Baalaclava!

Well, this is what I’ve been up to…

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And I’m sorry, but I’m a sucker for a good pun.

This pattern is entirely seamless – the ears are worked by picking up stitches, and there’s a little grafting at the front – instructions for which are given in the pattern.

As per my previous mask patterns, I’ve used an aran weight yarn with 4mm needles. The pattern gives two sizes – standard (19″ to 23″) and extra large (24″ and up).

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10 thoughts on “Baalaclava!

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  2. noisician

    That’s amazing! How difficult is it to do? My wife has recently taken up knitting, and I am not sure how to determine whether this is beyond her skills.

    1. It’s not terribly difficult – if your wife can knit in the round, pick up stitches and work kitchener stitch, she’ll have no trouble with it! There’s no seaming.

      (And actually, if she can’t graft/work kitchener stitch, the instructions for that are in the pattern, too.)

  3. Alice M-B

    I’m relatively new to knitting and am in the process of making this… But I don’t know what I’m meant to do for the eye openings…I knit 10 onto the scrap yarn but am unsure how I am then to purl onto scrap yarn… Any help would be much appreciated:)

    1. Hi, it just means that after knitting your ten stitches with scrap yarn on one row (rather than knitting the stitches with your main yarn) when you turn and purl back across that row and reach those scrap yarn stitches, just keep on purling with your main yarn!

      It’s basically formed using the same technique as an ‘afterthought thumb’ – but as it’s not knit in the round, you *don’t* slip the stitches back to your right needle and knit across the scrap yarn again with the main colour. Instead, you keep knitting to the end of the row with main colour, turn your work, then purl back across all the stitches, scrap *and* main. If you’ve never knitted an afterthought thumb, there’s a tutorial here –

      http://blog.berroco.com/2015/10/28/emily-explains-how-do-i-make-an-afterthought-thumb/

      and in lots of other places too, if you have a quick google. That video (and most of the other tutorials) go on to show what happens later, when you reach the part where the scrap yarn stitches need removing.

      Hope that helps!

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