OK, I joined specifically because I want to make this hat ... I DO have a question about the pattern and, unless I skimmed over it somehow, I did not see it addressed in the 24 pages of replies. I'm not terribly experienced at crochet, so excuse my stupidity if the answer is obvious
In the beginning, after making the ch 4, it says to make 12 dch in the first stitch ... does this mean the first stitch of the chain 4, or the first stitch from the hook? I ask because most of the pattern I've used will say "dch in second chain from hook) or something similar; I've never seen a pattern that uses the first chain from the hook - but using the first chain in the chain 4 doesn't seem right, either, because in the next part of that step you're supposed to pick up the first ch to make a circle ... can anyone explain this to me? Which stitch do I do the 12 dch in, and which stitch do I pick up to make a loop? is this to avoid making a center circle to start with? THANKS!