Sunday, January 18, 2015

hats for troops

You all might remember that I have worked in years past to gather crocheted / knitted hats for Louisiana troops. Hats are needed for care packages by mid May so they can be bagged and tagged etc. for shipping in June.

Here are the particulars as I know them presently.

180 caps are needed. 100% wool is suggested for troops. Colors should be black, dark brown, or dark green - for reference I use Patons Classic Wool Deep Olive, Black, and Chestnut Brown with a G hook. 

If you are interested in helping, holler out to me and I will forward the address of the coordinator to you. You can email me at .

Size: hats are generally sized to a male head, about 7 1/2" to 10" in height and 22-24" circumference. You might try the hat on a man to see how it fits. It will likely be worn under a helmet. 

Special note: Please, when joining yarn, do NOT knot and cut at the knot or leave just an inch of yarn. Please cut yarn several inches from the end and weave/sew the tails in securely. Thanks!

If you work in a spiral, please make sure that your last round is even with the previous round. Thanks!

Both knitted and crocheted hats are welcome. No lacy patterns, please, as these are for warmth and most go to men. Simple is best though single crochet and double crochet are both fine. I have a few patterns at Crochet Cabana that were designed specifically for this project. The Basic Beanies can be found at . The three that are photographed with a man's head wearing brown hats and a Doctor Who scarf are the ones I generally use.

If you can't knit or crochet but would like to purchase a knitted or crochet hat to send, that is also fine.

Thanks for helping us to thank these brave men and women for their service.

Happy crocheting!

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