A “Cottonish” Topee


We’ve been making topees (topis?) for various family members. These are the Muslim prayer hats for men, also called kufis or perhaps skull caps. The headwear for me can be any kind of material or style really, lots of cultural influences so you can have the Fez or Turbans Or Keffiyehs depending on which part of the Muslim word you’re representing. In the tropics the light topee is typical since we don’t need to keep the head warm. So although there may be some beanie styles and woolen looking topees, more often than not you see topees made of crochet cotton in doily like patterns. (That’s when you don’t see the retro stand-by of a knotted handkerchief!)

I will post some of the crochet cotton doily ones soon, but wanted to record this topee made with Bernat Cottonish yarn. I love this yarn. It’s soft, very light and seems woven into a flattish thin ribbon of fabric. As the name suggests it is part cotton so it is cool and soft and has a wonderful texture. I would love to make clothing from this!

The recipient of this topee wanted a closer weave look. So I just did a basic DC beanie pattern for the top, then After a row of sc all around in the contrasting colour, I did some X stitches all around –

  • skip a st, DC in next st, DC in skipped stitch (see photos below)

My sister suggested switching colours, so that’s what I did…in every DC I switched colour in the last pull through of the stitch, keeping the other colour strand to the back.


It makes a really nice edging actually, or an interesting coloured texture detail in the body of any crocheted piece.

The colours used were –

  • main colour – Turquoise Terry Cloth
  • contrasting colour – Lemon Twill

More info about the yarn is available from the manufacturer’s website or from Ravelry where you can browse other projects.

This lightweight cotton blend is available in a rich, saturated shade handpicked by designer and international spokesperson Vickie Howell. Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell is great for a wide range of projects including home décor to warm-weather garments.
Content: 55% cotton, 45% acrylic
Ball Size: 70g / 2.4 oz, 258 meters / 282 yards
Care: Machine wash and dry delicate
Gauge: 3 – Light
Knitting Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows with a 4 mm (U.S. 6) knitting needle
Crochet Gauge: 16 sc and 18 rows with a 4 mm (U.S. G/6) crochet hook
Use for: Knit and crochet home décor, garments, and accessories