Bokaclava revisited…

I’ve recently had a request – from the very first person to contact me about the Bokaclava, way back last October – for some extra detail on the finishing of the Bokaclava – notably, the forehead seaming and the insertion of the ears.

I intend to knit up a Bokaclava and take some photos of the process, but at the moment I’m still all wrapped up in the Mysterious Lace Whatnot Project… so here’s some of the original Bokaclava photos, with added arrows and all-new notes. Clicking on the pictures will take you to larger versions on flickr if you need to see them in greater detail.

Seaming the forehead and back sections

Firstly you need to find the centre point on both the forehead ribbing and the cast off edge of the back section.

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Seam across the top of the cast off edge to the corner where it meets the selvedge – you will still have some ribbing left unseamed, and should turn the corner and continue seaming down the selvedge of the back.

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Repeat for the other side of the forehead.

Attaching ears

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Find the point on the ear where the increases along the pointed edges stop, and the circular section begins. Find the top of the forehead ribbing, and begin seaming along this selvedge, and the pointed edge of the ear.

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When you are approximately 1″ from the point of the ear, fold it back on itself and sew together.

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Continue sewing around selvedge, seaming it to the second side of the point, thus creating the back of the ear –

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Continue sewing around the circular part of the ear until you reach the point where you began.

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Hope that’s helpful!

Mad as a boks of frogs

Note to self: do not expect to painlessly publish PDFs whilst doing anything else at all (particularly if it involves small children and/or having a head cold, and especially not if it’s the first PDF you’ve ever attempted).

Several updates (and much swearing at OpenOffice/tables/the missing keys on my laptop) later, I finally have a Bokaclava pattern PDF that resembles the one in this post.

I also have the small (18-20″) version of the pattern completed, and PDF’d. It’s the same construction, just a few alterations to stitch and row counts, but from what I’ve read, ravelry would rather I listed child-sized versions of patterns separately. (Only the second version, too – the stitch count initially for the wrapped stitch/saved stitch bit of the short row eyebrows was out, I just noticed – it’s not, now.)

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Bokaclava Jr – fits 18-20″ head circ.

Pattern

Gauge: 19sts/27 rows over 4″ with 4mm needles.
Yarn : Any wool blend that gives the right gauge and creates a fairly stiff fabric with 4mm needles, but is soft enough to wear against the face, is suitable – eg RYC Cashsoft Aran, Sirdar Bonus Aran.

With 4mm needles, cast on 64 sts. Join, being careful not to twist; work 3×1 rib in the round for 13 rows.
Knit stocking stitch for the next 19 rows.

Make mouth and nose opening

Next row – knit 10 sts. Break yarn; knit next 12 sts with scrap yarn to make mouth later. Rejoin yarn and knit to end.
Knit 6 rows in stocking stitch.
Next row: knit 12 sts; break yarn, knit 8 sts with scrap yarn, rejoin – knit 12 sts. Place next 32 sts on stitch holder – these stitches will be the back, and are worked separately. Turn work and purl back across first 32 sts.
Knit 10 rows stocking stitch, flat.

Make eyeholes –

Next row (right side) –
k6, CO7, k6, CO7, k5.
Next row (wrong side) –
p6, m7, p6, m7, p6.
Knit 4 rows stocking stitch.

Short row eyebrows

1st eyebrow –
Row 1 : k15; slip last stitch, wrap and turn (as in short row technique).
Row 2 : p14. Save last stitch on stitch holder, unwrapped.
Row 3 : k to last unwrapped stitch, wrap and turn.
Row 4 : p to last unsaved stitch; save last stitch on stitch holder.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until 4 sts remain ‘live’, 6 are wrapped, and 6 are on stitch holder.
Next row (right side) : knit across the 4 live stitches; pick up and knit into back of wrapped stitches until all are live again.
2nd eyebrow –
Row 1 : Knit across to last stitch; save last stitch on stitch holder. Turn but do not wrap.
Row 2 : p14, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 3 : k to last stitch; save on stitch holder. Turn.
Row 4 : p to last unwrapped stitch; wrap and turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until 4 sts remain live, 6 are wrapped and 6 on stitch holder.
Next (right side) row – k4.
Next row – k across to wrapped stitches; pick up and knit to bridge of nose. Knit across first eyebrow, thus creating garter stitch ‘eyebrows’.
Knit 2 rows in stocking stitch for forehead. Break yarn.
Rejoin yarn beside first saved stitch to the right of the first eyebrow, to knit 2×2 rib forehead (as you knit across them, pick up 7 stitches between these, and a further 7 between the corresponding saved stitches on other stitch holder upon reaching them) knit 10 rows of 2×2 rib across all stitches (46 sts). Cast off.

Side ribbing

Pick up six stitches at side of head leading up to forehead ribbing (see photos). Work 14 rows in 2×2 rib, cast off.

BACK

Rejoin yarn; knit 50 rows in stocking stitch.


Make holes for horns

With RS facing – k8; break yarn, k4 on scrap yarn; rejoin yarn, k8; break yarn, k4 on scrap yarn; rejoin yarn, k8.
Next row (WS) : p8; break yarn, p4 on scrap yarn; rejoin yarn, p8; break yarn, p4 on scrap yarn; rejoin yarn, p8.
Knit 8 more rows stocking stitch and cast off.

Mattress stitch side ribs to side of forehead rib.
Sew top of forehead ribbing to back of knitting along the cast off edge and down the sides with a flat seam (see photos).

Make mouth and tongue

Undo scrap yarn and using 4mm DPNs pick up stitches either side (24 sts). Knit 5 rows stst.
Dec 1 stitch either side until 12 sts remain.
Knit 4 rows stocking stitch.
Dec 1 stitch either side until 6 sts remain. Graft remaining 6 sts together.
Create mouth and tongue by pushing all but the last 13 rows back into the mouth opening and sewing down.

Nose

Undo scrap yarn. Cast off lower stitches. Dec 1 stitch at each end of each row of upper stitches to make a point, and fasten off, use tail end of yarn to sew down just above mouth.

Make horns

Undo all scrap yarn; put 4 live stitches from each edge onto DPNs, and pick up 2 sts from rows at either side of hole – 12 stitches. Knit 12 rounds.
Next row : k2, k2tog; repeat until 9 stitches remain.
Knit five rounds.
Next row : k7, k2tog (8 sts).
Graft ends.

Ears

Left ear –

Cast on 3 sts and knit stocking stitch for 2 rows.
k1; m1; k2 (4sts)
Next row: purl.
k1; m1; k2; m1; k1 (6 sts)
Next row: purl.
k1; m1; knit to last st; m1; k1 (8 sts)
Next row: purl.
k1; m1; k to end (9 sts)
Next row: purl.
k1; m1; k to last stitch; m1; k1 (11 sts)
Next row: purl.
Knit to last st; m1; k1 (12 sts)
Next row: purl.
k1; m1; knit to last stitch; m1; k1 (14 sts)
Next row: purl.
k1; m1; knit to end (15 sts)
Next row: purl.
k1; m1; knit to last stitch; m1; k1 (17 sts)
Next row: purl.
k to last stitch; m1; k1 (18 sts)
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Make 54 stitches, join taking care not to twist (72 sts)
Knit round these 72 sts.
Next row: k4, k2tog; repeat (60 sts)
Knit two rows.
Next row: k1, k2tog; repeat (40 sts)
Knit two rows.
Next row: k2tog; repeat (20 sts)
Knit two rows.
Next row: k2tog; repeat (10sts)
Last row as above (5 sts)

Right ear –

Reverse instructions to ~~~~~~ then continue as for left ear.

Making up

Attaching ears

The ears are knit so that the tops of the points are to be folded over on themselves, adding thickness, creating a ‘back’ to the ear and making them more three dimensional.

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This is done as follows –
Sew the part of the ear where the circular knitting begins to the top of the ribbed edge section of the opening created for the ear.
Sew up edge of point along side of head, until 1” from end of point. Fold point down on itself, and stitch down. Sew seam between other edge of point and side seam of the back of the balaclava, until you reach the circular part of the ear. Sew circular part to rest of opening.
Run a few stitches through upper ear to add definition.

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Weave in ends.

Handwash and dry flat; shape while drying.

This pattern is free for personal use, and not to be reproduced, used or knit for resale or profit.

Now, where did I put that darkened room?

Monster monster…

…post.

Update 20/10/2008 8.15pm GMT – a free PDF download is now available for this pattern. I’ve hopefully made a few of the instructions a little clearer, and have tidied up the formatting.

9.41pm GMT – Noticed two lines missing from PDF! Now reinstated and updated (and sworn at).
21/10/2008 – Hopefully that’s it, because not only were two lines missing, the whole section for the ears had vanished too. That’s also now reinstated, and the new link is below.

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The small/child’s size pattern is now available, here on my blog, and here as a PDF download

Update – extra info on seaming can be found in this blog post –

Bokaclava revisited

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By way of a brief explanation – Bok is a gargoyle/demon in a classic Doctor Who story called ‘The Daemons’. My partner, mere weeks after we first met, asked me if it would be possible to knit a ‘bokaclava’, complete with sticky out tongue.

(The answer to that is yes, obviously…)

I’m currently working on a child’s size pattern, so keep an eye out for updates.

Pattern

Gauge: 19sts/27 rows over 4″ with 4mm needles.

Fits 20″ – 23″ head circumference.

Yarn : Initially, I made this with RYC Cashsoft Aran, as I found it on sale at John Lewis, but any wool blend that gives the right gauge and creates a fairly stiff fabric with 4mm needles, but is soft enough to wear against the face, is suitable – I’ve used more affordable yarn since (eg Sirdar Bonus Aran, 20% wool/80% acrylic) with great results. I’ve not tried a wool-free substitute yet, so can’t personally recommend any for those with allergies.

Sirdar Bonus Aran, in Cherry –

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With 4mm needles, cast on 72 sts. Join, being careful not to twist; work 3×1 rib in the round for 13 rows.

Knit stocking stitch for the next 22 rows.

Make mouth and nose opening

Next row – knit 12 sts. Break yarn; knit next 12 sts with scrap yarn to make mouth later. Rejoin yarn and knit to end.

Knit 7 rows in stocking stitch.

Next row: knit 14 sts; break yarn, knit 8 sts with scrap yarn, rejoin – knit 14 sts. Place next 36 sts on stitch holder – these stitches will be the back, and are worked separately. Turn work and purl back across first 36 sts.

Knit 12 rows stocking stitch, flat.

Make eyeholes

Next row (right side) –

k7, CO8, k6, CO8, k6.

Next row (wrong side) –

p7, m8, p6, m8, p7.

Knit 4 rows stocking stitch.

Short row eyebrows

k17; slip last stitch, wrap and turn (as in short row technique).
p16. Save last stitch on stitch holder.
k to last stitch, wrap and turn etc – continue with these rows until 4 sts remain ‘live’, 7 are wrapped, and 7 are on stitch holder.

Next row –

K4; pick up and knit into back of wrapped stitches until all are live again.

Next eyebrow – knit to last stitch; save last stitch on stitch holder. Turn.

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P16, wrap next stitch and turn.

K to last stitch; save on stitch holder.

P to last unwrapped stitch; wrap and turn.

Rep. from ~~~~ until 4 sts remain live, 7 are wrapped and 7 on stitch holder.

Next row – k4.

Next row – k across to wrapped stitches; pick up and knit to bridge of nose. Knit across first eyebrow, creating garter stitch ‘eyebrows’.

Knit 2 rows in stocking stitch for forehead. Break yarn.

Rejoin yarn and pick up 8 stitches between stitches on stitchholders; knit 12 rows of 2×2 rib across all stitches (52 sts).

Cast off.

BACK

Rejoin yarn; knit 58 rows in stocking stitch.

Make holes for horns

With RS facing – k10; break yarn, k4 on scrap yarn; rejoin yarn, k8; break yarn, k4 on scrap yarn; rejoin yarn, k10.

Next row – p10; break yarn, k4 on scrap yarn; rejoin yarn, p8; break yarn, k4 on scrap yarn; rejoin yarn, p10.

Knit 10 rows stocking stitch; cast off.

Make mouth and tongue

Undo scrap yarn and using 4mm DPNs pick up stitches either side (24 sts). Knit 5 rows stst.

Dec 1 stitch either side until 12 sts remain.

Knit 4 rows stocking stitch.

Dec 1 stitch either side until 6 sts remain. Graft remaining 6 sts together.

Create mouth and tongue by pushing all but the last 13 rows back into the mouth opening and sewing down.

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Nose

Undo scrap yarn. Cast off lower stitches. Dec 1 stitch at each end of each row of upper stitches to make a point, and fasten off, use tail end of yarn to sew down just above mouth.

Side ribbing

Pick up six stitches at side of head leading up to forehead ribbing (see photos). Work 14 rows in 2×2 rib, cast off.

Ears

Left ear –

Cast on 3 sts and knit stocking stitch for 2 rows.

k1; m1; k2 (4sts)
Next row: purl.

k1; m1; k2; m1; k1 (6 sts)
Next row: purl.

k1; m1; knit to last st; m1; k1 (8 sts)
Next row: purl.

k1; m1; k to end (9 sts)
Next row: purl.

k1; m1; k to last stitch; m1; k1 (11 sts)
Next row: purl.

Knit to last st; m1; k1 (12 sts)
Next row: purl.

k1; m1; knit to last stitch; m1; k1 (14 sts)
Next row: purl.

k1; m1; knit to end (15 sts)
Next row: purl.

k1; m1; knit to last stitch; m1; k1 (17 sts)
Next row: purl.

k to last stitch; m1; k1 (18 sts)

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Next row: purl.

Make 54 stitches, join taking care not to twist (72 sts)

Knit round these 72 sts.

Next row: k4, k2tog; repeat (60 sts)
Knit two rows.
Next row: k1, k2tog; repeat (40 sts)
Knit two rows.
Next row: k2tog; repeat (20 sts)
Knit two rows.
Next row: k2tog; repeat (10sts)
Last row as above (5 sts)
Loop yarn through last 5 sts and fasten off.

Right ear –

Reverse instructions to ~~~~~~ then continue as for left ear.

Mattress stitch side ribs to side of forehead rib.
Sew top of forehead ribbing to back of knitting along the cast off edge and down the sides with a flat seam (see photos).

Edited 5th June 2009 – for further details of this, and the attachment of the ears, see this post – https://thingsandideas.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/573/

Make horns

Undo all scrap yarn; put 4 live stitches from each edge onto DPNs, and pick up 2 from rows at either side of hole – 12 stitches.

Knit 12 rounds.

Next row:

k2, k2tog; repeat until 9 stitches remain. Knit five rounds.

Next row:

k7, k2tog (8 sts).

Graft ends.

Attaching ears

The ears are knitted so that the tops of the points are to be folded over on themselves, adding thickness, creating a ‘back’ to the ear and making them more three dimensional.

This is done as follows –

Sew the part of the ear where the circular knitting begins to the top of the ribbed edge section of the opening created for the ear.

Sew up edge of point along side of head, until 1” from end of point. Fold point down on itself, and stitch down. Sew seam between other edge of point and side seam of the back of the balaclava, until you reach the circular part of the ear. Sew circular part to rest of opening.

Run a few stitches through upper ear to add definition.

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Weave in ends.

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Handwash and dry flat – shape while drying.

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And that’s it.

This pattern is free for personal use, and not to be used or knit for resale or profit.

Email aminspace(at)gmail.com with enquiries if you are interested in ordering a Bokaclava ready-handknit by me. Various colours available.