USO Hats and LILLIAN IN THE DOORWAY Special Release Price

lillian with shoes2While preparing the 1924 Romance LILLIAN IN THE DOORWAY for a special Release Month price, my USO contact told me that the knitted hat shelves at my local USO were bare.

During training on hot days, our troops soak the caps, keeping their heads cool under their Kevlar. During cold days, the hats help keep them warm.

It’s been hot here, so having no hats is a sad thing. I’ve been pulling double shifts to get the novel out, but loom knitting relaxes me and it’s a lovely thing to see a completed hat after a few episodes of Scorpion or House.

For those interested, this is my pattern for doing the hat. It’s based on feedback from both troops and the USO.

Cream-colored USO Hat on the Loom

Cream-colored USO Hat on the Loom

USO Hat Pattern


Autumn hat: Bernat Softee Chunky Terra Cotta Mist; single strand

Cream-colored hat (shown in picture): One strand each of Caron Off White and Bernat Satin Linen

LOOM: Loops & Threads 9.5 in/24 cm circular loom

Brim: 14 rows

Rest of hat: 19 to 20 rows

After binding off the hat, I yarn stitch the hole closed with a tight X.

LILLIAN IN THE DOORWAY will be available for a special Release Month reduced price of $1.99 till September 30, 2015.  Check it out at


Happy knitting and reading!

About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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6 Responses to USO Hats and LILLIAN IN THE DOORWAY Special Release Price

  1. jbadoud says:

    Very nice, Michelle. Is there a way I can gift your book to my friends? Thanks.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.

    Sent from my iPhone


    • mlknowlden says:

      Sure there is, Jean! At the Amazon site, on the lefthand side, beneath the button that says BUY WITH 1-CLICK is another button that says GIVE AS A GIFT. The price goes up in October, so my friends with September birthdays received LILLIAN IN THE DOORWAY in their inboxes today.

  2. imagbigreader says:

    A really nice thing to do! Kaye

  3. dayya says:

    Doing those knitted hats is very cool, Michelle! (lol–pun!)

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