Beard Hat

Probably my favorite project so far has been making beard hats! They’re fast, easy, and make great gifts!
The beanie took me a few hours but with thick yarn, it’s pretty easy. I used Lion brand wool ease thick and quick to make a nice thick, warm hat.
For the beard, just keep in mind that its a good idea to pick. A yarn that’s nice and soft. I let the boyfriend pick out the yarn for the hat I made him and he picked a rough acrylic black yarn that had black sequins. It looks cool but it doesn’t feel real great against your face.

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And to give credit where credit is due, this pattern is courtesy of Chicken Stitches

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Here’s the hat pattern:

1 Skein bulky yarn
1 16″ circular needle #11 US (8mm)
5 6″ DPNs # 11 US (8mm)
Note: this was my first time using double pointed needles. It isn’t too bad once you get
used to it. Here’s a good tutorial. Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier than it looks
1 knitting stitch marker.
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

Abbreviations:
K – knit
P – purl
K2Tog – knit 2 stitches together – a decrease.

Using a Long Tail Cast On,
Cast On 70 stitches, connect the stitches for knitting in the round and place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.
Round 1 – 23
(K1,P1) all around.
Round 24
(K3,K2Tog) all around.
Round 25
Knit all stitches.
Move the stitches to DPNs.
Round 26
(K2,K2Tog) all around.
Round 27
Knit all stitches.
Round 28
(K1,K2Tog) all around.
I stopped after this row. I knit the following rows initially but it makes the hat a bit pointy at the top.
Round 29
Knit all around.
Round 30
K2Tog all around.
Cut the yarn, leaving a 6″ tail. Thread the end of the yarn through the needle and put the needle through all left over stitches. Tighten the yarn and weave in the end on the inside of the hat.
it looks better if you pull the yarn through the middle hole and pull the stitches inside a little, again, to avoid the dunce cap look

The beard!

The same materials apply here. I use lion brand homespun yarn (except for the sequin stuff the boyfriend picked out)

Abbreviations:
K – knit
P – purl
Sl – slip
K1M1 – Knit 1 stitch in the back loop, then in the front loop – An increase.
K2Tog – knit 2 stitches together – a decrease.

Using provisional cast on – Cast on 7 stitches.
Row 1- 8
Sl1, K5,P1.
Row 9
Sl1,K4,K1M1,K1. 8 stitches.
Row 10
K7, P1.
Row 11
Sl1,K5,K1M1,K1. 9 stitches.
Row 12
K8,P1.
Row 13
Sl1,K6,K1M1,K1. 10 stitches.
Row 14
K9, P1.
Row 15
Sl1,K7,K1M1,K1. 11 stitches.
Row 16
K10,P1.
Row 17
Sl1,K8,K1M1,K1. 12 stitches.
Row 18
K11,P1.
Row 19
Sl1,K9,K1M1,K1. 13 stitches.
Row 20
K12,P1.
Row 21
Sl1,K10,K1M1,K1. 14 stitches.
Row 22
K13,P1
Row 23
Sl1,K11,K1M1,K1. 15 stitches.
Row 24
K14,P1
Row 25
Sl1,K12,K1M1,K1. 16 stitches.
Row 26
K15,P1
Row 27
Sl1,K13,K1M1,K1. 17 stitches.
Row 28
K16,P1
Row 29
Sl1,K16
Row 30
K16,P1
Row 31
Sl1,K13,K2Tog,K1. 16 stitches.
Row 32
K15,P1.
Row 33
Sl1,K12,K2Tog,K1. 15 stitches.
Row 34
K14,P1.
Row 35
Sl1,K11,K2Tog,K1. 14 stitches.
Row 36
K13,P1.
Row 37
Sl1,K10,K2Tog,K1. 13 stitches.
Row 38
K12,P1.
Row 39
Sl1,K9,K2Tog,K1. 12 stitches.
Row 40
K11,P1.
Row 41
Sl1,K8,K2Tog,K1. 11 stitches.
Row 42
K10,P1.
Row 43
Sl1,K7,K2Tog,K1. 10 stitches.
Row 44
K9,P1.
Row 45
Sl1,K6,K2Tog,K1. 9 stitches.
Row 46
K8,P1.
Row 47
Sl1,K5,K2Tog,K1. 8 stitches.
Row 48
K7,P1.
Row 49
Sl1,K4,K2Tog,K1. 7 stitches.
Row 50
K6,P1.
Row 51 – 58
Sl1, K5,P1.

Start applying I-Cord with the last 7 stitches. Apply on top, leaving 6 stitches in the middle unattached for the mouth. Undo the provisional cast on and finish applying I-Cord with the seven stitches freed from the Cast on.
HOW TO MAKE AN I-CORD:
For the beard I used a two stitch I-cord. Cast on 2 stitches on one of the DPNs. Knit them. Slip the two knitted stitches to the other end of the needle. Do not turn your work. With the yarn coming from the back of your knitting knit your stitches again. Keep repeating the prosses until you get a cord the length you need.
To make an applied I-Cord.
Knit the first stitch as described above. Knit the second stitch of the I-Cord together with the first presenting stitch of the beard.
Attach the beard to the hat.

ok, so, I didn’t understand the I chord directions at all at first. It isnt so bad once you figure it out. I’ll try to post a tutorial soon

Well, I hope you enjoy this pattern. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Happy knitting!

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