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Old 05-04-2006, 03:51 PM   #1
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How big is a new baby's head?
I want to make this adorable GRACE Beanie for an infant (about 6 weeks old). The sizes on this pattern chart are given by the "inches around" of the head you're knitting for, ranging from 16" heads, all the way up to a 23" head.

Ideally, I'd like to make this to fit an average 3-6 month old, since the baby will be nearly 3 months old by the time I can get it made and sent to her. Which head size should I use?
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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Children vary GREATLY in head sizes! I would probably do at least a 20" circumference, with ribbing to allow for smaller or larger head. If you make it too big, the baby can grow into it. If it's too small, it's destined to be a doll hat or simply unused at all. :(
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at birth, all 3 of my kids head circumferences were 14 inches. my now 14 month old's is 18 inches, adn both my 6 year old and my 4 year old are 23 inches. if you're aiming for a 3-6 month size, I would make the 16 inch size.
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Thanks, Nicole. By "ribbing", can you state that in dummy-eze, please? Do you mean that I'd add rows of ribbing before beginning the actual pattern?
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Thank you, ladies. You've all be most helpful. :D

Rebecca, I bookmarked that site, which I'm sure will come in handy many times! :D
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ask the momma who just birthed that baby....i think she will tell you that her head is about 42" around! :rofling:
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Originally Posted by Rennagayle
Thanks, Nicole. By "ribbing", can you state that in dummy-eze, please? Do you mean that I'd add rows of ribbing before beginning the actual pattern?
I would either add ribbing, or choose a pattern with ribbing already. Typically a knit ribbing for a hat is k1, p1 or k2, p2.

If I remember correctly, my kids were all around the 17-18" mark at birth, but they all grew at hugely different rates.
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Originally Posted by brendajos
ask the momma who just birthed that baby....i think she will tell you that her head is about 42" around! :rofling:
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Originally Posted by brendajos
ask the momma who just birthed that baby....i think she will tell you that her head is about 42" around! :rofling:
My kids are 13 and 15 (YEARS, not MONTHS) and I'd say the same!!
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