My friend asked me to make a beard hat for her nephew, but I could not find a pattern that I liked for knitting. Set on a mission I made up my mind to make my own. This pattern is modeled for a 4-5 year old, but can easily be modified. This is my first pattern, so if something is unclear, let me know.
Needles: Size 7 dpn and strait needles
Yarn: Bulky, chunky weight yarn that’s soft on the face
Tools/Various: 4 stitch markers, clear thread, and 4 (1/2 inch) buttons
Cast on 8 stitches to dpn
R1: alternate k1 p1
R2: k1, k2together, YO, K1, k2together, YO, K1
R3-10: moss stitch
Leave on dpn, but cut 8 inch yarn tail to work in later.
Repeat on separate dpn, but do not cut yarn, move from dpn to straight needle.
R11: Moss stitch, then cast on 16 stitches, and moss stitch the other side. You should have 32 stitches on the needle now
R12: Continue Moss Stitch
R13: Moss for 12 stitches, BO 8, CO8, Moss Stitch
R14-19: Moss stitch
R20-however long you want it: begin decreasing by K1, K2tog, moss until only 3 stitches remain, K2tog, K1 (I worked this for about 7 rows for a 4 yr old)
When it is long enough to reach the child’s chin begin decreasing by P1, K2tog, P1, K2tog, until end. (this will make the beard hug the child’s chin)
Continue this until there are 2 stitches left, pull remaining yard thru, and sew in the tails.
Add buttons to a hat using invisible thread, and the holes made in the beginning will fit perfectly. I used the stitch markers to measure up where the beard needed to go in the hat
I tell you, Micah tried this on and loved it. I am so happy it turned out!