My darling Z, like all of us, often actively resists the things she really needs. Case in point: She loves the snow and hates being cold, but has ripped off every hat I've ever put on her head within two minutes.
Solution: A balaclava! With the neck tucked into her coat and her hands tucked into mittens, there is no way this is coming off, intentionally or accidentally. And yesterday we had a grand romp through the snow and were happy bunnies all around.
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Bunnyclava is a balaclava worked in the round from the bottom up. The mouth covering (which can also be tucked under the chin) is shaped with short rows, and paired increases and decreases over the forehead shape the eyehole for maximum coverage. The ears are picked up and knitted after the rest of the hat is complete.
Price: This pattern is currently available for FREE.
Yarn: You will need approximately 200 yards of a soft worsted- or aran-weight wool for best results. (Pictured: Malabrigo Worsted in Orchid – aran, 1 skein / 100g / 210 yards, 100% merino)
- One US size 8 16” circular needle
- Four US size 8 double-pointed needles
- tapestry needle
Sizing: Finished hat will measure approximately 17.75” in circumference when laid flat, and will fit most children aged 1-3 years.