After the freezing cold weather we were living in where I lived, and loathing to sweep the driveway when the temperature was 0 degrees, my husband asked me to knit him with an alaclava, and of course once I did it it wouldn’t be cold again, but while I was looking for a pattern to make it For him, I thought I’d share some good-looking balaclava knitting patterns that you can use if it’s cold where you live and want some extra protection. Uhlan Cap from Franklin Habit is based on the 1880s knitting pattern and is technically no-costal as it doesn’t cover the face, it’s just a hat with an attached collar to keep the neck warm. But it’s a good place to start if you need a little extra warmth but don’t want a face full of fleece. The style and story behind it from Knitty. Jenna Adorno’s Antifreeze is another pattern on Knitty and is a true balaclava with a twist – includes options for slits on the side for inserting straps for the helmet and the ponytail slot in the back that I plan to tie is a knit helmet from the Church of the Sailors Institute. If it’s good enough for sailors, it’s good enough for my men. It’s a free pattern (click on the helmet on the linked page here) and is fully ribbed work for a comfortable, stretchy fit. A similar option is Ellen M. Silva’s Gusseted Helmet Liner. Years ago, the military used to accept donations from helmet liners because soldiers were getting very cold in the desert at night. This design is an updated version of the basic helmet liner, which the military no longer accepts but is still great for keeping civilians warm. It’s a free mode on Ravelry. The wrinkles have striped knit masks that cover everyone but the eyes. You can, of course, work with one color or use it as a hideout-breaking project. DROPS Design’s Winter Knights have a collar portion that covers the chin but not the rest of the face. It’s available in three sizes (they also have a kids’ version if you want to make identical masks for everyone in the family). Kristen Grant’s title descriptive 4 Ply Textured Unisex Balaclava Circular pretty much says what’s exactly there in the title. It works with fingertip weights yarn, so it’s great as an underlayer that you can wear under another hat or your coat cap. The engraving is $ 2.95 on Ravelry, and if you want to warm up fanciers, check out Cat Bordhi’s Warm All Winter. These cable masks feature a circular yoke pattern on the hood portion and can be worn on the face or under the chin. We still miss Kat so here’s a nice way to remember her. The pattern is $ 6 at Ravelry.