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!
5 Free Crochet Balaclava Patterns
- 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.
- Cthulhu Beard Hat by Nichole Verville, on Ravelry: Pretty sure it's too cold for even the denizens of the deep, but then again...
- 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!
- Ribbed Ski Hat by Dot Matthews, on Crochetville: A great basic pattern sure to keep you warm!
- Helmet with Visor by Hannah Sanders, on Bats In My Belfry via the Internet Archive: 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.
5 Free Knit Balaclava Patterns
- 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!
- Easy Balaclava by Nanette Blanchard (PDF): Easy is good, and warm is great! Judging by the photos on Ravelry, this one seems to fit just about everybody!
- From Russia, with Love: Cabled Balaclava by Nikol Lohr, on CRAFT Magazine, via the Internet Archive: 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."
- 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!)
- Bearded Toque by V. Vine, on Ravelry: Beard hats make great non-traditional balaclavas, in both knit and crochet!
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!