A few weeks ago I wrote a piece about the Russian feminist punks Pussy Riot, who have been arrested on charges of “hooliganism” for their “punk prayer” protest in Moscow. With their trial date approaching, more and more protests and benefits are being planned around the world (like this one).
Why is this relevant to a knitting column? Well, PR is known for wearing brightly-colored balaclavas during their performances. So if you want to head out to a benefit or rally on the streets, you may want to make one of your own to wear (note: some cities have laws about wearing masks in public, which got some Occupy Wall Street protesters in trouble in the past. Make sure you know the laws in your area and do this at your own risk. Don’t call me to bail you out of jail, because I don’t have any money). I had a hard time finding a good pattern online, so I decided to make up one of my own, which I’m offering up for free.
Pussy Riot Balaclava
Worsted weight yarn in a bright color (I used about one and a half skeins of Filati Cervinia Ultra Worsted, 100 m/50 g)
Size 10 16-inch circular needle
tapestry or yarn needle
Being careful not to twist, join, placing marker to indicate start of round*
Work 1×1 ribbing for 2.5 inches
Next round: [K 12, m1], rep to end (65 stitches)
Next round: [K 13, m1], rep to end (70 stitches)
Next round: [K7, m1], rep to end (80 stitches)
Knit 15 rounds, or however many you need to reach the bottom of your mouth.
K 14, BO 12, K to end
K 14, CO 12, K to end
Optional nose opening:
K 4 rounds
K 20, BO 2, K to end
K 20, CO 2, K to end
K 4 rounds
If you choose not to make a nose opening, simply K 10 rounds here.
K 10, BO 8, K 6, BO 8, K to end
K 10, CO 8, K 6, CO 8, K to end
K 6 rounds
1: K 8, K2tog
2 and all even rows: K around
3: K 7, K2tog
5: K 6, K2tog
7: K 5, K2tog
9: K 4,, K2tog
11: K 3, K2tog
13: K 2, K2tog
15: K 1, K2tog
Break yarn, pull through final round and weave in ends.
Now go riot.