Billy Balaclava, Crochet to stay Warm

The Billy Balaclava is a super hip and trendy crochet accessory and not only that, it works up in NO time! Which is a good thing because spring is around the corner! (But planning my crochet projects is not my forte. Apparently. Haha.)

Crochet balaclava

This crochet balaclava has everything I want from a balaclava. It’s not only fashionable, it’s also practical. In my opinion a balaclava shouldn’t be to loose. I mean, it should keep us warm after all!

Another thing that’s really important to me, is that a balaclava should protect my forehead. Here in Amsterdam we use our bicycles all year through and when the rain’s drizzling down and there’s a strong wind, oh my, my forehead can literally hurt from the cold! Oh, an my ears! They need to be covered too!

You’ll start the Billy Balaclava from the top, increasing every round to create a hat of sorts. Then you’ll make the visor and lower part of the balaclava. The balaclava mostly consists of granny stitches!

The pattern is suitable for the advanced beginner. The most important stitches are the double crochet, half double crochet and single crochet. I’ve made a photo tutorial to make it even easier. You will have some ends to weave in, but maybe this is the opportunity you were waiting for to use up your scraps!

Granny stitch

As mentioned before this crochet balaclava mostly consists of granny stitches! The Granny stitch is a classic but it’s so fashionable these days! The Leah cowl turned out to be my bestseller ever and I think I’ve got the granny stitch to thank for that. Of course this inspired me to design the Billy Balaclava!

I chose to change colour every round and row, but you can easily change the look of the balaclava by playing with colours. What about making a unicoloured one as my tester Sarah did? I included my colour scheme in the pattern!

Yarn selection: Hobbii Amigo

Amigo is an acrylic yarn that’s soft as a feather. It has a wonderful, airy volume. It is produced from 100% HB acrylic of a very high quality and comes in a big selection of colors.

By the way, HB stands for High-bulk. It is a production technique that uses steam and pressure to make the fibers contract a little and curl so that they become fuller. The result is a light and soft yarn that is both comfortable to work with and to wear on the body.

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