How to Make a Balaclava


The balaclava is a form of headgear that covers the top of the head and the neck. It is a versatile piece of clothing in that it can be worn as a ski mask, a hat or a neck warmer. The balaclava can be knit from various material including fleece and wool.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 oz. fleecy wool 4 double-pointed size 3 needles Tapestry needle Scissors Gauge: 5 stitches to one inch
  • Form the top of the helmet by casting on six stitches and joining them in a circle. Plainly knit one round.

  • Increase the round 1 stitch after every stitch and plainly knit two more rounds. Repeat this step until there are 96 stitches on the needles.

  • Begin ribbing. For the next six inches, k2p2 (knit, knit, purl, purl) to form ribbing.

  • Form the face opening. Bind off 24 stitches and knit 72 stitches k2p2 for the next two inches. Finish the face opening by casting 24 stitches over the bound-off stitches.

  • Form the neck. From the end of the face opening, knit 96 stitches k2p2 for 6 inches. Finish the balaclava helmet by casting 48 stitches of the center front in garter stitching for 3 inches. Bind off these stitches and repeat until the remaining stitches are done.

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