Sideways Ribbed Hat - Kids version

February 15, 2017

Tunisian Crochet Hat Pattern - multisizes
I've had my beloved red ribbed hat for a while and I'm really happy about it.

The other day my 3½-year-old ran away with the hat and wouldn't return it. Later he asked if he could have one too - a red one! So the happy mom made one more red hat.

I didn't write the original pattern for small kids, but it can easily be adjusted.

Here is what to do.


The hat might work for your little kid just as it is! If you have a 3-year-old with a big-for-his-age-head-size and if he is used to wearing slouchy/loose hat models, then you might not have to do anything at all, but work with the original pattern and just fold the edge differently for a slightly larger brim.

Remember: The stitch pattern is a top stitch rib. The rib is very strong and very flexible, so the kid-size measurements below would still allow my small adult head in it. It would just feel a lot tighter.

If you have a tiny little 4-year-old girl, you might want to make her a slightly smaller hat. Read on then :)

Hat Height  - for Kids

Take a look at the chart with references for head sizes below. Hat height should maximum be 2 cm (0.8 in) shorter. That is around 4 stitches.

References for head circumferences by age

Hat Circumference - for Kids

The original hat patterns are 7 repetitions of 8 rows each. Removing or adding one of these repetitions will make the circumference smaller or larger.

The current Teen/Adult hat measurements are:
  • Height: 27 cm (10.6 in)
  • Circumference: Unstreched 45 cm (18 in) - Stretched 74 cm (29 in)
Removing one repetition gives you 6/7 times the original circumference:
  • Height: 23 cm (9 in)
  • Circumference: Unstreched 38 cm (15 in) - Stretched 63.5 cm (33 in)

If you look at the references for head sizes, you can see that the smaller hat will be stretchy enough for most kids age 3-10. An average 6 month or toddler could also use the same size. You shouldn't make it even smaller, as their heads are softer and you don't want the hat to be too tight.

Kiddo wearing my hat
Kiddo wearing my teen/adult hat

Yarn Usage - for a Kids Version

I calculated the yarn usage. You should be able to make a kids version as described above with 120 meters (130 yds) worsted yarn. The Teen/Adult version is made with less than 150 meters (165 yds). Some variations will - of course - depend on your gauge.



You can read more about the hat in my Sideways Ribbed Hat post. The original pattern is for sale at LoveCrafts and from Ravelry (at a slightly higher price, due to more fees).

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