Quick size guide to making hats

As some of you may know, I am working on crocheting the remainder of my late Grandma’s yarn into items to donate to a local safehouse for abused women and children, which was something she did in life (except that she knitted, making mainly scarves and baby booties). I was able to contact this shelter, asking them what is most needed (particularly for children, since most of my Grandma’s yarn is fine baby yarn), and received a very kind response from a woman named Pat. She said that they need hats and blankets– and as luck would have it, I am currently making a hat (for a baby boy) and am planning on making more!

My biggest challenge has been figuring out sizes for hats, since I do not have anyone to measure against (not to mention that children grow so fast, so different sizes are needed for different age groups). I Googled “What is the circumference of a baby’s head” and found the following fabulous website: Bev’s Country Cottage. Not only do they have hat circumferences for all ages, but they have sizes for feet, blankets, sweaters, etc! They are also full of crochet and knit patterns for all sorts of items. For our present purpose, here is the breakdown of head and hat circumferences (note: the hat heights are BEFORE flipping up the brim):

Preemies:

1 -2 lbs 1kg
Baby’s Head Circumference is 9″ – 10″  23-25 cm  (so hat circ. should be about 7.5″ -8″ 18-20 cm)  Height of hat should be 3.5 – 4″ 10cm

2 – 3 lbs  1.4 kg
Head Circumference 10″ – 11 1/4″  25-28 cm hat circ = 8.5″ – 10″ 22-25 cm   Hat height  = 4″ 10 cm

4 – 5 lbs  2 kg
Head Circumference 11 1/2″ – 12 1/2″  28-33 cm hat circ = 9″ – 11.5″ 23-28 cm  Hat height = 4 to 4.5″  10-11cm

5 1/2 – 6 lbs  2.7 kg
Head Circumference 12 1/2″ – 13″  31-33 cm  hat circ = 11″ – 12″ 28-33 cm  Hat height =  5 to 5.5″ 13-15 cm

Newborns 
Head Circumference 13″ – 14 ”  33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5″ – 13″ Hat height = 5.5 to 6″ 13-15 cm

Baby – 3 to 6 months  
Head Circumference: 14″ – 17 ”  36-43 cm; Hat height= 6.5 – 7″ 15-18 cm

Baby – 6 to 12 months
Head Circumference: 16″ – 19 ”  41-48 cm ;  Hat height = 7.5″  18 cm

Toddler – preschooler (12 months – 3 years) 
Head Circumference: 18″ to 20 ” 46 -48 cm; Hat height = 8″  20 cm

Child (3 – 10 years) 
Head Circumference: 19″ – 20 1/2″  48-51 cm; Hat height =8.5″  22cm

Pre-teens and Teens  Hat
Head Circumference: 20 1/2″ – 22″   53 -56 cm; height 9-10″  25 cm

Adult Woman
Head Circumference:  21.5″ – 22.5″  Hat height = 11″

Adult Man
Head Circumference:  23″ – 24″  58.4 cm – 61 cm; Hat height = 11″-11.5″

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