Simple Soldier's Hat, Two Knit Versions
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There are two patterns here, one for a hat that can be knit flat on two straight needles and one for a hat that can be knit in the round on a circular needle and/or double pointed needles. The latter method is recommended because it requires less sewing up at the end and tends to look neater.
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Yarn: You must use machine washable plain black worsted weight yarn - this is in order to comply with both the soldiers' requests and army regulations. Look for a yarn that is soft, warm and non-felting. Superwash wool is best, acrylic or a wool/acrylic mix is okay. You'll probably need about 220 yds. / 200 m.
Gauge: 24 or 28 stitches = 4 inches/10 cm. in K2P2 rib stitch
Needles: Use whatever size needle you need to get correct gauge. The 4 mm - 5.5 mm range is a good place to start. For circulars, use a small circumference, 12" to 16"
Weave in the ends and admire your work! Please wash & dry your hat before mailing.
When your hat's done mail it to:
Please include an email address so that I can let you know when it's arrived. And be patient - it can take 2 or 3 weeks. Once your hat is here, I'll affix a label that looks like the one below and make sure that it gets to a soldier who can use and appreciate it.
[Loose translation: Knit for you with warmth and love. From The Connecting Thread]
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