I was intrigued by the ponytail/bun beanies and wanted to create a beginner-friendly pattern that worked up quickly. This pattern is worked top-down and it starts with a hair elastic, though you can easily adapt it to start with a chain instead.
Cross Hatch Button-Up Cowl Crochet Pattern - This free crochet cowl is the perfect pattern for the beginner or more experienced crocheter. It is super easy and quick to make. Make one for yourself and then make more for the special people in your life!
Crochet symbols & directions chart from Craftsy. Good article to read if you don't know how to crochet from charts. It's really a simpler way to work than from written instructions and it allows you to use all those gorgeous Japanese and Russian patterns!