Get Warm! Knit and Crochet Balaclava Patterns

Have you noticed that knit and crochet balaclava patterns are trending this year? Perhaps we all just want to stay extra warm and cozy as the temperatures drop. Maybe we’re getting outdoors and doing more skiing and other snow activities. Or maybe it’s just that we’ve gotten so used to masks as part of our daily fashion that a balaclava makes a lot of style sense right now. Whatever it is, these knit and crochet balaclava patterns for all ages should keep you crafting through the winter.

What Is A Balaclava?

Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you’ve probably seen a balaclava before. Basically, if you take a ski hat and combine it with a neck gaiter, you get a balaclava. It’s a very warm head and face accessory. Oftentimes, eyes peer out from the balaclava and otherwise the balaclava covers the entire face. However, sometimes there are both eye and mouth holes and sometimes the whole face is open. The point is to keep you all covered up and extra warm. We use these for skiing and other outdoor activities during the winter.

Crochet Balaclava Patterns

If you’re wondering how to crochet a balaclava, then these patterns should help you out:

Crochet Ribbed Balaclava

ribbed crochet balaclava pattern for kids

The ribbed crochet stitches on this balaclava pattern make it an extra warm, squishy design. You can make the opening small for just the eyes or wider if you wider if you want more of the face to show. This is a terrific simple design worked in affordable Red Heart Super Saver yarn. The above link is for the kids’ size and here’s the adult crochet balaclava pattern:

ribbed crochet balaclava pattern

Crochet Polar Bear Balaclava for Babies

polar bear crochet balaclava pattern

This crochet balaclava pattern has the whole face open since it’s designed for little ones who might not like their mouths covered. Polar bears inspired this design. It is so perfect for winter photo ops!

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Knit Balaclava Patterns

Want to learn how to knit a balaclava? These patterns will guide you:

Striped Knit Balaclava Pattern

striped knit balaclava pattern

Although this is a “striped pattern” it actually has more of a sophisticated color blocking effect. It’s made using Bernat Pop!, a worsted weight acrylic yarn. It’s a self-striping yarn but because of the size and shape of a balaclava, these are thick stripes. It is a very effective stylish choice and you have lots of colors to choose from in this yarn.

Patons Haute Hood Knit Pattern

knit hood pattern

If you’re looking for a really sophisticated version of the balaclava, then this is the design for you. It’s a runway-inspired look designed to catch the eye as a standout accessory. The texture on the design is fun to knit and cozy to wear. Some of the sophistication comes from the yarn choice: Patons Kroy Sock Yarn.

Kids’ Knit Balaclava Pattern

kids knit balaclava pattern

At the other end from “runway” is “character-inspired” like this kids’ knit balaclava pattern. It uses two big pom poms to create “ears” on the balaclava. It’s a fun design and kids are sure to love wearing this cozy accessory.

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