The Piece of Cake Hat is a family favorite hat pattern that I’ve used over and over again to great success. The hat fits most any size of a grown-ish person’s head ranging from young to old, small to xx-large. The reason for the large size range is the generous ribbed brim which can be folded over a lot, a little, or not folded at all. My daughter has a 21.5-inch head circumference and my husband has a 24-inch head circumference and both can comfortably wear the Piece of Cake Hat.
Piece of Cake Meaning: It is simple to do. It’s a job or task that is easy, requiring little effort; a piece of cake. This simple hat is fun, fast and versatile. You’ll love the Piece of Cake for the mindless knitting and the forever wearing.
I’ve knit two samples shown in the pattern, one in Woolens which is a sport weight yarn and one in Home Worsted Weight yarn.
The pattern is worked exactly the same for both weights of yarn, the only differences are the needle sizes and the stitch counts. When there are differences, the pattern is written with the Woolens information first and the Home Worsted information in the parentheses. When only one instruction is given it applies to both yarn weights.
If you would like to vary the circumference size of the hat for either yarn weight, go up or down in increments of 8 stitches and knit the pattern as is, varying lengths as you see fit.
Size: To fit a 20 to 24-inch head circumference for both yarn weights.
Woolens (100% American Wool); sport weight, 180 yards/50 grams per skein, 2 skeins required. The Thimble colorway is used for the sample.
Home Worsted Weight (100% American Climate Beneficial Wool); 230 yards/100 grams per skein, 1 skein required. The Folkstone colorway is used for the sample.
For Woolens (sport):
Brim: US size 3/3.25mm, 16-inch circular
Body of Hat: US size 5/3.75mm, 16-inch circular and double-pointed needles
Or size to obtain gauge.
For Home Worsted Weight:
Brim: US size 5/3.75mm, 16-inch circular
Body of Hat: US size 7/4.5mm, 16-inch circular and double-pointed needles
Or size to obtain gauge.
Woolens (sport) using the larger size needles: 6 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Home Worsted using the larger size needles: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Ruler or tape measure
Locking stitch markers
Optional: Pom-pom maker (you could also use a piece of cardboard cut to about 2.5-inches in width). I used the light green Clover Pom Maker, which measures across at 2.25-inches and makes about a 3-inch wide pom-pom