Wednesday, January 9, 2013


I'm ready to play. :) I had a nice interweb hiatus over my winter break. I took a break from my usual job with kiddos to work with some old folks and really refreshed my batteries. What else? I haven't really been crafting too much. I've been on an organization kick. I feel like my entire family has a hoarding problem, which leads to insane amounts of container purchasing. *sigh* We're getting there.

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:

Cast-on 40 
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
Cast off.
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. 

1 comment:

  1. This is such an awesome idea! Love that it's convertible! I can't ever get the hang of knitting, but this makes me want to give it another try.


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