Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across - 7 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only, sc in each st across.
Rep Row 2 until piece measures about 19 in. (48.5 cm) from beg.
Hold first and last row together, with sts matching.
Joining Row: Ch 1, turn, working through both thicknesses, slip st in each st across to join. Do not fasten off.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, working in the ends of rows across one long side of band, work 48 sc evenly spaced around; join with sl st in first st - 48 sts.
Rnds 2-9: Ch 2, (counts as first hdc in this rnd and in all following rnds), hdc in each st around; join with sl st to beg ch.
Shape Crown (Top of Hat)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, hdc in next st, hdc2tog, *hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog; rep from * to end of rnd; join with sl st in beg ch - 36 sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 11: Ch 2, hdc2tog, *hdc in next st, hdc2tog; rep from * to end of rnd; join with sl st in beg ch - 24 sts.
Rnd 12: Ch 2, yarn over, insert hook into next st, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook (1 st decreased), hdc2tog around; join with sl st in beg ch - 12 sts.
Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail.
Thread yarn tail through sts of last rnd and pull to gather. Knot securely.
Weave in ends.