I have always despised the knit and crochet hat patterns that boldly assert they fit the “average sized head.” What is “average” and for whom? In statistical language, an average is the central tendency of data, and the three most common measures of central tendency are the mean, mode and median. So saying “average” is, frankly, sloppy.
I come from a family chock full of big-headed folks – on my American father’s side. I guarantee you that our “average” adult head size is far above the U.S. median.
The picture of me below was taken in Norway about 2 years later. (I must have had a very strong neck.)
Also note there seems to be quite a space between my eyes and my hair-line (which is above the end of the razor-edged bangs I sport in this picture).
Now many a mother would artfully arrange her daughter’s bangs in an effort to diminish the size of girl’s forehead. Not my mother.
(My younger sister was lucky in this picture; she had no bangs for our mother to trim.)
We lived briefly in Hawaii while my father was stationed at Pearl Harbor. My mother hated the tropical humidity and, thinking our hair would mildew, nearly shaved our heads.
Thankfully we returned to Norway where my grandmother put a stop to our nearly-shorn heads. In the picture to the left, my hair had grown out. <shudder> My mother, however, who had once long, beautiful blonde hair, never again grew her hair long (though we never returned to live in Hawaii – or any other tropical place).
So, when writing out hat patterns, remember to be more specific than “small, medium and large” sizes. Specify inches and centimeters!