One of the blogs I follow is called The Art of Manliness, and every so often there are some style and fashion posts made by a contributor named Antonio Centeno (who has his own site called Real Men Real Style).
He had a recent post called Men’s Winter Hats: The Ultimate Guide to Cold Weather Headwear. Now his first example, the Watch/Stocking cap is what I usually wear. They are simple, family has made me a few, and they are pretty flexible even if they aren’t terribly formal. I had a variant called the chullo for a little while years ago, but for some reason, I just think of snowboarding bros when I look at them.
Anyways, I think just to inject a little humor into his article, he decided to include a “Beard Hat” as an eighth category:
Now as lovely as this is, I really can’t see forking over 45US$ + S & H for a hat. So I sent an e-mail to my mother, asking if this could be knit. (My father also passed it along to my sister for her opinion– yes, the one that doesn’t speak to me right now.)
Actually, I figured I’d be more realistic and ask about a simpler design:
According to my father, both my sister and my mother said this appeared to be knitted fabric pieced together, and not a handknitted pattern. This made sense as far as the moustache, since it is supposed to detach for custom placement, but I figured the hat could be a Balaclava (ski mask) pattern. There’s got to be a way someone could knit this.
Not for me… I grow my beard out full in the winter. For my son. And maybe Princess, too… she’s odd like that, but not pink. Lime green, if I remember right. Or maybe something else bright and loud. Who knows.