Anonymous said: Every time I try making kids hats they come out way smaller than they should? Do you know why that is? I could be following the pattern exactly how they say with yarn size, hook size, etc... and yet it still doesn't seem big enough. It's the worst! Any suggestions?
Hey, Nonnie Nonnie!
The most likely culprit is tension and gauge. Tension is how tight or loose your stitches are. Gauge is the measurement of your stitches.
Many patterns will tell you that you should do a gauge swatch to test your gauge, then use the correct yarn and hook (and tension!) to duplicate that size. A gauge swatch is a test of your crochet stitches (usually done as ‘so many stitches/rows per 4 inches’ or something similar).
If you have tight tension, the fact is that it is difficult to match recommended gauges. I really hate doing hats because I can never work the proper tension for them.
If you really want to do hats, you will have to use forgiving patterns, those that can be adjusted easily to add stitches and make that hat larger, or you will have to beat that tension into shape. Try sticking to patterns that have gauges included, and make sure that you use the gauge! Test your stitching every time! If you are coming in at under the recommended gauge, try loosening your tension or grabbing a bigger hook, then swatching again.
As annoying as it seems at first, this is excellent practice and will definitely serve you well long term.