Garter-Stitch Balaclavas

May 14, 2007
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Designer: Mary Jane Mucklestone
Published: May 15, 2007
Technique: Decreasing, Increasing
Skill Level: Easy

Correction: The instructions for the center section are renamed

Center Section and Second Point". The instructions for this new section now read as follows:

Row 1: Sl 1, M1, knit to end-1 st inc'd.

Row 2: Sl 1, k2tog, knit to end-1 st dec'd; 75 sts.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures about 84" (213.5 cm) from CO

along selvedge with the M1 incs. BO all sts.


Delete the directions for the second point entirely.

Spurred on by Pam Allen’s book Scarf Style (published by Interweave Press), for the Interweave Knits Fall 2004 staff project, we all jumped on the bandwagon and worked up our own scarves in warm shades of red and pink. Mary Jane describes her scarf: “When my house burned down, I couldn’t concentrate well enough to knit my favorite Fair Isle patterns, so for my scarves I chose luscious yarns and the simplest of stitches, with a slant!”

Finished Size: Variegated scarf: 10" (25.5 cm) wide and 62" (157.5 cm) long, before seaming. Solid scarf: 11 ¾" (28.5 cm) wide and 84" (213 cm) long from tip to top of longest points, not including tassels.

Yarn:Variegated scarf: Alchemy Yarns Alpaca Pure (100% superfine alpaca; 292 yd [267 m]/100 g): #57M heart (red, orange, yellow variegated), 4 balls. Solid scarf: Valley Yarns Wensleydale (100% Wensleydale wool; 174 yd [161 m]/100 g): #17 raspberry, 6 balls. Wensleydale distributed by Webs.

Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; small amount of contrasting scrap yarn; piece of cardboard about 6" (15 cm) wide and 8" (20.5 cm) long for making tassels.

Gauge: Variegated scarf: 20 sts and 38 rows = 4" (10 cm) in garter st with Alpaca Pure. Solid scarf: 171⁄2 sts and 36 rows = 4"(10 cm) in garter st with Wensleydale.

Skill Level: Easy


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SusanH@63 wrote
on Sep 13, 2010 5:36 PM

This is a general questions but i notice that the page you actually download a pattern fromhas all the corrections if there are any.  Have those corrections been 'corrected' in the downloadable version if i continue on to the download now??

HenryJekyll wrote
on Aug 29, 2010 2:45 AM

Did you mean to continue and make 71 more rows or both rows 71 more times? I only ask because my gauge knitted up fine, but once I got to the end it wasn't long enough :( 

on Feb 1, 2010 12:27 PM

M1 Stands for Make 1 you can do it by knitting into the bar between the stitches

beash_2000 wrote
on Dec 31, 2009 11:31 AM

Lovely but what does M1 stand for in the instructions - any one know.  Thanks

beash_2000 wrote
on Dec 31, 2009 11:31 AM

Lovely but what does M1 stand for in the instructions - any one know.  Thanks

wulleypulley wrote
on Dec 25, 2009 8:41 PM

I am thinkin' that Mary Jane wasn't the only one in a fog when this scarf got named.  Although it is quite attractive, it certainly is not a balaclava, not even close.  Although it is one's right to call their creation any darn thing they want to, calling this a balaclava is like calling a beanie a 10-gallon cowboy hat (or a turtle neck sweater a scoop neck summer top).  I am surprised that the lady who compiled the book fell for it as everyone who has ever purchased a ski-hat or been on the slopes knows what a balaclava is. I am certainly not the first one to call this to your attention.

FYI:  Balaclavas are not only being used for ski-hats, but there is a movement to knit them up as helmet liners for our servicepeople in Iraq and afghanistan, as they are not provided as standard gear. If you should decide you wish to knit a real balaclava for this purpose, get a pattern from one of the real balaclava sites, knit one up in washable wool (acrylic is flammable  which is another reason acrylic is NOT good for baby clothes - think of the guilt if nothing else!) in either black, dark grey, dark green (heathered looks best) and take it to  your LYS or check out the different sites online.  Obviously red or  bright orange is not the best idea as it doesn't camifluage well.

If a rose by any other name is still a rose, doesn't it make sense that no matter what you CALL a scarf it is still a scarf?  Go ahead and knit up this pretty thing, but don't be surprised at the funny looks you get if you call it a balaclava in public.

After all the mail you have gotten I am surprised you have not addressed it in some way.  At least google balaclava so you will know we speak true.

DianeK@5 wrote
on Nov 29, 2009 5:25 PM

Is anyone else having problems with making the second point?  I'm following the directions, but my shaping does not look right.   I think you'd be better off just binding off at the end. 


shiphrah wrote
on Nov 25, 2009 10:21 AM

Actually, I think it's a bashlich, a Georgian (FSU, not USA) garment. I vaguely remember that it's for horseback riding -- nothing to blow off as you're galloping across the steppes: the scarf part holds the hood part on.

Marny wrote
on Sep 25, 2009 7:57 AM

My first comment:  I am enjoying all the knitting info and every person's comments!  Thank you.

"... balaclava helmet or ski mask, is a form of headgear covering the whole head, exposing only the face or upper part of it, and sometimes only the eyes. balaclava helmet or ski mask, is a form of headgear covering the whole head, exposing only the face or upper part of it, and sometimes only the eyes..."

Hopes this helps!! 

missibob wrote
on Sep 7, 2009 5:52 PM

This is what I have been looking for all last winter.  It gets really cold here in Ontario, and I like the idea of a hat and scarf all in one.

ARLENE@27 wrote
on Aug 22, 2009 7:22 PM
ARLENE@27 wrote
on Aug 22, 2009 7:22 PM
Rosie@47 wrote
on Aug 5, 2009 10:05 AM

I love it,l but it's NOT a Balaclava!

on Jul 24, 2009 1:06 AM

These are darling, but I appreciate the links that Katherine@2 provided in her comment, as well.

Katherine@2 wrote
on Jan 18, 2009 5:52 PM
When I saw the name of the pattern, I thought "Good - a balaclava pattern". But the photos look like a long scarf wrapped around the head and neck - nice, but not a protective balaclava for foul weather. So - download the pattern - and yes it is a long scarf, with a seam up the back of the head to make an open hood. Wikipedia agrees that "Balaclava (clothing), [is] a form of headgear covering the whole head, exposing only the face and often only the eyes; also known as "balaclava helmet" and "ski mask" ". Here are some real balaclavas:
cynthia@2 wrote
on Dec 29, 2008 6:22 PM
I'm loving the way this scarf is going to look but I'm ready to make the second point and it just doesn't look right. Are there any errors in that part of the pattern? Thanks!
PattiO@2 wrote
on Dec 14, 2008 9:31 AM
Nancy, M1 means 'make 1" you can do this 2 ways: knit into the front and back of the same stitch, or you can pick up the bar between stitches and knit into that. It's a way of increasing.
Nancy S wrote
on Dec 4, 2008 12:24 PM
This pattern looks very interesting, but I have a question. What does M1 mean? I have never seen this in a pattern and I don't see any explanation for it. Thanks
watja79 wrote
on Sep 8, 2008 4:47 AM

this is sooooooo cute!!!