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Fleece Hats

Fleece hats are a "must have" accessory item that will keep your head warm and your ears protected even on those cold, blustery, windy days. Don't catch a head cold this season: chase away the chills by topping off with a quality fleece hat.

If you buy or make a fleece hat or fleece cap with Malden Mills Polartec or Polarfleece fabric, you can be sure you are wearing the gold standard in fleece hats. The originators of manmade fleece fabric, Malden Mills fleece products are headline news for their unprecedented weight-to-insulation ratio, producing fleece hats that are light on the wearer, yet heavy on the warmth.

To size your head for buying or making the perfect fitting fleece hat or cap, follow these guidelines: Infant (6 to 12 months) Circumference: 16 to 19 inches; Crown: 11 to 12 inches
Child (12 months to 3 years) Circumference: 18 to 20 inches; Crown: 11 to 12 inches
Child (3 years and older) Circumference: 20 to 22 inches; Crown: 13 to 14 inches
Adult Woman Circumference: 21 to 23 1/2 inches; Crown: 13 to 15 inches
Adult Man Circumference: 22 to 24 1/2 inches; Crown: 14 to 16 inches

More generally, most children will wear the small size in fleece hats; most adults wear the medium fleece hat sizes; large fleece hats are usually VERY big.

Almost all fleece hats are made from mid-weight fleece fabric, while some crown toppers feature Polartec Wind Pro lightweight fleece which offers four times the wind protection of traditional fleece without compromising breathability. On some fleece hats, the band around the hat is 3 fabric layers thick, keeping your ears toasty warm no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Other fleece hats and fleece caps feature a plush brim that flips up and down to add additional warmth around your brow.

Fleece hats are available in every solid color under the rainbow, as well as in a head-spinning number of prints and patterns. There are all kinds of fleece hats: There are racing fleece hats; cross country ski fleece hats; downhill ski fleece hats; fleece hats with a tassle; logo'd fleece hats; pill box flat top fleece hats; rollup fleece hats; baby fleece hats; solid color fleece hats; printed fleece hats; vertical stripe fleece hats; horizontal stripe fleece hats; jester fleece hats; pompom fleece hats and many more.

A few seams are all it takes to make your own winter hat or cap from fleece. You can even make a matching fleece hat or cap for your dog or for your doll! The Internet is full of free fleece hat patterns that are a breeze to sew. To get you started, check out how to make this soft and warm fleece hat:

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Finally, here is how to care for your fashionable fleece hats and caps:
a) Machine wash on warm - it's best to wash with like fabrics.
b) Tumble dry on low.
c) Finger-press; don't iron.
d) Do not use bleach or fabric softeners.
e) Do not dry clean.

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