Knitwear Size Guide

Knitwear Size Guide

Unsure of which hat or mitten size to choose? Here are my standard sizing measurements. I generally follow the Crafty Yarn Council’s size guidelines when designing my knit and crochet clothing. My knitwear size guide should help you take your measurements and choose the size that will fit best.How to measure to find hat and mitten sizes from PurlsAndPixels


Adult Extra Large size fits adults with larger heads, or measuring 23 to 25 inches around.

Adult size fits most adults and teens, or heads measuring 21 to 24 inches around.

Child size fits children ages 2 – 14 years, or heads measuring 19 to 21 inches around.

Toddler size fits children ages 3 months – 2 years, or heads measuring 16 to 19 inches around.

Baby size fits infants from birth to 3 months, or heads measuring 13 to 16 inches around.

Preemie size fits extra small babies, or heads measuring 10.5 to 13 inches around.

How to Measure for Hat Sizemeasuring-hat-size-for-knitwear

If you are unsure of the size you need, choose the size that most closely matches your measurements. You can easily find your head measurement if you have a soft measuring tape. Wrap the measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows, as if you were wearing a headband low across your forehead. This will give you your head circumference (the length around your head). Use the length you measure as a guide to select your hat size.

Gloves and Mittens

Adult Extra Large size fits men with larger hands or 9 to 11 inches around hand, without thumb.

Adult Medium/Large size fits men and women with larger hands or 7.5 to 9 inches around hand, without thumb.

Adult Small size fits women with small hands and older children or 6 to 7.5 inches around hand, without thumb.

Child size fits most boys and girls age 4-10 years of age or 5.5 to 6 inches around hand, without thumb.

Toddler size fits most boys and girls age 2 to 4 years of age or 4.5 to 5 inches around hand, without thumb.

Baby size fits most boys and girls age 0 to 2 years of age or 3 to 3.5 inches around hand, without thumb.

How to Measure for Glove SizeMeasuring glove size, knitwear size chart, how to measure hand for mittens from PurlsAndPixels

As with hats, choose the gloves or mittens that match your measurements most closely. To measure your glove size, wrap your measuring tape around the palm of your hand and measure it at the widest part of your hand that does not include your thumb. You will be measuring across your knuckles. Use this number to select your best fitting pair of gloves or mittens.

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