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


  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.

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

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

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

  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.

    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: :)

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

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