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Chelsea Bridge Balaclava

k2 p2 rib balaclava


Patons Totem Knitting Wool 4 ozs.

Knitting Needles, 1 set of four UK No 6/5mm/US 8


It is absolutely necessary to work at a tension to produce 11 stitches to 2 inches in width.


Cast on 100 stitches, 36 on first needle and 32 on second and third needles.

1st round: * K2, P2, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat 1st round for 6 ins.

To make opening for face:

In next round, K2, cast off 22 sts, continue in rib to end of round.

Work backwards and forwards on remaining 78 sts as follows:

1st row: K1, P1, * K2, P2, repeat from * to last 4 sts, K2, P1, K1.

2nd row: * K2, P2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2.

Repeat 1st and 2nd rows five times, casting on 22 sts at end of last row.

Divide sts evenly on to three needles as before.

Continue working in rounds of (K2, P2) for 4 ins.

Shape for crown as follows:

1st round: * K18, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round.

2nd and alternate rounds: Knit plain.

3rd round: * K17, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round.

5th round: * K16, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round.

Continue in this manner, decreasing in every alternate round, until 25 sts remain.

Break off wool, run end through remaining sts, draw up, and fasten off securely.

With a slightly damp cloth and warm iron press lightly

The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain, however this digital version with updated language is copyright Sarah Bradberry, July 14th 2012. All rights reserved.