Russian hats to knit

ImageUshanka, shapka, troopers and the bombers hat are all similar. They have fur, ear flaps, a visor and chin strap. Ushanka is the Russian word for earflap. The Red Army wore this head covering as part of their uniform to keep them warm and protect their head upon impact with packed snow.

Faux fur yarn or the Astrakhan stitch can help you achieve the look you are going after for your handknit/crochet hat. Try the pattern from Drop Designs and/or TSC that follows

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Classic Elite “Quick Knits”

100 patterns of wraps, socks, hats and more

Classic Elite originated in the 1940’s and established its focus on bringing a wide range of high quality yarns to the local yarn shops during the 1980’s. It is a United States based yarn company housed in a historic mill building on the banks of the Merrimac River in Lowell, Massachusetts. “Classic Elite Quick Knits” is 100 patterns of timeless accessories that have been compiled from leaflets and various publications over the past few years.

If you want variety and a quick project, this is the book for you. To learn more

http://www.examiner.com/knitting-in-hartford/classic-elite-has-100-quick-patterns-for-you-to-knit