Please post any Tips, Tricks or suggestions for making hats. My first tip is starting the top. I always start with an even number in a ring such as 4 (baby), 6 (toddler/teen), 8 (adult) as that give you a nice solid center to start with.
Thats a great idea plus I am thinking that tunisian band will give it a stiffer brim which is sometimes just what is needed. Thanks for the tip.
I tend to start at the top, too, though I tried Laurie's construction recently and it's very cool. With both ways, though, I run into the same problem... when and how much to increase/decrease to best fit the curve of the head. I never seem to get it right the first time and have to go by trial & error. I have a big head so if I'm making the hat for someone else, trying it on is not always an option. Anybody else have trouble getting the shape just right, or have any magic formulas for it?
I have no magics. Each head is a bit different. I get my own hats just right, because I increase/decrease every three rows until I get close to the end then it's every other row for a few, and then every row/rnd at the the last three or four depending on the hat.
My biggest trick? I put on my hat as I crochet it, sometimes my tension is tight or loose and stitch counts lie when your tension is off ;D