I love this balaclava pattern. It is very easy and I have made many of these. The garter ridges are optional. I omitted them from the variegated hat as the yarn is already stripy enough.
I've had this yarn for several months and found it when on a drive around Kent. A lady had turned her front room into a small antiques and collectables shop and was selling a big bag of this for a very reasonable price. I was her only customer at the time as it was a cold day. I hope she did well as initiative like that deserves to be rewarded.
I can't remember where the navy blue yarn came from, but it would have been another bargain purchase. Both yarns were lovely to knit with, though there were no labels so I am not quite sure what they are.
These two balaclavas will fit boys aged 3-4 years old and are destined for Operation Orphan. Each one used only 36g of dk yarn. The pattern also has instructions for an eighteen months to 3 years size. I think that would look lovely in slightly prettier colours, so it is now on my fairly long to-do list.