 2 stitches at the end of the row. I am wondering if I am not getting the "(k3, yo) twice" part right? I have tried to google it, but no luck finding information. Please help, I absolutely want to complete this. Thanks!

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    1. Hi! It's certainly possible that that's your trouble; I wrote the row out stitch by stitch below so you can figure it out! I hope that helps, and if not, please let me know and I'll try again! :)

      Row 13: * k1, ssk, k3, yo, k3, yo, k3, k2tog, k1 *

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    2. Gah! Thanks for the clarification. No surprise on my part, I was making it too complicated. I read it as everything inside the parentheses was in one stitch. Thanks again!

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    3. No worries, I'm always happy to answer questions! (and you are by no means the only person who overcomplicates stuff!!!) :)

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