This is a great stash busting project!
It is perfect for beginners. It looks quite advanced, but only one colour is ever worked on a given row, making it really easy to knit. The different variations make it versatile.
A lot of variations are possible, all the « brick layers » can be worked in the same colour, each one can be a different colour or several colours can be repeated, whatever takes your fancy! The crown can be left as is, finished with an i-cord loop, a pompom or – my favourite – a tassel. All these variations will give the hat different looks.
Size 1: Premie, Size 2: Baby/Toddler, Size 3: Child (S) up to age 4/5 approximately, Size 4: Child (L)/Woman (S), Size 5: Woman (L)/Man