Note: The holes in this hat may seem a tad large (therefore, showing some scalp) unless a fluffy type of yarn is used.
Beginning at top with main color, ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring. Join with a sl st in top of ch 3. Turn.
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around - 24 dc. Join. Turn each round.
Round 3: Ch 3 (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) 12 times - 36 dc.
Tip: I make Row 4, twice, to make a larger hat.
Round 4: Ch 3 (dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc) 12 times - 48 dc.
Rounds 5-12: Ch 3, dc in each dc around. Drop main color. Work the next 3 rows with contrasting colors for striped pattern.
Quick Tip: I often keep using the same color.
Round 13: With first contrasting color, sc in each st around.
Round 14: With second contrasting color, sc in each st around.
Round 15: With third contrasting color, sc in each st around.
Round 16: With main color, dc in each st around. Join and end off. Fold last 5 rows to right side for cuff.
When it comes to washing these kinds of crocheted hats, any cleaning service, whether it be a commercial cleaning service or a smaller, private cleaning service, might be able to provide some helpful tips. Generally, it is advised to wash crocheted items by hand instead of putting them in a washing machine. It is also advised to allow them to air dry instead of putting them in a dryer.