Columbia Scotch Yarn, 4 ounce skeins. 1 skein Dark Oxford, 8852.
Columbia Celluloid or Boye Non-inflammable Needles, size 4.
6 ½ sts = 1 inch. 9 rows = 1 inch.
Cast on 60 sts, k plain for 53 rows. On next row dec by knitting every fourth and fifth sts tog across row (48 sts). Then work in k 2, p 2 ribbing for 6 inches.
On next row, work face opening as follows: Work 10 sts, slip these sts on a st pin, bind off next 28 sts loosely, and on remaining 10 sts, work 12 rows, break yarn. Join yarn and work the 10 sts from st pin for 11 more rows. Cast on 28 sts over those bound off, join to 10 sts at other side and on 48 sts work even for 4 inches.
Now dec for top of helmet as follows: K 2, k 2 tog, k 14, k 2 tog, k 14, k 2 tog, k 12.
On next row k 2, k 2 tog, k 13, k 2 tog, k 13, k 2 tog, k 11. Continue to dec 3 sts in this manner every k row having 1 st less between dec until 9 sts remain, bind off.
Work in same manner, omitting face opening.
Sew back and front together starting at bottom of ribbing leaving plain knit section open for shoulder.
Other great patterns from Practical Handknits Adaptable for War Relief, Volume No. 93:
V-Neck Coat Sweater
Round Neck Slip-Over
Child's Cap and Glove Set
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