Bulky Knit Balaclava Pattern

chunky knit balaclava pattern

This balaclava knitting pattern is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit.

Inspired by the balaclavas seen on the runway this season from Calvin Klein and others, I wanted to make a cozy balaclava.

This balaclava is made from a super bulky yarn which will certainly keep you toasty on colder days.

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Balaclava Pattern

The balaclava pattern is easy, mostly with knit stitches and some ribbing.

Using knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

This knitted balaclava would take you around two to three hours to make (depending on how fast you knit!).

balaclava knitting pattern

I made the hat using Drops Eskimo Print in 27 – Rust print and knit on size 8mm (US 11) 16″ circular needles.

I knit this balaclava on circular needles, so there was no seaming involved, just a few loose ends to sew in at the end.

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Easy Knit Balaclava

The balaclava uses basic knitting stitches – knit and purl, to create 2×2 ribbing for the neck edge and the face edges of the piece.

If you are a beginner it will also introduce you to shaping through simple decreases for the crown.

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While balaclavas are better known for being necessary for when you go skiing, they saw a trend happening this fall, with many of them appearing on the runway and on celebrities. 

Made in various colours, with poms and tassels, they appeared to be colourful accessories for some of fashions big names. 

If you are considering the trend, there are no rules, anything goes!

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The designer balaclavas are, however, quite steep in price, starting from $290 and up – so making your own seems like a good option.

Making a balaclava for the colder weather is not only now stylish but practical too, protecting your face from the elements. 

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Knit Hat Patterns

If you would like to make more knitted items/hats for women, please take a look at the other patterns in the women’s knitting pattern library.

There are also hat patterns for women, men, baby and kids in the hat pattern library.

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Free Knitting Pattern

Make this balaclava with an easy to print out pattern below, then come back and let me know what you think in the comments or leave a review!

Yield: Balaclava

Bulky Knit Balaclava Pattern

Make a bulky balaclava perfect for the colder weather!
Active Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner


  • 3 x Drops Eskimo Print - 27 Rust Print.
  • Any bulky yarn (05) or super bulky (06).


  • 8mm (US 11) 16" circular knitting needles.
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Stitch markers


  • CO 60sts
  • Knit
  • K2, P2 for 1.5"
  • Place 2 markers - 1 at the beg of the rnd and the other after 30sts -on the other side.
  • Cont to K every rnd until piece measures - 3"
  • Dec 1 st each side of the markers (K2tog)
  • Rep the dec when the piece measures 6"
  • When piece measures 8" cont as follows - K4, *K2, P2* rib on the next 20sts, K4, K the rem sts in the rnd.
  • When piece measures 9.5" cast off the 20sts in rib and cast on 20sts over the cast off sts on the next rnd.
  • *From here - please measure from the 20sts you just cast on*
  • K4, *K2, P2* rib on the next 20sts, K4, K the rem sts in the rnd.
  • When piece measures 1"continue to knit every st in the rnd.
  • Place markers every 9 sts
  • When the piece measures 5.5" dec 1 sts (K2tog) to the right of each marker.
  • Knit rnd
  • Dec 1 sts (K2tog) to the right of each marker.
  • Knit
  • K1, K2tog to end of rnd
  • Knit
  • K2tog
  • Cut a length of yarn and thread through the rem sts, pull tight and secure.
  • Weave in any loose ends.


Gauge - 4sts and 4 rows in 1"

Balaclava measures - H - 16.5" / W - 10.5"


Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

CO - Cast on

Cont = Continue(ing)

Dec - Decline

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

St(s) = Stitch(es)

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