Sunday, March 04, 2012


Balaclava collage, originally uploaded by samjoepics.
4th knitting project of 2012 completed: the balaclava that Joe had been asking for.

I'd started out knitting a beanie to go with his fingerless gloves. The yardage in this skein of cratively dyed sock yarn seems to go on, and on, and on, so I ripped the beanie back and made the balaclava that Joe had asked for.

The balaclava is based on the sockhead hat from Boho knits blog:
- I cast on the number of stitches called for in the sockhead pattern
- Knit in 2x2 rib until it was a good length for the neck
- Change to stocking stitch and knit until it covers the mouth
- Cast off 45 stitches for the face opening
- Knit back and forth until it is the depth that you would like for the eye opening
- Cast on 45 stitches and knit in the round for an inch
- Follow hat pattern for the crown of the beanie
- To finish, pick up stitches around the border of the face opening and knit in 1x1 rib for and inch, then cast off looesly

I like that it is versatile to wear as a balaclava on those really cold days, or roll up like a beanie to just take the chill off.

It cracks me up that Naomi wanted to model this after Daddy had modelled it (and that it covers her past her shoulders!)


StarSpry said...

That's very cool! And so adorable that Naomi wanted to model it to :)

Denise said...

I love it :) Should we ever get to CO I will have to knit some. I remember by brothers used to wear them years ago when it snowed in England.

Andi said...

This knit would have been perfect when I was growing up and lived in Colorado. That wind chill factor was a real skin burner.
I love the color choice! Beautiful work.