Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Measuring a hat
I always feel a little uncertain about how to measure the circumference of a crocheted hat....so I enlisted the help of a few of my designer friends. A few of them chimed in with their methods...
In the past, I have lain my hats flat, measured across the inside at the crown and multiplied by 2, but this didn't feel accurate enough. Also in the past, I have blown up a balloon to the desired measurement and made the hat fit! But this requires some trial and frogging to get the hat to fit the balloon just right.
Amy O'Neill Houck, author of Crochet for Bears, author of the Hook and I Blog, replied to my question saying:
Hi Ellen--I measure the diameter of the crown, then work the formula for circumference which is c=πd (where π is 3.1416). It's much easier than trying to measure around the circumference of something!
I tried Amy's method and it works! I had to remember that the hat opening is a CIRCLE, the diameter is the distance across the hat when it is in a CIRCLE, not when it is lying FLAT, which makes a difference!
Amy offered a longer and more delicious to view blog post about the subject on her blog.
Linda Permann, author of Crochet Adorned, contributor to CraftStylish, and author of Lindamade.com agrees with Amy and you know Linda makes great hats! Make sure you read Linda's comments below this post for some more great tips!
Hmm, is this any hint about what's been on my mind lately? LOL.