Friday, November 25, 2011

Mountain Man bearded cap


size 8 circular needles, size 8 DPNs

CO 80 st join in round and knit 1 purl 1 (1x1 rib) for 2.5 inches

continue in Stockinette until 9.5 inches or desired length- I wanted a stocking cap look and made it tall

decrease- knit 10 PM continue all the way around

next round- knit 8 k2tog move marker- repeat for remaining stitches

continue knitting and decreasing before marker until you have 3 stitches between each marker

k3tog, move marker, repeat to the end of the row

with remaining 8 stitches break yarn and weave through stitches pulling tight.


Size 8 needles

CO 45 stitches

K1P1 for three rows

knit 16 BO13 knit 16 to end

knit 16 CO13 knit 16- 45 STS AGAIN

knit until 2 inches from the cast on edge- or until it covers the side of your face and BO 5 stitches at beginning, knit until end

turn, BO5 stitches knit until end

knit for 1/2 inch or desired length covering side of jaw- BO 5 stitches and knit until end

turn BO5 knit until end

knit another 1/2 inch or until desired length covering chin and BO all stitches

whip stitch to hat at fold on brim in desired location


Cut 6- (or more for a thicker mustache) stands of yarn- I made mine 12 inches long- and braid. whip stitch on to upper lip portion of beard.

ok- to answer Amanda's question (for some reason it it not letting me post a reply) I would cast on 60-72 stitches for a toddler's hat depending on how big the head is, but I don't know how many for the mustache, I would measure from the back of the jaw bone around the mouth to the back of the jawbone on the other side and figure out how many stitches to cover those inches by your gauge.- sorry- I hope that helped!


  1. Hey there, LOVE this!! If you were to size this for a toddler, how many stitches of both hat and beard do you think you'd leave out?

    Thanks for this pattern!!

  2. On the beard I'm confused. If I have 45 stitches, at the "k23, BO14 k23" part, that's 59 stitches. Am I missing something?

    1. The pattern is "K23, CO14, K23". You're reading it as a bind off where you are actually casting on. I made the same mistake. Don't know if you got your answer yet, but hope that helps!

    2. Even if you read it as a cast on, the numbers don't add up.

    3. I AM SO SORRY I had changed the cast on because it seemed big and evidently didn't change the whole pattern- it should read knit 16 cast on 13 knit 16- back up to 45 sts.

  3. hey i was wondering do use the circular needles on the hat part

    and i was having trouble understanding the beard can you explain that

  4. oh and ps could i use flat needles on the hat im not that experianced of a knitter

  5. Madbee- yes, the hat is knit in the round on circular needles, you can use flat needles and seem it once you have it completed. The beard is knit flat. I did a ribbed stitch to make it stretchy- knit one purl one knit one purl one, etc. Then start binding off stitches on each side to make it curve with your face until it covers as much as you'd like, then you bind off the remaining stitches. I am sorry- this is the first pattern I made, I should have been more descriptive.

    1. how do i cast on in the middle of the row i cant find directions to do it

    2. Here is a outube video I found- probably better to visualize than me explaining-

  6. new at knitting. can you explain what the line starting with 'decrease - knit 10 PM...' means. thanks