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The Baby Bear Balaclava is a cute children’s balaclava with rounded bear ears. Worked with two strands together at a small gauge, and fitting snugly around the face and neck, it makes a nice and warm accessory for those colder months (and one that the littlest ones won’t be able to pull off easily!). For extra warmth and softness, the Baby Bear Balaclava is designed to be worked with a strand of merino and a strand of mohair together, except for the face band, to ensure that no fluffy fibers get too close to the child’s face. The Baby Bear Balaclava is worked in one piece, both in the round and back and forth, and uses short row shaping. Two neck options are included, for a ribbed neckband or an extended neck-warmer.
Sizes: 6-12 and 12-24 months, 2-4 and 4-8 years old to fit head circumference: approx. 43-48 (48-51, 51-53, 53-56) cm [17-19 (19-20, 20-20¾, 20¾-22)]"
Needles: 3.5 mm / US4 circular needles in 40 and 60 [16 and 24]" cable lengths, and 3.5 mm / US4 double-pointed needles, in size to obtain gauge, and 2.5 mm / US1.5 for Italian bind-off method
Gauge: 23 sts x 34 rows = 10 cm [4"] in st st with 3.5 mm / US4 needle and 2 strands held together
Yarn: 1 strand of Knitting for Olive Merino (250 m [273 yd] / 50 g [1.8 oz]), fingering-weight yarn; 1 (1, 1, 1) ball; and 1 strand of Soft Silk Mohair (225 m [246 yd] / 25 g [0.9 oz]), lace-weight yarn; 1 (1, 1, 1) ball
Samples are knit in Merino, Granite Gray colorway and Soft Silk Mohair, Lead colorway and Merino, Pearl Gray colorway and Soft Silk Mohair, Pearl Gray colorway
Notions: Stitch markers, waste yarn or stitch holders, tapestry needle