Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Knit Beard [Pattern!]

So a while back a friend of mine requested that I make beard hats for her and her husband. I looked around for beard patterns, but none of them were quite what I was looking for, so I decided to make my own! I haven't gotten a chance to take pictures of the hats and beards I made my friend, but I did make a beard for myself! This is the first beard I made and the sides are a bit longer than the ones I made for my friends.

I have a very rough pattern of it written down. I'm posting it here if anyone wants to make one themselves!

I knit the beard using size 7 circulars with worsted weight acrylic yarn (just the cheap stuff at walmart!). It is knitted flat, so you can use straight needles as well (circulars were just what I had).

Cast on 75 stitches.

Row 1 and 2: Moss stitch

Row 3: Continue moss stitch for 30 stitches, then BO15. Cast on 15 new stitches, then finish the row. (I used the Backward Loop cast on method for this. This opening from the BO and newly casted on stitches will form the mouth opening.)

Row 4-15: Moss stitch. (Knit until appropriate length. I knit until I reached 15 rows, but it may be different for you! The length of the piece before the decreases should just touch the bottom of your chin.)

Row 16: BO 15 st on each side (45 st remaining)

Row 17 to end: Decrease one stitch on the end of each row with remaining stitches continuing moss stitch. Do this until you have 25 stitches left.

BO remaining stitches and weave in ends.

From there you have a number of options. If you have a hat you would always like it to be attached to, then you can add velcro to the hat and beard to attach, or you can use buttons. I sewed elastic to the beard so that it can be worn with multiple hats instead of just one!

The beard should fit close to your face and curve nicely under your chin.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it! This pattern hasn't been tested, it's mostly just an adaptation of my notes.

45 comments:

  1. Thanks for this pattern. I started with it and then tweeked it a bit because I was using size 8 needles (didn't have 7). I'm going to Key West during the Hemingway look alike contest and want to show my support with my own Hemingway beard :)
    Thanks,
    Wendy

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  2. You're very welcome! Good luck with the contest!

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    1. Anyone know how to convert this to a pattern for a baby

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    2. I recommend trying it with a finer yarn and smaller needles. You would probably need to cast on less stitches to make is small enough for a baby, the but the general construction would be the same.

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  3. Hey I love ur blog. Im from England and a keen crocheter n knitter. A friend asked me recently if I could knit some beards to attach to hats for a charity endurance theyre doing this August. Your pattern was the best I found, quick and simple to do. Ive done 9 so far n need 12. Just wanted to say thanks n keep up the good work. Lou x

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  4. Thank you so much Anon! I'm glad that you've enjoyed my blog and I'm glad that my pattern is working out well for you!

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  5. Hi I stumbled on your blog looking for a good pattern for a beard and I noticed the yellow hat you are wearing in your profile and I fell in love with it! I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing the pattern thanks :)

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  6. @Unknown, I have to dig around for it. That was the first hat I made on circular needles and it was well over a year ago. I'll see if I have the pattern around somewhere! I found the pattern online, but I can't remember the name of it.

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  7. @Unknown, I just found it! Here you go: http://www.stitchnationyarn.com/Patterns/free-pattern-all-day-beret.html :)

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  8. @Unknown, You're welcome :D

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  9. Hi What does the instruction BO mean? I've never seen it before.
    Sheila

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  10. Sheila, BO means bind off :)

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  11. Love this! Thanks for posting! :)

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  12. So I am loving this pattern but I am kind of confused about the row 3 part where it says to cast on the 15 new stitches right after BO15 and then to finish the row. I have tried to do this as directed a few times and have found that it isn't working so well. The BO part is fine but when it comes to casting on the new stitches it is all screwy. Should I continue with the moss stitch right after BO and then cast on the new stitches when I get to the "mouth" section in the next row?

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  13. Awesome! I was looking for the perfect Christmas gift for my sister...
    you have fabulous eyes btw

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  14. @Anon, I am not sure if this helps, but I BO the stitches before without knitting into them again. I know the convention is often to BO as you knit that row, but I knit the first 30 st, then BO the next 15 by just pulling one stitch over another. Then the working yarn is in the appropriate place to cast on 15 st. I hope that made sense and was helpful...

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    1. This actually helped me understand as well. I was a little confused at that part as well. Hoping to make one of these for my friends husband. This is definitely the easiest pattern I have found so far! Have you tried doing longer beards?

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    2. I haven't tried doing longer beards...there are some really awesome looking viking beard patterns out there though!

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  15. Where do you sew the electic to the beard?

    Rosalee

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    1. If you are using on piece of elastic, I would sew it either to the top two corners of the sides of the beard, or in the middle on the sides of the beard. If you are using two pieces, I would sew it to the corners of the beard so that you have a nice snug fit with two bands. I hope that makes sense...

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  16. Merci beaucoup ! ton modèle est en France et il m'a aidé énormément pour mes 2 garçons ! Encore merci

    (Thnks U very much ! Your pattern is in France today and help me a lot for my 2 boys ! Thanks again !)

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  17. hi im from german
    i love this tutorial
    but what exactly is "the bottom of your chin"
    for you

    it is where the adam's apple is ore where?

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    1. For me the bottom of the chin is along the jaw line. Hope that helps!

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  18. My daughter in law sent me on this mission to make one of these for my my son and grandson. Looks simple... I don't knit all that much but I get it. Adjusting for a budding toddler might be a little challenging... Maybe not. Thanks for sharing your efforts with us!

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  19. HI! such a great pattern, explained as well! the shorthand patterns are very scary to us noobs!
    I haven't tried to use Moss stitch yet, but could purl stitch work okay?
    please reply asap, i need to work on this as a present
    THANKSSSSSS :D

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    1. Purl stitch would work ok too :)
      http://www.ehow.com/how_2044332_knit-moss-stitch.html
      Here are some instructions for moss stitch if you are interested. I used the British version.

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  20. Love the beard :P

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  21. Your instructions work great, thanks for sharing! How would I adjust the pattern to fit a toddler (average sized 3 year old)?

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  22. Any suggestions on how to adapt this pattern to a toddler's size?

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    1. My first suggestion would be to use smaller needles and finer weight yarn. You may be able to follow the pattern as it is that way. However, if that doesn't work, try casting on fewer stitches and bind off less stitches for the mouth. I haven't made one for a toddler, so I don't have any specifics. Hope that helps though!

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  23. I have made the beard and it seems way too long. It measures 18" when laid flat. That just seems way too long. It goes up to the top of my head on both sides. I used knitting worsted and size 7 needles, and consider myself a very experienced knitter. I haven't started the decrease rows yet. Does that make a difference. Help!!!!

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    1. I think this is a tension issue. I realize that I didn't post the gauge and unfortunately I don't have it on hand to measure at the moment. All I can suggest is either casting on less stitches and modifying it a bit or you can try and knit your stitches more tightly which should help with the size.

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  24. Just another thank you for this pattern. I made a bearded hat for my son using your pattern except I used a ribbed stitch to match the hat, and he loved it.Thanks for helping make my moody teenager smile. lol.

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  25. Can you clarify row 16? I BO (with knitting) the first 15 stitches, continued moss for the next 45 stitches, then bound off (without knitting, so I could leave my working yarn where I'd need it). But I'm at the last stitch and I don't know what to do with the loop so I can get back to my working yarn. How did you BO the two ends in that row? Thanks!

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    1. I bound off the last 15 stitches starting from the end of the row and binding off towards my working yarn. Doing it this way allows you to put that last bound off stitch over your next stitch to be knit. I hope that helps!

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  26. Thank you so much, been looking for a beard pattern for awhile now :)

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  27. Most perfect beard pattern, easy to knit and looks just great! Thanks so much for putting it out here for all to use!

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  28. On row 17, do I bind off on each end or really just on the end of the row? 20 rows seems like it would be alot under the chin. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

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