Brrrrr-ing Me Balaclavas: 10 Free Crochet and Knit Patterns!

In honor of this epic wind chill I’ve decided to do a roundup of 10 free balaclavas patterns! Balaclavas, aka ski masks, are knitted or crocheted hats that include a face covering portion – usually leaving just the eyes free. Closer fitting and easier to wear in the cold than a scarf, these make a great first layer when battling the elements! So here are 5 free crochet ski mask patterns and 5 free knit balaclava patterns to help you stay warm this winter!

A roundup of 10 free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!

5 Free Crochet Balaclava Patterns

  1. Crocheted Helmet Liner by the Feisty Hooker, on Scribd: I like the use of post stitches here over the mouth, to add the extra bulk and warmth of a nice thick scarf! This one was designed to go under military helmets, so it should have a nice close fit.Crocheted Helmet Liner: Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!
  2. Cthulhu Beard Hat by Nichole Verville, on Ravelry: Pretty sure it’s too cold for even the denizens of the deep, but then again…Cthulu Beard Hat: Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!
  3. Don’t Turn Blue Basic Ski Mask by Allison Jai O’Dell, on Ravelry: For those who prefer to have their mouths free – just remember to breathe with your nose when outside!Don't Turn Blue Basic Ski Mask: Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!
  4. Ribbed Ski Hat by Dot Matthews, on Crochetville: A great basic pattern sure to keep you warm!Ribbed Ski Hat: Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!
  5. Helmet with Visor by Hannah Sanders, on Bats In My Belfry: Going outside takes bravery! This non-traditional balaclava is  a fun way to stay warm and announce your chivalrous intent. Note that you still might need a scarf with this one.Helmet with Visor: Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!

5 Free Knit Balaclava Patterns

  1. Antifreeze by Jenna Adorno, on Knitty, Winter 2006: This is a truly customizable hat, perfect for those who insist on playing outdoors in the snow. Spaces for ponytails, helmet straps – make it your own!Antifreeze: Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!
  2. Easy Balaclava by Nanette Blanchard, on Knitting in Color: Easy is good, and warm is great! Judging by the photos on Ravelry, this one seems to fit just about everybody!Easy Balaclava: Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!
  3. From Russia, with Love: Cabled Balaclava by Nikol Lohr, on CRAFT Magazine: Hands down the prettiest balaclava I’ve ever seen! I love how she describes it: “To shake off the alarm factor, I’ve made this one in a totally plush sugary pink cashmere blend, with lots of cushy cables for added warmth.”From Russia With Love: Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!
  4. Dr Zoidberg by Kate Quinn, on Cute Couture (link to google doc on Ravelry): Want to stay warm? Why not Zoidberg? (And there are matching mitts!)Zoidberg! Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!
  5. Bearded Toque by V. Vine, on Ravelry: Beard hats make great non-traditional balaclavas, in both knit and crochet!Bearded Toque: Free #crochet and #knit balaclava patterns to keep you warm this winter!

Hope you’re all staying warm – and inside, covered in yarn if possible! If you do have to go out, be sure to bundle up and stay safe!

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Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Wow! I love the great compilation. I didn’t even realize there were so many fun ways to make a balaklava. I need to learn to knit so I can make a Dr. Zoidberg one, lol! Thanks for the compilation, Tamara!

  2. 3

    Betsy says

    would love to make some of these….but can’t download….my antivirus will not allow it….can’t even copy and paste…it’s too bad they are nice patterns

    • 4

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Betsy! You need to go to each pattern to get it – click on the name of the pattern(s) you’re interested in, in pink. They’re all hosted on different sites. :)

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