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Hat Size Guide: Preemies Through Adults

Hats make great gift projects, however, knowing what size circumference is right for your recipient can get a little confusing. The following hat size guide chart offers some guidelines. Do keep in mind that this serves as a reference, but every person is unique.

Hat Size Guide

Circumference measurement is "actual size." The finished circumference of your hat should be at 2-4" smaller (negative ease) than the actual head circumference. How much negative ease depends on the stitch and yarn used for your hat. Very stretchy yarn/stitch pairings (i.e. wool worked in 2x2 ribbing) should have a larger amount of negative ease.


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    The size guide is just a starting point, but you are right. An XL size could be helpful.

  • http://lionbrand.com/ Lion Brand Yarn

    It would be helpful! However, the blog doesn't have PDF hosting capability.
    If you right-click you can use "save image as". If you have a Mac you can drag and drop the image onto your desktop.

  • Monica Marquez

    Take a screenshot