Dwarven battle bonnet
****NEW! A lot of people are asking me for the modifiations with cables, bobbles, 'spectacle helm' and a ribbed beard. This has now been written up as a new version 'Dwarven Battle Bonnet 2' which is also top down construction and desn't necessarily need fulling. Do check that out too before you buy the pattern, see which one you prefer! Sally April 2012****
By popular request, here are instructions for the Dwarven Battle Bonnet. This is a fun variation on a balaclava, and instructions are given for both the variations shown in the top picture. This hat lends itself well to yarn that can be lightly fulled, but if you wish to knit it using yarn that will not felt at all, you may wish to go down a needle size. Suggestions for additional embellishments are given and the pattern is extensively supported with photographs of the hats in progress.
Gauge is pretty approximate, this is a very forgiving pattern to knit, but the pattern as given does assume you will be fulling the hat