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  • Foster - Balaclava

    About Foster

    From Fabienne Gassmann, the designer: "I have a fondness for a good hoodie peeking out from under more formal outerwear. Foster aims to be just that, adding a bit of street cred to any outfit. On top of that, it’s perfect for an evening campfire. Remember the age old issue of being super toasty on the front, facing the fire and icy cold at the back of the neck? Pop on a hood, problem solved.”

    Foster comes with two options, fitted more like a balaclava or a looser neck warmer with an attached hood. The pattern comes with an option to extend the collar into a chest warmer with the illusion of a raglan sleeve.

    Both versions are worked bottom up, with a folded hem and integrated i-cord edge. German short rows are used to shape the hood much like a short row sock heel. This minimalist detail also serves the purpose of a fold line.


    Fabienne Gassmann

    Where to get it

    This pattern is available in our Issue 8.


    1 (2)
    Finished circumference top of hood: 49.5 (54) cm / 19.5 (21.25)”
    Both sizes fit most head circumferences; Size 1 is fitted like a classic balaclava, Size 2 is worn looser, with approximately 10 cm / 2.5” positive ease around the head.

    The Grey Sheep Co. Hampshire DK (98% Virgin Wool, British breeds, 2% Alpaca; 130 metres / 142 yards per 60g)

    340 (380) metres / 370 (415) yards, including collar

    Size 1 (without collar) shown is knit in colourway ‘Ruby Ruby Ruby’. Emma wears it with 7.5 cm / 3" of negative ease.

    Size 2 (with collar) shown is knit in colourway ‘Barafundle Bay’. Paloma wears it with 2 cm / 0.75" of positive ease.

    3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle with a cable length of at least 60 cm / 24” (or needle two sizes smaller than main needle)
    4 mm / US 6 circular needle with a cable length of at least 60 cm / 24” (or needle size to obtain gauge)
    4 mm / US 6 circular needle with a cable length of 40 cm / 16” (or needle size to obtain gauge) or 4 mm / US 6 dpns

    17 sts x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (worked flat and in the round, in stockinette stitch, on larger needle, after blocking)

    • Crochet hook (for provisional cast-on)
    • Darning needle
    • Removable stitch markers (optional)
    • Scrap yarn (for provisional cast-on)
    • Stitch holders
    • Stitch markers (different colours, optional)

    • Height of hood: 16 cm / 6.5”
    • Neck circumference: 49.5 cm / 19.5”
    • Circumference top of hood: 49.5 (54) cm / 19.5 (21.25)”
    • Width of collar at shoulder: 34 cm / 13.5”
    • Length of collar: 21 cm / 8.25”

    Designer: Fabienne Gassmann
    Models: Paloma Isa Mercado & Emma Fierberg
    Photography: Melinda Dela Costa
    Tech Editing: Jessica Schwab
    Graphic Design: Camille Romano

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