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!).

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What You Need

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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Balaclavas In Style

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.

You may also like these free patterns for adult sized hats:

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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

Materials

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

Tools

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

Instructions

  • CO 60sts - Join in the round - being careful not to twist, you can pm here at the start of the round.
  • Knit to the end of round.
  • K2, P2 rib each round for 1.5"
  • Place 2 markers - 1 at the beg of the round and the other after 30sts -on the other side.
  • Cont to K every round 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 round.
  • When piece measures 9.5" cast off the 20sts in rib and cast on 20sts over the cast off sts on the next round.
  • *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 round.
  • When piece measures 1"continue to knit every st in the round.
  • Place markers every 9 sts
  • When the piece measures 5.5" dec 1 sts (K2tog) to the right of each marker.
  • Knit to the end of round
  • Dec 1 sts (K2tog) to the right of each marker.
  • Knit to the end of round
  • K1, K2tog to end of round
  • Knit to the end of round
  • K2tog to the end of round
  • Cut a length of yarn and thread through the rem sts, pull tight and secure.
  • Weave in any loose ends.

Notes

Gauge - 4sts and 4 rows in 1"

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

Abbreviations

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

CO - Cast on

Cont = Continue(ing)

Dec - Decline

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

PM - Place marker

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

St(s) = Stitch(es)

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2 Comments

  1. Erika
    January 29, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    I did it! I am a beginning knitter and can’t believe I was able to do this. It is easy and took me longer than an experienced knitter but that was expected. I am so thrilled and can’t wait to use it! Thank you for posting this, all I really wanted to make myself was a balaclava and this pattern was a find! Your pattern is clear and simple and very cool that I only needed the circular needles. I’m looking forward to knitting one of your other patterns…

    • January 29, 2019 / 5:34 pm

      Hello Erika, I am so happy that you knit a balaclava from this pattern and that it was easy 🙂 I hope you take a look at some of the other patterns and find something you want to make in the future. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and happy knitting! 🙂

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