This charity project is highlighted in the latest newletter from Lion Brand Yarn. The project has been around for a couple of years, originating in 2005 by Linda Swinford. The project website offers patterns for crochet or knit versions, in PDF or WORD formats. This is an easy and heartfelt way to show your support of American troops serving abroad.
Be certain to read the instructions and fiber/color requirements carefully.
***IMPORTANT NOTE: It is important to remember that, although it is more costly, wool will not melt in fire, as does acrylic yarn. Considering the conditions our troops are dealing with in the Middle East, this is a critical factor. Please, do not substitute with acrylic yarn.
Update 8/4/08—-In the comments section below, Darlene has brought it to our attention that crochet liners are no longer acceptable. According to the link in her 2nd comment, Linda Swinford indicates that the crochet pattern has been dropped from her site because the troops prefer the knitted version for a better field of vision.
I’ve decided to change the link below to another site that has the crochet version. However, crocheters might want to consider what Linda says about the field of vision issue and use the pattern only as a guide, possibly modifying the pattern for a better result. If anyone is able to come up with a more acceptable pattern for the crochet version, I’d appreciate a comment here letting us know.
Bottom line, we want to do what’s best for our troops to ensure their safety and comfort to the best of our abilities. And thank you, Darlene, for bringing this to our attention.
Pattern: Operation Helmet Liners
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