Crochet Balaclava Tutorial
Balaclava is a traditional woolen hat cum helmet
that covers the head, neck, ears and in some cases even the shoulders.
So what could be better than a balaclava hat to wear in extreme
Balaclava does look great in bright colors, in textured wools,
adorned with crochet trims and flowers or may it be in complete
crochet made with wool. Balaclava looks really great with crochet
as well as knitting.
This great discovery from World War I is a practical, easy wear
and easy off accessory that is a must have for the winters.
Sometimes, there are people who want things beyond the fashion
requirements. Balaclava is perfectly for those. Bikers, high mountain
skiers, fishermen, campers, sailors, patrol personals for rescue,
ski or hunter teams, gardeners, delivery guys are always in need
of something that can keep those wind chills….away.
Balaclava is obviously not for beginners, the more expert
you are in crocheting; the more neatness will show up. Not every
stitch falls perfect for this project. There are certain stitches
that are for sure the better choice to make balaclavas. You won’t
want crochet fans with lots of holes to let the wind get in right?
So what to do?
Try making balaclava in Tunisian,
buttonhole crochet in horizontal or vertical, chevron stripes, double-double
crochet, lattice stitch, leaf, little leaf, pineapple, up and down,
zigzag, increasing, double increasing, rib, rose stitch, Russian
and twisted stitches. With so many types of stitches, it is easier
for you to get started if you know a stitch or two from the list.
Crochet is one of those great crafts which need the minimum of
supply and a good pattern to get started. Making balaclava is technical
as it needs more details and a little more time. It is better if
you choose to have a crochet
video tutorial or somebody to teach you in personal. For the
supplies all you need is two balls of knitting worsted or Aram weight
yarn, a little heavier than knitting worsted, with 15% mohair content.
You’ll also need #7 and # 5 needles, circular and/or double
point, plus a stitch-holder or spare yarn, and markers, tape measure,
yarn needle, crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches if you
want to make the major part with knitting; as some might find it
easier to knit the large portions.
On the contrary if you want it a complete crochet project you will
need a crochet hook
rather than knitting needles.
There are hundreds of websites and books on balaclava projects.
In case if you are looking for some good content as complete tutorials
on balaclava crochet, try visiting these websites.