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.
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.
Row 3: K20, BO15, and then continue the row and K20. You are creating the mouth opening.
Row 4: Knit 20, CO15…
Turn work to the right side…
And then knit the rest of Row 4.
Here’s what the finished mouth opening will look like.
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).
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 the remaining 25 stitches and weave in ends.
I 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!
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!
I 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!