Thursday, May 21, 2009

Head Measurement for Hat - Crochet Tip #50

The most accurate way to get a custom fit for a hat, is to measure the head, working your modified pattern to a head measurement. If a gauge is available with the pattern, that will also give you an idea on how close your crochet style is to that of the author of the pattern.

The easiest way to change size with a hat pattern is to use a larger or smaller crochet hook. Another way to change size is to eliminate rounds for a smaller hat or do additional rounds with increase stitches for a larger hat.


The following chart is an estimate for various size heads.

Newborn

Head Circumference 13" - 14 "
Hat Circumference = 11.5" - 13"
Hat height = 5.5 to 6"
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Baby - 3 to 6 months
Head Circumference: 14" - 17 "
Hat height= 6.5 - 7"
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Baby - 6 to 12 months
Head Circumference: 16" - 19 "
Hat height = 7.5"
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Toddler -12 months - 3 years
Hat height = 8"
Head Circumference: 18" to 20 "
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Child - 3 - 10 years
Hat height =8.5"
Head Circumference: 19" - 20 1/2"
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Teens
Hat height 9-10"
Head Circumference: 20 1/2" - 22"
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Adult Woman
Head Circumference: 21.5" - 22.5"
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Adult Man
Head Circumference: 23" - 24"

11 comments:

  1. Thanks SO much for this! I always have questions about sizing. Is the "hat circumference" how large the circle should be when you stop increasing?

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  2. CarmenBee,
    That is the estimate for how large it will be upon completion. When you stop increasing, the hat size will expand and get larger even though you are not adding more increases.

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  3. This is very helpful.Thanks for always be there helping us ....Blessings to you and your family!

    Hugs ,

    Luna

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  5. Hello! Thank you so much for your help. I've learned a great deal from your videos and tutorials. I'm so grateful. Thanks! I have a question, though. I'm crocheting a hat for my friends' 3 month-old baby. I'm not following a pattern and I want to add ear flaps but do not know where to put them as the baby is not here so I can measure. What can I do? Please, help. :)

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  6. maybe you can help me, what is the proper way to measure the hat's circumference? its probably obvious, but im blanking

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  7. Hi Teresa...I have a question...Is there a basic circumfrence measurement I can use for the actual hat for a toddler size? It seems like everytime I stop increasing my stitches, I'm completely guessing as to what size it will turn out and then many times it ends up too small or too large and I have to rip everything out and start over. For example if I have a measuring tape, once I reach xx amt. of measurements I can stop increasing?? I feel like I'm not explaining myself the best...Hopefully you understand what I am asking. Thank you so much! I am just starting out with crocheting and am LOVING it! :)

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    1. Experience, trial and error is what will help you learn and understand the variables. When you use the same size hook and yarn, most likely the cap will always be close in size to the previous cap. Think of it like this, you can have 25 or 45 stitches in a 4 inch circle. The 25 stitches is going to be a smaller cap, where 45 stitches will be a larger cap.

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  8. Ok I'm a little lost, how should I measure my hat to make sure it's the right size? I am pretty sure what I've been doing this far isn't working! Do measure the circle after I stop increasing, do I measure it across once I've gotten halfway through and then double that number? I can't seem to come up with a good answer through Google!

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    1. Think of it like this, you can have 25 or 45 stitches in a 4 inch circle. The 25 stitches is going to be a smaller cap, where 45 stitches will be a larger cap.

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  9. I'm fairly new to crocheting, but am doing pretty good thanks to all your wonderful videos. Thanks! I'm wondering about hat height. Do I measure it flat from the "magic ring" (top) down to the brim? or...Do I measure from the part from where I stopped increasing stitches? Thanks in advance for your help!

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