What else have I been doing? Knitting. I'm working on the Burton Bear Cowl and I can't wait to post my completed photos. Before Christmas I completed a few of these hat/beard combos. How do I look with a beard? Not so hot! lol I have a confession. Every hat that I've ever made is too small for the recipient. Why? I don't know. They look cute but the recipients should consider it a decoration and not feel obliged to wear them. Back to the story...
I looked all over Ravelry for bearded hats and then I realized no one will really wear a fake beard more than once so I made these convertible. When knitting your hat, make a button hole on each side. I used a pattern, mostly made up and definitely forgotten similar to this:
Rows 1-3 Sl st pearl wise, *K*
Row 4- Sl st pearl wise, K14, Cast off 10, K15
Row 5- Sl st pearl wise, K14, cast on 10, K15
Row 6- Sl st pearl wise, K2tog, *K*, K2tog, K1
Row 7-14 Sl st pearl wise, *K*
Row 15-20 Sl st pearl wise, K2tog, K2tog, K2tog, *K*, last 7 stitches, K2tog, K2tog, K2tog, K1
Then I stretched my beard out over my face to see how much I needed to add in length to reach the button holes. I did a simple garter stitch side burn to connect the two pieces. I sewed them together and added the button.
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