The Lily Springtime Ponytail Hat

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OK, can we all just agree that our grand-nieces are adorable?!

Now, that we’re on the same page, I’m so excited to share this springtime ponytail hat pattern with you!

I’ve received such amazing feedback (and social shares) on my previous bun hat and ponytail hat patterns that I thought you’d enjoy this one that’s made for warmer days. Gone are the bulky hats of winter…bring on the lacy, feminine springtime hats!

Little girls modeling lacy ponytail hats in light purple and white. Text reads: Springtime crochet ponytail hat. Free pattern for kids. Upgrade for teen & women's sizes.

This design is made from worsted weight yarn and can be whipped up in an hour or less…and you know how I love a quick project, right?! Well, here it is.

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Photo of a little girl wearing the crocheted Lily Ponytail Hat

Ready to Make Your Own?

Make your own Lily Springtime Ponytail Hat in kids size by using the pattern that follows, below,

or, find the ad-free pattern with instructions for three sizes (kids, teens, women) for less than the price of a cup of coffee by clicking these links to Ravelry.

Skill Level



This pattern is designed to fit a child’s head measuring 19″ – 20″ in circumference.


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Stitches Used

  • SLST: slip stitch
  • SC: single crochet
  • SK: skip stitch
  • DC: double crochet
  • SC2TOG: single crochet two stitches together

Pattern for Gauge

with size H hook, CH27,

  • ROW 1: (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in the 6th ch from hook, SK2 spaces, DC in the next st, *SK2 spaces, (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in the next stitch, SK2, DC* repeat from * to * 2 more times. 
  • ROW 2: CH3 and turn, *SK2 spaces, (2DC, CH1, 2DC) in the next st, SK2, DC,* repeat from * to * 3 more times.
  • ROWS 3 – 6: repeat Row 2. Finish off and measure


6 rows x 2.5 pattern repeats = 4”

Image sample of the gauge for the crocheted Lily Ponytail Hat


This hat is worked from the bottom up, the brim is worked in rows and hat is worked in rounds

Important Notes

  • No matter your proficiency, it is always wise to read through the pattern prior to starting your work.
  • All abbreviations used are noted above in the “stitches used” section.
  • The ribbed brim is created by working each row of SC stitches in the back loop only.
  • The shell stitch used is (2DC, CH1, 2DC)
  • The pattern repeat used is (shell, SK2, DC, SK2) and is repeated throughout the construction of the hat.
Photo of a little girl wearing the Lily Ponytail Hat FREE Crochet Pattern

Lily Springtime Ponytail Hat – Child Size


With size H hook, CH 9.

Row 1: SC in the second chain from hook and in each ch across. CH1, turn. (8 sts)

Row 2: (working in back loop only), SC in the same st as turning ch, SC in each st across. (8 sts)

Row 3 – 54: repeat row 2

Fold so that right sides are together and SLST a seam, matching the back stitches of the last row to the corresponding loops from the foundation chain.

Photo of Lily Ponytail Hat seam beginning
Beginning the seam
Photo of Lily Ponytail Hat seam end
Ending the seam

Turn right side out – the seam will be on the inside.

Round 1: CH1 and turn work 90 degrees. Working into the end stitches of each brim row, work a SC into each row. SLST into first SC to join. (54 sts)

Lily Ponytail Hat round 1

Round 2: CH3 (counts as first DC here and throughout), (DC, CH1, 2DC) in the same st as beginning ch3, SK the next 2 sts, DC, skip the next 2 sts, *(2DC, CH1, 2DC in the next st), sk next 2 sts, DC, sk next 2 sts), repeat * to * 7 more times for a total of 9 shells.

Join with SLST to top of beginning CH3.

Lily Ponytail Hat Round 2a
Round 2, beginning CH3
Lily Ponytail Hat Round 2b
Round 2, first shell pattern repeat
Lily Ponytail Hat Round 2c
Joining round 2

Round 3: SLST into the CH1 space of the first shell from round 2, CH3, (DC, CH1, 2DC) in the same st as beginning CH3, DC in the center of the single DC of the row below, *(2DC, CH1, 2DC in the center ch1 st of next shell), DC in the center of the DC of the row below,* repeat * to * around. Join with SLST to beginning CH3. (9 shells)

Lily Ponytail Hat Round 3a
Round 3, beginning CH3
Lily Ponytail Hat Round 3b
Insert hook into the center of the DC from the row below
Lily Ponytail Hat Round 3c
Round 3, shell pattern repeat complete

Round 4 – 7: repeat round 3

Round 8: (decrease) CH3, 2DC in the same space as the beginning ch3, DC in the center of the next single dc below, *3DC in next shell ch space, DC in the center of the dc below,* repeat from * to * around. Join with SLST to beginning ch3.  (36 sts)

Lily Ponytail Hat decrease shell pattern
Decrease shell pattern repeat

Round 9: (decrease) CH1, SC in the same stitch as beginning ch1. SC in next st, SC2TOG. *SC in the next st, SC in the next st, SC2TOG,* repeat from * to * around. SC in the last st. Join with SLST to beginning ch1. (28 sts)

Round 10: (adding the hair tie) CH1, holding the hair tie behind your stitches and stitching around it, SC in each stitch around. (28 sts).

Lily Ponytail Hat adding hair tie
Encasing the hair tie into the last round
Completed hair tie
Completing the last round

Finish off and tuck ends.

Completed crocheted Lily Ponytail Hat

Find the ad-free pattern with instructions for three sizes (kids, teens, women) on Ravelry.

Photo of 2 young girls wearing Lily Ponytail Hat Free Crochet Pattern

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If you’d love to make this adorable springtime ponytail hat, I’ve created a beautifully formatted, large print, ad-free PDF of this pattern in Child, Teen, and Women’s sizes for you to use at your convenience and you can get it on Ravelry for less than the cost of a cup of coffee…or join the Made with a Twist Makers Club to get lifetime access to all Made with a Twist PDF patterns for just $25!

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  1. Oh yes, your great nieces are totally adorable, especially in their lovely ponytail hats! These are so pretty and so practical. Pinning. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at #HandmadeMonday

  2. Lorna Bazzani says:

    Thank you for letting me be part of your crochet group …

  3. The first messy bun pattern states: Row 3-6 , repeat row 3.
    However there is no Row 3 posted, only row 1&2???

    1. I’m so sorry. It should say, “repeat row 3.” I’ll fix it right away. Thanks for letting me know if the error!

  4. Carolyn Jones says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. It’s difficult to find patterns at times, especially when you only need one. I’ve read the instructions and they seem simple enough for me. Getting ready now to make one for a little friend of mine.

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