Hi, thanks for writing! Long time troop supporter here and I'm a veteran, too.
My pattern I snagged on the net. Surf for:
.........(K or C). I could probably track it down again, but a quick surf will get you there.
I didn't like the neck extension for what is called a gaiter, talked to my troop about his preferences, he said I don't wan't the neck so make just the cap.
I took the gaiter pattern I had and as it was top down for the cap first, I eliminated the neck portion and did the rest per the patern - simple sc for the most part and top down. The K in the round was stockinette (bottom up).
So, surf for:
..........note the gender, too as I also support female troops. Get the head circumference - some folks are different sizes. Hubby and I are about the same size = 23" I have more hair than he does! LOL!
Or, just make a cap of choice, get their head sizes and go for it using any pattern your want but I'd keep it simple and in black or OD. For rocker caps in the barracks, jazz it up, eh, and the yarn and colors would meet the troop's specs or yours.
There are many gaiter patterns out there and you may find this useful. Surf for:
..........will give you different patterns; specify K or C; note size.
This tells me that if you want to just make a cap, if it's a gift to be worn while sleeping or just knocking around the barracks wearing a rocker type hat, your pattern choice and yarn could be what you want; I'd not use wool then - wool only for if it '''may'''' be worn under the helmet (Kevlar) pit pf unifrom; it happens.
If they'd for some reason wear it under the Kevlar helmet (out of uniform as all items must be GI issue (not mom issue), a simple pattern (no texture stitches) would be ideal and my lighter weight yarn choice, Moda*Dea (100% washable wool) is not real thick and perhaps like DK; Ideal = washable. they can adjust the head band inside the helmet (I've had to do it) to allow for any thickness in the pattern design.
I thought it (Moda*Dea 100% washable wool) solved all the specs I was after. I couldn't find a reasonable one in the real world, so I went online. From the left overs, I make prayers squares.
I love the stuff and have used 6 skeins with three more in the basket for later; Online, of course.
In the event they end up wearing a non-military issued gaiter or just a cap under the Kevlar, I choose nothing but the black or OD and perhaps sneak in an Airforce color to my Airman. LOL!!
I have two Airmen that I support, btw and the one is heading out on his sixth deployment - this time it's Afghanistan; Iraq twice, A three times then A again. The other troop is in Japan; it's cold there, too.
I've supported him (sixth deployment) since '08 and his mother - miles from me - and she is very stressed out. They don't stay as long as the Army's one year and perhaps four months but they go out more often.
Our son got stuck with Bush's three month deployment extension over the one year when in Iraq '07-'08. Argh!
I told him (Airman) and her (mom), "I will be at your wedding!" LOL!!
Good luck! Do you support a troop? I've done it so long I forget when I started. The hardest one to support is DS.
His driver's license - renewed early as a coutesy to the military - is lost. I've spent hours now tracking it down = no go but have three options now. ((:
After tracing the how to/s for shipping a pistol, and using the carrier of '''my''' choice, I still don't have an answer. LOL!!
Guess what? He no longer wants it and will ship me his long gun. I want to know the laws governing this, too. Bottom line: Can USPS do this and they're my preffered shipper. No answer yet.
I know I can do it Fedex, but I want USPS. Most of the PO people don't even know that only one of the people involved needs an FFL (Federal Firearms Licence), so I get that argument.
Feed me! LOL!
Do you have the pattern for the helmet liners, or can share it?