Garter-Stitch Balaclavas

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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