Have you always wondered what size headband you should make? There are so many styles and patterns, how do you get it right? That’s why I came up with a simple solution to get the exact size every time.
Nothing beats just measuring for the size you need, but that’s not always an option. Let’s say you’re making a gift, you can’t always know the exact size without asking, which would ruin the surprise.
So here’s what you do: start with the persons age. Most baby and child patterns are sorted by age; premie, newborn, 0-3 mo., etc., just like clothing. While adult and teenage sizes will vary according to head size.
As a general rule, I make things in the middle for adults. Adult small is for those with smaller heads that a normal headband will slide off, while the large is for those who cannot wear a regular hat. Medium falls right in between and what fits most people. It’s also good to remember that headbands will stretch. If your yarn or stitch has more stretch to it, you can go a little smaller with your sizing because you have that stretch giving you extra room.
Would you guess that the headband above is the exact same as the picture above that? On my hat stand this headband looks huge, but it’s not when you’re wearing it. Why is that? It’s because this hat stand was made to display kid and adult hats and headbands, which can make a wide headband look huge. Remember that pictures of patterns can be deceiving.
Now that you’ve had a lesson in headband sizing it’s time to download that printable chart you came here for. Click on the button below to get the PDF.
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