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32 Messy Bun Hat Patterns

On the hunt for a free crochet messy bun hat? This page has crochet ponytail hat patterns for every style!

By: Julia Wiatr, Editor,
Updated September 11, 2020
32 Messy Bun Hat Patterns

Bun hats, also known as ponytail hats and "messy" bun hats, have cropped up seemingly out of nowhere, and now you can't browse through crochet patterns without coming across one of these unique crochet hat patterns.

We gathered up all of our crochet messy bun hat patterns, all 32 of them, in one easy-to-find spot so that you can see what all the fuss is about.

Crochet messy bun hats are very similar to normal crochet beanie patterns, but there's a hole at the top of the hat for you to pull your ponytail or your bun through.

This way you can still wear your hair up and out of your face underneath a warm and cozy winter crochet hat!

These ponytail hat patterns are easy to work up and come in all colors and yarn weights, from worsted weight up through super bulky!

Take a look around, find your next favorite messy bun beanie or hat and join in the craze. 

PLUS! Want to watch a video tutorial for your very own crochet bun hat? Check out the video tutorial for our Quick and Easy Messy Bun Hat right below!

Free Crochet Messy Bun Hat Patterns (Solid)

These solid-colored crochet bun hat patterns are worked up in primarily one color, though can sometimes feature a small accent color here and there. These designs are best if you want to have a solid staple for the winter in either a winter white or soft neutral shade, or choose your own favorite color for any of these patterns.

These simple messy bun beanies and bun hats will be your go-to winter staple, from the Messy Crochet Bun Hat that features delicate buttons to the Block Stitch Bun Hat, which features a simple repeating stitch pattern to get you wearing your new crochet hat as quickly as possible.  

Free Ponytail Hat Crochet Patterns (Multi-Colored)

Whether you work with multiple skeins of yarn in different colors or with a nicely variegated skein of yarn, multi-colored crochet ponytail hats (aka messy bun hats) will definitely stand out in the crowd and wow anyone who sees it.

Let the yarn do all the yarn in terms of color changes with the Simple Textured Messy Bun Hat, or work with multiples colors and put your color joining skills to the test with the Linen Stitch Messy Bun Hat. Mix and match your favorite colors or stick with some coordinating neutrals for a unique winter look.

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I noticed that this collection is divided into Messy Bun and Ponytail hats. Im a little confused because just looking at them, I cant really find any distinction other than what the designer chooses to call them. Some of the patterns in this handy collection are new to me, while others are old friends. Kudos to the editors for archiving these patterns.

I dont think you should give a bad rating based on this not being your style. The rating should be based on how well the item is presented and whether the patterns are clear and easy to read, all the needed supplies are listed, and there are pictures or illustrations to support the project. One of the commenters is being unfair to the designer.

these are so pretty

love these! so cute ) thanks for the chance

I would say they are out of fashion with the young people.

Thank you for the great blog. I would like to thank you for giving us this chance to win the giveaway today.

these would be awesome for all kind of presents during fall winter and spring great to make for missionaries that are in the cold areas of the country .A great project to do. It would be awesome to win to be able to do this great mission project. Thank you for the giveaway . God bless you.

I would like to win.

I think as long as its cold and windy, people will wear them!!

I think the bun hats are still hot but with the warmer weather coming we may not see them as much for a while. I think once winter comes again they will be just as hot as before.

LOVE these hats! I've had so many ppl ask me if I could make them one!

the hats all have special things about them and would be great for anyone that wears winter hats

Made them for my girls, they are great. With a lighter yarn they'd be great for fall or spring. A must for those days when your on the run

this is all the raves this year can be for girls and boys .God bless

Very popular this year. I made at least 30 of them. And while I thought the teenagers would go wild over them, I had more orders from women over 40. If not for the mild winter here in Ohio, I think I could have sold more. Still some left and will make a few more for the upcoming fall craft show season.

I made a messy bun hat as a birthday gift and posted it Since then have done about 20 more. Love doing them and from the expressions in the photos know they are well liked.

wear a ponytail every single day and I live in Michigan, so when I have to go outside when it's cold, I wear ear muffs because hats don't work with my pony. I absolutely love this, it's perfect for me! 3

I do think these Bun Hat Patterns are still very popular. My best friend and her daughters love theirs and now my daughter wants me to make her one too! These would have been perfect for our latest weekend in the snow )

Yes I think these Bun Hat Patterns would still be popular. When you Have your hair in a bun and do not want it messed up by a regular hat. These bun hats work perfect for that. I give it 5 stars.

Nice ! I know a few friends and family members that can use them !

thank you for the giveaway. I would make these for my daughter and the girls at church to wear with there ponytails and when they were a bun . I think they are great could make in so many colors . God bless you .

These patterns are still sizzling hot....perfect for walking or running in cold weather for us long, haired gals!

I would make them as wear my hair in a bun or ponytail and so do my daughters and daughter-in-law. They may not be as popular as they once were but for us they are more practical than trying to get our hair stuffed under other hats.

I think these will always be popular-easy to work up-nice ear warmers too!

I wouldn't make one. Definitely not my style.

I dont think you should give a bad rating based on this not being your style. The rating should be based on how well the item is presented and whether the patterns are clear and easy to read, all the needed supplies are listed, and there are pictures or illustrations to support the project. You are being unfair.

These are ok, but not my style.

this is definitely on my to do list!

Haven't made any and don't plan to. I lost my hair to chemo and haven't been able to grow it thick enough for a bun or even pony why bother making a holey hat?

I not sure about the look. If that is what everyone wants I would make them.

This is the first time I have seen these! SO AWESOME! I can't wait to make them for the long haired women in my life!

I have made many but I think they have died out in popularity. I still love to make them though!!!

I have not made one of these yet but plan to do so for a couple of my nieces at Christmas time.

I love these! So cute! I've made 2 for my daughter and will be starting one for each of my 3 nieces.

The bun/ponytail hats are still in. I made my own pattern and sent the hat to my future granddaughter-in-law as a Christmas gift and she loves it. I wish she would send me a picture of herself wearing it! I finished the top off fancy with a shell stitch.

They are wonderful and much appreciated by those with long hair.

This is the messy bun hat I made - I love them and love looking for new styles!

They're a novelty type of thing, so I think these hats will not be the hot style next winter. They're cut for kids, but even with my long hair I didn't make one for myself.

These really aren't selling for me anymore.

I am so behind the times. I haven't seen these before. LOL

After being inundated with these patterns for months (everyone's got a version!! Or five...) I am sooooo over the messy bun hat. Definitely time for a new trend....or not. I am not a sheep!!!

Even though my hair is short I've made over 45 hats since December. Most of them were messy bun hats.

I've made 2 different ones. Next time they get to pick something so I'm not stuck with the unwanted hats. I have short hair so they're not for me. A good idea for those with long hair.

I will happily crochet one for my daughter or granddaughter but for me???I must grow out my hair )

I am LOVING all of these Messy Bun Hats! So many choices, the hardest part is figuring out which one to make first.

I love them and make them, wear them. I have lots of hair to hang out.


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