The ultimate crochet granny square balaclava by Heather Brooke

The ultimate crochet granny square balaclava

November 2022
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5.0 mm (H)
4.0 mm (G)
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This pattern is available for free.

I call this the “Ultimate Balaclava” because it is SOOO very customizable! Though I will be showing you how to make a very basic version of a granny square, you can use ANY granny square you would like for your Balaclava! (I have a Playlist on my YouTube were I compiled lots of squares and appliqués from other amazing creators you can follow to customize your Balaclava if you want to spice it up a bit!)


Weight 4 Yarn – You will need approximately 135grams of yarn. (Really ANY will do! I used up lots of scrap yarn for many of the balaclavas I made.)

5.00mm Hook and 4.00mm Hook (4.0mm is optional)

Scissors -

Stitch Markers – I don’t personally use these in this pattern, but if you have a hard time knowing where you started, you can use them

Darning Needle


Ch = Chain

St(s) = Stitch(es)

Sl St = Slip Stitch

Sc = Single Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

MR = Magic Ring

BLO – Back Loop Only


ALL the squares I made ended up measuring out from 5″-5 1/2″ inches. As I was experimenting with the sizes of squares, I came to notice that the 5″ inch square balaclavas fit me PERFECTLY (my head measures 22″ inches) and the 5 1/2″ inch square balaclavas were a bit big on me, but were still fine!

So, I’d say…

For Children: 3 1/2″-4″ inch squares

For Adult: 5″-5 1/2″ inch squares

For Adults with larger heads: 5 1/2″-6″ inch squares

Pattern Notes

This pattern uses US crochet terms.

Turning ch 3 DOES count as a dc stitch in this pattern