In the olden days these coolie hats were made out of straw to protect and cool the workers out in the field.
But now you can crochet one for yourself and wear it to make a fashion statement. I love the two-toned ribbed edge, which can be crocheted to match your favorite outfit.
The pattern recommends a size 10 crochet thread and a No. 3 steel crochet hook.
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