Bulky Knit Balaclava Pattern

Knitted Balaclava

This bulky knit balaclava is an excellent project for anyone who is braving the cold weather and visiting a ski resort!

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 Mask Pattern

The balaclava pattern is an intermediate skill level pattern, knit with stocking stitch and some ribbing.

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

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

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What You Need

I made the balaclava ski mask 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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Balaclava Ski Mask

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 looking to move into something more advanced it will also introduce you to shaping through simple decreases for the crown.

balaclava knitting pattern

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 face mask 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:

balaclava pattern

Balaclava Hat

Make this ski balaclava with the 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

Bulky Knit Balaclava Pattern
Make a balaclava ski mask perfect for the colder weather!
Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Difficulty Intermediate
Estimated Cost $10


  • 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 - 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 8 sts (56sts)
  • 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.


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

PM - Place marker

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

St(s) = Stitch(es)

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