I remember one day, while shopping just before Christmas, a woman coming up to me in the store, with an expression of what looked like amazement at the time, and I wondered whatever for! It turns out that she loved my HAT! I don't know how many women can relate, but I often wear my longer hair in a ponytail in the winter time, because of the static electricity. The fly-away hair that results from the season's low humidity, then gets in my face, my eyes, my lip gloss.. You get the picture! AT it's worst, it can really bother the dickens out of me! So I have a couple of ponytail hats I've made; because that bumpy look, from wearing any other kind of hat, I think, just looks AWFUL!.. Anyways, "I LOVE your hat!" this woman in the store said. "My gosh, you should SELL those!" Oh, how often do I get told THAT?! Well, I was very flattered, and I did thank her for her kindness. I remember leaving that store purchasing very little, but I was feeling like a million bucks!
Now recently, I did see (HERE) a very pretty ponytail type of hat on another person's blog; but I have done another version of a ponytail hat, my own way, for years now, and this has raised yet another blogger's curiosity as to how I make mine. Feeling the weather conditions as they are right now, and then still wanting to make a hat to match a new pocketbook I got for Christmas.. THEN, all the while, having been missing my yarns and crochet hooks ever since the big-bad move!!.. Well... NOW just seems the perfect time to share my way to make a ponytail hat for this cold winter season!.. So, I'm happy to now share with you my first crochet pattern for 2010! Here you can see a couple of views of the one I just finished, made to match "Mama's new bag"!
I have made myself a few of these hats in different colors. For the hat shown, I used Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn, in color 0406, Med Thyme. It doesn't take terribly long to make one, and the rolled-up cuff is nice for keeping your ears extra warm!
My Pretty Ponytail Hat:
(c) Pattern designed by (TLS) Beansieleigh; then written and posted on January 4, 2010, at http://beansiebabbles.blogspot.com/
4-ply acrylic yarn, such as Red Heart Super Saver (approx. 3 to 4 oz., as I had plenty left over from a 7 oz. skein)
1 ponytail elastic (preferably with no metal, but in whatever color you choose)
Crochet hook size G
Yarn needle for weaving in yarn ends
Level of Experience: Some experience may be helpful on this project, perhaps; but for the most part, this should be fairly easy enough even for a beginner!
Gauge: Every two rows = approximately 1/2".
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slit stitch
BLO = back loops only
sc dec = single crochet decrease (How to HERE)
*Note: It is always a good idea to read the directions, in their entirety, before beginning your project.
Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook, and in each chain across. (38 sc) Chain 1, turn.
Rows 2-82: In BLO, sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
After completing Row 82, and turning, keep hook in place and bring bottom row up behind the row you are at, so that you can now crochet the two edges together, to form a tube. To make a nice, neat seam as you go, make sure you go through both loops on the front edge closest to you, while going through the one loop from the back (Row 1) edge. Through all 3 loops, sl st across, to the ends of the rows. (38 sl st) Do NOT finish off.
*Note: Now is the time to try this onto your head to check for size. You may want to add/decrease stitches per row, for length.. OR, you may want to add/decrease rows, whichever may be necessary for circumference around the head. Remember, you will be folding a cuff up, so you should decide on preference and any changes for this too. (I made the folded cuff on my hat approx. 2 and 1/2".) If all is well and fitted at this point, then you may proceed with pattern.
Turn piece, keeping your hook and work in place, so that inside is now the proper outside of your hat. Now, grasping your hair elastic in place, where you left off, sc dec around the elastic and into the middle stitches of the end of every two rows, till you meet back at the beginning. Sl st to connect this round. (This may sound complicated, but you are merely trying to sc around, while decreasing stitches to end up with a proper-sized opening for a ponytail.) You should end up with approx. 21 sc in all, around and now covering your hair elastic.)
*Note: You now have the opening for your ponytail! If you have thin hair, or are making this hat for a child, you may want to weave your yarn through and around the opening, then tighten this yarn before fastening off, so to make the opening even smaller. As I have baby-fine hair, it is necessary for me to do so on my OWN hat. From here, weave in any yarn ends, then just turn the opposite side of your hat to form a folded cuff.
You are now finished! You may of course choose to style or embellish this hat in a number of ways. You can add decorative edging around the cuff, and/or at the ponytail opening. You may want to add ear flaps, and/or ties! I have used variegated colors for hats that came out very pretty! Have fun, enjoy, and may you always wear this in good health!