Meet the Sea in a Sieve Hat

The Sea in a Sieve Hat references Edward Lear’s nonsense poem “The Jumblies” from 1871. A whimsical bout of fun, the poem is a favorite among young children who appreciate both its singsong rhythm and odd story. The hat – which draws to mind both a sieve’s porosity and the Jumblies’ green heads – is crocheted in the round, starting from the crown. It is worked into a hemisphere of arched stitches, with several rows of denser stitches to start the ruffled brim and give it some shape from which to depart.

meet the designer

Bethany Henderson

Hi! I'm Beth, the creative spirit behind Fig & Filament. I'd like to encourage you to explore playfully with yarn, investigating whatever ideas you encounter along the way. My stitchwork melds my passions and roles as designer, architect, and mama through crafting crochet and knit patterns that inspire childlike play and daily exploration for makers of all ages and backgrounds.

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Pattern Information


Malabrigo Sock (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 440 yds/402 m; 3.5 oz/100 g) in Ivy

  • 1 (1, 1, 1) skeins, or approx 213 (246, 277, 316) yds/194 (226, 253, 289) m of fingering weight yarn

US F-5/3.75 mm hook, or size needed to obtain gauge


Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4)

a – hat circumference: 20 (21.5, 23, 24.5)"/ 50 (53.5, 57.5, 61.5) cm 

b – hat length, crown to start of brim: 7.5 (8, 8.5, 9)"/ 19 (20, 21.5, 22.5) cm

c – brim length:  2 (2.25, 2.25, 2.5)”/ 5 (5.5, 5.5, 6.5) cm

Recommended to be worn with little to no positive ease at hat circumference.

NOTE: Hat size is modified through gauge changes.

Resources & Errata

There are currently no resources or errata for this pattern.

Photos of the Sea in a Sieve Hat were taken by A Day in the Light Photography