Hundreds join campaign to knit hats for soldiers in Afghanistan

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A campaign in Hertfordshire to knit woolly hats for soldiers in Afghanistan, has attracted the support of hundreds of people.

Backed by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, Wel Hats has seen local residents young and old come together to create a large collection of knitted beanie hats for the squaddies in order to help them to keep warm during the harsh Afghan winter.

The newspaper reports that around 550 hats have so far been knitted and are ready to sent to The Desert Rats in Helmand Province as they prepare for their final winter before withdrawing from the country.

Many individuals and organisations have lent a helping hand to the campaign, donating not only their time and skills but also a large number of yarn balls.

It's not just experienced knitters who have been working on the hats, as many beginners have been attending workshops around the borough so that they can learn how to knit or practice their skills with the aid of expert tutors.

The campaign is due to finish on Armistice Day, however organisers have revealed that they plan to launch it again next year but with a different cause in mind.

Former soldier Jonny Ball told the newspaper just what the knitted hats would mean to the soldiers serving in Afghanistan this winter.

He said: "Receiving these hats will be a huge morale booster for our troops. It is not just the warmth that the hat will provide throughout the winter months, but also knowing that they are being thought of back home and the love and care that has gone into making the hat."

Woollen beanies can be incredibly simple to make and can be completed even by beginner knitters, as all you need to be able to do is a simple garter stitch.

You could knit two separate halves and sew them together or in one piece and join up the edges. If you are planning to donate your hats to soldiers serving abroad however please ensure that you choose hardwearing yarns in dark colours.

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