As a needlecraft, crochet is a relative newcomer with a modest heritage. Appearing in the early 19th century, crochet was a cheap alternative to traditional lace making; it bore the derogatory name “shepherd’s knitting.” Queen Victoria gave the craft a boost when she took up a pair of needles and crocheted hats for veterans of the South African War. Her example spawned interest across Europe, and soon the craft gained popularity. In the decades since then, women (and a few men) have crocheted everything from hats, scarves, and mittens to sweaters, dresses, booties, and home décor.
A trendy use of crochet is the beard hat, which is a fun blend of practicality and whimsy. As the name implies, a beard hat starts with a basic crocheted hat and then adds stitches that flow down to cover the cheeks and chin like a beard does. One thing that makes crocheted beard hats so popular is how customizable they are. Beard hats come in a plethora of sizes, colors, and styles.
There are patterns for women and children as well as men. Some beard hats include stitches that cover the upper lip like a mustache. Some are made of acrylic yarn; others of cotton, wool, or a blend. Some “beards” are stitched in shades of brown, black, gray, yellow, and auburn that resemble actual beards; others feature nearly any color of the rainbow. Several styles are designed with beard sections that either fold away or detach so that the beanie can be worn alone.
Crocheted beard hats are available to fit almost any occasion or holiday. Are you looking for a unique way to show your support for your favorite sports team? A beard hat made in the team colors would work perfectly, especially if you live in a cool climate. Do you need a hat for a particular holiday or costume party? Ready-made beard hats—or the patterns to make them—are available to suit nearly any idea you can imagine. Here are 13 crochet beard hats we’re obsessed with.
Realistic Beard Hats for Men and Women
These crocheted hats feature warm beanies and beards in realistic colors. Although some may not seem to be designed for women, most crochet patterns for adults are unisex sizes and could, therefore, be made in colors that suit your fancy, whether you are a guy or a gal.
The Solid Beanie with a Full Beard and Mustache
This crochet beard hat features a simple beanie attached to a beard that covers the face as effectively as a full beard would. It boasts clean lines, a beanie that is rolled up to provide a double layer of warmth over the ears, and a thickly stitched beard that would keep your chin very warm. As you can see from the picture, the style is simple but amenable to a host of color choices.
This hat is similar to the first one described above but with a couple of notable differences. The single-layer striped beanie could be stitched in your favorite team’s colors. The stitched beard is realistic but less full; again, you could use any color for the beard to make it blend in with your normal hair color. This crochet beard hat would be great when the weather is cool but not frigid.
The beard on this cap is styled a bit differently and is luxuriously thick, giving this hat a lumberjack look that is ruggedly attractive. We like the narrower styling around the mouth, and we think you will like it too.
Crocheted Beard Hats for Children
Kids look great in crocheted beard hats, and what kid doesn’t want to look like his dad or granddad, especially at the big game or special event. Here are a few great hats to choose from for the little people in your life.
The Toddler Beard Beanie
This adorable pattern is sized for toddlers about a year old. The hat fits snugly but comfortably on your little one’s head while the crocheted beard is very thick to keep your baby’s cheeks and chin warm and cozy. The crowning touch is that your toddler will look great.
The Child’s Beard Beanie
This simple yet stylish beard hat (like this one from Etsy, pictured) is a warm, comfortable addition to a young girl’s or boy’s winter wardrobe. The beard portion can be tucked up into the cap if the extra warmth provided by the face guard is not needed. This is available in assorted colors.
Crocheted Beard Hats for Special Occasions
This group of crocheted beard hats is the largest for the simple reason that beard hats can be made or purchased for nearly any holiday or special occasion. We had to exclude some great hats in order to keep our list at 13. Here are our favorites to round out the list of 13 crochet beard hats we’re obsessed with.
The Santa Claus Beard Hat
Help your favorite Santa or Mrs. Santa slide down the chimney in style with this red Santa hat that features a full and fluffy looped yarn beard designed to keep Santa’s chin warm even while delivering packages to the North Pole. This hat is so popular that you can find it in multiple sizes and styles. If you are a DIYer, you’ll also find patterns available in several options.
The Sports Team Beard Hat
If you live on or near the West Coast, you probably recognize these colors and the football team they represent. If you are not a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, don’t worry. This hat can be purchased in your favorite NFL team’s colors. If you aren’t a fan of any professional football or hockey team, but you know how to crochet, you can design a team hat to match the colors of your local high school or favorite college team.
The beard is made of single strands of yarn cut to the desired length. This allows you to incorporate just the colors you need and to “grow” your team beard as long and as thick as you’d like. You can also trim it very short if the weather is unseasonably warm, or shave (detach) it in frustration if the season goes south and you no longer feel like much of a fan.
The Viking Beard Hat
When you want to feel like a Norse seafarer, here’s the hat for the day. The hat itself is styled like a helmet and comes with crocheted horns. Varying styles present everything from a modest red beard to a long, ornate masterpiece that features braids in varying thicknesses and LOTS of yarn. A beard like that should keep you warm even if you do travel to Norse lands. If you want to take the family along, you can outfit them in the same style; patterns and ready-made hats are also available for children.
The Moose Beard Hat
If your Nordic travels take you to lands where the moose roam freely, you will look like you (sort of) belong in the herd with this moose beard hat that features crocheted antlers. It’s also a great option for a Halloween costume party or a crazy hat day at the office.
The Yukon Cornelius Beard Hat
Do you have fond memories of the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” TV program? Can you sing all the lyrics to “Silver and Gold” with the same inflection that Burl Ives did? If so, you will love this hat that commemorated the crusty, yet soft-hearted, prospector Yukon Cornelius, who took pity on Rudolph and the other misfits, guided them through the frozen North, and gave them valuable advice about abominable snowmen—“Bumbles bounce!” This crocheted beard hat matches the color scheme of Yukon Cornelius’s and also features his long, kinked mustache. Great for regular cold-weather wear or any Christmas gathering, this hat will warm your heart while it warms your head and your face.
The Leprechaun Beard Hat
Whether or not you hail from the Emerald Isle, you’ll feel lucky in this leprechaun beard hat stitched in bright green and orange and decorated with the requisite black band and gold buckle. Wearing it may not actually lead you to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but it surely will help you make a grand entrance at the annual St. Paddy’s Day party or parade, or any costume party for that matter. You can also outfit your wee ones in miniature leprechaun hats (like this one from Etsy, pictured) to complete the look.
The Medieval Knight Beard Hat
We aren’t really sure if there was an actual time in history when knights in shining armor regularly came to the rescue of damsels in distress, but we certainly hope so. Regardless, wearing this knight’s beard hat will make you look like you belong to such a time period and possibly bring some damsels your way. Stitched in gray to resemble a knight’s metal helmet, this hat features a crown — sometimes referred to as a fin — along the top as well as a visor the covers the mouth and chin. When you don’t need the visor’s warmth, you can pivot it to rest on your forehead or remove it entirely. With this hat, you will be ready to conquer the wildest weather or put the finishing touches on a great medieval costume.
The Uncle Sam Beard Hat
We finish the list with a truly great crocheted beard hat for anyone looking for a unique and patriotic 4th of July hat. This crocheted salute to Uncle Sam and America fits the bill in many ways. Fashioned in the colors of Old Glory, this tall hat has several features that make it look remarkably like Uncle Sam’s top hat. The red brim gives way to a field of blue decorated with white stars. Alternating red and white stripes complete the striking hat. A white beard finishes the look. If you live where July temperatures are too warm to make wearing a beard hat practical, you could wait until Veterans Day or an election day to wear this attractive and patriotic beard hat.
That’s our list of 13 crochet beard hats we’re obsessed with! If you approve, let us know by leaving a comment below. If you feel we omitted one or two that really needed to be on the list, please—kindly—let us know that too.