Easy-on, easy-off, and stowable, this
winter warmer is protective of the head,
face, neck and upper chest in freezing
weather. It is adapted from the best
features of a variety of patterns made by
thousands of home-front knitters for the
troops in World War I. It is not
especially becoming to most of us, but it
surely is practical. If you’ve ever
awakened at high altitude with your ears
and nose frozen and the rest of your body
cozy in your sleeping bag, this may be
what you need.
The Materials you'll need for this Knitting Project:
Two balls of knitting worsted or Aran weight yarn, a little heavier than
knitting worsted. This used worsted, with a 15% mohair content.
You’ll also need #7
and # 5 needles, circular and/or double point, plus a stitch-holder or spare yarn, and
Crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches.
The inspiration behind this balaclava pattern
In a single one-size-fits-most-adults
garment, it provides a turtleneck dickie
(which, as noted, can be made without
the hood, and provides extra warmth
under the collar of a shirt or jacket,
shielding the upper chest and neck
against cold air), plus a snug
hood/helmet-liner to protect the head and
ears. It is just as good, now, as it was in
1914 for military personnel serving in
winter. Something like it may have
provided padding under medieval armor,
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