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Head/hat Size Chart - knitted or crocheted hats should be made about 1- 1 1/2" smaller around than the head circumference, as the hats should stretch and sizes are not an exact science! If you make it, someone will fit into it. =) 

April 2010 ~ Help with adding metric equivalents thanks to: Cynde Sadler

Dec 2011 ~ Children's Sweater measurements added

Metric equivalent converter


IMPORTANT!  * Height given here is measured BEFORE you turn the brim up - from the bottom of the hat to the center top of hat. (This is NOT the actual height of the head as measurements assume you will be turning up a brim.)  Hats can be made taller if you want a larger brim to fold up. 

On newborn hats I plan to fold up about 1" for a brim, on adult hats I usually figure 2" - 3" or so for a brim, but this varies according to personal preference.

Preemies

(I have been told by many NICU nurses that Bev's Baby Ribs hat ideal hat to knit for preemies and newborns  because it has so much stretch and will fit several sizes of babies.)

1 - 1.5 lbs  (Babies born between 23-25 weekers fit within these weights)  
Baby's Head Circumference is 7" - 8"  18 - 20 cm  (so hat circ. should be about 6" - 6.5" 15.5 - 16.5 cm)  Height of hat should be 3" - 3..25"  8 cm

2 lbs 1kg  (Babies born between 26-27 weeks fit within these weights)
Baby's Head Circumference is 9" - 10"  23-25 cm  (so hat circ. should be about 7.5" -8" 18.5 -20 cm)  Height of hat should be 3.5 - 4" 10cm

2 - 3 lbs  1.4 kg  (Babies born between 27 - 31 weeks fit within these weights)
Head Circumference 10" - 11 1/4"  25-28 cm hat circ = 8.5" - 10" 22-25 cm   Hat height  = 4" 10 cm

4 - 5 lbs  2 kg  (Babies born between 32 - 34 weeks fit within these weights)
Head Circumference 11 1/2" - 12 1/2"  28-33 cm hat circ = 9" - 11.5" 23-28 cm  Hat height = 4 to 4.5"  10-11cm

5 1/2 - 6 lbs  2.7 kg
Head Circumference 12 1/2" - 13"  31-33 cm  hat circ = 11" - 12" 28-33 cm  Hat height =  5 to 5.5" 13-15 cm

Newborns 
Head Circumference 13" - 14 "  33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5" - 13" Hat height = 5.5 to 6" 13-15 cm

Baby - 3 to 6 months  
Head Circumference: 14" - 17 "  36-43 cm; Hat height= 6.5 - 7" 15-18 cm

Baby - 6 to 12 months
Head Circumference: 16" - 19 "  41-48 cm ;  Hat height = 7.5"  18 cm

Toddler - preschooler (12 months - 3 years) 
Head Circumference: 18" to 20 " 46 -48 cm; Hat height = 8"  20 cm

Child (3 - 10 years) 
Head Circumference: 19" - 20 1/2"  48-51 cm; Hat height =8.5"  22cm

Pre-teens and Teens  Hat
Head Circumference: 20 1/2" - 22"   53 -56 cm; height 9-10"  25 cm

Adult Woman
Head Circumference:  21.5" - 22.5"  Hat height = 11" 

Adult Man
Head Circumference:  23" - 24"  58.4 cm - 61 cm; Hat height = 11"-11.5" 



Here are some more baby measurements you might find helpful.
Used with permission of Melinda Gorley

1-3 LBS    -1 kg
NECK TO FEET: 10 1/2"  26 cm
WRIST TO WRIST: 10 1/2"  26 cm
CIRCUMF. BOTTOM OF NECK: 3"   8 cm
CHEST: 8"   20 cm
HEAD: 10"    25 cm
FEET: 1 1/2" - 2"    5-6 cm
(anything smaller is hard for the nurses to get on the babies' feet)
 
3-5 LBS   1 - 2 kg
NECK TO FEET: 14 1/4"   36 cm
WRIST TO WRIST: 12 1/2" 32 cm
CIRCUMF. BOTTOM OF NECK: 3 1/2"   9 cm
CHEST: 10"  25 cm
HEAD: 12 1/2"   32 cm
FEET: 2 1/2" - 3"  7-8 cm
 
6-8 LBS   2 -3 kg
NECK TO FEET: 14 1/2"  36 cm
WRIST TO WRIST: 14 1/4" 36 cm
CIRCUMF. BOTTOM OF NECK: 4 1/2"   12 cm
CHEST: 11 1/2"  29 cm
HEAD: 13 1/2"  35 cm
FEET: 3" - 3 1/2" 8-9 cm
 
 9-11 LBS  4- 5 kg
NECK TO FEET: 17" 43 cm
WRIST TO WRIST: 16" 41 cm
CIRCUMF. BOTTOM OF NECK: 5 1/2"  14 cm
CHEST: 14 1/2"  37 cm
HEAD: 14 1/2" 37 cm
FEET: 3 1/4" - 3 3/4"  8-10 cm
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For Babies smaller than 1 lb (these would be for burial items)
Thanks to Leah Goldberg for these measurements
age - 20 weeks gestation
weight - 8 - 9 oz, 
head circ - 5.5" to 6"
chest circ - 6"
foot length - 1.25"
top-of-head-to-heel - 8" - 9.25" 
neck circ - about 2-3" 

And thanks to Jessica Dostie for the measurements on her 27 weeker preemie
Head Circ - 9" 
Tummy at 2 lbs weight - 9"

 
Excellent Size chart from Heartfelt Angels

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**Larger baby and toddler measurements

2-3 yr old head measurement = 20"

** Good chart from Simplicity Sewing

Bev's Grandson's Measurements at 12 weeks old
Jackson Qualheim

Head around = 16"
Chest = 16.5"
Foot = 3.75"
Tummy around belly button = 15"
Arm shoulder to wrist = 9"
Hip bone to knee = 5.5"
Knee to ankle = 4.5"
Hip bone to ankle = 10"
Around fist = 5"
Wrist to tip middle finger = 3"


Please know that Babies vary greatly in dimensions so most sizes will fit someone.


When the same grandson (photo above) came to visit for Christmas, I took some measurements to post here.  He is now 5 1/2 yrs. old

Neck to hip bone= 13"
Arm from shoulder to wrist = 15"
Around chest = 23.5"
Around tummy = 24"
Hips = 28.5"
Hip bone to ankle = 24.5"
Hands from middle finger tip - wrist bone = 5.5"
Feet = 7.25" long and 3" wide across toes


Foot Sizes

Foot Size Chart for babies
Preemies
1-2 lbs 
Foot Length 1" - 1 3/4"  2-4 cm

2-3 lbs
Foot Length 2" - 2 1/2"  4-5 cm

3-5 lbs
Foot Length 2 1/2" - 3"  5-7 cm

5-7 lbs
Foot Length 3" - 3 1/2"  7-9 cm

7-9 lbs
Foot Length 3 1/4" - 3 3/4"  9-10 cm (most needed size for newborns)



OLDER KIDS FEET
For older kids and adults, feet vary so much in size, you will need to measure each persons foot to be more accurate.  Plus, people have asked about WIDTHS--these vary so much it isn't really a good idea to list anything.  Most slipper or sock patterns are created wide enough to fit 'average' feet, and things made from yarn generally stretch.

3 -6  months
Foot Length 4" - 4.5"  10-12 cm

6 months - 1 year
4.25" – 4.75"  12-13 cm

18 months - 2 years
Foot Length    4.5" - 5.5" 13-14 cm

2 years - 4 years
Foot Length  5.5" - 6" 14-15 cm

5-7 years  (My 5 1/2 yr old grandsons foot is 7.25" long and 3" wide across the toes -my son buys him size 1 extra wide shoes)
Foot Length 6” - 7.5" 16-18 cm

8-12 years
Foot Length 7" - 8.5" 18-21 cm

Adult  Woman
Foot Length  8" - 11"  20-27 cm
(I wear a size 9.5-10 (European 42) women’s shoe and my foot measures 10.5" 26 cm not standing on it.)

Adult Man
Foot Length 10" - 12"  25-36 cm
(My son wears a 12.5 (European 46) shoe and his foot measures 11.25" 27 cm  long not standing on it.)

I found this SOCK ANALYSIS CHART that lists so much information about sock sizes for all ages!




Approximate Sweater Measurements- remember children vary in height and width but these are meant to be a guideline.  I have seen charts that measure several inches smaller than this one, but for sweaters having them a big larger is better.  Especially for humanitarian  making them a bit larger is best so they can grow into them, as it might be the only sweater they receive for many years.  If you are making these for humanitarian causes, the sweater you make will fit someone:

Size in years:
Age 2-3:   Chest - 22"   Back neck to waist - 9"   Sleeve -  12.25 -13"
Age 4-5:   Chest -  24"  
Back neck to waist - 11"   Sleeve - 15"
Age 6-7:   Chest -  27"   Back neck to waist - 12"   Sleeve - 16.5"
Age 8-9:   Chest -  29"   Back neck to waist - 13"   Sleeve - 17.5"
Age 10-11:   Chest - 30"   Back neck to waist - 14.25"   Sleeve - 18"
Age 12-13:   Chest - 32"   Back neck to waist -  15.25"   Sleeve - 21"
Age 14:   Chest - 34   Back neck to waist - 15.5"   Sleeve - 24"







Blanket Sizes (approximate) For preemies, blankets without 'holes' are best.
Small Preemie: 18" - 20" square 45 cm - 50 cm square
Medium Preemie: 20" - 22" square 50 cm - 56 cm sq
Large Preemie: 22" - 30" square 55 cm - 75 cm sq
Full Term Baby: 32" - 36" square  80-90 cm sq

Baby  30" x 36" = crib sized (6" granny squares= 5 across x 6 down ~ 30 sq)
Children  42"x 48"  (6" squares= 7 across x 8 down ~ 56 sq)
Lapghan often used in seniors homes 36" x 48" (6" squares= 6 across x 8 down ~ 48 squares)
Adult Afghan (Will fit across top of bed)  48" x 72" = twin sized.  (6" squares= 8 across x 12 down ~ 96 squares)
Adult Double Bed  (Will fit across top of bed and over just a bit)  60" x 84" = full sized.  (6" squares= 10 across x 14 down ~ 160 squares)

I recommend crocheting a double crocheted or shell crocheted edge around each blanket to finish it nicely.

Most places that serve others won't need these size mattress covers, but some of you might for family etc.  These are the actual mattress sizes though and not the blanket sizes.  You will need to make the blankets at least 12" wider and longer so they fit over a person when laying on the bed.  

Queen Mattress 60" wide x 80" long
Cal-King Mattress 72" wide x 84" long
King Mattress 76" wide x 80" long

A note from reader Rachele: "I just finished making a granny square blanket for a California king size bed. I made my blanket 21X21 blocks. 5.5 inch squares and it was perfect for our really really Large bed! Just some help since you just have the mattress sizes!"




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