How to make a balaclava

Updated March 16, 2017

The balaclava is a form of headgear that covers the top of the head and the neck. It's a versatile piece of clothing that you can wear as a ski mask, hat or even a neck warmer. Knit a balaclava from various materials, including fleece and wool.

Form the top of the helmet by casting on six stitches and joining them in a circle. Plainly knit one round.

Increase the round one 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, use knit, knit, purl, purl (k2p2) 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 15 cm (6 inches). Finish the balaclava helmet by casting 48 stitches of the centre front in garter stitching for 7.5 cm (3 inches). Bind off these stitches and repeat until the remaining stitches are done.

Things You'll Need

  • 170 g (6 oz) fleecy wool
  • 4 Double-pointed size 3 needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Gauge -- 5 stitches to 2.5 cm (1 inch)
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