A Stroll in the Park

Pattern Type
Ponytail Hat (Knitting)
Originally Published
December 2016
KnitPicks Preciosa Tonal
20 sts/4 in(10cm)
Needle Size
US 7 (4.5mm)

From the back

I’m switching it up a bit for this pattern – I actually made something meant for me! Yay! There seems to be a bit of a “messy bun hat” craze happening right now, so I thought I’d contribute some of my color work happiness to the party.

I honestly thought about getting REALLY crazy and just doing a single color.

And then I came to my senses and came up with this color work houndstooth motif instead! Color work forever, baby. And houndstooth. Houndstooth is awesome. You can never have enough houndstooth.
From the side

Now, for the hole in the top. This was actually the easy part. Literally, you just end the hat a few rows early.

Actually, that’s a bit of a fib. I did make a few adjustments to what I would normally do in the decrease rounds, mostly to a) preserve the awesomeness of the houndstooth and b) to help shape the hat better for messy-bun-ness.

I also made the hole nice and big so it’s easy to get a ponytail/bun through. It’s already kind of tricky to get a hat on while threading your hair through, let’s keep things as easy as possible, shall we? 😉

The yarn used for this hat is a soft, fuzzy, worsted weight yarn that makes the hat feel snuggly and warm. The blue is a tonal yarn that adds a bit of depth and fun. The white is a bare, non-dyed yarn, and works as a perfect partner to the variations in the blue yarn.

Hope you enjoy the pattern! Happy knitting!

Mrs. L

A Stroll in the Park

SizeTouring Cambridge

Made for: Adult woman
Finished Size: 19.2in (48.5cm) around, 7in (17.8cm) height

Needle Size: US 7 (4.5mm)


Preciosa Tonal by KnitPicks

  • Main Color (MC): Maritime
  • Alternate Color (A1): Bare


This pattern uses two-color stranding. This pattern also is knit in the round with circular knitting needles and assumes the use of magic loop for decreases.

Stitch Abbreviations

K = knit
K2tog = knit two together
M1 = make 1
PM = place stitch marker (optional)

() = repeat


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Using MC, cast on 76 stitches using long tail cast on. Join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. PM to mark end of round.

If you find you want a snugglier fit to your band, you can size down to a US 6 needle to cast on and for the first 9 rows.

Rounds 1-9: Using MC, (K1, P1) around. (76 sts)

Round 10: ((K4, M1) 4 times, (K3, M1) once) 4 times. (96 sts)

Rounds 11-18: Join A1. Using MC and A1, Work Chart 1 around.

Chart 1

Chart 1

Rounds 19-26: Repeat Rounds 11-18.

Rounds 27-34: Repeat Rounds 11-18.

Rounds 35-39: Complete Rounds 11-15 of Chart 1. Finish off A1.

At this point, your hat should measure 5.5in (14cm). You may need to add or remove Chart 1 rounds to get to this length.

Rounds 40-47: Work Chart 2 around. (96 sts, 88 sts, 80 sts, 72 sts, 64 sts, 56 sts, 48 sts, 40 sts)

Chart 2

Chart 2

NOTE: I made the hole nice and big to make it easy to slip the hat on and off over a ponytail/bun. If you would like to make the hole smaller, continue decreasing 2 extra rows in the style of Chart 2.

Bind off stitches using the decrease bind off method. Weave in loose ends.

written by

Mrs. Luedeke

Mrs. Luedeke is a knitwear designer that designs free, pop-culture inspired knitting patterns


  • Elena Cortez-Lang

    Mrs. Luedeke, thank you for this great sounding pattern “A Stroll in the Park”.
    How many skeins of yarn are used for each color?

    Elena Cortez-Lang

    • Mrs. Luedeke

      Hi, Elena! One skein of each color is more than enough to complete this project! (Even in the 50g size, you should still be ok). It’s a good stash-buster 😉

  • Erin Preslar

    Ok i have made this 2 times so far and size 7 needles and following the pattern…isnt big enough for my head….a child maybe so what am i doing wrong??? I followed the pattern to the t and then what size needles i would need to use to make it bigger or how many more stitches would i need to cast on to make it bigger??? Please help…i love the pattern!!!

    • Mrs. Luedeke

      Hi, Erin! Can you take a ruler and measure how many stitches across are in 4″ (10cm)? There should be 20 stitches for every 4″ (10cm). This is your gauge. Are you using the yarn recommended by the pattern? Sometimes changing the yarn can have an effect on the gauge. Also, many people knit more tightly when they do color work, so it’s possible that you may need to go up a needle size to get the correct gauge.

      Believe it or not, one size up may make all the difference! If it is really, REALLY small, perhaps two needle sizes would be better. Chances are, though, only one needle size will help a lot!

      Hope this helps!

  • Clorinda Mondi

    Would like to have/purchase this pattern Have already made hat for my daughter but don’t know how to finish off opening in top Help

    • Mrs. Luedeke

      Hi, Clorinda! This pattern uses the decrease bind-off method to finish off the hat. Here is a Youtube video explaining decrease bind off:

      Hope this helps!

  • Denise

    What size needle do you suggest? I see the note of saying to go down to 6 if you want it tighter for the first 9 rows but has no mention of the needle to use

    • Mrs. Luedeke

      This pattern suggests a US 7 (4.5mm) needle, mentioned in the sidebar but not again in the beginning of the pattern – good catch!

      Mrs. L

  • Monica

    Thank you for sharing this great pattern!!