The Stress Ball Hat

Edited to add:

I hear the call for the pattern!  I will be putting up a post with the pattern in it either tonight (Sat) or tomorrow morning.

Perhaps it is really just me, but I sincerely believe that we have all had one of those weeks. A week where one thing kind of sets you on edge, and after that all little things that wouldn’t normally cause stress really drive you crazy.

Stress Ball Hat

Let’s say (just hypothetically of course) that your computer breaks. Let’s then say that you get two job interviews scheduled for the same day.

Well, after that you start having stress balls form in your chest and head about everything. Ahhh the kitchen is dirty! Ahhh I need to get this artwork completed! Ahhh, there are too many things on my needles! But damn, there is no orange on my needles….I want orange on my needles!

Stress Ball Hat

Okay so maybe that is not you; I think that situation is entirely me.

What to do? 3hr hat!

Stress Ball hat

I love my stress ball hat. It made me smile the whole time (Especially when Melissa mentioned it’s resemblance to a Jayne hat.) It made me smile when it was done and I wore it around the house the rest of the night lip syncing to my new Tori. This part was definitely amusing to P-funk also.

So what if I bomb the interviews? I have this awesome hat. In fact I should just wear it to the interviews and say “Look at my hat! You should hire me right now.”

This hat, it wipes away the stress like magic.

Stress Ball Hat

Perhaps you go into your first interview completely non stressed. However, you then reject the place 10 minutes into the interview and professionally state that you are not interested in that position. See the hat is empowering, also, no job grovelling. If someone peruses my cover letter and resume in front of me for what is obviously the first time, that (among other things) puts the job in the “No” category.

I then came home and wore my hat some more (and yes, I do have air conditioning). Onto the next interview….maybe I really should take the hat this time.

Stress Ball Hat

Pattern: My own

Yarn: Rowan Big Wool in Gingersnap (1 skein)

Needles: US 15

I’m happy to write up a quick pattern if anyone is interested. It is really super simple.


  1. Nicole said,

    September 12, 2007 at 11:46 am

    That is really a cool hat! Best of luck on the second interview. Hopefully the hat mojo will help.

  2. Stacey said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Nice puffball on top :) Best of luck on the interview!

  3. Amanda said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Lots of luck on your interview! The stress ball hat rocks!

  4. tiennie said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    That is a great hat! Glad it helped with the stress. Good luck with the interview!

  5. Stephanie said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Now that is a great hat. I can’t think of anything better to melt away stress than knitting a 3 hr orange hat. And the extra empowerment from said hat…..totally worth it. Hmmm….maybe *I* need to make an orange hat. I’ve made some like that before. So simple and insta-knits at their best.

  6. Melissa said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    The pom pom is the perfect touch. I like the wearing it to an interview idea. Especially if you wear it with a 3 piece suit. It says, “I’m professional, but I don’t take myself too seriously.”

  7. Kate said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Good luck on your interview! Love the hat (and I’d be interested in the pattern – I’ve never had luck with earflaps but yours look great) – I could use a stress ball hat myself :)

  8. Ashley said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    this is hilarious precisely because I have every intention of going home tonight and knitting myself up a Big Wool scarf just for the instant-gratification factor.

    Good for you on knowing what’s not acceptable re: working conditions and good luck on your next interview!

  9. Stella said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    I 100% support you wearing this hat to your interview. Or at least carrying it in your purse or something.

    Good luck!

  10. Kristy said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Sorry to hear the first interview was a bust. I had an interview like that once that I should have walked out of. I’m glad you’re confident enough to do it! I hope the second interview goes/is going well.

    Cute hat! Sometimes it’s really nice to finish something that you didn’t even know you were going to start :)

  11. Kara said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Instant gratification hat! Love it! It is true, there is not enough orange on people’s needles. And if you ask me, everything is better with a pom-pom.

    Good luck on your interview.

  12. Libby said,

    September 12, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Very nice hat, looks like a good gift-hat! I’d love to have the pattern. Is the Rowan Big Wool soft? I’m looking for something kinda chunky to knit a hat for my boyfriend and it can’t be too itchy. He had a nice alpaca hat that I made him but of course did not follow my washing instructions so it’s toast. He asked for a replacement but I’m thinking it should be a little more wash and wear, do you reccomend the Rowan?

    thanks and good luck!


  13. nova said,

    September 12, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Now how fancy is that, a quick ORANGE goodness knit, how I love it. I am glad that you have some non-negotiables for your future work place. I am sorry, if a potential employer isn’t going to take time to familiarize him/herself with a candidate by looking at the resume sent in advance…very telling. I hope the next interview went well and that it the workplace is a good fit for you. You are too good to settle for anything less than perfect. You know that, right?

  14. Risa said,

    September 12, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Good luck!!
    And I love the hat. I fully support you taking/wearing it to the interview.
    I would totally hire anybody with a handknitted hat

  15. Mel said,

    September 12, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    You rock! What a great (and humorous!) response to a stressful week. Hat empowerment :)

    Good luck in your other interview I hope it goes well or at least is a worthwhile expenditure of your time. I definitely think the hat needs to come along. It rocks too.

  16. Karen B. said,

    September 12, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    What an empowering symbol – or just a wicked cool hat! Yes, pattern please. I was just looking at gingersnap big wool quite coincidentally.

  17. Opal said,

    September 12, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Love the hat! It really does look like a Jayne hat. Only it’s less painful to the eyes. It’s definitely an interview hat. Wear it and be proud because “with a hat like that, people know a man’s not afraid of anything.” Or something like that! :-D

  18. Knittypants said,

    September 12, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Great hat. Stress sucks, I hope the second interview is much better.

  19. Victoria said,

    September 12, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    I love your hat! Please write the pattern up because what makes a hat even more stress-free than having instructions to follow?!
    Good luck with the interview.

  20. earthchick said,

    September 12, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Awesome hat, and go you for knowing when a job isn’t worthy. Good luck with the second interview. And yes, please, on the pattern!

  21. Gudrun said,

    September 12, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Thank goodness for satisfying quick knits…..we must have had similar cravings as I have been eyeing some orange in my stash also for a hat! Interviews suck……!

  22. Brie said,

    September 12, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Up with hats, down with stress. And orange. Quite the statement. I like it!

  23. Carla said,

    September 12, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    First, props for orange on the needles, because frankly, orange rocks :)
    Second the hat is adorable, so I’d love a pattern if you ever get around to it.
    Interviews, they suck, but a necessary evil. Better luck on the next one!

  24. Specs said,

    September 12, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Hat power! I am so impressed about rejecting the job — I can only hope that a sweet whimsical hat would give me 1/2 of that kind of moxie.

  25. sharon said,

    September 12, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    oh I love it!!!!!
    I want one to wear around work. 3 hours you say – I could do that too!!!
    please the pattern and then I get to buy yarn!!

  26. Brenda said,

    September 12, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Great hat! I hope the second interview is better.

  27. Joy said,

    September 12, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    stress? check. which means i need the pattern, because it does look like a miracle hat. thanks. :)

  28. jupiterjessica said,

    September 12, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    You rock. The hat is great. It will summon an equally great job for you. :)

    The whole time last night when you guys were talking about “Jayne”, I thought he was a girl. lol.

  29. brooke said,

    September 12, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    love the hat, the colour, the name!

  30. Mintyfresh said,

    September 12, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    My friend’s husband requested that I knit my friend a similar hat–this is inspiring! You’ve got the hat, you’ll get the jobs!

  31. Kirsten said,

    September 12, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    My brother in law requested an ear flap hat for Christmas. Your quickie 3 hour version would be just the ticket. Besides, I’ve got a few of those stress balls forming myself. It all started when that bus took the mirror off my car at the Lincoln Tunnel this afternoon.

  32. Nubiancraftster said,

    September 12, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Go hat! Go!!! Second time is a charm!

  33. Pikku-Kettu said,

    September 12, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    The first thing I thought when I saw the first picture: It’s a Jayne hat! It’s awesome and empowering!

  34. bellamoden said,

    September 12, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    I love that hat! I’m definitely interested in the recipe for it….

    Sincerely hope your second interview was better – interviews suck. Poor you!

  35. Arianne said,

    September 13, 2007 at 3:23 am

    Good for you!! And you know, if you did write up a quick hat pattern I would make it! :)

  36. Laura said,

    September 13, 2007 at 4:08 am

    I have also had one of those weeks. I clearly need to knit a hat. :)

  37. Lolly said,

    September 13, 2007 at 5:10 am

    If you had only had the hat to wear TO the job interview :) Best of luck to you. It is a brilliant hat. I love the ginger color.

  38. stacey said,

    September 13, 2007 at 5:44 am

    super cute. i have had one of those weeks also. i’m glad it will be friday soon! the “power hat” is great. orange has that “make me happy” effect on me too – it just makes me smile!

  39. Vanessa said,

    September 13, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    I found your blog through your Flickr (which I found through DoggedKnits) and oh my gosh I LOVE this hat! It’s too cute. Dumb question, but…….. how did you do garter stitch? Is this knit flat and then sewn up? Or did you k1 row, p1 row? (So, yes, I would love a quick pattern….. hehe.)

  40. Spiralling said,

    September 13, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Great hat! After weeks of sock knitting on tiny needles, I recently made a superbulky hat and was pleasantly surprised that it only took me an hour and a half on size 15 needles.

  41. Pat said,

    September 14, 2007 at 9:54 am

    I LOVE your gingersnap hat! I have always been an earflap fan – if you have the time and energy to write up the pattern, I know I will make it this winter!

  42. Heather said,

    September 14, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Orange on the needles is mandatory. So glad to see another person who holds that belief!

  43. zumagirl said,

    September 14, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    I need a hat like that!!!

  44. sarah said,

    September 15, 2007 at 6:44 am

    oohh, ooo, i’m interested in the pattern!

  45. lori riemer said,

    September 15, 2007 at 11:29 am

    I love the pattern and it is just what I’ve been looking to make for my tween. I think I own the yarn. But, alas, no pattern here. How dare that dogged lead me astray. Please post the pattern. We love the hat and long to own one for ourselves. Thanks, Lori

  46. Sarah said,

    September 15, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    What a great hat – and great story!

  47. pamela wynne said,

    September 15, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Love it! So cute, so cozy, so orange! (and, just enough Jayne-hat-like to make me smile). Good luck with the second interview!

  48. stacey said,

    September 16, 2007 at 4:48 am

    I’m so (selfishly) excited that you hear the call – I got some rowan big wool and have been waiting to hear a pattern calling to me!:)

  49. Carson said,

    September 16, 2007 at 5:13 am

    I love the stressball hat too!
    glad your crap week is over, the only good thing about crap weeks is that they do pass

  50. JulieFrick said,

    September 16, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Big hats are therapeutic. As are Big Wheels. Can’t tell you how many times over the last couple of months I’ve belted out:

    Baby I don’t need your cash.
    Mama got it all in hand now.

    Although I could really use some cash.

  51. knittingphilistine said,

    September 16, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Stress-relieving miracle hat made from a Rowan product? (And super-DUPER big needles?) Check and check. Where do I sign up? Love love love the new hat. Want want want some more. I’ll be looking for the pattern! (And a way to afford that pricey, pricey Big Wool).

  52. Neither Hip Nor Funky » Blog Archive » Stress Ball Hat Pattern said,

    September 16, 2007 at 12:04 pm

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  54. Shawn said,

    December 14, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    I am really intrested in this pattern…could I have a copy please. I seem to have a surplus of Rowan Big Wool these would make great gifts!

  55. Bea said,

    July 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Hi, I was doing research on Stress Balls in general for my site, when I came upon your site. What a cute hat! I love the name you gave it. :) I hope things went better after your wrote this blog, since it’s been a couple of years :)

    I’ve learned that stress balls come in all shapes and sizes to give your hands a wide variety. It’s fun to add a hat to my list of stress balls. :)

  56. Marissa said,

    January 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    can u please type the pattern for me?

  57. CRM online said,

    March 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    The stress ball hat rocks and looks very nice. I like its color, awesome way you knitted it.

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