Knitted Helmet Liner
Cascade 220 or any soft wool yarn that will knit to gauge. Approx. 175 yards. (5 hanks of 220 will make six hats) The reason the pattern calls for 100% wool yarn is because the headgear the military issues is made of synthetic fiber, which is not as warm as wool. Our troops who are subjected to sub-zero wind chills are still cold in synthetic headgear. The goal is to keep them warm by using 100% wool yarn.
COLORS ALLOWED BY THE MILITARY are black, charcoal, brown, tan, olive drab. (Black is the preferred color.)
Size 8 – 16″ circular needle, or size to get gauge
Size 8 double point needles (DP), or size to get gauge
Size 6 – 16″ circular needles for ribbing.
One stitch marker
GUAGE: 4.5 st. /inches in stockinet stitch
NECK: With smaller circular needle, cast on loosely, 84 stitches. Place marker. Join in round and knit in 2X2 ribbing for 6 inches. (This added length is preferred, so it doesn’t gap at the throat when pulled up over the mouth.)
HAT PORTION: With larger circular needle, knit 32 stitches off smaller needle. Leave smaller circular needle in the rest of the stitches. Cast on 59 additional stitches, place marker to mark beginning of round, join in round, Knit even for 4″.
(Knit even means…..knit every stitch in every row.)
1st Decrease row: *K11, K2 tog,* repeat to end of round.
Next Row: Knit even.
2nd Decrease Row: *K10, K2 tog.*, repeat to end. Next row: knit even. Change to DP needles when necessary.
Continue decreases as established until K2, K2 tog. After this, decrease every row until 7 stitches on needle.
Cut yarn 8-9″ long, feed through remaining stitches and weave in.
RIBBING AROUND THE FACE: With smaller needle still in neck portion, pick up stitches around face. Join in circle and knit 2X2 ribbing for 1 inch. On last row of ribbing, decrease in a total of 4 PURL stitches by purl 2 together.
(2 sets on each side of face, i.e. 10:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 8:00)
Designed by Bonnie Long, Knit Wits, 3419 Chatham Rd. Springfirel, IL. 62704. 217-699-6100. All rights reserved. Copies may be made only for the purpose of donating helmet liners to our active service personnel. In any case design attribution must remain.