30+ Free Messy Bun Hat Patterns
On the hunt for a free crochet messy bun hat? This page has crochet ponytail hat patterns for every style!
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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 (or knitting!) without coming across one of these unique hats with an extra hole for your hair.
With this ponytail hat collection, we've gathered up all of the most popular, awesome, and free crochet messy bun hat patterns.
All pictured and a few clicks away in one easy-to-find spot. Scroll down so that you can see what all the fuss is about!
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.
Wearing a creative and specific hat like those in this collection is perfect for those days when you maybe forgot to shower but need to run errands (no judgment).
Or, perhaps you want to keep your hair up but want to keep your head warm. Whatever your reason, you won't want to go back to a normal hat once you have one of these in your closet. 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. Not to mention the various stitches and styles you will find below.
Take a look around this page, 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!
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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.
A little extra bulk and texture is always nice, and this design makes it so easy to incorporate!
No more fretting bad hair days when you have this easy messy bun crochet pattern at the ready!
Adding some texture to your work, like in this messy bun hat, is a good way to add some easy elegance to your work.
Sometimes all that's missing from your finished piece is that one big accent piece - try adding a big button!
Try this enticing design made with simple shells throughout.
Puff stitches add to the flexibility of this crochet ponytail hat.
A neutral and simple stitch pattern let the elegance of the design shine through on this one.
This messy bun hat includes ear flaps to be that much warmer than your average bun hat.
Try your hand at some cabling with this messy bun hat project.
This crochet ponytail hat is just right for the sci-fi fans!
This ponytail hat features puff stitches and a ribbed row to ensure it fits perfectly.
The beauty is in this ponytail hat's simplicity - use your favorite color and see for yourself!
For some extra flair, try a design that incorporates some buttons, like this messy crochet bun hat.
Try out a new stitch with this ponytail hat - and work in a little colorwork practice, too!
To ensure the best fit, make your entire bun hat ribbed, like in this design!
This features some more open and airy stitches for a more decorative look.
Tired of the same old ponytail beanies? Learn how to 3D crochet with this unique messy bun hat.
How about one with a brim and a lower ponytail hole? Plus, you can make the brim as tight as you want with the button placement.
This thick and cute crochet ponytail or bun hat is oversized without being slouchy.
No frills or special stitches needed here - just the basics in a solid color of your choosing.
This quick bun hat that works up in less than an hour. Made with super bulky yarn, it'll keep you warm and trendy.
Did you watch the video above? You can use a variegated yarn in a simple stitch for a cool self-striping effect!
For more super easy crochet hats, check out 60+ Free Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners
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.
When the name says it all, it's just nice and easy to work up, and using a variegated yarn, you can easily show off multiple colors.
The combination of calming variegated yarn and the attractive star stitch make this crochet ponytail hat a must-crochet hat for anyone!
Using simple post stitches, you can easily create a textured work of art, just like this ponytail hat.
An easy design made with a multi-variegated skein.
This design is almost slouchy giving it a cozier feel - the ribbing certainly helps!
Use the linen stitch to make this simple design
Most ponytail hats require you put your hair up exactly so - not this design! Choose where your ponytail is with this bun hat.
This bottom-up design features three possible finished looks, so how it ends up is up to you!
Add some colorwork snowflakes to your ponytail hat crochet pattern by following this design.
Using two colors and a simple construction, this piece just can't be beat.
If you have a lot of hair, then this is the trendy hat for you! Not only is it stylish and unique but there is little extra space for the ladies’ hair mass that laughs at the typical elastic hair tie.
This messy beanie is full of texture. This easy crochet hat is worked flat and joined at the end. It's perfect whether it is your first hat or you want something that works up quickly.
Show your patriotic side with this messy bun hat that also offers some sun protection with its wavy brim.
Alternate triple crochet and single crochet stitches to create this effortlessly stripey design.
The bold geometric pattern definitely stands out from the rest of the hats you see - and it's not that tricky to do! Click and see for yourself.
What do you get when you combine shell stitches and some colorwork? Well, an option is this ponytail hat - give this intermediate pattern a try!
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