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It is currently 100+ degrees here in Utah in July so it feels a little weird to be crocheting winter hats, but that is what I am doing right now. I have a new hat pattern coming next week as part of a Christmas in July Craft Along that I am participating in, and I am making it in several different sizes from baby to adult.

As I have worked on the pattern I have spent quite a bit of time figuring out the different sizes. I always just look up hat size charts and do a lot of measuring as I work, but for a long time now I have wanted to make something that would make that easier.

I wanted to make some kind of templates that I could use to easily know what size I needed each hat to be. I thought of a few different ways I could do this, and then I thought why not do a little cross-crafting and use my Cricut to cut them out.

I looked at a few different charts, because there are some variations and range in recommended hat sizes, and figured out a crown diameter and height for each size. Then I turned that information into a template that I could use to measure the crown of the hat, and then the height of each one, so that I could get the sizing as accurate as possible. I cut them out of cardstock, but you could cut them out of something more sturdy, like chipboard, if you wanted. On the bottom of each template I wrote the size that it was. I made a total of 9 different sizes, Preemie, Newborn, 3-6 Months, Toddler, Child, Teen/Adult Small, Adult Medium, and Adult Large.

# How to Make and Use Crochet Hat Templates

## You will need:

## Instructions:

### How to Make the Crochet Hat Templates

Cut the templates out of cardstock using the pen to write the sizes on the bottom.

If you would like to alter the sizes to adjust sizes to your preference, or add different sizes you can just unlock the sizer in the corner and then type in the sizes you want for height and width.

For example, I only included one preemie size. One chart that I found listed 3 different preemie sizes, 1-2 lbs, 3-4 lbs, or 4-5 lbs. The 4-5 lb size was listed as a crown diameter of 2.5-3" and a hat height of 3.5-4". I chose to make my one preemie size as 3" crown diameter and 4" hat height, so it was on the larger size for a preemie. If you wanted to make a smaller preemie size you could unlock the shape and then enter 2.5" for the width, and 3.5" for the height, or whatever measurements you choose.

### How to Use the Crochet Hat Templates

The hat template does not actually show the size the finished hat will be, it is only used to determine the crown diameter (the diameter of the increase circle at the beginning if you are making a top down hat), and the height of the finished hat. The hat will actually be wider than the template when laid flat on it.

To measure the crown lay the circle on the rounded edge of the template and when the circle fits that rounded shape you have the crown size you need.

To measure the hat height place the template on the hat with the top of the hat at the rounded edge of the template. When the hat is as long as the template your hat is the right length. It will be wider than the template.

There is somewhat of a range in hat sizing (like in the preemie example above 2.5-3" or 3.5-4") so it is not an exact measurement but it should give you a pretty good idea of how big to make each size.

Any options for those of us who don't (gasp!) own a Cricut? (Nor do I want one, lol.

ReplyDeleteYes, you could totally make one and cut it out with scissors. I didn't make a printable version so you would need to do it from scratch but here is how I created the templates on my cricut and how I think you could do it without.

DeleteStart with the measurements you need, for example my toddler template has a 6" diameter crown and a 7" hat height.

Make a circle that is the diameter, in this example 6" across.

Then make a rectangle that is the crown diameter by the hat height, so 6" by 7"

Place the circle at the top edge of the rectangle so it is lined up with the top edge and the sides, then cut away the corners of the rectangle that show above the sides of the circle, I don't know if that make sense but you will end up with a rectangle that has been rounded on one end but is still 7" tall and 6" wide.

Same-I don't own a Cricut but think this would be really useful.

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