Adjustable Ponytail Hat

I have to say, this hat started with really good intentions! This skein of yarn, to be exact:

What is there not to LOVE about this yarn?!? Yes, it’s as soft as it looks. Yes, it’s absolutely beautiful. And yes, it’s my favorite type of yarn…roving style! The only problem with it was this: 

It does not work very well when it’s crocheted! It looks more like a semi truck full of paint got in an accident with a sheep, but not in a good way. I’d say, it probably looks much better knit, which is a theory I plan to test another day!

Needless to say, I started over with some Red Heart Soft Yarn and I am definitely much happier with the way it turned out than the Yarn Bee. Yes, I jumped on the messy bun hat/Ponytail Hat fad, but I have a good reason why. I was walking around Michaels one night and someone was wearing one of those hats…except they didn’t have a messy bun, nor a ponytail. It was just a hole in the top of their hat, it looked…odd, to put it nicely, and drove me bonkers every time I saw them! That’s when I dreamt up this beauty! You can have a Ponytail or a bun or even just straight hair and still wear the same hat, just pull the cord and close up the hole! The best part is, it’s super simple!

Adjustable Ponytail Hat

  • Red Heart Soft (1)
  •  J Hook
  • Needle
  • Scissors


  • The measurement for the bands of the hats may seem on the smaller side, but don’t worry the band has a lot of stretch.

Sizes: Child (Teen, Adult)
Hat Band

  • Row 1: Ch 9, Sc in second chain from hook and each remaining chain across, turn. (8sc)
  • Row 2: Ch 1, working in BLO, Sc in first and every stitch across, turn. (8sc)

Repeat Row 2 until Hat Band measures 16″ (18″, 20″) in length. Join ends together by slip stitching together through the Back Loops, flip Hat Band right side out.
Hat Body

  • Round 1: Ch 1, working on the long end of your Hat Band, Sc in the end of first and each stitch around, join with a sl st.
  • Round 2: Ch 1, Sc in first Sc in each stitch around, join with a sl st.
  • Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), herringbone dc in first and each stitch around, join with a sl st to first herringbone dc. 
  • Round 4: Ch 1, Sc in first and each stitch around, join with a sl st
  • Round 5: Repeat Round 4.
  • Round 6: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), herringbone dc in first and each stitch around, join with a sl st to first herringbone dc.

Repeat Rounds 4-6 until Hat measures 7.5″ (8″, 8.5″) including the Hat Band, be sure to end with a Round 6.

  • To finish, slip stitch in each stitch around.
  • Fasten off and weave in ends.
  • Ch 80-100. Fasten off.
  • Weave chained length through last herringbone dc round, pull and loosen as desired, tie in a bow!

I hope you enjoy!

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