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Old 10-01-2006, 09:14 PM   #1
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Big head=no hats~


I made the stripe hat from Merinofarms and I tell ya, I have a huge head I guess, because it's too small. I'm afraid to make any more hats and spend the time on them, just to have them not fit.

Is there any patterns I can get for hats for people with big ol' heads? At the moment, I only have one set of DPN and they are size 6 and one set of circulars but they are way too long (I bought them before I knew the length made a difference)
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Old 10-01-2006, 09:21 PM   #2
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Have you measured your head? That would give you an idea in the future if you need a small, medium, or large size.

Also how is your gauge on the hat? If it was off your gauge too tight (too many stitches per inch) that would throw off the size as well.
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Old 10-01-2006, 09:24 PM   #3
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A hat for every head here.
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Old 10-01-2006, 09:29 PM   #4
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I tend to knit tight.. I'm hesitant to try another hat because most just say "adult size" with no cirumference. The one I just finished that doesn't fit also was "adult size" so I just don't know where to look now.
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Old 10-01-2006, 09:30 PM   #5
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A hat for every head here.
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Old 10-01-2006, 09:32 PM   #6
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Sorry, I didn't realize the "here" was a link

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Old 10-01-2006, 09:40 PM   #7
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Old 10-01-2006, 10:00 PM   #8
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ya know....of all the hats i have made, i have had an interest in wearing about 3 of them. miraculously those all fit i usually just take the pattern and knit it and anything that doesn't fit goes to charity....i just like the process of making the hat.

my point....knit without fear....even if you can't wear it, someone will be happy to have it!
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:43 AM   #9
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You should be able to determine whether a hat will fit your head by doing a little math. First, multiply your head circumference in inches by 90% (for a snug hat) or 95% (for a less snug hat). This will tell you your ideal hat circumference. (You want it to be a little smaller than your head so it stays on.) Multiply this number from the gauge (in stitches per inch) that you get from your swatch. Assuming you're doing a bottom-up pattern, this will tell you how many stitches you need to cast on for a hat that fits you. If your pattern calls for significantly fewer stitches, you will know that it will be too small. You can compensate by casting on more stitches (do it in a multiple that will work with your pattern), or trying a larger needle size (or even a different, thicker yarn) to adjust your gauge.

Hm, I'm not sure that I explained that very well. Really, the easiest thing would be to use a hat recipe like the one Ingrid linked.
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I found this to be an extremely stretchy hat that really would fit a multitude of head sizes.
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