Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Beard Hat - Crochet Tutorial


Have you seen those crazy crocheted beard hats that are becoming popular on the internets? My brother-in-law asked if I could make him one this Christmas. I am sure that it would keep anyone quite warm, not just on the head and ears, but the all important chin and cheeks!  (Plus he is going through some "Duck Dynasty" phase.)  I searched and searched the web for a free pattern, and while I found a few, none were really what I was looking for. I wanted the beard itself to have some texture, so I went with a puff stitch. Failing to find any results that fit my exact needs, I worked out my own pattern. While I have been crocheting for about 20 years, and have adapted many patterns to fit my needs, this is my first attempt at writing down what I did so others could replicate. If you find any mistakes, feel free to leave a comment! I wish you luck in your own beard hat creation. However, if you would like to purchase a beard hat (both pieces included), message me here and we’ll make arrangements to ship you one, customized with desired colors for $30 paypal (including shipping).




Basic Beanie with Brim Pattern
Using size I hook
Ch. 2
Round 1: 9 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in 1st sc to join (9 sc)

Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in 1st sc and in each st around, sl st in 1st dc to join (18 dc)
Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, rep from * around, sl st in 1st dc to join (27 dc)
Round 4: ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next 2 dc, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, rep from * around, sl st in first dc to join (36 dc)

Round 5: ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next 3 dc, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc, rep from * around, sl st in first dc to join, changing color with sl st (45 dc)

Round 6: with 2nd color ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next 4 dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc, rep from * around, sl st in first dc to join, changing back to original color with sl st (54 dc)
Round 7: with original color ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next 5 dc, * 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc, rep from * around, sl st in first dc to join, changing back to second color with sl st (63 dc)
Round 8: with 2nd color ch 2, 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in next 30 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 31 dc, sl st in next dc to join, changing back to original color with sl st (65 dc)
**Note – for a larger hat,  add an increasing row by doing 6 dc in between 2 dc instead of round 8 as written.**

Round 9: with original color ch 2, dc in each dc around, sl st in 1st dc to join (65 dc)
Round 10-16: rep round 9
Brim Round 17: ch 1, TURN, sc in the BACK LOOPS ONLY in each dc around, sl st in first dc to join

Round 18: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join
Round 19-21: rep Rnd 18. (Round 19 should be in 2nd color) Cut yarn, hide any ends.


Stitch Guide
Foundation Chain Stitch
Ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull the yarn through the 1st loop on the hook (base chain made), yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook (first Fsc made). Insert the hook back into the last Fsc base chain, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull yarn through first loop on the hook (second base chain made), yarn over and pull the yarn through both loops on the hook (second Fsc made), repeat steps for desired Fsc.

Puff Stitch
Yarn over hook, insert hook into next stitch. Yarn over once, pull through a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, pull through a loop (5 loops on the hook), yarn over hook, pull yarn through just the first loop on hook, yarn over, insert into original stitch, pull through a loop (7 loops on the hook), yarn over once, pull through all 7 loops on the hook. Puff stitch made (1 loop on hook). To finish off puff, yarn over and pull through that 1 loop to secure the stitch.

Beard Pattern
Foundation Chain stitch 41

Round 1: ch 1, sc in 1st st, puff st, repeat to end (20 puff, 21 sc)
Round 2: ch 1, turn, sc in sc, sc in puff st (skip finishing ch of puff st), repeat to end

Round 3-10 : repeat Rd 1-2
Round 11: ch 1, turn, *sc in 1st sc, puff st in next sc, repeat from * 5 more times, sc in next sc, sl st in next 15 sc, sc in next sc, # puff st in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from # 5 more times.
Round 12: ch 1, turn, sc in sc, sc in puff st, sl st in sl st
Round 13: ch 1, turn, *sc in 1st sc, puff st in next sc, repeat from * 5 more times, sc in next sc, 10 Fsc, sc in next sc, # puff st in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from # 5 more times.
Round 14: ch 1, turn, sc in sc, sc in puff st, sc in Fsc across. Cut yarn, hide ends.


Mustache Pattern
(Adapted from Witchy Wiche blog, but with longer ends)
With G Hook
Ch 12
Round 1: sc, dc, 2 trc, hdc, slst, hdc, 2 trc, dc, sc
Round 2: ch 5, turn, sl st in 5th ch from hook, sc in next 4 st, sl st in next 3, sc in next 4 st, ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook, fasten off



Attach mustache to center of Fsc row on beard. I added 4 self adhesive Velcro circles (the hook side) to each corner of the front of the beard. That way, the beard can easily be removed and adjusted time and time again for a snug fit. (My first attempt I sewed the beard in, but with each removal of the hat, the beard got looser and looser.)


The Beard Hat can be made with any colors, have fun and keep your loved ones (or yourself) warm this winter!



30 comments:

  1. What yarn weight did you use? Thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. For this project I used Red Heart Super Saver size medium weight 4, but you could go thicker or thinner and adjust your hook size accordingly. I know when I make hats for my kids they think this kind is too itchy!

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  3. I have made 10 hats and 10 beards...and now I'm trying to figure out the best way to attach them. I like the velcro idea - but I'm concerned about the self-stick velcro coming unstuck. How did yours hold up? Also, did you put soft velcro on the inside of the hat? Or do you just let the hook velcro stick directly to the crochet hat? Any tips would be appreciated.

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    1. add loops on the ends and they can loop them over their ears.

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  4. I added some super glue to the Velcro before attaching to the beard as I was also afraid the self-stick would not hold up. With the super glue, I don't think it is going anywhere! I let it stick directly to the hat - that way it can be adjustable. I originally tried to sew them together, but even a few wears stretched it out - the Velcro makes it snug. Hope that helps!

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  5. How much yarn would you need for the beard?

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  6. I am not sure on the exact amount without making another hat, but it is less than half a skein.

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  7. What is the width of the finished piece when flat? Thanks!

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  8. I'm was thinking that maybe, instead of Velcro make a chain long enough from one side to the other and to go around the ears or even use elastic? I'm just wonder if it would work. I have to make 10 hats with beard for a Bachelor party and have three weeks to make.

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    1. My boyfriend was a great guinea pig and let me try out 3 different techniques on attaching. We used buttons, velcro and I also made a loop of chains for over the ears. The over the ear chains ended up irritating the back of his ears, they also stretched so it was impossible to keep the beard comfortably close to his face, it just kind of hung there. The buttons pulled at the hat and distorted the shape. I ended up having the best luck with velcro. I just stuck the velcro directly to the beard and then it can be attached and removed from the hat and made to fit perfectly each time. He has worn the velcro beard every day for months. Adorable.

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  9. On round 3 is that supposed to be a a sc or dc?

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  10. Another question the note adding 6 dc between the 2dc are you doing instead of 5 or are you adding an additional row with 6?

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  11. Good catch on Row 3 - I'll fix that - it should all be DC. The 6 DC row should be after a 5 DC row if you need to keep doing increase rows. If you need smaller hats, you can stop increasing earlier and just do a DC in each stitch around. Thanks for the comments!

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  12. Thank you! I did the 6 DC after the 5 DC and worked the 9-16 as if I didn't add the 6 DC. I think I should have stopped 1 less row it ended up huge. I will do again after the row 8 & 1 less to see if it's better.

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    1. Sizing hats has always been difficult for me. Lots of ripping out and trying again. I recently found this blog: Crochet in Color with a good guide to measurements on what diameter and length to stop at. http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com/2012/06/trying-to-customize-hat-sizes.html

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  13. Thank you again. When securing the mustache did you use the yarn or thread?

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    1. I used the yarn tail from making the mustache and threaded it through the back until I got to the middle and then just secured with a knot to the beard. Hope yours turned out well!

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  14. I;m buying materials to make a few of these. Can you given me an idea how much yarn I'll need for each set?

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    1. Less than a skein for each - hope that helps.

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  15. I just finished my first of four hats and beards, it looks fantastic! Thank you SO much for your pattern and guidance, you saved Christmas! Thanks you, from Utah!

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  16. I'm on the second row of beard and it is twisting. Have I done something wrong? Should it be laying flat?

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    1. Once you get a few rows it will lay flat. I just made some beards again and noticed that it does twist, but by the 5th row, you will be able to lay it smooth.

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  17. How long would you guess this would take to make? I'm still finishing my brother's scarf and trying to figure out if it would be possible for me to make one of these as well before Christmas for my BIL. Thanks!

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    1. The beards take me about two hours and the hats about the same. So you could probably get one done in less than 5 hours.

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  18. I am making one of these hats for a teenage guy, He's 17 and on the smaller side. I think if I made him this pattern it would be too big. I found a teenage beanie pattern that I will use. But I was wondering, Should I make the beard smaller? Maybe shorten the ends? I just don't think this pattern would fit him. Any advice would be wonderful!

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  19. Mine turned out big, but it kinda worked. I made it for my oldest son and he's a 6'4" 280lb. Boy I guess it also depends on your stitches. Maybe a smaller hook would help, also.

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  20. Do you have any youtube tutorials? My beard is not coming out right.
    Thank you.

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  21. In the bread section Round 12: ch 1, turn, sc in sc, sc in puff st, sl st in sl st is this it or does it repeat?

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    1. It is just saying that if your next stitch is a sc, sc in that stitch. If your next stitch it a puff st, sc in that stitch, and sl st in any sl st spaces. Do that across the whole row. Hope that helps.

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  22. Thank you for the great pattern! Easy and worked up quickly. I found in my box of notions 4 larger vintage hook/eye sets that worked perfect to put the beard on with. I did tighten the hook slightly with pliers so that they don't slip out but if my brother wants to take the beard off he can without having something poke him in the head. If there were any changes I would make at all it would be to use maybe a size down hook for the beard as I think it ends up a little bit stretchy.

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