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The Helmet (Bala clava)

From the Woolco Knitting and Crocheting Manual for 1916. The helmet is guaranteed to protect your neck from the wind and keep your ears warm, no matter how long and silky they may be. Works for guys and gals. Modelled by yours truly, with help from our pointer-setter Zip, and on the right, our Bracco Italiano, Miele di Luna (talk about a Roman nose!).
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Yarn: We used four balls of Karabella Aurora 8. (Click here to see)

Needles: 5 steel needles, No. 12 (Use U.S. number 6 for worsted weight yarn). Cast on 56. Knit for about 5 inches. This forms half of the cape. Repeat this for the other half.

Divide the stitches on four needles and join as in making a stocking. Knit 2, purl 2, for 4 inches. This forms the neck.

For the open face, leave 28 stitches in the middle of the front cape.

The remainder of the stitches (84) knit, same as in the cape, for 90 rows (45 ridges).

Bind off 28 stitches on each side of the 84; knit the 28 left on the needles for 56 rows; bind off, and sew them to the sides.

Take up all the stitches around the face of the hood and add those left on the 4th needle; knit 2, purl 2, for 20 rows. Bind off.

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