Phoneytail Hat and Fun Bun Faux Messy Bun Hat
Honestly, I never thought about this… I hadn’t had a little girl, so never really considered what momma’s go through when their little girls’ hair is slow to come in and slow to grow. But a quick Google search reveals the reality that it’s a big stressor and a cause of worry for many moms.
I learned about it, first hand, one night, sitting around the hot tub at a blogger’s convention in Portland where I met my friend, Kim, from the Thrifty Little Mom blog. (You should pop over there and check out her great momma tips when you’re done here!)
Kim and I got to talking about the messy bun hat and all the craziness that went on with that product. She mentioned that her twin girls would look so cute in a ponytail hat, but that their hair hadn’t grown in yet. In fact, she shared that her girls were often greeted as and referred to as boys….even when they were wearing pink!
That’s when she suggested the idea of making ponytail hats for the girls with little to no hair….with a fake ponytail. It was genius!
So, I got to work figuring out how to securely add a phoneytail to a ponytail or messy bun hat. After a few tries, I came up with something that I thought they’d love….and they did!
Here are Kim’s girls sharing their new hats and mom with her traditional messy bun hat.
Mom reports that they didn’t want to take them off!
Aren’t they just precious?!
A Labor of Love
The hats were a hit. So, I got busy writing up the pattern to share here and arranging to make a promo video…and all the other things that go into releasing a pattern…and, you know what?
The more I worked with the pattern, the more I got to thinking about some dear friends who deal with the stigma of hair loss every day. Even in the midst of fighting for their lives, they miss their hair and work hard to reclaim the title “beautiful” as something deeper…outside our culture’s perception of a woman’s beauty.
Sometimes they can easily embrace their strength and claim their beauty….other times it’s harder.
My heart hurts for them.
Do I think a phoneytail hat will fix everything for them? No. I don’t But after considering how I might honor them as I work on this project, I’ve felt called to donate a portion of the proceeds of the premium pattern to an organization that exists to offer help for just this issue.
While I am in no way associated with the Locks of Love organization, I have admired the work they do to provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children and adults up to age 21 who have experienced hair loss due to a medical diagnosis – no matter what that diagnosis is.
So, while the pattern for the adult size Phoneytail or Fun Bun hat is provided, below, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the upgraded pattern will be donated to Locks of Love.
If you’re making the hat to sell in your own crochet shop, for profit, then I’d ask that you do the same, if you’re able.
You can find information on making a donation to Locks of Love on their site.
Ready to Make Your Own?
Make your own Phoneytail Hat in the women’s medium/large size, use the instructions that follow…
OR get your ad-free, downloadable copy of the pattern which includes instructions for:
- four sizes of hat (toddler, youth, teen, and women’s),
- adding the fun bun, and
- turning the Phoneytail hat into a closed-top hat or traditional messy bun hat!
via this link to my Ravelry shop.
Sizing and Yardage
These instructions are for a women’s medium/large hat. The finished piece will fit head’s sized 22″ to 23″ in circumference.
You will need approximately 90 yards of size 6 (super bulky) yarn.
- Approximately 90 yards size 6 (super bulky) yarn. I used Lion Brand Hometown USA
- Size 6.5 mm (US K) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Costume wig in the color of your choice
- For fun bun: drawstring chignon in the color of your choice
- Tape measure
- Matching thread
After completing round 4, the circle should measure 7.25 – 7.5″ across.
- CH: chain
- SC: single crochet
- HDC – half-double crochet
- SLST: slip stitch
- No matter your skill level, I always suggest that you read through the pattern from beginning to end before beginning your work just to be sure you don’t have any questions that might cause frustration in the midst of your project.
- A tutorial video for this pattern is in the works and will be found on my YouTube channel as soon as it’s ready. Go ahead and subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!
Special: Stitches Used
- Criss-Cross Stitch: Skip the first stitch, SLST in to the next st. and CH2. HDC in the skipped stitch. Cross stitch made. To continue: *Skip a stitch, HDC in the next stitch, HDC in the skipped stitch.* Continue this pattern to make a round of cross stitches.
- HDC in the back bar (see image on next page: Several rows in the pattern are worked in the back bar of the HDC from the row below. Instead of working through both loops, or the back loop, when you work in the back bar you stitch through the loop directly behind/below the back loop.
To Make the Phoneytail Hat
With 9.00 mm hook and super bulky yarn
Chain 6. Join with a SLST to beginning chain to form a loop.
RND1: CH2 (counts as beginning HDC here and throughout), work 8 HDCs into the loop. Join with a SLST to top of beginning CH2. (9 sts)
RND2: CH2, HDC in the same stitch as beginning ch2, work 2 HDCs in each stitch around. Join with a SLST to top of beginning CH2. (18 sts)
RND3: CH2, HDC in the same stitch as beginning ch2, HDC in the next st, *2HDCs in the next st, HDC in the next,* repeat from * to * 7 more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning CH2. (27 sts)
RND4: CH1, 2HDC into the same stitch as beginning ch2, HDC in each of the next 2 sts, *2HDC in the next st, HDC, HDC,* repeat from * to * 7 more times. Join with a SLST to beginning HDC. (36 sts)
Gauge check: this circle should measure 7.25 – 7.5”
RND5: SK first stitch, SLST into the next stitch, CH2 (counts as HDC), HDC in the skipped stitch, *SK a stitch, HDC in the next stitch, HDC in the skipped stitch,* repeat from * to * 16 more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning ch2. (36 sts)
RND6: (working in the back bar) CH1, 2HDC in same stitch as beginning, HDC in the next 16 sts, 2HDC in the next st, HDC in the remaining 16 sts.. Join with a SLST to beginning HDC. (38 sts)
RND7: SK first stitch, SLST into the next stitch, CH2 (counts as HDC), HDC in the skipped stitch, *SK a stitch, HDC in the next stitch, HDC in the skipped stitch,* repeat from * to * 17 more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning ch2. (38 sts)
RND8: Repeat Rnd 6
RND9: Repeat Rnd 7.
RND10: Repeat Rnd 6.
RND11: Repeat Rnd 7.
RND12: (working in the back bar) CH1, SC in each stitch around. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (38 sts)
RND13: (working through both loops now) CH1, SC in each stitch around. Join with a SLST to beginning SC. (38 sts)
RND14: repeat Rnd 13.
Adding the Phoneytail
To add the phoneytail, you’ll need:
- The costume wig
- A tape measure
- Sewing needle
Separate the rows of hair in the wig.
You’ll be cutting through the netting, leaving some attached to the wig and some attached to the hair that you’ll be using.
Cut a strip of hair that measures 24″
This measurement is an approximation. The amount you’ll need will vary based on the quality of the wig and the desired thickness of the ponytail.
If you can’t get a continuous strip, it’s ok to use two strips and sew them together.
With about a one-yard strand of thread, thread the needle, fold the thread in half and tie a knot in the end.
At one end of the strip of hair, attached your thread securely. Begin rolling the hair and stitching it together.
Continue rolling and stitching in order to secure the strip in a ponytail shape.
Once you’ve finished stitching the phoneytail, tie off your thread if you’re coming to the end of it. Otherwise, you’ll use this same thread to continue at the *.
With a new strand of thread, tie a knot.
*Turning your hat inside out, thread your needle through the hole in the hat from the outside to the inside and gently pull the end of the phoneytail through the hole.
Secure the phoneytail to the hat by stitching around the opening of the hold and catching the phoneytail in your stitches. Do this until the tail is securely attached.
Tie off and cut the thread.
Turn the hat right-side out and you’re finished with a Phoneytail Hat.
I really do hope you enjoy making the hat and that it’s a joy or a blessing for the person who gets to wear it. Again, you can grab your copy of the premium (4 sizes and additional instructions) pattern on Ravelry.
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