Bataclava Knitting Pattern: Make Your Own Batman Cowl Hat

Knitting pattern for a bataclava designed to look like Batman’s cowl.

If you use this pattern, please do not sell the finished hat.

Make a Batman cowl hat for you or the Bat-fan in your life! It’s an adult-sized hat, I don’t have any stray children around to make one to fit a smaller head, but you’re welcome to adapt it to fit a junior bat-fan.

For more pictures, check here and here.


  • 1 ball of 100gr Worsted weight wool in a dark colour (mine was navy simply because I had a lot of that lying around, black would e good, even purple would be fun for the Adam West look!)
  • 1 set of 6mm dpns
  • 1 pair of 4mm straight needles
  • 2 large buttons
  • 2 stitch holders
  • stitch markers (or scrap yarn)
  • safety pins


  • sts: stitches
  • K: knit
  • K2tog: knit two together

Hat Section

  1. Cast on 84 stitches. Knit in stocking stitch for 5 inches. Place a marker every 12 stitches.
  2. *K2 tog. before each marker, knit one round plain* 4 times, then k2 together before marker on every round until there are 7 stitches left on needle. Break off yarn, leaving a fairly long tail. Draw tail through remaining 7 sts, pull firmly, and draw through to inside of hat.
  3. You will now have something looking rather like a skull cap.

Neck Section

  1. Pick up 60 stitches from the cast on row of the hat. Knit five rows in stocking stitch. Now knit 30 sts, place marker, knit 30 sts. On every row for the next 2½ to 3 inches, decrease on either side of the marker. This will shape the hat to the back of your head/neck and create a neat little ridge along the back of the hat.
  2. End on WS and at the beginning of the next row, cast on another 5 stitches.
  3. Continue for 1 inch.
  4. Buttonhole row: Knit 3, YO, knit to end.
  5. Next row Knit to four before end, ktog, knit 2.
  6. Continue for another 2 to 2½ inches, then repeat the buttonhole.
  7. Continue for another 1 ½ inches.
  8. Place markers every five stitches, then for the next 2 ½ inches knit into front and back of the stitch directly in front of each marker on RS rows. This creates cute little ruffles that give the cowl a nice bat-like edge.
  9. Cast off.
  10. You will now have what looks like a cross between a balaclava and an aviator’s hat. Put the hat on, and stretch the buttonhole side of the neck part across under your chin. Mark where the holes are on the other side (I used safety pins, just don’t stab yourself) and sew on your buttons there.

Mask Section

Keep putting the hat on to check where your eyes and nose are and that you’re going in the right place. This bit can be a bit fiddly.

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  1. this is amazing and thank you so much. my friend’s birthday is coming and he loves batman. like its ridiculous the stuff he does because of batman.

  2. You’re welcome! this is my first pattern ever, so I’m sorry if some of it makes no sense. Ooh and please post pictures if you make one, I’d be really interested to see how yours turns out.

  3. My husband loves Batman, Adam West is the one true Batman. He is having me make him this great hat for Halloween this year. I am in the middle of making the mask in the front. I was wondering if there might be an alternative way to make the front piece? That way you wouldn’t have so many ends to weave in later. If I can figure it out later I’ll pass on. Thanks for the pattern.

  4. BatMan mask for my hubby

  5. That’s just fabulous Aviva! Love the colours, very Adam West. Thanks for posting the picture.

  6. I have started the bataclava with circular needles but am stuck on the neck section – is it supposed to be a different stitch and is it supposed to be an unbroken circle or with a gap?

  7. zijagina, it doesn’t matter what stitch you use for the neck, I did mine in seed stitch because I wanted the thickness, but it’s up to you. It’s not an unbroken circle, it has a gap and buttons up at the front.

  8. The batman balaclava is brilliant.

  9. Holy mackerel Betman! Wish I coul knit!


  11. “dpns” is the abbreviation for “Double pointed needles” used for knitting in the round.

    Hope your brother likes the balaclava, Linda.


  12. I sure wish you had a printer friendly version of this pattern!

  13. that looks great.

  14. great information.

  15. Hi emma,

    I am making this for my halloween outfit this year, but instead i am using it to be a fly lol. I was wondering what the finished thing measures in inches around the head? because i have jut started it and it looks really small :s

  16. Don’t worry, Sophie, it’s pretty strechy. It should stretch to at least 24 inches in diameter, probably more.

  17. Okay, cool

    By the way, could you tell me what “WS” “RS”and “YO” mean please?

  18. Wrong Side, Right Side and Yarn Over.

  19. Ah, I just realised that I wrote “diameter” when I meant “circumference”. Anyway, the hat will definitely turn out bigger than it looks when on the needles.

  20. Looks great, can’t wait to try this out! thanks so much for posting!

  21. Just what I was looking for. Thanks.

  22. I’m confused, for the mask section all it says is ‘keep putting the hat on to check where your eyes are’…There is also no mention of how to get the points on the har! Please help!!

  23. @Holli, go to page two for the rest of the instructions.

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