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- FOR GROUND TROOPS: (Please
muted colors ONLY (brown, chamo, black, dark green, navy, grey).
Sizes 7 and 8 knitting needles
About 200 yards worsted weight soft, washable or superwash 100% WOOL yarn - hats made for the troops need to be made of wool for warmth, and because wool is considered non-flammable and will not melt into the scalp during fires as acrylic yarn will. (about 200 yds)
Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch
Adult men size: Cast on 88 sts using smaller sized
(84 sts for women and teens, 72 sts for school age, 64 sts for 18 months to 4 yrs)
Switch to size 8 needles:
Row 1: K2, P2, K2 across line, ending with P2.
Row 2 - 6: Repeat Row 1.
Row 7: Knit across
Row 8: Purl across
Repeat these 2 rows until hat is 8 1/2" from start, ending on a knit row.
On the knit row- K2 together across the row.
Next row: Purl
Next row: K2 together across
Last row: Purl across. Cut a 14" tail of yarn, thread a yarn needle with it. Carefully pull the last row of knitting from the needle and thread the needle through every stitch. Pull tightly then whip stitch the seam shut. Without a brim the ground troops can easily stuff these in their pocket or wear under a helmet.
are making them for our troops Click HERE
If you would like to help the homeless or others who might need a warm hat, please go to our
ANGELS page to find where to mail those.