Size Chart

This is the Size Chart that I use for my average knit and crochet hats.  After many requests for approx. sizing by my customers over the past couple of years, I’m finally getting around to making a universal size chart to direct people to.  I never mind answering questions about sizing on specific hats or specific sizes, but I know how helpful it can be as a knitter and shop owner to have good universal resources to refer back to time and time again.

Knit and Crochet Hat Size Chart

This chart is basically a guideline…each style of hat may be slightly different on circumference or height for specific sizes.  For instance, a ribbed beanie has tons of stretch to it, so I would be aiming slightly below the approx. hat circumference for a project like that.  Another example is a color-work project.  Color-work is just not stretchy….so I would want to aim for the larger end of the approx. hat circumference (or even the head circumference in some cases) to ensure that the hat would fit all sizes it is listed for.

I do tend to aim for the middle of the size that I am writing a pattern for.  So you may be making a 1-3 year pattern and it could be slightly large for a 1 year old and slightly small for a 3 year old.  Head circumference varies drastically, and the best I, and you, can do is go for the average.  If you ever need to make adjustments to a pattern for any of these reasons, I am always available to help and answer any questions.  My e-mail address is


ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, check your gauge!!!!  If you don’t know how to check your gauge, please contact me.  I am more than happy to walk you through the process step by step to ensure that you have the correct size of needles and yarn so that your project will turn out the right size.  You may think that a small difference in gauge does not make that large of a difference in your final project….you are wrong!!!  Here is a little example.  Say your gauge is off by 1/2 inch every 2 inches (making it a 1/2 inch larger).  Doesn’t seem like that much, right?  Well, when you do the math, you find that for even a Newborn size hat, your project is going to be off by 3 inches…that means your Newborn size hat just turned into a 3-6 Month size hat.  Little numbers do make a difference in knitting!  That’s why I am here doing all the math for you in my patterns…I just ask that you take the time to do a simple gauge swatch before knitting up a project.  I hate to think that any of my customers could end up wasting time making a project that doesn’t fit….although, every project will fit somebody, somewhere 🙂

If you have a friend you think would benefit from this chart, I would be honored if you would share it with them!



Melody’s Makings’ Hat Sizing Chart

Size Average Head Circumference Approx. Hat Circumference Approx.Height
(This may vary slightly with different styles) (This may vary slightly with different styles)
Newborn 13-14″ 12-12.5″ 5″
0-3 Months 14-15″ 13-13.5″ 5.5″
3-6 Months 14-17″ 14.5-15″ 6″
6-12 Months 16-19″ 16.5-17″ 6.5″
1-3 Years 18-20″ 18-18.5″ 7″
3-10 Years 19-20.5″ 18.5-19″ 7.5″
Pre-Teen/Teen 20.5-22″ 19.5-20″ 8″
Adult Female 21.5-22.5″ 20.5-21″ 8.5″
Adult Male 23-24″ 21.5-22″ 9″