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Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Elaine Phillips

Tier Cake Hat

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Hat Knitting Pattern

Knitted with bulky yarn, the hat is warm and comfortable. The body of the hat is knitted sideways and can be made any size.

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Decreasing: knit 2 together (k2tog)
-Working in the round on double pointed needles
-Picking up stitches

Size: Hat circumference is 19 1/2" (50 cm) unstretched; hat stretches to fit most adult heads
Height from edge of brim to top center of crown is 9 1/2" (24 cm)

Materials: Lamb's Pride by Brown Sheep (affiliate link) co, bulky weight yarn (85% wool, 15% mohair), 4 oz./113 grams, approx. 125 yards/114m per skein - 1 skein, color Oatmeal

Needles: straight US 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) and double pointed of the same size for the crown OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 12 sts x 16 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette st.

- 1 stitch marker
- Yarn/tapestry needle

dpn – double pointed needles
K – knit
P – purl
k2tog - knit 2 sts together
St, sts – stitch, stitches
pu&k - pick up and knit
as est. - as established, work as the pattern demandsco – cast on
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
sm - slip marker

The selvedge/edge stitches are worked here as follows: slip the first stitch and purl the last one.

Short Overview of the Pattern

The body of the hat is worked sideways, like a scarf, on straight needles, then the short sides are seamed together or connected using the 3-needle bind-off method to form a tube. The top is shaped by picking up stitches along the upper edge of the tube; it's worked on double-pointed needles in the round.


On straight needles, cast on 26 sts. If you are going to use 3-needle bind-off method, use a provisional cast-on.

Row 1 (RS): sl1, p4, *k2, (p1, k1) twice, p1 - repeat from * 2 times, k2, p5. = 26 sts

Row 2 (WS): sl1, k4, *p3, (k1, p1) twice - repeat from * 2 times, p2, k4, p1 = 26 sts

Repeat row 1-2 until the working piece is 19 1/2" long. Check that it fits your head, add more rows if necessary. Bind off. Sew the short edges to form a tube/headband.

Shaping the Top

Working with the upper side of the tube, on dpn, pu&k 42 stitches from the second sts from the edge. Distribute the sts evenly on dpn. Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round, slip the marker while working.

Round 1: knit = 42 sts

Round 2: *k5, k2tog - repeat from * 6 times = 36 sts

Round 3: k36

Round 4: *k4, k2tog - repeat from * 6 times = 30 sts

Round 5: k30

Round 6: *k3, k2tog - repeat from * 6 times = 24 sts

Round 7: k24

Round 8: *k2, k2tog - repeat from * 6 times = 18 sts

Round 9: k18

Round 10: *k1, k2tog - repeat from * 6 times = 12sts

Round 11: *k2tog - repeat from * 6 times = 6 sts

Cut yarn, leaving a 10" (25 cm) tail. Pull through all the remaining sts and secure.


Weave in yarn ends.

Have fun!

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