Like the old adage, when life hands you a bunch of lemons, make lemonade. Well, the red and white slouch hat I posted was my lemon. I had to set the colors so they wouldn't run and then I washed it, in cold water and by hand and the red yarn shrank and the white yarn stretched all out so badly it ended up looking like those caps women used to wear over their curlers.
So, here is my "lemonade" so to speak. This one fits great, looks cute and is acryllic yarn so won't shrink or stretch out.
You can't see the pattern very well as I tried everything including photographing almost in the dark, but photographing white is a nightmare so I gave up. Best I could do.