Thank you so much to all of you who serve, served and offer support to those in the armed forces. In honor of Veteran’s Day, we would like to share this free helmet liner pattern. There are many fine organizations that take donations of these liners and send them to the troops. Ask at your local yarn shop or church to find one in your area.
The ideal liner would be made from a soft 100% wool as synthetic fibers can not be warn by Marines in combat zones. The perfect yarn for this is Galway and the preferred colors are 9 (Black), 152, (Brown), 155 (Dark Tan), 751 (Grey), or 704 (Charcoal).
Helmet Liner and Matching Cowl
Size: Hat is sized to fit an adult head.
Finished Measurements: 22” around
Materials: (1) 100g ball Galway Worsted for Hat or Cowl.
One ball will make 2 hats. 1 ball will make 1 cowl
Only cowls & helmet liners made from 100% wool will be accepted. Acrylic yarn melts at high temperature and is unacceptable for this project.
Color must be appropriate to the military: tan, brown, gray, olive, or black.
Size US 8 -16” circular needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Size US 8 double pointed needles for top of hat.
1 stitch marker
Gauge: 18 sts = 4” in St st
With circular needle, loosely cast on 90 sts. Being careful not to twist, place marker and join.
Rnd 1-5: K1, P1 rib around.
Continue St st until piece measures 5” above ribbing.
Change to double pointed needles when necessary.
Rnd 1: *(Knit 8, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Photo by Penelope Taylor
All even Rnds 2-8: Knit.
Rnd 3: *(Knit 7, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 5: *(Knit 6, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 7: *(Knit 5, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 9: *(Knit 4, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 10: *(Knit 3, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 11: *(Knit 2, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 12: *(Knit 1, K2tog); repeat from * around.
Rnd 13: *(K2tog); repeat from * around.
Cut yarn leaving an 8” tail. Using a yarn needle, thread tail through remaining sts.
Pull tight and fasten off. Weave in ends.
Cowl: (NOT SHOWN) With the same circular needle loosely cast on 108 sts. Work in K2/p2 ribbing for 9”. Bind off loosely in ribbing. Weave in all ends.
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