Crochet beard beanie

UPDATE: the new bobble pattern, with multiple sizes is published now. The stripped beanie from infant to adult and the bobble beard from extra small to large.

I got to go to a white elephant party last night with Kathy, from Danish Mama. I grew up with my parents throwing one every year and I couldn’t wait to grow up and have my own. BUT my husband isn’t in love with parties (although he totally supports me throwing parties- he just doesn’t want to COME to the party). So I haven’t been to one in years. I was THRILLED to go to the party. BUT what to bring??? It was 2 am the morning of when I remembered I still didn’t have anything. Then I remembered a project I’ve wanted to try…


Yup! The crochet bearded beanie!!!! Cute, silly, funny and usable at the same time. I based mine on this bearded beanie pattern. I changed it quite a bit, my gauge was totally off from hers, and I made some other changes as well. I used two different hooks, a smaller one for a tighter look for the beanie and a larger hook for a more full look for the beard


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worsted weight yarn
Hook G- 4.25mm

Stitches used:
chain (ch)
slip stitch (sl st)
single crochet (sc)
double crochet (dc)
front post double crochet (FPdc)
back post double crochet (BPdc)

start with a magic ring (if your not familiar with that that method CH2 and work the first row in the 2nd ch)
Row 1- Ch3, 11 dc in loop, sl st in top of ch 3. 12 dc
Row 2- Ch3, 2 dc in each st, sl st in top of ch 3. 24 dc
Row 3- Ch3, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* around, sl st in top of ch 3. 36 dc
Row 4- Ch3, *dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st* around, sl st in top of ch 3. 48 dc
Row 5- Ch3, *dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st* around, sl st in top of ch 3. 60 dc
Row 6- Ch3, *dc in next 9 st, 2 dc in next st* around, sl st in top of ch 3. 66 dc
Row 7- Ch3, *dc in next 10 st, 2 dc in next st* around, sl st in top of ch 3. 72 dc
Row 8- Ch3, *dc in next 11 st, 2 dc in next st* around, sl st in top of ch 3. 78 dc
Row 9- Ch3, *dc in next 12 st, 2 dc in next st* around, sl st in top of ch 3. 84 dc
Row 10- Ch3, dc in each st, sl st in top of ch 3. 84 dc
Row 11- change color, Ch1, sc in each st, sl st in top of ch 3. 84 sc
Row 12- change color back, Ch3, dc in each st, sl st in top of ch 3. 84 dc
Row 13- repeat row 11
Row 14- repeat row 12
Row 15- repeat row 11, end of color, fasten off
Row 16-17 repeat row 12
Row 18-21 Ch2, *FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st* around, sl st to top of ch 2, fasten off weave in ends

If you don’t want the stripes just repeate row10, through row 16, skip row 17 (to make up for the short sc rows) and finish with rows 18-21)


Now on to the beard. This took more taking apart and starting over than the beanie did. But in the end I’m really happy with it.



worsted weight yarn
Hook I- 5.50mm

Stitches used:
chain (ch)
slip stitch (sl st)
single crochet (sc)
single crochet decrease (sc2tog)
half double crochet (hdc)
double crochet (dc)
double crochet decrease “puff” (dc2tog)
use 2 double crochets to make a cluster rather than 3 or 4 (2dblcrochet cluster)

Chain 41
Row 1- sc in second ch from hook and in each st across. 40 sc
Row 2- Ch1, turn, sc across 40
Rows 3-4- repeat row 2
Row 5- sc2tog, sc to last 2 st, sc2tog 38
Row 6- Ch 1, turn, sc in next 7 st, hdc in next 2 st, dc in next 20 st, hdc in next 2 st, sc in last 7 st 38
Row 7- Repeat row 6 38
Row 8- Ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in next 9 st, sc2tog, dc in next 12 st, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sc, sc2tog 34
Row 9- Ch 1, turn, sc in next 9 st, sc2tog, dc in next 12 st, ssc2tog, sc in next 9 st 32
Row 10- Ch 1, turn, sc in next 10 st, hdc in next st, ch 10, skip 10 st, hdc in next st, sc in next 10 st 32
Row 11- Ch 1, turn, sc in next 9 st, 3 dc in next st, 2dblcrochet cluster 10 times in ch space, 3 dc in next st, sc in next 9 st.
finish off

Sew row ends of beard to the inside edge of beanie making sure it is spaced evenly between the two sides. I sewed mine about 1/2 inch up, I like the way it pulls and looks better than attaching RIGHT to the edge.


My husband loved it and it fit both him and I. He asked me to make him this exact one again (but I think I’ll go with a different color just for a nice change) and I think all the kiddo’s need one a well… I’ll write up that pattern when I do it!

And the party was a blast!

UPDATE: the new bobble pattern, with multiple sizes is published now. The stripped beanie from infant to adult and the bobble beard from extra small to large.

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    • says

      I bet, a lot of people sell their patterns too! but I don’t want to make more than one or two of projects. i could never stand to make enough to sell! Too bad, huh!

  1. Amy says

    I love this!! Is there a problem with the beard instructions? It says ch 35 but you are supposed to have 41sc at the end of row 1?

  2. Sarah says

    Hi there!
    First, thanks for the pattern, I whipped it up and really like it.
    Now, there seems to be a mistake in row 11, where it says “*tc2tog* 10 times over ch”. I’m not sure whether you meant dc2tog 5 times (or maybe tc2tog 5 times!) or if you meant dc 10 times. I tried both and personally preferred to dc 10 times. Or maybe part of the repeat is missing?
    I’m happy with it as it is, but I thought I should point it out :)

    • says

      Your totally right, I meant that to say Dc2tog, not the triple crochet, but double. When I was writing it I tried over and over again to think of the best way to phrase what I did here. Here is the note I added, I hope it helps!

      “you can just dc 10 stitches across the 10 ch space, but I wanted a fuller looking moustache so I “dc2tog” creating basically 20 dc, but brought together in groups of 2 (that’s where you get the 10) for a fuller, “bushier” look. ”

      Does that make ANY sense at all??? I’m still new to writing and sharing my homemade patterns. Thanks for the correction!

  3. Sarah says

    Do you mean crochet 2 dc in each of the 10 stitches? If so, you would write something to the effect of (2dc in next chain) 10 times.
    dc2tog means to decrease by a stitch. 2dc means to increase by a stitch.
    Does that help? :)

    • says

      no because we’re not increasing the stitch count. It’s more like making a puff except with dc instead of hdc and with only 2 instead of three of four. I know it’s a terrible way to phrase it. GAH, so annoying. Not in chain itself of course, but in the chain space, working around the whole chain. it’s not a decrease or an increase, just fuller. Am I being more clear or more confusing?

  4. Sarah says

    Oh I see now!
    It’s like you’re increasing and decreasing in the same step.
    Is this what you’re doing? Yarn over (YO), insert hook into ring, YO and draw up, YO and pull through first two loops, YO, insert hook into ring, YO and draw up, YO and pull through first two loops, YO and pull through all three loops.
    Now that I realise that’s what you meant, I understand why you said dc2tog! It’s the same thing but worked into the gap instead of into existing stitches. I wonder if there’s a better way to express that or if I’m the only one who didn’t get it, lol!

    • says

      YES!!! That’s totally it. I knew it would be confusing and I hoped that the first few people who tried it would help me explain it better!!! I’m glad it wasn’t too painful- just 3 back and forths that’s pretty good! I’ll work more on the phrasing. let me know if you think of a better way to explain it easily!!! I’m SURE you’ll only be the first of many that don’t get it, so no worries!

    • says

      thanks! I’ve never been good with white elephant gifts, glad I found something I could use, but can’t get away with them every year… or can I?

  5. MJ says

    Hi! I actually found this through ravelry first, but didn’t even notice the date was recent…then I saw you on the Show & Tell Saturday link party too! I’m about 90% done with my first hat and about halfway through the beard – so far I love it and my husband thinks it’s funny – one of them will be for his brother for xmas.
    Thanks for sharing your pattern!

    • says

      It looks great! I hope you enjoy the fuzzy yarn version! I’ve been meaning to try the fuzzy yarn myself! I hope it works out well! Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      I’m going to start teaching some friends to crochet this year if your a local! I’m still planning on trying to make some for my children, I hope the smaller version goes over as well.

    • says

      Funny, the first time I made it, it fit perfectly, the second time WAYYYYYY to bigg! So I’ve had to make the pattern smaller for me! To make it bigger add a few more increase rows. So between row’s 9 and ten if you just need a bit more space. If you need a LOT more space then maybe between rows 5 and 6 when your still increasing twice as often.

  6. sda says

    can you use super bulky yarn thats all i have for the beard. this is a great pattern im making both my brothers one. ill be busy the next few days. My brother actually found this pattern.

    • says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! People only leave problems or questions about the pattern, so I was getting a complex that I wrote it really really bad! Thank you so much for the positive comment. It’s my number 1 viewed post last year, and yet with all the negative comments I’ve been super super worried! Thank you so so SO much. Your comment means so much (and I LOVE the use of the word noob!)

  7. sda says

    patterns awesome my brothers loved it im just having a hard time sewing it on im using buttons but i put the buttons to far front what is a good lenghth to put it back? Thanks :)

    P.S sorry if that don’t make sense its hard to explain:(

    • says

      I put the hat inside out, then wrapped the beard where I wanted it and pinned the beard. Then took it off and sewed it into place. I hope that helps and I’m SO sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you! What a fun, but crazy time of year!

  8. Bonnie says

    The stitch you are using I believe is called a 2dblcrochet cluster, using 2 double crochets to make a cluster rather than 3 or 4.

    • says

      Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I knew SOMEONE would know what I was trying to say and tell me the BETTER way to say this! I’m going to change the pattern RIGHT NOW!

    • says

      thank you so much! Usually people only comment when they don’t understand a pattern, it’s SO nice to get positive comments! I appreciate it so much!

  9. Joshua says

    I’ve tried twice to make the hat from your pattern, and I’ve checked and double checked the stitch count on both occasions, but the top of the hat always seems to come out flat. The first time, I was using very large, soft yarn… I thought that was the issue. The second time, I used Vanna’s Choice and it is still flat. There is a good downturn at about row 10, but up until that point, it’s mostly flat. Is this because of the yarn, or might I be doing something else wrong?


    • says

      that’s totally right, around row ten the sides start. For some people their gauge is larger than mine and you can start the downturn earlier, but as it’s written it’s pretty much flat until row 10. There are lots of different ways to crochet beanies and this is the one I picked for this hat, but you can totally make another version if you have a favorite. for my husband this hat is perfect for me I get rid of row 9 and start the sides earlier, it’s all about preference! Good luck an I hope you like the rest! Your not doing anything wrong.

  10. Jean Saunders says

    Very Clever!! If anyone is a SF Giants’ fan, then this would be the perfect thing to wear at home games in The City! It’s the Brian Wilson FEAR THE BEARD beanie! May have to try this for my next game, even tho Brian is on the DL! Thanks for the idea!!!

  11. Katrina says

    What was the gauge that you ended up with? I am having problems with the hat, and I am wondering if it is because my stitches are too stretched out/large. Thanks!

    • says

      CRAP, gauge???? I’m terrible at gauge, the first hat I made was PERFECT, the second was HUGE, beanie are nice cause you can play it by ear, when it get’s wide enough, start the sides, you don’t have to make it like mine, you could do a hdc instead of a dc too, that could help. Also if you have a beanie pattern you already love you can use it as a good base for this!

  12. Erica says

    Hello, I tried to make the beard beanie and mine turned out WAY to big… I don’t know what I did wrong because I counted every stitch on every round. Any words of advice?

    • says

      my second one was WAY too big too, I ended up taking out an increase row, with beanies you just play it by ear, increase until it looks right, then down the sides until it fits right…. I follow basic beanie rules but I probably make it different every time, simple things like yarn, weather, hooks, and how tight or loose I’m crocheting can really change a hat!

  13. tara says

    I absolutely love this idea and plan to try it. My family and I snow mobile a lot during the winter and these will be great to cover my small children’s faces. I wonder though, have you thought about the addition of a red bulbuls nose and maybe a more full beard to cover more of your face? I can’t wait to sit down and make a few of these for my winter loving family :)

    • says

      kids versions are totally on the list of to create, but you can make it up as you go of course! these would be perfect for that, all my patterns are totally open to interpretation and please feel free to make whatever changes you need to create what your looking for! I change patterns all the time!

  14. Meghan says

    Have you started a kids version. I have just come across your blog, and I am loving it! i have so many little babies and kids in my life that I like making things for. Thank you for the free patterns.

    • says

      I have not and probably won’t until the fall. I’ve had so many request for various patterns I’m overwhelmed. I’ve taken the summer off from knitting/crocheting, but will start again in the fall!

    • says

      funny- I just made one for my pre-teen last night! The pattern will be up next week! I’m working on one for my 5YO today… what size are you looking for?

  15. Liz Morton says

    Have you put up the children’s pattern for this yet? If so please send me the link to it. I want to make one for my grandson for christmas.
    thanks Liz

    • says

      not yet, I’ve had it done, but finding the time to get it written up, and test it, has been hard these days, I’m SO crazy busy right now… It’s totally in the works though.

  16. Marsha says

    I just want to say how easy this hat was to make. I didn’t have any problems making it. It actually went pretty fast. Being so close to Christmas and a cold winter coming, I know a few people who wold really appreciate a gift from the heart. Thank you for sharing such a nice little work of art.

  17. Debra says

    I love this pattern! Plan on making a few for some friends who are Viking football fans!!! Purple and gold….maybe with some long yarns on the bottom the beard or add a long mustache??? Thanks for a good pattern!!!

  18. Cindy says

    Love the look of this pattern. I’ve seen pictures of similar bearded beanies and thought about trying to come up with my own pattern (I probably will some time) but I’m definitely going to make one of these for my husband. Thank you for making an easy to follow pattern.

  19. Kim says

    I love this! I’m going to try to make one for my boys. I looked, but don’t see your kids version. Have you posted it yet? Thanks for writing your pattern and putting it out there for free!! You’re very talented!

    • says

      GAH! I’m totally done writing it, I just have to finish one more and take pictures of them all!!! I’ll work on it soon, I promise! I’ve been working on a HUGE giveaway for next week and haven’t had time yet!

  20. Bonnie O. says

    I just finished the beanie. I’m making this for my 30 year old daughter. She’s anxious for me to get the beard done so she can wear it and show it off to her roller derby team. I’ll try to post a pic and let you know how everyone liked it. Thanks for sharing.

  21. shelley says

    Do you have a free pattern to make a crochet beared hats for kids age 8-11? I wanted to make 3 of them for kids that don’t have much. I’m disable and can’t afford to buy the pattern. Ty for your help.

    • says

      GAH! I’ve had it done for 3 months now, and just haven’t taken pictures and gotten it on the blog. I’m working on it. It’s pretty crazy over here these days!

  22. Angela says

    Anxiously awaiting the kids’ versions! My friend’s little boy asked for a beard for Christmas, I want to make this for him!!!!

    • says

      your just fine, I’m working on it as often as I can. I just have two more beanies to make and double check the pattern before posting… then I can either post the pattern.. OR I haven’t done a baby version yet…

  23. Trebor Yocum says

    Thanks so much Ashlee! I’m from Monroe, Louisiana, home of Duck Dynasty. Been making camo beanies with brown beards. Thanks again.


  24. k80 j says

    Thank you so much! This pattern is so great! This is only my second ever crochet project and it really was so easy to follow. Thank you for putting the time in to write it up and post it!

  25. Barb says

    Ashlee,, Thank you for your bearded beanie pattern and all the posts… I was given a pattern was missing part of the directions. Of course. Pattern would fit a small child when made. Which was to fit adults.. I made changes to my pattern which have been working on for days. but still not happy with my pattern. Your pattern has cleared up some things for me. Problem still have is not all guys faces are the same so the sizes will be different. The beard need to be adjustable some how. So it won’t look sloppy…Thank you again Regards Barb Anytime Surprises

  26. jlcookaz says

    I made this according to these directions and it was HUGE! When you say a “dc” (double crochet), do you mean the American dc or the English dc, the latter being a half double crochet?

    • says

      it all depends on the yarn, and how you crochet. I meant american double crochet. The first hat i made, that i wrote the pattern off of was perfect. the second one I made was huge too, try the newer version, i have multiple sizes. And all patterns can easily be changed, a thinner yarn, a smaller hook, taking out a row here and there.

  27. Jenny says

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this pattern. I have used it multiple times already. The only change I do is SL ST, CH 2 and DC in the same ST. I think it hides the seam a bit more.

    • says

      there really isn’t a seam as it’s rows, not a round, and the ends of the rows get hidden when you sew them into the hat I never worried about it. But glad you found something that worked for you. when I’m working in a round I prefer to do it that way as well.

  28. Terri says

    How would I make the beard longer? My sister in law wants one to fit her newborn but wants a looong beard… would I just add extra rows?

  29. Beve Ritz says

    Cannot thank you enough for your bobble beard pattern. Having such fun with it. Monabona’s Beard Balm have asked for some to wear at their promo’s (the ladies only – the men are bearded ;).
    Thanks again

  30. pat kingston says

    Ashlee, thank you so much for making the bearded beanie pattern available … and free! At the request of my granddaughter, I made a bearded beanie for her husband last Fall. Her sons loved it so I made one for each of them for Christmas. Their middle son is REALLY happy with his, so I took a picture. If love to send you a copy of the photo, but don’t know where to send it.
    Nevertheless, THANK YOU again!

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