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Accidental Genius + 11 Ponytail Free Knit Hat Patterns

By: The Editors of AllFreeKnitting.com
Updated March 28, 2021
Accidental Genius  13 Ponytail Free Knit Hat Patterns

Have you ever had a knitting project go completely wrong? This is exactly what happened to Danica Lause when she attempted her first winter hat knitting pattern. The hat didn’t come out as expected; in fact, the finished product had a big hole in the back that she had somehow mistakenly created. After finding the mistake, Danica tossed the project aside in frustration. Eventually, someone convinced her to try the hat on and they quickly discovered that the hole was a convenient gap for her favored ponytail hairstyle. Ponytail knit hats were born!

“Looking back, I can’t believe I wore that in public, because it was pretty shabby and ridiculous,” Lause said in an interview with BizTimes Milwaukee.

Despite the hat being “shabby and ridiculous” she continued to wear it, and kept getting questions on where others could get their own ponytail hat. She quickly realized the business potential and got to work, refined her design, and has made a full time job making hats from her accidental knitting mistake. Check out this great collection of ponytail knit hats from some of our favorite bloggers around the internet:

We happen to think this was a particularly genius mistake to have made. Here at AllFreeKnitting, we live in an area where hats are a necessity for many months each year, and laments about the ponytail can often be heard. Let’s face it, there just isn’t a comfortable and stylish way to wear a knit hat when you have a ponytail, so ponytail knit hats are a total game changer.

It appears that we aren’t the only ones who wish for better hats to wear with our ponytails. We’ve collected some of our favorite free knitting patterns from around the internet that feature the now infamous hole to let your ponytail fly free and still have a snuggly hat on your head. This collection of great free knit hat patterns from some of our favorite bloggers is sure to feature a warm hat you’d love to wear.  All are easy to knit and feature fun ways to incorporate the ponytail feature into the design.

Of course, these holes were purposefully added, but you could potentially take any knit hat pattern and make a mistake… err… add a design element to let your ponytail out of the confines of the hat.

Pretty Girl Chic Headband

Awaken the wonderful world of fashion knitting in your home with the Pretty Girl Chic Headband. So cute, so stylish, and so fun!
GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Pretty Girl Chic Headband

Pretty in Pink Ponytail Hat

The Pretty in Pink Ponytail Hat is a lovely version of the type of hat taking the knitting world by storm. Feel confident in this stunning knit hat pattern!GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Pretty in Pink Ponytail Hat

Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern

In this video tutorial, Heidi Gustad shows you how to work a decrease in the round to create the perfect messy bun hat. GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Messy Bun Hat Knitting Pattern

Trendy Knit Bun Hat

The Trendy Knit Bun Hat makes wearing your hair in a bun while wearing a hat no problem at all. This free knitting pattern is as easy as knitting a regular beanie, but with the added feature of a hole to accommodate your bun or pony tail.GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Trendy Knit Bun Hat

Cable Rib Hat

As a twist on the classic ribbed beanie, this knit hat pattern can be made with or without a hole in the top for a messy bun or ponytail!GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Cable Rib Hat

Loom Knit Bun Hat

The Loom Knit Bun Hat is a great way to participate in the hottest trend in the yarn community. Since this knit bun hat is made using a loom, you don't need to be an experienced knitter in order to complete the pattern!GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Loom Knit Bun Hat

Cat Ears Headband DIY Pattern

If you’re looking for a fun way to jazz up your winter wardrobe, this Cat Ears Headband DIY Knit Pattern is the way to go! Perfect for hair up or down - or even that gorgeous ballerina bun!GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Cat Ears Headband DIY Pattern

Hat "Holly"

The cutest beanie that allows you to show off your cute ballerina buns! This pattern is easy and comfortable to work with to make a ponytail free hat!GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Hat "Holly"

Two In One Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

If you're looking for a quick knitting project to chase the winter blues away this fun knitting ponytail hat pattern is just the ticket.GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Two In One Ponytail Hat Knitting Pattern

Whims Furls Knit Ear Warmer

From the designer: "I love the look of a basic cable on pretty much anything. And since I created a crochet ear warmer I wanted to design a knit one as a mimic!" Perfect for hair down or up!GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Whims Furls Knit Ear Warmer

Friday Night Headband

Want to know a secret? You can now keep your hair out of your face in style by knitting your own headband. It won't take you long at all to learn how to make a headband with the Friday Night Headband.GET THE PATTERN HERE!

Friday Night Headband
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