DIY Knit Beard Hat Pattern

Knit Beard Hat Pattern

Hi guys, so today I’m super excited to share my very first knitting pattern with you all!

I was a pretty avid knitter in high school and college, but involuntarily took a break from it while I was focusing on acting in LA. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share my progress in improving new skills, as well as old skills that got pushed aside.  I recently started knitting again because I wanted to make a beard hat for my boyfriend Daniel.

I had a lot of trouble finding a knit beard pattern I liked, especially a free one. I found a pattern that was pretty close to what I wanted, but when I tried it out, I couldn’t get some of the rows to turn out correctly. I adapted it in a way that made more sense to me, and decided to write out the pattern for anyone looking for more beard hat options! Please bear in mind though – this is the first pattern I’ve written out, so it may be a little rough around the edges.

Here’s what you need:

  • Size 8 (5 mm) needles
  • Worsted weight wool, acrylic, or blend yarn in a natural color (I used a dark brown)
  • Needle for weaving in ends

Gauge:  16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in moss stitch

Here’s what you do:

Cast on 55 stitches.

Cast on 55 Stitches

Rows 1-2:  Moss stitch.  For those unfamiliar, to create a moss stitch you knit the purls and purl the knits.  You will be using moss stitch for the entire pattern.

Work Rows 1 & 2 in Moss Stitch

Row 3:  K20, BO15, and then continue the row and K20.  You are creating the mouth opening.

Row 3:  Bind Off 15 Stitches

Row 4:  Knit 20, CO15…

Row 4:  Cast On 15 Stitches

Turn work to the right side…

Turn Knitting to Right Side After Cast On of 15 Stitches

And then knit the rest of Row 4.

Row 4:  Cast On 15 Stitches & Continue Knitting

Here’s what the finished mouth opening will look like.

Completed Mouth Opening for Knit Beard Hat

Row 5-10:  Continue moss stitch until the beard just reaches the bottom of your chin.  It was row 10 for me!

Now you will start your decreases to shape the bottom of the beard.

Row 11:  BO7, knit the rest of the row (48 st. remaining).

Row 12:  BO7, knit the rest of the row (41 st. remaining).

Rows 11 & 12:  Bind Off 7 Stitches

Decrease using the following pattern.  You will have 25 st. remaining

Rows 13-16:  K2tog, knit the rest of the row.

Rows 17-20:  K2tog, K2tog, knit the rest of the row.

Rows 21-24:  K2tog, knit the rest of the row.

Bind Off Remaining Stitches of Knit Beard

Bind off the remaining 25 stitches and weave in ends.

Knit Beard with Button FastenersI chose to fasten buttons on each end of the beard, and then (with my uncrafty ways) pulled each button through a stitch on the hat I made. Very technical, I know. You could certainly create button holes in the hat you’re using, I chose not to in case Daniel wanted to wear it without the beard.

You can use any technique you’d like to attach the beard to your hat – elastic, sew it on directly, buttons, etc. Whatever works for you!

Daniel in His Knit Beard HatDaniel loved his finished beard hat!  It’s incredibly warm and perfect for cold winter days!

I hope this knit beard hat pattern comes in handy for anyone looking!  Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions!

Bonus! Check out the hat pattern I used, and my pattern for the color blocking below!

Simple and Easy Knit Hat PatternI used this simple hat pattern for the hat pictured here.  I followed the pattern for the medium size pretty much exact, except I continued the K1, P1 ribbing until it reached 1 1/2″.

As you can see, I also did some color blocking. In case you like it, here’s what I did:

Tan:  2 rows.

Light green:  5 rows.

Tan: 2 rows.

It was a really easy and fast pattern – great for a beginner! Happy knitting!

20 responses

  • Hi!

    THANK YOU for this!!!! I’ve been looking all over the internet for a good beard hat knit pattern and now FINALLY I ended up here, reading your blog. (I’m from Finland btw). This one looks exactly like the one I had in mind when my sister’s boyfriend asked for one last Christmas. 🙂 I’ll definitely give this a try (looks simple enough) and I’ll let you know how it turned out then… 🙂 Thank you again!!

    • Hi Eve,

      Yay, I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog! I know I had looked forever for the perfect beard hat pattern too!

      Let me know if you have any questions. Happy Knitting!

  • I really like your knitted beard pattern but you failed to put on what the abbreviations are on some of the lines. Could you please email me the abbreviations for me. Many thanks.

    • Hi Pat!

      Sorry for the late reply – I was traveling and without internet access until now.

      Here are what the abbreviations mean:

      K = Knit
      K2tog = Knit 2 together
      BO = Bind off
      CO = Cast on

      The abbreviations I use are all standard knitting abbreviations (or at least in the US they are). This website may be useful for your future knitting projects:

      Happy Knitting!

  • Hi! Just wanted to say thank you for this pattern!! Came across it tonight as I noticed my friends son had posted a picture of one on her FB page and wanted one for Xmas – not sure if he was joking or not but I decided to knit one anyway! Saw a couple of patterns but yours is perfect! I’ve already finished the beard part and it looks great – just got to decide what colour hat to make him now! Anyway thanks again – thoroughly enjoyed knitting that 😀

    • Hi Judy,

      I’m not very experienced with resizing patterns, but I think if you go down a size in needles it’s an easy way to reduce the size of the beard. The hat pattern I used and linked to has different sizes, I believe.

      Hope that helps a bit!

  • Hi Michele,

    I’ve looked everywhere for a beard pattern and yours was awesome. My bf likes it! I don’t know how to post pics but I’m going to work on your cable head band this weekend! Also, the hat link was great too, it was very easy to follow and my nephew likes the hat too!

    Thank you and keep posting please 🙂

    • Hi Sarah,

      Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to rework the pattern for a toddler. I do know the hat should fit a child of that age, and if you click on the link for the hat, there are other sizes.

      As for the beard, you could try going down a needle size or two, and that may do the trick!

    • Hi Sandi,

      I haven’t tried to make this in a child’s size. I believe the hat will fit a toddler’s head, and the link I posted should have more sizes available.

      As for the beard, you could try going down a needle size or two.

  • Hi, I was wondering if you put this pattern on because I would like to link my finished beard to your pattern on there and I couldn’t find it on Ravelry?

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