Is it a Tea Cosy or is it a Hat?

A friend, actually it is a friends sister, works with children and her trademark is hats, she tells me she has a whole range of them from funky to funny. It all started a few Christmases ago when she wore a santa hat for work, it caused such amusement that she has been collecting hats ever since.Zig Zag Crochet Hat

It started with this colourful stripy Ripple Tea Cosy.

Crochet Ripple Tea Cosy2

Anyway this lovely (slightly crazy lady) saw this Tea Cosy and asked me if I could make her a hat in the same style. Well it does look rather like a hat doesn’t it?

Easy peasy.

That’s what I thought, that is until I sat down to make it! The Tea Cosy is made in two halves but I thought the hat would look better with just one join, sounds simple enough, just add the number of stitches and off you go. But when I tried to put the cosy on as a hat it was a little on the tight side so  the hat would need to be bigger.

That’s when it took a bit more thinking about, to get the right size and the pattern to join in a continual zig zag. I do find it quite taxing to work these things out, it all makes sense on paper but then in practice………not always so.

I have been trying to find some software for crochet pattern writing but sadly have yet to find anything that works well. If anyone knows of anything I would love to hear from you.

In the meantime I will be delivering the hat this weekend, I hope she likes it.


28 thoughts on “Is it a Tea Cosy or is it a Hat?

  1. Sarah April 22, 2016 / 12:21

    I need to make a fun and funky hat as soon as possible! I was feeling a bit low this morning; found your link in another blog I was reading. Well, as soon as I saw the hat and read your blog, I was smiling inside. Something fun and different is just what I needed today! Thank you so much! (Oh, I was reading about your purple and green mandala, and linked to try to see the pattern! So happy I went exploring!)


    • April 28, 2016 / 19:27

      So happy you found something to lift your mood and make you smile. I hope you will share your completed hat, I look forward to seeing how it turn out.


  2. thelandroverownerswife October 18, 2015 / 09:20

    How could she not like it. So bright and cheerful – perfect for brightening up the gloomiest days of winter 🙂


  3. Deb October 16, 2015 / 02:35

    I love this! I would absolutely wear a hat like that, so best of luck getting the pattern design sorted out. 🙂


    • October 17, 2015 / 22:05

      Your comment made me so happy, at least I know for sure there is someone out there who would wear my creation, thank you.


      • Deb October 18, 2015 / 08:59

        Lol I have made some rather interesting hats myself that I wear as often as possible. Hats make me happy. 😊


  4. Tajana October 15, 2015 / 14:02

    The hat is gorgeous as it is the teapot cozy! Oh, I know that well since I have it at mine ❤ Thank you so so so so so so so very much for your precious gift!!!


  5. alookatthelittlethings October 15, 2015 / 12:36

    Trying to modify a pattern drives me bonkers. I’m not one to sit down and try to figure out the math, and just winging it doesn’t always work out as planned. 🙂


    • October 17, 2015 / 22:15

      To be honest it drives me crazy too, I try and work it out logically but so often it doesn’t work, well not at the first time. Patience is most certainly required.

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  6. lovelucie1 October 15, 2015 / 12:31

    She’ll not go unnoticed, wearing that! Lovely neat work.


  7. Noémie October 15, 2015 / 10:26

    I think the hat and the cozy look brilliant 🙂


  8. arlingwoman October 15, 2015 / 01:53

    “Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cosy, doesn’t try it on.”


  9. Arlene October 14, 2015 / 23:50

    She is gonna love it. It is such a unique hat. My favorite things to crochet are beanies and hats. You can just do so many things with them.


    • October 15, 2015 / 00:37

      You are so right, I have made the occaisonal crochet hat previously but am hooked at the moment. I have made knitted animal hats though and they too were addictive.

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      • Arlene October 15, 2015 / 00:44

        I found that post for Age UK. What a neat idea and such cute little hats.


      • October 17, 2015 / 22:06

        You have remined me that it is that time again, I may make some more tiny Innocent Smoothie bottle hats, it is such a good charity to support.

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      • Arlene October 18, 2015 / 01:04

        Glad I could help with something. 🙂


  10. sewchet October 14, 2015 / 22:24

    That’s totally mad and I love it! What a bonkers friend you must have to even think a tea cosy would make a good hat. But, I have to concede – she’s right:)


  11. rainbowjunkiecorner October 14, 2015 / 22:21

    Gosh! software for pattern writing that sounds novel. Design will make a very jolly hat.


    • October 15, 2015 / 00:32

      I have found a couple of items but neither work particularly well, I will keep looking and hopfully will find something one day.


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