Hat and Cap Sizes

Hats are made to fit the following head circumference measurements:

Size Infant Extra Small Small Medium Large
Kids Hats (cm) 41-44 43-47 46-50 49-53 52-56
Adult Hats (cm) 53-56 56-59 59-62

Hats can also be made to fit newborn babies. Newborn and Infant hats can now be made with elastic inserted at the back to help the little hats to fit on even smaller heads.

Measuring the head circumference:
Where possible, please measure the head circumference of the intended wearer before purchasing a hat. The head circumference is measured with a tape measure (or a piece of string or strip of paper or anything that is flexible but not stretchy, and a ruler) around the forehead and above the ears, where a bucket-style sun hat would be expected to sit. If the measured head circumference of a child is within 1 cm of the bigger number of the size range specified in the table above, I would recommend choosing the next size up to allow for growth.

If you wish an item to be made with custom measurements, please contact Christine at Wispy Threads to discuss.

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Head circumference guide if actual measurements cannot be obtained
Below are the measurements of head circumference which can be expected for children from newborn to 12 years old. It is safer to obtain actual head measurements prior to purchase to avoid disappointment. If a hat does not fit the intended wearer then I am happy to provide a refund or replacement (not including postage) after prompt return of the hat in ‘as new’ condition.

Approximate head circumference (HC) for children from 0 to 12 years old

~Age (months) 0 3 6 12 18 24
HC (cm) 42.5 44.5 46.5 48.5 49.5 50.5

~Age (years) 3 4 5 6 7
HC Girls (cm) 51.2 51.8 52.4 53 53.6
HC Boys (cm) 52 52.5 53 53.5 54

~Age (years) 8 9 10 11 12
HC Girls (cm) 54 54.4 54.8 55.2 55.6
HC Boys (cm) 54.5 55 55.5 56 56.5

The head circumference measurements are from Metric Pattern Cutting for Children’s Wear and Babywear by Winifred Aldrich and are indicative only.

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