Crochet Patterns


Happy Monday!

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! Mine went pretty awesome! We spent our Saturday cleaning up the house and our Sunday going to church, shopping, and we also visited my mother-in-law. I don’t usually have time crafting in the weekend but that’s okay, family time is more important than anything else!

So, last week, I released the first part of my Winter Break Patterns Collection which is called the Winter Break Ear Warmer. Have you checked that out yet? If so, what do you think? Are you going to make one for yourself or for a friend maybe? If not yet, you can check it out here!

Today, I am going to share with you the second part and it is called the Winter Break Ponytail. This pattern has the same concept like those Messy Bun Hats.

Before we dive in to the pattern, let me tell you a little bit of this collection. This collection came to me when my friend, Elisabeth from Desamour Designs, was looking for some designers to be featured in her Selfish Crochet Blog Hop. Of course, I applied and got accepted! Since this blog hop is for the new year, I decided to create a new design. I played with some stitches until I came up with this stitch pattern. I am not even sure of the name of this stitch pattern (if it’s already made before) but I just love the simple textures of it! It was actually Elisabeth who suggested the ear warmer and this ponytail patterns! Thank you my dear friend!

This pattern is free here on my page but you may also purchase the inexpensive PDF file (with chart and diagram) on my Ravelry shop for easy printing and reading.  Purchasing the PDF file helps to support my blog and allows me to continue to share my patterns with you. 

Note: The pdf file will be available as soon as the other Winter Break Patterns are published!

You may also PIN it for later use.

Let’s begin!


DIFFICULTY: Adventurous Beginner


  • Worsted Weight (4) Yarn | Red Heart Saver or Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice or any similar worsted weight yarns
  • Crochet Hook Size J | 6 mm (or size to obtain gauge)
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tape Measure
  • Tapestry Needle

GAUGE: 13 sts x 15 rows = 4 inches (main pattern done in tube)

FINISHED MEASUREMENT (Flat lay): 10 (width) x 4.25 (height) inches


  • Ch(s) – Chain(s)
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • DC – Double Crochet
  • FSC – Foundation Single Crochet (watch video tutorial here)
  • PM – Place Marker
  • Sk – Skip
  • Sl – Slip
  • Sp – Space
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)


  1. Read through the entire pattern before starting.
  2. This pattern is worked in rounds, from the bottom up.
  3. The beginning ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch.
  4. Numbers in ( ) at end of round indicate the number of stitches in that round.
  5. Asterisks * * indicate repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat at specified locations.
  6. I recommend using stitch marker to mark the beginning or the 1st st of each round. Remember to move up the stitch marker in each round.


Written for size Teen or Small Adult. Adjust size by crocheting less/more 2 chains for a smaller/larger head circumference. Measure while stretched.

Ch 64, being careful not to twist your chs, sl st in the 1st ch. (64)

R1: Ch 1, SC in the 1st ch and in every ch around (PM in the 1st st). Sl st in the 1st SC to join. (64)

Option: FSC 64. Sl st in the 1st SC to join. (64)

R2: Ch 1, SC in the 1st st, *ch 1, sk a st, SC in the next st*. Repeat from * to * around until 1 st remaining, ch 1, sk a st. Sl st in the 1st SC to join. (64)

R3: Ch 1, DC in the last st of R1 or 2 rounds below. *Sk a st, SC in the ch 1 sp, DC in the st below the ch 1 sp*. Repeat from * to * around until 1 ch 1 sp remaining, SC in the last ch 1 sp. Sl st in the 1st DC to join. (64)

R4 – R26: Repeat R2 and R3 or until the height of your piece measures 6.5 inches, ending with R3. (64)

R27: Repeat R1. (64)

R28: Ch 1, SC2Tog around. Sl st in the 1st SC. (32)

R29: Repeat R28. (16)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

You’re done!

Check out the beautiful works of my pattern testers: Stefanie Budnik (@ made_with_love_by_steffi) and Toni (@tonimaycrochet)

By Stefanie Budnik (@ made_with_love_by_steffi)
By Toni (@tonimaycrochet)

These two ladies did an amazing job! Their work came out so beautifully!

Don’t forget to check out the last part (maybe not, we’ll see!) of this collection on Wednesday!

Have a great day!

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would love to see what you create, please use these hashtags #stringsandcuddles, #stringsandcuddlesdesigns, #winterbreakpatterns, #winterbreakpatternscollection, #winterbreakponytail, to share.

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