The Urban Homesteader’s Winter Hat

I submitted a pattern for Knitty’s winter issue, but it was rejected because it was a similar concept to Piggle which was published recently. So I will offer it here for anyone interested in a quick gift knit.

I’ll be back soon with some hot off the needles projects, but for now, here’s a cut and paste from my pattern submission with a link to the pdf:

The Urban Homesteader Hat

Urban Homesteader Hat

Pig tails and Pony tails and Chickens, Oh My! All in the urban backyard.
Wear this whimsical yet practical hat with pride.
The idea for this hat started when I was (yet again) about to leave the house in winter without a hat on because I did not want to stretch out my hat with my ponytail. P-funk asked why I just didn’t make a hat that I could wear with a ponytail. I started think of ways to accomplish this without leaving drafty holes in the hat open all the time.
The idea developed from there to include pigtails. Yes, most adult women do not wear pigtails, but those of use with bobs know that it is the most practical way to keep our hair out of the way. Maybe the hat is a bit much for you, but it can be a great fun and useful hat for a girl in your life. The perfect thing to grab as you run outside, whether you are going out to the store or out to feed the chickens.

And with pigtails

Pattern:   urbanhomesteader.pdf

And I will leave you with Zeeba giving you her fierce look.

Zeeba looking fierce


  1. denise said,

    November 25, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Super cute, C! I love the flappies and the buttons. And the chicken of course.

  2. Nell said,

    November 25, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    Love the Chicken!
    And the hat’s super cute too!

  3. Stella said,

    November 25, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    I love that it can accommodate 1 or 2 tails… or 3! And Zeeba is quite the looker. :)

  4. Kirsten said,

    November 26, 2007 at 4:46 am

    Adorable! The buttons on the flaps are a great touch.
    That is one fabulous chicken!

  5. Sarah said,

    November 26, 2007 at 5:46 am

    Adorable! Such a great idea — sorry the Knitty editors didn’t agree.

  6. Ashley said,

    November 26, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Brilliant. Love the flexibility–I wear pigs all the time, even though I am a grownup (kinda).

  7. stacey said,

    November 26, 2007 at 5:47 am

    These are darling – I especially love the button flaps! Thank you for sharing the pattern!

  8. Bea said,

    November 26, 2007 at 6:10 am

    Such a cute idea! I love the button flaps. Also your chicken.

  9. Lolly said,

    November 26, 2007 at 7:22 am

    A brilliant idea! very cute! Great photos too ;)

  10. Nina said,

    November 26, 2007 at 7:24 am

    FABULOUS! Thanks so much for sharing this. I really want to make one for myself…. And I SO would not mess with Zeba!

  11. Kristy said,

    November 26, 2007 at 8:13 am

    Great idea! I love those button flaps. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Danielle said,

    November 26, 2007 at 8:26 am

    So cute! The flaps are ingenous.

  13. Amanda said,

    November 26, 2007 at 8:27 am

    I cant wait to make one for my oldest little girl. Perfect!

  14. Lara said,

    November 26, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Love the hats! I wonder if I can whip three up for my girls for stocking stuffers? They would love them! Great idea and great pattern. Love the flaps.

  15. Lori said,

    November 26, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Really, really clever idea! I love those hats!

  16. Shannon said,

    November 26, 2007 at 11:07 am

    So cute and clever. I had never wseen the other version before. I love the little flap! I would have loved this when I still wore pony tails. I wish my hair was long enough now!

  17. Specs said,

    November 26, 2007 at 11:16 am

    I stopped wearing pigtails after some jackass guy referred to them as “handlebars” and forever ruined my non-sexual conception of the pigtails.

    And damn, that is one intense chicken.

  18. Julia said,

    November 26, 2007 at 11:30 am

    It’s so cute! Different from Piggles I think, what with the buttons and all. Oh well! I love the yarn you’ve used. Good for you for keeping on writing those patterns!! I’m impressed.

  19. zumagirl said,

    November 26, 2007 at 11:37 am

    This is such a great idea! Just this weekend I had my hat pulled down over my ponytail and it was getting all pulled out of shape. I’m going to have to try this pattern!

  20. Macoco said,

    November 26, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Those buttons flaps are really great – the hats are beautiful. Zeeba looks very fierce!

  21. Mrs. Hipp said,

    November 26, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Great idea for avoiding that horrid bump when you wear a knit hat over a ponytail. Thank you for sharing it!

  22. WickedStitch said,

    November 26, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    This is a FABBY pattern. So much more versatile than the ‘other’ one. One/two ponies and LOW ponies…which is worn more than the high ponies.
    It’s a shame Knitty did not accept your submission. But hey, we blog readers gain from it! :o) Great photos too!

  23. Heather said,

    November 26, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    Love them!! And Knitty clearly doesn’t know a hot pattern when they see one!:)

  24. knitopia said,

    November 26, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Love it!

  25. Emma said,

    November 26, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    So adorable! So practical!

  26. tiennie said,

    November 26, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Love these! It’s awesome to have hats geared towards girls and their ponytails (like cool softball helmets!)

  27. Alice said,

    November 26, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    That hat is super cute! I can’t wait ’til my little girl grows enough hair to actually wear something like this ;)

    The pictures with the chickens just melt my heart. It really brings back some great memories from my childhood. Thank you for posting them!

  28. nova said,

    November 26, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    You should be careful, this project rendering is teetering dangerously close to both hip and funky. Just saying.

  29. jupiterjessica said,

    November 27, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Too cute! Love the buttonholes. Thanks for posting! :)

  30. stacey said,

    November 27, 2007 at 7:10 am

    how cute!!!! love the one with 2 holes!

  31. leslie said,

    November 27, 2007 at 8:01 am

    so so cute!
    thank you!!!

  32. Erin said,

    November 27, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    I love it! SO cute…I mean little compartments for pigtails? And chickens? It is almost too cute.

  33. Melissa said,

    November 27, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    Very cute. Now if only you could figure out a pattern for preventing hat head hair…

  34. MaryBeth said,

    November 27, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    I love it! My son was just teasing me that I needed a hat with a pony tail hole!

    thanks for sharing :)

  35. patrick said,

    November 27, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    those barred rocks sure can give you the eye! I like the hat.

  36. Bobbi said,

    November 27, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  37. Carrie said,

    November 27, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Great pattern! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Liz K. said,

    November 28, 2007 at 5:53 am

    So cute! I’m totally making one for my daughter!

  39. Marlena said,

    November 28, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Okay, I’m just going to say it… I like your hat WAY better than piggle! I really tried to like piggle because I really wanted a hat I could wear with pigtails. Yours is brilliant, and I love it.

    Also, seeing your chicken makes me miss my beloved Chicklet Charlie, my bantam rooster I kept as a pet when I was about 10. :)

  40. Brenda said,

    November 28, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Very cute! I think Zeeba would like her own version with a flap to fit her comb.

  41. Arianne said,

    November 29, 2007 at 4:40 am

    (Don’t tell but I like yours better than Piggle! I like that you can close the holes! I like that there are options of hair style!)

    LOVE THE HAT!!! :)

  42. elizabeth said,

    November 29, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    This is so adorable! I’m going to knit one for my sister, she’ll love it!

  43. Melanie said,

    November 30, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Sooo super cute! I have to make a few for my nieces!

  44. kelp! said,

    November 30, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Are those… buttons in the back? Man, that’s cute. I wish I could rock the pigtails, I would totally make this hat.

  45. Spritely Stephanie said,

    November 30, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    that is one handsome chicken – and I adore the hat :) especially because it accommodates so many tails! When I crop my hair back, I wear the piggies, though right how it’s a bit long for pigtails, so I’m doing the pony thing.

    Query for you – for the adult hat – you wouldn’t happen to know how much yardage you need for a complete large adult hat would you? I saw MC 1 ~4oz skein and CC 1 ~4 oz skein – if you don’t know yardage, but have the hat to throw on a scale, that would work for me too ;) Thanks for such a rockin’ pattern! Happy Holidays!

  46. mel said,

    December 1, 2007 at 5:16 am

    Awesome Christy!!! Great idea and terrific pics – thanks for sharing it :)

  47. mommaowie said,

    December 1, 2007 at 7:54 am

    WOW! I so love this pattern. I think this is going to become my number 1 holiday knit. I just clicked past the ‘other’ pattern. This one is great for adults and kids. It is so versatile! Now maybe I can get my daughter to keep her hat on if I anchor it with her ponies. My girlfriends can have warm heads now too and give up the baseball caps!

  48. ali said,

    December 1, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    I love that you included spots for both pigtails and a ponytail rather than one or the other! I’ve seen several pigtail hats, but I love the versatility of this one! Very cute, and I gotta love the chicken!
    Happy knitting-

  49. Chesley said,

    December 2, 2007 at 7:25 am

    Fabulous idea! I’m always sporting the ponytail -’cuz life doesn’t leave me time for much else- the is just what I need.

  50. Niko said,

    December 5, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Den lua er veldig smart.

  51. Ronni said,

    December 5, 2007 at 11:43 am

    This is such a cute hat. I thank you for posting the pattern because the second I finish the holiday knitting I am starting one of these cute hats for me.

  52. Chrissy said,

    October 28, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    My best friend called me with a brilliant way for us to ‘get rich’. She wanted me to invent a ‘ponytail’ hat. Well you’ve already done that and this is adorable and well constructed. I am casting on tomorrow!

  53. Shelli said,

    November 23, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Heck, I don’t even know how to knit, but I want one of these..okay 6 of these. I have 5 girls and I want one too. ::sigh:: So cute.

  54. lisa said,

    November 26, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    love them !!!

  55. Helen said,

    December 18, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I can finally comment on this! (I swear the comment field was missing for a while) I LOVE this hat and will totally be knitting it for my a-line ponytailed hairdo! Knitty is awesome, but I really don’t think it would do this hat justice! You are an AMAZING artist!

  56. Pip said,

    October 25, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for a great pattern – I cast on this afternoon and will certainly have it all finished for a 2yr old’s birthday on Saturday :)

  57. Lindsay said,

    January 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Love this! Now I’ve got to find a child to knit it for…

  58. mcleodhandcraftgifts said,

    June 30, 2010 at 2:43 am

    taleneded knitter ! great design ! What a fresh looking hat

  59. kathy said,

    August 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

    fo you sell them ? and can you make them with pigtails in more traditional location – higher on head ?

    very interested