Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tip: Head and Hat Measurements


After posting the pattern for the Owl Hat I have received numerous comments on here and Ravelry asking how to make one in a larger size. So this has given me the idea to offer a tip on how to help with this dilemma.

I had already given the hat away as a gift so I couldn't expand on the size. I didn't even have the gauge to post. A comment from AbyBay prompted me to search out a chart with hat/ head sizes. AbyBay generously offered to send me a chart that she uses.

The chart does not tell you how many stitches or rounds to crochet but it will give you a general idea about how large you should make the hat.

So now when making a hat, no matter how loosely or tightly you crochet, or how bad you blow the gauge...you can still come up with the right size hat.

I found a great chart here
It is the most detailed chart that I've seen. I think it's my favorite.

I found the chart below on Crochet Geek here, and here it is:

Newborn

Head Circumference 13" - 14 "

Hat Circumference = 11.5" - 13"

Hat height = 5.5 to 6"


3 to 6 months

Head Circumference: 14" - 17 "

Hat height= 6.5 - 7"



6 to 12 months

Head Circumference: 16" - 19 "

Hat height = 7.5"



Toddler -12 months - 3 years

Hat height = 8"

Head Circumference: 18" to 20 "



Child - 3 - 10 years

Hat height =8.5"

Head Circumference: 19" - 20 1/2"



Teens

Hat height 9-10"

Head Circumference: 20 1/2" - 22"

Adult Woman

Head Circumference: 21.5" - 22.5"


Adult Man

Head Circumference: 23" - 24"


Edit: I found another chart here at Woolly Wormhead (mostly about knitted hats) that I am currently using. I really like this one, but the measurements are slightly different from the other one I found. Probably due to the differences in stretch between knit and crochet. Try both and see which you prefer


To Fit

Preemie

Newborn

6mth
(Baby)

12mth
(Toddler)

Child or
Teenager

Adult

Large
Adult

Circumference

inches

12

14

16

18

20

22

24

cm's

30.5

35.5

40.5

45.5

50.5

56

61

Length (crown to base of ear)

inches

4.25

5

5.75

6.5

7.25

8.25

9.25

cm's

11

12.5

14.5

16.5

18.5

21

23.5


9 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the info. Your hat is darling.

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  2. You're welcome...and thank you :)

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  3. your baby hat is very cute .. i just love the happy colours you have chosen....the finish is perfect. i did one with ears, also very cute.. all the best

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  4. Thanks for sharing the charts! Just what I needed!!! And your owl hat is so cute!

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  5. This is a great addition to the knitting/crocheting cyber world. Ravelry has many free patterns available to webbers and places to add your work and compare it to others who have used your or a printed pattern. Thanks for giving us another alternative site. Love the owl.

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