Most basic Beanies or hats start of with a flat circle. The diameter of the circle determines the circumference

of the finished hat. The diameter of the circle is determined by the circumference of the head. In my previous post, I included a chart for the various sizes.

I crochet a hat to show you how to properly size a hat. I made mine to fit an infant 3 - 6 months. At this age the average infants head is a circumference of about 15 inches. My flat circle needs to be 5 inches.

The pattern I use is always the same. For instance if I work my circle with sc, rd. 1 would be 6. For round 2 I would have 2 stitches in every stitch of the previous round (12). Round 3: 1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch...(18). Rd 4: 1 sc in the first 2 stitches than 2 sc in the 3rd stitch continue in this pattern for the round (24). Round 4: sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc in next. sc in nex 3 stitches, 2 sc in next...(30). Continue in this pattern until desired diameter is reached.

Once you have the correct diameter of the circle continue without further increases until your hat measures the correct height. Since I am working on a 3 - 6 months size, my hat should be about 6 inches in height.

When measuring the final circumference I had exactly 14 inches. Since the hat needs to be about an inch smaller than the circumference of the head, I was right on the mark. At this point you can add a small border around the edges for a Beanie, or add ear flaps. To show the proper positioning of the ear flaps I included a few more photos.

Once your ear flaps are done, finish the hat with a trim. I usually go all the way around with one round or two

of single crochets. I forgot to take a picture of the finished hat but I have one with a model. You have to forgive the fit. My doll only measures about 12 inches in diameter so the hat is about 3 sizes to big. But it does give you an idea of the correct placement of the ear flaps.

Leave me a message or a comment if you need help with any of your projects. My next post will follow very soon. Finishing touches for your hats. How to make Pom Poms and braids. Also since Valentines day is less than a month away, I am trying to put some of my crochet heart patterns in writing. I will share them with you as soon as I can get them on paper. Stay tooned!

For the formula of making a beanie, how would you increase with hdc? You said by 8, but can you lay it out like you did with the sc? Also, I'm trying to get the circle to 5.25 inches, but it keeps cupping. I need a full pattern, for a beanie using hdc. I'm very new to crocheting, and trying to make a cabbage patch hat!! Thanks!

ReplyDeleteUse the same formula she used for the sc. Rd 2. 2Hdc in all 8Hdc(16). Rd 3. 1hd in first st 2hd in next. (24)Just change the sc to Hdc in the pattern example she posted. Hth

DeleteThis may be a silly question, but I've been using your sizing chart to know how big my circle needs to be. Is there a general rule as to how many stitches (sc, dc, hdc, etc) to start out with in order to end up with the right sized circle? Or do you just increase until its the right size, hoping that it doens't get too long in the process?

ReplyDeleteFor sc-start with 6 sc in beginning circle. For hdc-start with 8 sc in beginning circle. For dc-start with 10 dc in beginning circle.

DeleteMy issue is more with getting the correct length. I find most patterns create a hat that's way too long. Any suggestions?

ReplyDeleteDo you have the pattern for the rest of the Deluxe Dragon with eyes, nose, mouth, fire? I love how that one looks. I would love to make it for my grandchildren. Thanks! Hope you have pattern.

ReplyDeleteI got my flat circle the correct size but when I start doing my rounds without increasing to get the length, the circumference continues to increase and the hat flares out instead of going straight down. Can anyone help?

ReplyDeleteI would make sure to count your stitches when you have the correct size, then just make sure at the end of each round you continue to have the same amount of stitches. Hope that helps!

DeleteI am making.hays right now for 5 year olds. I neex to know correct length from center circle tp bottom of hat.

ReplyDeleteI used dc..my hat is flat...how shall i correct it.. Pls help...

ReplyDeleteAny guidance for making a beret?

ReplyDeleteI understand the diameter at the top, but how do I determine height for this?

Any guidance for when the beanie cups at the top? I crocheted two beanies with this pattern but I eyeballed the circumference. The finished product looks great and is worn comfortably, but the top of the hat cups like the tip of a condom (I cannot think of a better comparison). This look is obviously a little awkward, and doesn't go away when you yank on the beanie to fit more snug. Any advice is much appreciated!

ReplyDeleteI have never had that happen before! Maybe make the hat a tad bigger so that the top of the hat sits on the top of the head instead of cupping? Or make sure you are increasing at the "correct" number of increases. If you increase too little it will probably do the thing you are talking about! So maybe check to make sure you are increasing correctly! I'm no expert for sure but I hope this helps!

DeleteI am wanting to sell hats but I am intimidated because every head is different. Will I be right on every time or will it sometimes be a tad big?

ReplyDeleteI too have made and sold hats and after I got the hang of it, I kinda just had "sizes". ex. Baby, toddler, small child, child, teen/adult. If you can get a measurement of the head and follow the flat circle "rule" then you should be pretty close. But most of the time if its for a child and it is a little big, parents are ok with that because they can grow into it!

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DeleteI am determined to crochet hats :-) is there a particular size hook that you suggest on hats? Basically toddler/child. Most will be worsted 100% acrylic that I will make.

DeleteI use an H/8-5.00MM hook and I also use worsted acrylic yarn

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