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09-30-2006, 01:21 AM
I had bought one skein each of 3 acrylic camouflage yarns; I had intended to make a project for some of our soldiers, but alas, I can't master the pattern I wanted to do. So...any ideas of what I can do with this yarn instead? The skeins have 278 and 195 yards on them, and they are worsted weight (size 8 needles, about 18 stitches x 24 rows). Nobody I know is into hunting/outdoorsy stuff, so that idea is out, but maybe something kind of fun and maybe a bit unexpected for the yarn choice (a project you might not select camouflage yarn for initially, but that might turn out pretty cool)? I don't know how good my picture shows it, but one skein is blue tones, one skein is like "desert" tones, and one skein is like army fatigues with greens, browns, and blacks.

09-30-2006, 06:32 AM
Do you make socks? The mother of a local serviceman in Iraq said he had contacted her asking for warm socks for the men in his platoon. That yarn would make nice socks, but I'd use a smaller needle than an 8. Check the gauge/needle size advised in the sock pattern.

In the alternative, you could post the exact problem you're having with what you intended to make and someone her is sure to be able to help.


09-30-2006, 08:36 AM
I'd make hats or mittens out of it. Acrylic, IMHO, is not a good choice for socks, but wonderful for slippers. Or my favorite scarf pattern:
CO a multiple of 4 plus 2 stitches (8+2, 12+2, 16+2, etc.) I think I did 42 for the one I'm making now.
Row 1: Sl 1st st as if to k, k1. *Bring yarn to front and slip the next two sts as if to purl, put yarn in back and k next two sts.* Repeat across ending with K2.
Row 2: K across
Repeat these two rows until scarf is as long as you'd like. Looks like ribbing but it's firmer and there's no purling!

Jan in CA
09-30-2006, 01:15 PM
I was going to make some camo hats for my nephews. Teenagers and kids would think they are cool!

09-30-2006, 07:48 PM
I just watched an episode of Knitty Gritty on DIY where they made a cool hat out of camoflaged yarn with a bright orange pom-pom and trim with a braided tie for under the chin (great for skiing).

Teens would think this was cool.

09-30-2006, 08:29 PM
There's a pattern for hats that soldiers can wear here: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kwe-ellensHat.html

It's really easy. I've made 2.