Balaclava, Baklava, oh its a Ski Mask

I set aside my current projects to make something for myself BECAUSE IT IS REALLY COLD! I was going to buy myself a ski mask (aka a balaclava) when I thought that I could just crochet one myself. I made a two-piece one already for a small child. I did some searching on the internet and came across this pattern.

I liked this pattern over the others that I reviewed because it used hdc instead of dc. If I want something to help keep the cold wind off my face, I wanted something with a tighter stitch. However, I wanted to use thicker yarn. That pattern calls for medium worsted weight yarn and an I hook. I wanted to use some super bulky yarn and an M hook.  This meant I had to make some adjustments to the pattern. I used the Stitch Studio by Nicole yarn, style Belle color Summer Storm (no. SS3002-02) [Yes, I do see the humor in making a ski mask out of yarn called Summer Storm]

So, with thanks to Sabrina Brawley and Crochet Cauldron, here is my version of a basic ski mask:

Magic circle with 5 hdc

Row 1: 2 HDC in each stitch around. (10)
Row 2: *2 HDC, HDC* around. (15)
Row 3: *2 HDC, HDC x 2* around. (20)
Row 4: *2 HDC, HDC x 3* around. (25)
Row 5: *2 HDC, HDC x 4* around. (30)
Row 6: *2 HDC, HDC x 5* around. (35)
Row 7: *2 HDC, HDC x 6* around. (40)
Rows 8-15: HDC around. (40)

Row 16: HDC x 13. Chain 6, skip 6 stitches. HDC x 2. Chain 6, skip 6 stitches. HDC x 13. (40)
Row 17: HDC x 13. Slip stitch in each of the next 6 chain stitches. HDC x 2. Slip stitch in each of the next 6 chain stitches. HDC x 13. (40)
Row 18: HDC x 13. Slip stitch in each of the next 6 slip stitches. HDC x 2. Slip stitch in each of the next 6 chain stitches. HDC x 13. (40)

Rows 19-23 HDC around. (40)

Rows 24-26: sl st, HDC x 19, sl st, HDC x 19
Row 27: SC around. Finish off and weave in ends.

This pattern used most of a 8.5 ounce skein.

Without a doubt, it is probably too big, but I would rather have it be too big then too tight. I will also admit that this is not the most attractive color combination. I wanted to try this pattern with the yarn I had on hand. So here is the scary ski mask that I made.

IMG_1601

Yes, that is me wearing it.

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