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I Knit a Dead Fish Hat & Forced My Kid to Wear It.

I love knitting. It really calms me down when the kids are driving me crazy or I’m stressed out about writing or deadlines. I knit all sorts of things, coffee sleeves, iPhone sweaters, little stuffed animals for the kids. I’ve even knit Godzilla and Mothra.

You can find me on Ravelry, I’m “CoffeeBra” on there. Weird name, I know, but there is a story behind it. I’ll keep this short. 😉

So when I lived down in Morrison, we had a group of moms from our forums who would get together once a week for coffee and knitting and gossip every Tuesday night. I wanted to knit something to sell. After too much caffeine one night Knitschmidt said “coffee and bras”, so the CoffeeBra was born. LOL After knitting and selling over 50 of them, I burnt out. I was over it, but the name stuck. Now I don’t knit things to sell anymore, but I do share my patterns on Ravelry. I have 3 free patterns there, The Skater Baby Brim Hat, Mama Needs a New Hat cable knit and iPhoodie iPhone/iPod case. I hope to add more patterns this winter.

So now, back to the dead fish hat. Knitschmidt made one for her daughter and I LOVED it! I wanted one for myself. It’s soooo super cute. I knit it out of superwash wool so it’s soft, super warm, and washable, perfect for a 3 yr old! After I finished knitting, I had to chase the toddler around with a camera to try to get pictures.


I want to make another one. Maybe a shark version or one that maybe is a little more alive looking. Now that it’s getting colder, my boys could use another crazy knit hat. 😉




  • Freaking adorable. I love it! But, um, I think you need to show us a picture of the coffee bra because my mind’s coming up with all sorts of things.

  • Emily

    Have no fear! The CoffeeBra is here –

  • m

    i LOVE it! i used to knit. i crochet now. i wonder if there is a pattern for crochet?!

  • Emily
  • Beth @ TheAngelForever

    OMG – I am in love with the hats. I need to come out of my knitting shell and try something a little more adventurous. I think I just shy away rom patterns and stick to things that are more mindless. Can I get a push please?!

  • Miss

    OMG that is so awesome. I know my kid wouldn’t wear it because he can’t stand hats but I TOTALLY WOULD!

  • Emily

    You can DO IT! 🙂

  • Michelle

    I love it! That is the cutest thing.

  • Louise

    Oh, my two-year-old would LOVE this. Especially if I told her this was a fish that Grandpa had caught (Grandpa who hates Finding Nemo because it’s an anti-fishing movie!). Too cute!

  • stephanie

    Love this! I need a new hat for ds2, this could be it! Too cute

  • Love it!!


  • Nannette Gilbert

    Too funny and cute.

  • Chrissy

    Now I want to learn to knit! I only know how to crochet.

  • Liz

    I heard knitting can be very relaxing and a stress coping mechanism. Love this hat!

  • Lisa

    What a super cute hat! My son would wear it day and night. He loves animal hats or in this case an aquatic hat.

    Makes me wish I could knit better. I want to be good but am incredibly terrible at it.

  • Rhonda

    I am knitting a deadfish hat with nemo colors. I can’t wait to finish it!
    Liz—knitting is very relaxing!
    I am having back surgery next week…and plan to spend my recovery knitting!

  • Rhonda

    I am knitting a deadfish hat with nemo colors. I can’t wait to finish it!
    Liz—knitting is very relaxing!
    I am having back surgery next week…and plan to spend my recovery knitting!

  • nic

    Would love to knit this but not good with patterns. The mouth part in the pattern has me a bit confused. It talks about short rows and w and t. Could someone expkain that to me. Is it something that is picked up after the main body is started?

  • Sharen

    I would love the pattern for the toddler size dead fish hat ! Can you share where you found it ?

  • Cindy Russett

    i am trying to knit this hat but not understanding the tail part when it say [k1,kfb} 5 times k1 =16 sts….now do i have to figure out how many stitches to skip or do i do f/b in first 5 stitches only and when i go to do second row i don’t get 24 stitches can you explain it to me thank you ….

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