Beanie hats are growing in popularity and are now manufactured for men, women and children as fashion items. Beanies were originally worn by manual workers who required hats that did not restrict their movements or obscure their sight. The growth in popularity of other types of hats in the mid-20th century saw the garment fall in popularity until the 1990s when the beanie became popular with grunge and indie band followers. The easiest way of making a beanie hat fit is to buy the correct size in the first place but you can also shrink or stretch them for a snug fit.
Shrinking a beanie
Try on the beanie and check it is too big for the proposed wearer's head. Place in a washing machine and set the machine to a high heat setting; add washing powder before turning on the washing machine.
Remove the beanie from the washing machine when the cycle is complete and place it in a tumble dryer. Set the tumble dryer to a high heat and turn on for around 20 minutes.
Take the beanie out of the dryer when it completes its cycle and try on the head. Soak the hat in hot water if it is still too large and return to the dryer for another 20 minutes. Repeat the process until the heat of the washer and dryer shrinks the hat to the correct size.
Stretching a beanie
Place the beanie in a washing machine set to a cold wash, add laundry detergent and turn the washing machine on. Remove the beanie from the washing machine when it the washing cycle is complete.
Place both hands inside the beanie and pull the hands apart to stretch the material. Continue to stretch the material until it appears to be the same size as the proposed wearer's head.
Allow the beanie to dry naturally without the use of a tumble dryer to avoid any shrinkage taking place on the resized hat.