I have a love/hate relationship with hats. I love to make them and hate
to wear them. I don't look good in hats, and that's always made me sad
because they're such nice little projects to knit—they're fast,
portable, and inexpensive. Luckily for me, they also make perfect gifts.
Since my hats are almost always gifts, I try to choose styles that will
look good on the wearer. To do this, I have to decide what face shape
the person has—usually round, heart, or oval—and choose a design that
will flatter that face shape. Round is the hardest, and it's my face
shape, because close-fitting hats tend to make us look like we have
either little heads or great big heads. For me, it's the great big
head! (My mannequin has a small head, probably the size of a
grade-schooler, so the Faux Isle and the Feather Cap are a bit big, but
you get the picture.)
I was talking about this hat problem
with friends from my knitting group and we decided to do a little
fashion show to see which hats looked best on our face shapes. I
thought you Knitting Daily folks would enjoy being a part of this, so I
took pictures and put them in a gallery.
There are four hats: my Faux Isle Hat, the Spectrum Tam, the Not a Feather Cap (a new free pattern!), and the Side Slip Cloche. These are four differently shaped hats and, not surprisingly, they all looked good on the oval and heart shaped faces, and only two (the tam and the cloche) looked good on the roundies.
To determine your face shape, take the following measurements: Across the top of your cheekbones, across your jawline from widest point to widest point, across your forehead at the widest point, and from the bottom of your chin to where your hairline begins. You have an oval face if the length of your face is about 1.5 times its width. You have a round face if your face is pretty much equally long and wide. If your face is narrow at the jawline and wider at the cheekbones and forehead, you have a heart-shaped face. There are other face shapes such as squarish or oblong, too, but these are the basics.
Click here to see the gallery, and if you don't see a hat you like, check out our pattern store for a multitude of choices that are sure to flatter your face shape! And leave me a comment to let me know which hat is your favorite.