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Crotchet project first timer

Can some one please explain to me the following... I'm just learning to crochet and this will be my first project...I am making this hat for my 7 mos old girl... I got lost on round 8th i don't know what to do next... Can someone help me go thru this project?? thanks lots

INSTRUCTIONS
Ch 4. Join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 6 sc in ring. Join with sl st in first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in first sc. 12 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 18 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 24 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 30 sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 36 sc.
7th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 5 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 42 sc.
*****This is where I got lost! I dont understand what does alt rnds mean?
8th and alt rnds: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in first sc.
9th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 48 sc.
11th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 7 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 54 sc.
12th rnd: As 8th rnd.
Cont in same manner, inc 6 sts on next and every following alt rnd to 72 (78-84-90) sc. Place marker at end of last rnd.

Rep 8th rnd until work from marked rnd measures 3 (3½-3¾-4) ins [7.5 (9-9.5-10) cm].

Ruffle: Next rnd: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1). (1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc) in same sp as sl st. *(Ch 1. 1 dc) 3 times in next sc. Rep from * around. Ch 1. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch 4. Fasten off.

Leslye

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