LOW TIDE BALACLAVA © Project Weekend Creative LTD. 2022
LOW TIDE BALACLAVA
Balaclava's are certainly having a moment as a winter layering style staple these days. Now you can knit your very own!
Perfectly shaped to keep your head warm where you need it most, this form fitting balaclava tucks seamlessly into big woolly sweaters and oversized coats and shuts out everything winter tries to throw at you.
NATURALLY SOFT, NOT CHEMICALLY SOFTENED
We created our LOLL yarn with a special blend of premium Merino and Baby Alpaca fibers to create soft-as-a-kitten warmth and squishiness. Sustainably grown and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened), LOLL is grown in the beautiful highlands of Argentina and Peru and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility.
SKILL LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE
Intermediate projects use more involved stitch combinations, color work, and shaping. These patterns are best suited for knitters who are already comfortable following a knit pattern and have worked with circular needles before.
TIME TO MAKE
Fits Most : (20.5" - 23.5")
Finished Height: 13.5"
Finished Width (measured flat, 1" below brim): 8"
Stockinette Stitch, 7mm Needle:
14 stitches in stockinette stitch x 18.5 rows = 4" x 4" square
LOW TIDE BALACLAVA KIT CONTENTS
- 1 Ball of Project Weekend's LOLL. Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and 125m (137y).
- 1 Pair of 7mm Circular Knitting Needles
- 1 Pair of 5mm Circular Knitting Needles
- 1 Card With Links To The Online Pattern & our Knitting Video Tutorials Library
- 1 Stitch Marker
- 1 Knitters' Sewing Needle
- 1 "PROJECT WEEKEND x ME." Woven Label
TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ILLUSTRATIONS
We've made learning easy! Easily reference our library of tutorial videos and step-by-step illustrations with just a click of your mouse. Look for tutorial links embedded throughout the pattern, and when in doubt, just click and learn!
Please take a moment to review some of the knitting techniques used to knit the Low Tide Balaclava.
This project is knit from the top down. You will begin by knitting the top crown piece in stockinette stitch. Once complete, you will pick up stitches along the perimeter and knit the sides of the balaclava flat. You will create shaping for the chin area, and then will join your work in-the-round to finish off with a 1x1 rib neckline. Lastly, you will pick up stitches around the hood opening and knit a 1x1 rib trim.
HOW TO USE STITCH MARKERS
K1, P1 : KNITTING THE 1X1 RIB STITCH PATTERN
LOW TIDE BALACLAVA PATTERN
RS: Right-Side of work. (The outside fabric side of your balaclava)
WS: Wrong-Side of work. (The inside fabric side of your balaclava)
K: Knit stitch
P: Purl stitch
SSK: Slip 1, Slip 1, Knit those two stitches through the back loop (a decrease of 1 stitch)
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together (a decrease of 1 stitch)
KFB: Knit through the Front and the Back of a stitch. (an increase of 1 stitch)
1. KNITTING THE CROWN PIECE
Using your 7MM needles, Cast-On 20 stitches using the LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD.
Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2 (WS): Purl
Repeat knitting Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures 4.5" from your Cast-On edge. Be sure to end with a Purl Row.
Decrease Row 1 (RS): SSK, Knit to the last 2 stitches, K2tog (18 stitches remaining)
Decrease Row 2 (WS): Purl
Repeat Decrease Rows 1 & 2 another 2 more times and you have a total 14 stitches remaining, then:
(RS): SSK, Knit to the last 2 stitches, K2tog (12 stitches remaining).
Leaving these stitches on your needle, cut a 10" yarn tail.
With (RS) facing you, feed the circular needle through your held stitches so that the opposite needle is holding them.
Starting at the RIGHT SIDE corner of the Cast-On edge, prepare to PICK UP STITCHES.
Pick up 20 stitches evenly along the right edge of the crown piece. (20 stitches on needle)
Knit the 12 held stitches off the left needle. (32 stitches on needle)
Pick up 20 stitches evenly along the left edge of the crown piece (52 stitches on needle)
Picking up stitches along the right side edge.
20 stitches picked up along the side edge
Knitting the held stitches.
Right side and top stitches on needle.
Picked up the additional 20 stitches along the left side edge.
4. KNITTING THE SIDE PANELS
With the WS of your work facing you:
Row 1 (WS): Purl
Row 2 (RS): Knit
R3-R6: repeat R1 & R2 until work measures 5.5" (14 cm) from the picked up stitch line.
5. FRONT NECK SHAPING
Increase Row 1 (RS): K1, KFB, Knit until 2 stitches remain, KFB, K1 (total 54 stitches)
Increase Row 2 (WS): Purl
Repeat Increase Rows 1 & 2 another 4 more times for a total of 62 stitches then:
(RS): K1, KFB, Knit until 2 stitches remain, KFB, K1 (total 64 stitches)
6. CREATING THE 1X1 RIB COLLAR
Transfer all of your stitches from your 7mm needle over to your 5mm needle. You will only be using the 5mm needle from now on.
With (RS) facing you,
Cast-On 6 stitches (total 70 stitches on your needle)
HOW TO CAST-ON STITCHES MID-WORK
Place a STITCH MARKER on your left needle and join your work IN-THE-ROUND. Depending on your comfort level with the stitches on the needle, you may need to knit in-the-round using the MAGIC LOOP METHOD.
Joining work In-The-Round after casting on stitches.
7. BINDING OFF THE COLLAR STITCHES
The best option for binding off your stitches is to use the TUBULAR BIND-OFF METHOD. This method is ideal for maintaining the stretch of the 1x1 rib while also creating a very professional, completely borderless edge to your ribbing.
1. Cut a yarn tail that is 4x's longer than the length of the circumference of your neck opening. (It's a very long yarn tail!). Weave your yarn onto your sewing needle.
Repeat Steps 1-7 until you no longer have any stitches left on your needle.
Once all of the stitches have been bound off, cut the yarn tail down to approximately 10" in length and weave in the loose end on the (WS) of your work.
8. ADDING 1X1 RIB TO THE FRONT OPENING
Beginning at the chin line, and in the KNIT stitch where you joined in-the-round, pick up an EVEN number of stitches all the way around the hood opening. To make sure your ribbing piece lays flat, be sure to follow the PICKING UP STITCHES guidelines for CAST-ON, BIND-OFF AND SIDE EDGES.
REMINDER: Be sure to pick up an EVEN number of stitches.
Row 1: *K1, P1, repeat from * to the end of the round
Repeat Row 1 until work measures 1" from the stitch pick up edge.
Image shows midway through picking up stitches around the front opening.
Bind-Off using the TUBULAR BIND-OFF METHOD and weave in all of loose ends.