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Tea Cosy Hat

Free knitting pattern for a fairisle patterned hat

Stranded knitted hat with drawstring top


To fit head circumference 50 – 55cm


Yarn: 120m of black 8 ply wool for ribbing and fairisle patterning, 100m of variegated 8ply wool for the background.

I used 60gm of Jo Sharp Classic DK 8 ply wool in colour black for the ribbing and fairisle patterning, and 50gm natural for the background, which I dyed in rainbow colours as shown in the photo below using the cold padding method.

Hand dyed ranbow colored wool

40cm long circular needles in size 3.75mm and 4mm


22sts to 10cm over fairisle pattern on 4mm needles


Yo = yarn over

K2tog = knit 2 stitches together


Using 3.75mm needles and black, cast on 112sts and join for circular knitting.

Work 3cm k2, p2 rib

Change to 4mm needles and join background colour.

Work 48 rounds following the fairisle chart below (chart shows a single pattern repeat), then knit one round plain background colour.

Colorwork knitting chart

Cut background colour and change to 3.75mm needles.

Continuing in black only, knit 1 round

Eyelet round: *yo, k2tog, p2**; repeat from * to ** until you reach the end of the round.

Continue in k2, p2 rib for a further 3cm.

Cast off


Wash and block your hat.

Using 1 x 90cm strand of each colour, make a twisted cord, approximately 30cm long. Thread the cord through the eyelets, pull tight and tie in a bow.

Ball of Jo Sharp wool To find out more about her range of yarns, and where to buy them, visit Jo Sharp’s website at

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