Halloween Crochet Ponytail Holder free crochet patterns

Oct 15, 2021 | Crochet patterns

These Halloween Crochet Ponytail Holders are free crochet patterns by Nana’s Crafty Home!

halloween crochet ponytail pattern

Choose between a Jack o’Lantern Pumpkin or a Black Cat for your Halloween crochet fun.

These new patterns for ponytail holders are so quick and easy – all you need is a scrap amount of yarn, an inexpensive elastic hair tie and a small amount of polyfil for stuffing.

The kids are going to love this cute set of ponytail holders, too!  I designed the Jack o’Lantern initially for my granddaughters to wear to our local pumpkin patch.  They were so excited when they saw them!  They got to color coordinate their orange and black outfits for the day. 

I think this pattern would be easy enough for beginners using single crochet stitches throughout.  Worked in the round in two pieces which are then sewn together and stuffed.  Beginners may find the most challenging part is the embroidery faces!  I know for me this is something that I will spend the most time on – sometimes not being entirely happy with my first or second try will start over again and again before I am happy with the final result.

crochet ponytail pattern

The great thing about that is since these are so small you can afford to spend that time – make several with different faces, too!  I made a more traditional jack o’lantern style face but my granddaughter actually preferred the smiley “cute” pumpkin face.

Of course, you could certainly glue on googly eyes, sew on small buttons or add safety eyes instead of working the embroidery.  Whatever works for you!

The black cat can of course be made year round in different colors for any kitty cat lover!  I am sure my granddaughters will be wearing their cat ponytail holders throughout the year.  And what a special little gift the for a cat lover these would make!

I will have a complete video tutorial to show you how to make the base pattern for these ponytail holders.  If you are unable to view the video here on the blog you can also find it on YouTube.  Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video.

And I am sure you are going to be seeing more versions of these in the future – I already have special requests for Thanksgiving and Christmas time patterns.  

These hair ties are perfect for pony tails but could certainly be worn around hair buns as well. 

I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn* for my ponytail holders but feel free to use any worsted weight yarn you have on hand – absolutely great project for your scraps!

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The Halloween Ponytail pattern set is also available as an ad-free, printable PDF. You can purchase the individual pattern for the jack o’lantern & cat ponytail pattern set, or if you love PDFs, you might want to check out my Lifetime Membership. It’s an awesome deal! Never pay for one of my PDFs again!! (Or, scroll down for the free version!)

You can find the free written pattern below at the bottom of this post or you can purchase the ad-free pdf of the Halloween ponytail patterns for a small fee.  Thank you so much for supporting my work! 

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  1. Halloween Treat Cups free crochet pattern set
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black cat and pumpkin ponytail holder patterns

Halloween Ponytail Holders free crochet patterns

Jack o’Lantern & Black Cat

Pattern written in US crochet terminology


Red Heart Super Saver Weight 4/Medium (100% acrylic, 7 oz / 364 yds)

Jack o’Lantern     Pumpkin 11 yds (Color A) / Black 3 yds (Color B)

Black Cat        Black 13 yds (Color A) / White 3 yds (Color B) / Lettuce 3 yds (Color C) 

Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Polyfil fiber filling for stuffing
Elastic hair tie
Tapestry needle

Approximate finished size: 1 3/4”

Gauge: not necessary to project


MC = magic circle
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)

Pattern Notes:

  • Front and back panels are worked in seamless rounds.  Do not slip stitch join at the end of each round.  Use stitch marker to place in first stitch of each round.
  • Front and back panels are sewn together and stuffed after working embroidery on face.

Recommended Tutorials:

Mattress Stitch Tutorial (for sewing panels together)

Complete video tutorial for the Halloween Ponytail Holders

Pattern Instructions

Head Back Panel

With Color A, make MC.

Round 1: ch 1, 6 sc in MC. Tighten MC. OR ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in next st; *now working over elastic hair tie; 2 sc in next st,* now working in sts only, 2 sc in next 2 sts, repeat from * to * 1 time, 2 sc in last st. (12)

halloween ponytail process 1
halloween ponytail process 2

Round 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * around, sl st join in first sc. (18)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Head Front Panel

Round 1:  repeat round 1 of head back. (6)

Round 2:  2 sc in each st around.  (12)

Round 3:  repeat round 3 of head back.  (18)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.  Weave in remaining end.

Jack o’LanternWith Color B, embroider face details.

Black Cat:  With Color B & C, embroider face details.

Weave in ends.

halloween ponytail process 3

With head front and back wrong sides together, with Color A, matching stitches, sew panels together with Mattress Stitch, stuff before closing.

halloween ponytail process 4
crochet ponytail for halloween process 5

Black Cat Ears (make 2)

With Color A, make MC, ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in MC.  Tighten MC.  OR ch 3, sc in second ch from hook, ch 2, sc in last ch.

Fasten off.  Sew ears to head where desired.  Weave in remaining ends.

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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!