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Winter boredom and the Beard Head hat


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:

The Viking Combo hat at

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:

The Classic Beard Head at

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.

Author: jaklumen

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3 thoughts on “Winter boredom and the Beard Head hat

  1. WOW! those are amazing hats! They look warm, too.

    Can’t recall the last time I wore a hat…there’s a hood on my winter coat, which is very handy. And every fall I let my hair grow out. It’s super-thick and does a good job of masquerading as a hat.


    • I talked to a friend on Runescape who is on Ravelry (a knitting site) and she said there are indeed patterns for this. I did some searching and yep, there are. Just nothing so fancy as the Viking one with horns. I know both my mother and sister are on Ravelry… with my “inside” contact, and seeing they like the site… how can they say no?

      Hahaha… well, you also understand, then, why I let my beard grow out in the winter. Natural hair is nice and I think it often does a better job of keeping skin warm.


  2. And it’s freeeee!!
    Well, sort of.


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