Back in 2013, I knit a toddler-sized balaclava for my eldest. Suprisenly we are still kicking it around but because there is only one the boys are constantly fighting over it. It’s not because it’s super warm or anything they just both think they look like a ninja wearing it so they wear it inside and outside the house. It has to be one of the most used winter knits I’ve made so far. I finally decided to end the fighting and knit up a few more of those balaclava. I use a free pattern that you can find here. The pattern fits from 2-4 years old but my 7-year-old still wears the original one with no problems. There is a tiny error toward the end when you are doing the setup pattern for the ribbing around the face. It’s on the last repeat it calls for 7 stitches but you really need 9 like you had it the first corner repeat.
I made mine using Red Heart acrylic yarn that has been kicking around that stash for over five years. I usually use acrylic for kid hats and wool for mittens or gloves or things for myself. Kids hats are always being thrown in the wash here so that’s why I tend to knit them in acrylic. Minutes after knitting the hat in the picture my youngest wore it while eating Doritos so needless to say it’s already been washed.
I ended up knitting 3 of these hats altogether. They are a great project to knit while watching tv. I usually watch a movie with my husband after the kids go to bed and it’s nice to have something to knit and still be able to pay attention to the movie. I used stash yarn for all of these so it was nice to get rid of some random skeins that I had no plans for.