Pattern for Wormhead’s Tea-Cozy Hat

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Hat Description

Tea Cozy is a beanie Hat with a hole for a ponytail. The hole is set up from the head, like a short tube, and has an I-cord as a drawstring. The Hat has a ribbed brim and is otherwise worked in stocking stitch throughout.


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Chunky weight, single or multi-ply yarn.


Needles & Notions

Set 5mm/UK6/US8 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle


Sample Details

Shown in Manos del Uruguay Clasica [138yd/126m per 100g; 100% Wool]

Shown in size 22in/56cm on model with 21.5in/54.5cm circumference head



16 sts x 20 rows to 4in/10cm on 5mm needles over St.St.



To fit sizes: 20 [22, 23] in/51 [56, 58.5] cm
Finished size: 18 [20, 21] in/45 [51, 53] cm

Not sure which size to make? Check my handy size and measuring guide!


Skills Required

Alternate Cable Cast-on for 2×2 Ribbing
Knitting in the round
Increases and Decreases
Standard Bind-off
Blocking a Hand Knit Hat



K: knit
P: purl
rpt: repeat
R/rnd(s): rounds
st(s): stitch(es)
yo: wrap yarn round needle to create a yarnover
k2tog: knit next 2 sts together

How To

Using Alternate Cable cast-on for 2×2 rib, cast on 72 [80, 84] sts

Join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

Place st marker to indicate start of round.



Now work for the brim by knitting 2×2 rib (K2, P2) every round for 2 in/5 cm (or desired length)



Change to stocking stitch and knit every round until work measures 6 [6.5, 7] in/15 [16.5, 18] cm from cast-on edge.

22in size only: *K38, K2tog; rpt from * to end [78 sts]



Small size jump to Rnd 3, Medium size jump to Rnd 2, Large size start at Rnd 1.

Rnd 1: *K12, K2tog; rpt from * to end [78 sts]

Rnd 2: *K11, K2tog; rpt from * to end [72 sts]

Rnd 3: *K10, K2tog; rpt from * to end [66 sts]

Rnd 4: *K9, K2tog; rpt from * to end [60 sts]

Rnd 5: *K8, K2tog; rpt from * to end [54 sts]

Rnd 6: *K7, K2tog; rpt from * to end [48 sts]

Rnd 7: *K6, K2tog; rpt from * to end [42 sts]

Rnd 8: *K5, K2tog; rpt from * to end [36 sts]

Rnd 9: *K4, K2tog; rpt from * to end [30 sts]


Prepare for the drawstring

Rnd 10: *K15, M1; rpt from * to end [32 sts]

Rnd 11: *K2, K2tog, yo; rpt from * to end [32 sts]

Rnd 12: Knit all sts

Rnd 13: *K4, M1; rpt from * to end [40sts]

Work plain stocking stitch for a further 2 in/5cm. Cast off all sts.



Cast on 3 sts.

Work I-Cord for around 20″ or as long as you fancy. Thread through eyelets and gather up.



Weave in all ends and block as required.

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  1. ambermoggie

    Wow Ruth how did you know I needed a new hat design to try? Loved making the ear flap ones but bored now:) Will sort some yarn out and try this. Pictures to follow. After all it is on DPNs and I haven’t tried them yet:)

  2. ~Silvia~

    That is one great Hat..I like the color very much 🙂 Would Noro be suitable you think?

  3. Woolly Wormhead

    I’m sure Noro would be suitable indeed… one their yarns gives the same gauge, no?

  4. Woolly Wormhead

    And another thought.. you probably could knit this one on straights if you fancied. Just start the crown shapings:-

    K4, *K2tog,K8* repeat to end etc etc.

    But be a devil and give DPN’s a try 😉

  5. Angelina Gabriel

    Hi Ruth,

    I just finished this one yesterday and it’s fantastic too!!! 🙂 Thanks again so very much! 🙂

    Hugs & Love,

  6. dalit

    can someone please give me the pattern for the tea cosy hat? I couldn’t downlaod the pdf file. thank you


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