There's a new hat fashion in town - The Messy Bun Beanie. Styles have cropped up all over social media in a big way.
It's always amusing to see something old become popular again with a sexy new name.
Doesn't a "messy bun beanie" sound so much more interesting than an old ponytail hat.
As a kid I wore these hats and remember all too well in my teaching days the little girls at recess with "holey hats".
Like all fashions, they come and go waiting to be re-invented or as we say today "rebranded".
There are 3 styles - a hat without the last few rows on top, a hat with a back seam partially sewn up or a few stitches in a row at the back, cast off or chained over to create a simple hole.
But in the end all these styles serve a purpose allowing long hair to swing freely and not be bunched up inside a close-fitting hat.
Read further for patterns that may inspire you to knit and/or crochet different versions of this holey hat.