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My friend's husband, Dana, is being deployed to Iraq on 2/16. I made him this hat for his birthday, and he made sure that he had it with him before he left for Jersey, where they are being trained before they leave. This made me think, I wonder if i could convince my ladies to knit a few that we could send off to his unit. I have attached a picture and the pattern, so if anyone is interested let me know! It is a simple pattern with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick on size 15 double-pointed needles.

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

GAUGE: 9 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) over Stockinette st worked in the rnd (k every rnd).
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Cast on 40 sts loosely. Divide sts evenly onto 4 needles, being careful not to twist. Place marker for beginning of rnd. Join.
Rnd 1: *K2, p2, rep from * around.
Rep last rnd until piece measures about 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) from beg.
Next Rnd: *K19, k in front and then back of next st (increase made), rep from * once – 42 sts.
Continue in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) until piece measures 9 in. (23 cm) from beg.
Shape Crown
Next Rnd: *K5, k2tog, rep from * around – 36 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next Rnd: *K4, k2tog, rep from * around – 30 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next Rnd: *K3, k2tog, rep from * around – 24 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next Rnd: *K2, k2tog, rep from * around – 18 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next Rnd: *K1, k2tog, rep from * around – 12 sts.
Knit 1 rnd.
Next Rnd: K2tog around – 6 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and gather tightly together. Fasten off.

FINISHING Weave in ends.

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Comment by sarahmags on February 4, 2009 at 8:21pm
In case anyone else reads this and is interested, I think we should stick with neutral colors, and the pattern actually calls for size 13 dpn, not 15 like i said previously. Still not 100% sure on how much it takes to make 1 hat, but I *think* maybe 3 can come out of 2 skeins.
Comment by gottaknit on February 3, 2009 at 6:35am
I am going to start one today. I'm going to check my stash to see what I have. But I have 15 dpn's?! This may require a trip to my lys. This could be danerous. My resolution not to buy any more yarn until my stash is at least some what depleated will be in serious jepordy. AHHH-just remembered. My resolution was not to buy anymore SOCK yarn. WHOOHOO.
Comment by PurlGirl on February 3, 2009 at 4:31am
Sarah, can you post how many ounces your hat took, in case people have stash to use up? THANKS!
Comment by PurlGirl on February 3, 2009 at 4:29am
Great cause! Here are some more sites/patterns to knit for the troops!,, and then there's Kelley's favorite: Socks for Soldiers: Please note that uniform regulations call for !00% wool due to its warmth and fire-retardant properties. Comfort items can be knit with any type of yarn.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on February 2, 2009 at 6:10pm
How soon would you need these? I might be able to work it in to my knitting schedule. How many skeins would it take for a hat?

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