Hello! I’m working on the flamingo hat and I’ve been trying to adjust the size so that I can make some for my friends with bigger heads. The teen/adult instructions result in a hat that’s a bit too small. I also want to increase the size of the beak since it doesn’t quite stick out as far. I’m a bit confused on how to do the math for this. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!

Depending on how it’s worked up, you could probably just add another round or two of increases

Thank you! It’s this pattern. I think I’m still confused on how to adjust the math without it affecting the rest of the pattern’s math. How many increases would I do? Would I still blend increases and regular stitches? If there’s a good youtube video out there that can break down the math, let me know! I did a quick search last night but it can be hard to weed out the good explanations from the ones that will only confuse me more haha. I appreciate you!

Ok, so by the looks of it, it’s worked in double crochet rounds (correct me if I’m wrong). But I would assume the pattern has a kind of pattern with the increases (dc, inc; 2dc, inc; 3dc, inc; etc. ) if this is the case, you can add extra rounds by continuing the pattern. So if the last round that included increases was 5dc, inc, you can add another round after it that would be 6dc, inc, then 7dc, inc, until it is the right size for their heads. And then you can just continue the pattern as normal (with the new amount of dc in each round). When you get to those little flaps for the ears, you may need to alter the amount of dc between them.

Quick example: if you have 60 dc in the round and each flap starts with 6 dc, we’ll need to do some math to get them centered. You can add the sts from both flaps together, which is 12. Then subtract that from the total number of dc (60-12 =48). And finally divide that number by 2 (24) and make that many dc between making the flaps.

I tried my best to explain it, and I hope it helps at least a bit. If you have any more questions, I’ll try my best to answer!

I *think* I’m starting to understand. Looking at this section of the beak. How would you make the black portion a bit longer?

Also…thank you so so much for taking the time to hold my hand through this. I’m obsessed with this new hobby and I’m making a big pile of hats for an event so I’m super excited

If you just want to make it longer, the easiest way would be to just dc all around. But looking at the sample you showed, I think you could dc in every stitch, but in the last one out a sc to keep the slight curve. (If you don’t add the sc it’s probably gonna work out anyways)

And of course! I’m always glad to help out, even if it’s just a tiny bit! Im glad you’re enjoying crochet, and I hope your event goes well!