Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hat specifications

E1 just pointed me to the specification diagram for the Knit-a-cap program (the ancestor of our 310 Hats effort). If those of you who are making hats with us could pretty much keep to this basic set of measurements, that would be great. I think I tend to make my hats a bit on the big side. I have big kids. They all fit my youngest, although some (especially the crochet ones), may be a little big on her. Remember, if the fabric you make isn't stretchy (lots of crochet stitches aren't very stretchy), then you have to add in enough ease to fit a kid's head comfortably. For crochet hats, I use my own head as the test: it should be snug on me.

specifications: http://knit-a-cap.org/images/diagram1.gif


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Crochet Basic Roll-Brimmed Hat

From 310 Hats

Worsted weight yarn
I hook (5 mm)

  • Chain 2
  • 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Place marker in last stitch.
  • 2 sc in each sc (12). Move marker.
  • (1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (18 sc). Move marker.
  • (2 sc in each of first 2 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (24 sc). Move marker.
  • (3 sc in ea of first 3 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (30 sc). Move marker.
  • Continue in this manner for 13 or 14 rounds (increasing the number of scs before the increase by 1 each round) until your radius is about 3", diameter about 6", and circumference about 18". (78 scs or 84 scs). This should make a nice flat disc, which is the hat top.
  • Work even without increasing. It will start making a bowl shape. Continue even until the depth is about 6". It needs to be long enough and and big enough around to cover a Kindergarten-age child's head and ears.
  • To create a rolled brim, increase the stitches by 50%: (1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) repeat around.
  • Work a few rounds even.
  • Slip stitch around to give a nice tight, neat edge.
  • Cut yarn. Work in ends.
  • If the hat is too "airy", you can weave colored yarns through the stitch spaces. Colored yarns will be very decorative.