Two of us are making hats for the troops. Need some info on wool yarn, prefer light camouflage as worn by the troops in Afghanistan. Appreciate any info you might have, name and color of yarn or website available.
Thanks for asking crazy-dutch-lady as I have a BIL that wants a camo hat and I haven't been able to locate camo yarn.
Most camo yarns I've seen are acrylic and you can't use acrylic for the troops. Besides, they really just knit up as stripes, not camo blocks at all. You'd probably be fine using a solid olive green color wool.
I agree that most of the camo yarn is acrylic. I have made hats for the men and woman with this. However I was told that they wear them when off duty so to speak. I guess their helmets are tight and the hats make it so much tighter. Well at least that is what my Son told me about his hat.
Using fine wool in 2 or three shades of green, knit as one thread may give you the color you want. Just to let you know though, These men and woman will wear anything they are sent. It gives them a warm, loved feeling to be given something that someone took the time to make for them. Even a scarf is great for them. I made some small pouches that could be added to their dog tags to hold small pictures in close to their hearts. I made them of cotton. 2X3 with a draw string.
The troops in Afghanistan don't usually wear green. The camo clothes for temperate areas is usually sand or tan colours.http://military.americanuniform.com/category_s/92.htm
Here is a picture of the colour of the desert uniforms. Ypu can find the green on the same site. Even their green uniforms are closer to a grey green than a real green. There was an American Colonel that worked in my building and we always teased him about his grey uniform. It appeared that way next to the green of our Canadian uniform.
Does anyone know of a site that recieves hats, etc. for the troops?
Thank you- I will check it out.
Through KP I found out about operationshoebox.com and am just finishing knitting my first hat.Using Patons Classic Wool in the color Forest and I found it at Michaels.
While knitting for the troops, I looked up their uniforms. I choose Paton's Morino wool in grey. I read that the darker the color the better the enemy could see them with night vision goggles. Grey for troops in Afghanistan, beige for troops in Iraq.
Lion brand have camo yarn or you can go with dark colors! Happy knitting!!
Go to: warmthforwarriors.com ! Happy knitting!!
The organization in place locally is Operation Toasty Toes -- their patterns specifically call for acrylic yarn -- I was surprised to hear of this wool requirment. I just double checked their site. I know the ladies here use Super Saver Camo. They have an annual display at our library. they insist on their specific patterns and colors.
I prefer to do my charity knitting for local use and there are several groups in town that facilitate a wide variety of items.
If knitting for troops in a battle zone be sure to use natural fibers--wool, cotton, alpaca- as they burn, but do not melt and cause more burns.