Skip to content

How to Measure a Head for a Knitted Hat

Support me by buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi!

In this week’s video i’ll demonstrate how to measure your head or some analysis for a knitted hat as always if you’d like to jump right to a specific point in the video there are direct links down in the description garments are designed around one key measurement and that measurement determines the garment size secondary measurements determine the rest of the

Garments dimensions and are based on a combination of the garments style and the proportions of the average person who has those that key measurement for hats the key measurement is the head circumference and the secondary measurement is the head length it’s those secondary measurements where you can make alterations to a pattern to ensure a good fit so when i

Measure a head i measure the circumference of the head just above the ears i do not include any of the ear within inside the measuring tape the next thing i do is measure from the base of the earlobe to the base of the earlobe and that determines the length i divide that number by 2 in this case i have about 16 and a half so i would divide that by 2 and that would

Determine the length of a hat i make notes about the head measurements in a corner of the sheet of paper that i used to measure the person’s hand and foot measurements right here i have measured my brother’s head and i’ve noted that his circumference is 24 inches around and that from earlobe to earlobe hit the measurement is 18 inches another way to determine the

Appropriate length of a hat is to measure an existing hat have you the recipient try the hat on and let and tell you whether it is the correct length for them this way you can see how they actually wear the hats that you can ensure that you’re knitting it to the appropriate length if the hat that they have is too long for them you can make your hat shorter if their

Hat is too short you can make yours longer while key measurements are used in order to design the hat a hat is typically designed with negative ease which means that it will be smaller in circumference when finished then the head that its intended to fit that is so that the hat will stretch to fit to fit your head if the hat is the same size or your than your head

Then it’s just going to slide right down over your eyes your hat pattern should tell you the finished size of the hat as well as the size of the head that the hat is intended to fit different stitch patterns will have different amounts of negative ease depending on their unique qualities ribbing will contract a lot more when it’s relaxed than other fabrics while

Stranded colorwork and heavily cabled fabrics won’t be able to stretch as much as other fabrics well that’s it for the basics on hat measurements if you have any comments or questions about today’s video or suggestions about videos you’d like to see in the future you can leave those down in the comments below or you can join me over in my ravelry group rocks rocks

And there’s a link to that down in the description box below next week i’m going to be talking about how to measure hands for mittens and gloves i hope you’ll join me for that in the meantime if you’d like to see my previous videos that are related to measurements you can click on the playlist up here if you haven’t subscribed to my youtube channel already i’d

Really appreciate it if you did you can hover or tap on my face here and then click on subscribe thanks for watching and i’ll see you next week

Transcribed from video
How to Measure a Head for a Knitted Hat By Roxanne Richardson