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Use this free knitting pattern to make yourself a nifty (and warm!) bearded hat.  It's simple once you know a few tricks, and it knits up in no time.  You'll want to make one in every color for everyone you know!  No longer will you suffer from beard envy or cold chins - now you can make your own beard hat!

Step 1: Materials and Patterns

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I used some leftover bulky weight yarn (super soft and fuzzy, which is good since it's going on my face!) and some large knitting needles.  This would have gone better with circular needles, but I'm a strong believer in "use what you got," so I did them on straight needles.  If you're familiar with knitting in the round, it should be no trouble for you to translate this pattern into something simpler!

Step 2: Start simple

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To boost excitement about this project (meaning: guarantee I'll actually finish it), I started with the smallest part: the mustache.  It starts with one cast on stitch that is increased every other row to make the full part of the mustache.  Then it is decreased and repeated.  Simple!

This also makes a schmancy bow tie!   I recommend wearing it while you're knitting up the rest of the hat.

Step 3: Casting on the beard

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This is the first hurdle - the provisional cast-on.   Since I haven't made a full Instructable on this just yet, I will refer you to the site I used to teach me!   The pictures are perfect and it's easy to follow.


Try it out a couple of times until you get the hang of it.  And yes, using a different color of yarn for this part DOES help.

Now that you've got that mastered, let's start knitting us a beard!
Follow the pattern for increases and decreases (you can fiddle with this bit to make a longer or shorter beard if you prefer).   Now you've got the beard portion done and it's time to make the hat!

Step 4: Casting on the hat

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To join the two sides of the beard, we need to cast on a few more stitches.  This will be the part of the hat that goes across your face.  I use Carleyy's technique for the single cast on.


It's quick and easy!  Once you've done that for the allotted stitches, it's time to pick up the stitches from the other side of the beard that we made with the provisional cast on.
Pick up the stitches and knit into them, removing the provisional yarn (red in my case) as you go.  

Cast on another lot of stitches for the part of the hat that will go around the back of your head.

If you're knitting in the round, this is when you'd want to join your work and go to town!

Step 5: Finishing the hat

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Continue knitting back and forth on the hat until it's the height you want.

If you're feeling fancy, you can do some decreasing towards the top of the hat, but I didn't, and it worked out just fine!

When you're done knitting the hat, bind off all of your stitches loosely.  Leave a long tail of yarn.  Use the tail to sew together the two sides of the hat.

Take another piece of yarn and run it through the bound edge of the hat.  Cinch up the stitches and tie them all off in a tight circle.

The only thing left is to sew on your mustache!  I tried mine on to see where I wanted it, and pinned it in place.

Using the yarn tails of the mustache, sew the mustache securely to the beard hat.

That's it!  Now don't you want to make another one??  Hope you had fun!
target0224 years ago
Yay! Welcome to the Hat with Beards club.
Someone should really make a badge.
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scoochmaroo (author)  target0224 years ago
trailtrekr1 year ago
Question:do you bind off at stitch 28?
schapman24 years ago
Hi there - I love this hat. I’m currently writing an article about bizarre, unusual and wonderful craft projects. I would love permission to publish this image, along with some text about the beard hat, and a link back to this article.

The article will be a slideshow of photos of unusual craft projects, and it is to complement an article we have about guerrilla knitting.:

If you could let me know by as soon as possible, that would be great.

Thanks and regards!
scoochmaroo (author)  schapman24 years ago
You are more than welcome to reference this project, as long as credit and linkbacks are provided. Thanks for your interest!
ITdude4 years ago
OMG i love it ..i want one:)
lol, thats great! :)
cobrajs4 years ago
You know what this hat needs? The loop stitch! That's how I make mine. I never knit hats with them, though; I just put an elastic strap on it so I can wear it with any hat, or with my snowboard helmet.
scoochmaroo (author)  cobrajs4 years ago
That is fantastic! You should share your instructions!
I just finished my first Instructable for it! Here's the link.
Thanks! I made some vague instructions a while back, but I think I'm going to do a proper Instructable for it. That'll be my first!
Plus the spokesmodel is very beautiful. I doubt the bearded hat would look quite as lovely on me.
This is amazing. I love beards. And now I can love knitted beards.
This is Awesome!
Screamo4 years ago
I want a picture of you wearing it:)
scoochmaroo (author)  Screamo4 years ago
That's me in the last picture!
anniemagz4 years ago
this is awesome!! i just made a similar one for my brother for christmas, but it took wayyyyyy too long to ever be repeated. good thinking with the big needles :]
jrossetti4 years ago
Hah, that's cute. Some of us already have long beards though. :P
then this would make a good beard warmer haha
caarntedd4 years ago
Cool. Do you think you could make it multi coloured so that it looks like a beard of bees?
scoochmaroo (author)  caarntedd4 years ago
Holy cow, I totally want to make a beard of bees now. It will require a different stitch pattern, but I'm positive it can be done.
Great! I would wear one!
lemonie4 years ago


thepelton4 years ago
I would probably have added dredlocks, but otherwise great! Good for the cold Halloweens we have in Colorado.
jenjenbug4 years ago
I'm making this for my husband. Maybe if I give him this, he won't grow his "warm winter facial hair" anymore! Woohoo! Wonderful idea! Thanks, Scooch.
angelabchua4 years ago
AWESOME! I could put this on my boyfriend, and know that this is much softer than what he has underneath. :) Fake knitted beard FTW!