Today I learned a new word – Balaclava. Webster defines it as “a warm hat that covers the head, neck, and most of the face”. In my world we call it a ski cap.
When I found this free pattern I knew I wanted to make one for the orphanage in Kenya. This style hat is one of my son’s favorite and I hope that another young boy would enjoy it this winter.
I used some Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Tea Leaf Green with size 8 needles to cast of 72 stitches. I did alter the pattern in the decrease section of the hat. I disliked how the original changed to a stockinette for the decrease. So I used the ribbed decrease I used on the Mock Cable Hat (minus the cable stitch) to create a ribbed decrease.
You can find the original free pattern here.
Update: the pattern location has moved and can know be found here.
7 thoughts on “New word for today – Balaclava”
I’ve made 10 of these hats with that exact pattern and I never once thought of changing the top. Oh well I still have to make one more of them.
I hate to admit that I am bad about following directions. I like to do things my way, and yet I wonder where my kids get the same attitude. 🙂
I have to admit that I am the same way. I think that patterns or more like guide lines. I did add an extra inch to the bottom of my balaclavas. It’s so cold where I live so its nice to have just a little extra length in the neck. It was actually my Hubby’s idea.
I would like to get this pattern. Thanks very much.
It seems the pattern has changed locations. I have updated the link. The pattern can be found at http://neseafarers.org/group-projects/ Click on the link “How to knit a Balaclava”.
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QIm trying to findca balaclava pattern for a worsted weight hat for a four year old
He’s on the his ccx second set ofvear tubes vcd and needs a hat he cant readily remove!