Step 1: Materials and Patterns
Step 2: Start 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
PROVISIONAL CAST ON TUTORIAL
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
SINGLE CAST ON TUTORIAL
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
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!