Monday, June 2, 2008

Trav's Balaclava

Just a quickie whipped up for my brother-in-law to keep him warm at work. When I tried to find a basic balaclava pattern on the web I was sorely disappointed so I have written this one up for you. It is pretty much a modified Jacques Cousteau Hat (give or take a few bits).

Materials:
150g of 8 ply yarn
4mm 40cm circular
4mm dpns
darninng needle
5 Stitch markers
Glossary
pm: place marker
SSK: slip, slip, knit

Gauge: 22sts / 10 cm in stockingette

Pattern:
Using the circular needle, cast on 120 stitches. Join to work in the round, place the marker and work 25cm of 3x2 rib (knit3, purl 2).

Bind off 45 sts at the start of the next round and work 11 rows of rib back and forth on the remaining stitches.

Cast on 45 stitches and rejoin to work again in the round.

Work a futher 8cm of rib.

Continuing with the rib, work 26 sts, SSK, pm, work 28 sts, SSK, pm, work 28 sts, SSK, pm, work 28 sts, SSK, pm, p2.

Continue in the rib performing the SSK on the last two sts before each of the placed markers. Continue this until there are 12 sts left. Cut yarn and thread through remining sts.

This also makes a great knights helmet for a little boy if you are interested and also pulls back over the head to make a neck warmer or easily allow you to eat!




This pattern is provided free for your own personal use. You may knit it for yourself, as a gift, a swap or for charity. This pattern is not intended for commercial use. Any intended commercial use requires permission in writing.








11 comments:

Misha said...

Looks awesome! Thanks for this pattern. I am adding it to my to-do patterns...just have to finish a few projects first. Don't we all say that?!

mckool said...

I'm afraid I'm doing something wrong. I'm decreasing for the top of the balaclava, but if I'm reading the pattern correctly, I only decrease 4 stitches each round. Seems like the top is going to be awfully long and pointy and not like the picture. Should I be decreasing at a faster rate? Thanks for sharing your patterns.

Jack said...

All is well, have faith grasshopper.

lorchick said...

awesome, i promised my neighbour i'd knit something like this but i was having a hard time finding something satisfactory. she had very specific requests and i was having a hard time filling them!

JL said...

this is what i needed for my ski holiday in Dec, wish i can find yours earlier, well, no fret ! i m going to knit one for my next winter ski holiday next Dec, thanks.

Therese said...

Thanks so much for sharing this!

Cindy Crafton said...

My friend is asking for a balaclava that he can also use as a gator. Would this work for that?

gunksdesigns ( goonksdesigns) said...

Thank for this pattern. My mother used knit them for the boys in our family. I've been looking for a pattern for some time. This one is different to the ones she used to knit but I'll give it a try.

bretay said...

Thank you. I have been looking for one. A lot of them out there,just nothing appealed to me. My 11 yr old granddaughter Breanna wants a camo one for when she goes hunting with her daddy.Guess I'd better make him one,too.lol..If not,when she gets hers he will say ugh where's mine?

Mary Jones said...

Thanks all the way from Western Australia. My Son-in-Law works Night shifts and it DOES get Cold Here in Our Winters, this will suit him fine ty. Mary Rose. :)

Mary Jones said...

Thanks all the way from Western Australia. My Son-in-Law works Night shifts and it DOES get Cold Here in Our Winters, this will suit him fine ty. Mary Rose. :)