St Stephen members with the gift of crocheting and knitting are busy making caps for American Soldiers. These caps are given to every soldier who is deployed overseas. These caps are worn underneath the soldier's helmet- in the winter months to keep them warm and in the summer, to soak up sweat.

PLEASE USE Dark Sage, Medium Sage, Grey, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, or Camoflague. NO OTHER COLORS WILL BE ACCEPTED

The caps cannot be longer than 6 inches from center of the skull down to forehead. When completed, fold the cap in half, it should measure approximately 10 inches.

CROCHET SKULL CAP

Use only 4 Ply yarn  -  WOOL ACRYLIC BLEND
Be sure to count stitches  at end of row
 
Ch - chain
DC-double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
fp- front of post   instructions below
bp- back of post
Size H hook (If the cap is too large or too small, go up or down a hook size.                                  
All Ch 3 count as a DC
 
CH 4, close to form a ring;
Rnd 1: ch 3,- 11 DC in ring: close ring with a sl st at the top of ch.3 (12 stitches)
Rnd 2: ch3,- 1 DC in the same st as ch; 2 DC in each st around; sl st in top of ch3 (24 st)
Rnd 3: ch 3, - 1 DC in the same st as ch; 1 dc in the next st; *2 DC crochet in the next st,
            1 DC in the next st* (repeat from *around) sl st top of ch3 (36 st)
Rnd 4: Repeat round 3 (54 st)
 
Rnd 5: ch3, -1 DC in the same st as ch; 1 Dc in the next 6 stitches
            *2 DC in the next stitch; 1DC in each of the next 6 stitches*
            (repeat from * around) DC in the last 4 st; sl st top of ch3 (62 st)
           
Rnds 6 to 11: ch3, -1 DC in each st around; close as before with sl st top of ch3
(62st)  Make sure you only have 62 st in each row.
Rnd 12: ch3, - *DC around Front Post (fp) in the first st around the Back Post (bp) in the 2nd st*. (repeat around to from ribbing) all rows 62 st each fasten off, weave in end. (Instructions for ribbing below)
     

HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS  Advanced Crochet Stitches

Front Post and Back Post Stitches
In double crochet, you work around the post of the dc in the previous row.

Front Post - yarn over (yo) your crochet hook. Insert hook from front to back on right side of post, go behind post and then push hook out on left side of post. Yarn over and complete a double crochet.

Back Post - yarn over (yo) your crochet hook. Insert hook from back to front on right side of post, come in front of post and then push hook down on left side of post. Yarn over and complete a double crochet. 


 
KNIT SKULL CAP 

4-ply Knitting Worsted weight yarn, WOOL ACRYLIC BLEND - Size 10 needles

Cast on 76 Stitches loosely
K2 P2 until piece measures 6 inches
Next Row - K2 together across
Next Row - Knit across
Next Row - K2 together
Continue in this manner until 5 stitches remain.
Thread yarn through remaining stitches and sew back seam.