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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hats for soliders

I have started to crochet hats for soldiers. I am rather new at it and this patterns makes it easy to start if you do not know how. 

In each bag I will include 5 homemade cards, a beanie baby, and some hygiene items.

While we accept any color, it is best to keep the colors on the subtle side–blues, browns, olives, grays, maroon, and black would all be excellent choices for both males and females. The troops always appreciate military colors.


Instructions for Crochet Hat:
  Any soft worsted weight 100% washable or superwash wool yarn that will knit to gauge, such as Cascade 220 Superwash or equivalent.
Size G or H crochet hook or any size to obtain gauge.
Sizes:  Average Adult
 Gauge: 7sts. = 2”.
 Pattern Stitch:  Half Double Crochet (hdc).

 Chain loosely 71 sts  Join with slip st., hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch around, (70 hdc),  join with slip st in first hdc., ch.1.
Next Row:  Work 1hdc in each hdc around, join with slip st in 1st st, ch1. Repeat last row until  hat is 4 1/2” above starting ch.
 Decrease Row: * Work 1hdc in next 5hdc, pull up hdc loops in each of next 2 sts (6 loops on hook ), yo and draw thru all 6 loops, (1 st decreased).  Repeat from * around row. (10 sts., decreased. (60 sts)
 Next Row:  Work 1hdc in each hdc around
 2nd Decrease Row: * Work 1hdc in first 4 hdc, work 1 dec in next 2 sts. Repeat from * around row.
Next Row:  Work 1hdc in each hdc around.
 Repeat last 2 rows, working 1 st less between decrease sts each decrease round, with last dec row worked on every 2 sts.  Fasten off, pull tail of yarn thru to under side and tuck in, repeat for  starting yarn tail.

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406


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