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Basic Balaclava

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Basic Balaclava
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Hikers! Bikers! Skiers! Sports fans! This warm balaclava is the perfect headgear for everyone who ventures out in the cold. Knit with or without an optional flared collar. The 2/2 rib pattern helps keep the garment close to the face. The eye opening is wide, aiding sideways vision and allowing increased face exposure by pulling the lower part down (especially convenient for snacks). Consider highly visible or camouflage yarns, and even team or school colors. (Gauge: 16 sts = 4".) While the basic stitches are simple knits, purls and decreases, a couple of areas around the face require a bit of concentration. You'll have to work short rows for the chin, cast-on stitches for the cap, and pick-up stitches along the upper opening for the face rib. You'll also have to set aside some stitches while you work others. I've divided the pattern into six sections and knit a rainbow colored sample to help explain and simplify each step. Includes a worksheet for team colors and gift tags to print.
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You will need 2 #8 16" circular needles and 4 double pointed needles.
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