The beards are back!

Knitted beards Hans and Lars funny

This week we dug out the knitted beard collection for some shepherds to wear in a Christmas play (I’m on the costume committee). You may remember these from a few years back (here and then here).

We had a lot of fun trying them on. They look best with hats. The two loopy beards tie on around the head and are secured with hair clips (thus the need for hats). The others handily loop around the ears on narrow elastic.

Knitted beards loopy beards
Meet Fisherman’s Friend and Eric the Red.
Knitted beards Ned Kelly and Gandalf
Ned Kelly and Gandalf.
Knitted beards Hans and Lars
Two new beards I made last year: Hans and Lars.
Currently on loan from the collection: Burke & Wills. (File photograph.)
George Michael has sadly been lost, just like the real one. (File photograph.)
I knitted them all from two patterns in this book: Knit your own Moustache by Vicky Eames, probably the knitting book I’ve made the most things from. I’ve tweaked the patterns quite a bit; the mouths were way too big and then I got creative with the beard sizes.
Knitted beard in pageant
I last wore one myself at the Clare Christmas pageant several years ago, as a shepherd with the nativity float, where I got mistaken for a young lad (is that good or bad?).
It was a really hot day and I remember sweating like anything in my costume.

Knitted beards: a great addition to any dress-ups box.



  1. Fadanista on December 2, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Absolutely fabulous. I now want to knit beards!

    • lizhaywood on December 2, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      You must, Sue, you must!

  2. Juliet on December 6, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Liz, did you come up with the names? They’re spot on!

    • lizhaywood on December 7, 2019 at 9:51 am

      They sort of named themselves.

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