With the extremely cold weather we have been having in Southern Ontario (Canada) I wanted to make hats for my children to cover their wee faces!
The Whimsical Balaclava is the result of my plan to keep my children warm and cosy.
I recently received a lovely selection of yarn from Red Heart Yarn (Thank You Red Heart Yarn!!) and I have been itching to get into it to create some new projects.
Included in the package were 2-balls of the newly released Heads Up Yarn – yarn which was perfect for this project!
This design works up very quickly – in fact I designed and crocheted 2 of these hats in less than 5-hours – while watching television.
This size will fit a toddler (or small child – like Darla) – approximate age 2 to 5 years.
Don’t worry though (if you were hoping for larger sizes), I loved the yarn I received so much I actually went online and ordered 4 more balls directly from Red Heart Yarn – because it is not yet available here in Ontario. Once I receive it, I will be designing hats in child, teen and adult sizes too – all for free.
You can wear this hat to cover your entire face (except your eyes)…or you can slide the face bit down to let your nose be exposed – or even slip it down a little further, to rest under your chin, to allow your nose and mouth to be exposed.
I tried to make the side bit strong enough to allow movement because I knew my son would not like his nose being covered. He prefers to have his whole face uncovered but when it is very cold he slides it back over his nose and it keeps him toasty and warm!
You can also fold the hat to create a beanie style for the warmer days.
Very functional. Very fast to crochet and lovely to wear 🙂
The yarn is soft, durable and warm.
Here is your Free Crochet Pattern:
Whimsical Balaclava Crochet Hat Pattern
Yarn: Red Heart Heads Up Yarn (2 balls makes 2 hats)
Hook: 6.00 mm
Finished Size: fits 19″ to 20″ head circumference; height at back of head is 23 cm; height at front is 27 cm; width at eye level is 21 cm.
Gauge: 4 dc sts = 4 cm; 2 rows of dc = 3 cm
This hat is worked in rounds. The slip stitch to join and chain-2 are not counted as stitches unless specified in the written instructions. When joining at the end of each round skip over the chain-2 to sl st into the first st of the round.
You may wish to work over the tails of your yarn to make this project even easier (less ends to sew in later!).
I swing the tail of the yarn behind the work and crochet over it as I go – so I don’t have any yarn ends to sew in afterwards.
sc : single crochet
dc : double crochet
sl st : slip stitch
st : stitch
fdc : chainless foundation double crochet stitch
ch : chain
R : round
x : times to repeat
MC : main colour yarn
CC : contrast colour yarn
Tutorial to Help: fdc – Chainless Foundation Double Crochet Stitch
Whimsical Balaclava Free Crochet Pattern
R1: Using your MC yarn, crochet 10 dc into a magic loop, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join 
R2: ch 2, 2 dc into each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join 
R3: ch 2, (1 dc in the first st, 2 dc in the next st) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join 
R4: ch 2, (1 dc in the first 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st) 10 x, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join, do not finish off the MC yarn 
R5: Pull your CC yarn through the loop on your hook to ch 2, *work over the tail of the CC yarn to secure it in place* 1 sc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join, do not finish off the CC yarn 
R6: Pull your MC yarn through the loop on your hook to ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join 
R7: Pull your CC yarn through the loop on your hook to ch 2, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join, do not finish off the CC yarn 
R8: Pull your MC yarn through the loop on your hook to ch 2, 1 dc in each st around, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join 
R9 – 11: Repeat R8; do not finish off MC yarn at the end of R11 
R12: Pull your CC yarn through the loop on the hook to ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to the first dc of the round to join 
R13: Continuing with CC yarn, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the next 13 sts,
ch 2, 1 sl st into the same st you just crocheted the last dc in;
1 sl st in each of the next 15 sts,
*1 sl st in the next st, ch 2, 1 dc* (*all into the same st)
1 dc in each of the next 11 sts
sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join [40 – including the 15 sl st for the eye opening]
R14: Continuing with CC yarn, ch 2, 1 dc in each of the next 13 sts.
Next you will work 13 fdc stitches: For the first fdc, begin in the space created by the ch2 (just before the sl st bit of the eye opening) of the previous round, (do not let the fdc sts twist as you work across!). Work 11 more fdc. For the last fdc st begin the st the same by inserting the hook into the fdc st prior, then insert the hook through the 1st dc st from the round below (the first st after the sl sts on the eye opening) before pulling up the loop to complete the st. This anchors the fdc in place.
Next, crochet 1 dc into the same st you just anchored the fdc into. Crochet 1 dc into each remaining st across, sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join and finish off the CC yarn 
R15: Pull your MC yarn through the loop on your hook to ch 1, crochet 1 sc in each of the first 11 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 18 sts; 1 sc in each of the final 11 sts 
R16-19: Repeat R15, Finish off.
Visit this link for the Child, Teen and Adult Sizes.
Here is the flower pattern for Darla’s hat:
Super Quick and Easy Flower Embellishment
This is a spin-off of the Simply Irresistible Crochet Flower Pattern
Using the same yarns and hook as indicated above –
R1: MC: 7 sc in a magic ring, finish off and weave in ends (7)
R2: Using CC, *[sl st into the fl of the first st, ch 2, beginning in 2nd ch from hook crochet 5 fsc stitches, sl st to the bl of the first st]* 1 petal made. Repeat from * to * to make 6 more petals (7 petals), finish off and weave in ends.