1/26/2009

In which I knit a Balaclava and force my children to model it for me

At Ethan's school, recess is canceled if the windchill is below zero but there is still a lot of outside play both here and at school. Thanks to Ravelry, I found a pattern for a ski mask, or balaclava which I modified just a bit for a child.






















I used about a skein and a half of soft merino wool, as soft as I could find because Ethan tends to get itchy with the natural fibers. So do I actually.






















Can I tell you how much I hate knitting all that 2x2 ribbing? It looks good in the end and makes it stretchy of course but I'm always messing up. I much prefer long stretches of mindless knitting.

Check out this "Balaclava Helmet for the Forces" from the forties which comes equipped "with ear flaps to enable good hearing during telephone operations (or for use with a mobile phone)." For the forces and also for the youth of today who cannot be without their cell phones. I predict these bizarre hats will make a comeback soon.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the ski mask! It looks so warm! It has been just cold enough that I would sport one! You rule, Liane!
Amy

JJ said...

Oh to have your skill set. I was just looking for this very item on LLBean yesterday and they are sold clean out. How much would I have to pay you to make 3?! =) I'm sure I couldn't afford your services...

Liane said...

I always hate how places run out of seasonal items right when you need them the most! Unfortunately, you could pay me many gold coins and I probably wouldn't finish three of these til spring has sprung...I'm that slow.

Heidi said...

Breckin asked why I was looking at a bad guy on the computer. HA!

val said...

Forget the balaclavas.. i think you should make some baklava..It's tasty and less time consuming and you could send some my way!!!MMMM!!!

Anonymous said...

Trev looked at these pictures and was like, oh that is cool. Good job, I am impressed.
Kat

wideyed said...

I like the blue of the yarn. Question: Is this pattern available online & if so could you post a link please?

Liane said...

Yes, indeedy, here tis:
http://knittingincolor.blogspot.com/2009/01/easy-balaclava-this-pattern-was-part-of.html

The yarn is KnitPicks Merino Style in Storm. It did stretch out a little after Ethan wore it to school all week...he claims the other kids were 'pulling on it' (!) but I'm sure he did his share of tugging as well. I'm hoping washing it will bring it back to the size it was before cause it was just right.

wideyed said...

Thanks! I may just knit this to wear at bible school. How tricky is it to use double-pointed needles? I haven't taught myself yet.

Liane said...

Yeay, I'm glad! It is a little tricky at first. If you can knit with regular needles you can do it with the dpns--just takes a little getting used to.

Anonymous said...

That is so beautiful. Thank you for posting the link to the pattern, can you please tell how you modified it to fit a child please?

ljm said...

Oh wow, it's been so long. Not sure I remember my modifications. There is a very similar pattern with kids sizes available for free on ravelry, though.