November was all about moustaches but as December comes around, it seems that a beard will be topping most men’s wishlists. However, these may not be made from facial hair but from yarn.
According to one knitter from Hillsboro in the US, she has been inundated with requests for beardos, a knit-hat-ski mask combination, which is essentially a hat with a woolly beard attached.
Treena Lucero told the Peabody Gazette Bulletin: “I first saw the beardos on Pinterest. Then a friend who also saw it asked if I could make them, and I said I’d give it a try. Now I have several orders for them.”
Mr Lucero, also known as Mayo, has been acting as Treena’s model for working out the beardo pattern.
“They really could be a warm thing to have when the wind is blowing this winter,” she said.
However, Treena isn’t just creating these interesting hat/beard combinations for Christmas and has also been asked for more traditional items, as the knitting trend continues to pick up speed across the globe.
Cowls and scarfs are among the more traditional patterns being used by knitters everywhere to create special festive gifts, but people can often get confused between the two.
Treena explained to the newspaper that the type and length of yarn used in each differs. “Cowls are thicker and shorter and worn closer up around your neck,” she said. “The scarves can be loosely looped around and are usually finer yarns and longer in length.”
Now somewhat of a pro, Treena only began to knit two years ago, after she helped to organise an instructional class through the Hillsboro Recreation Commission.
The class taught those in attendance basic skills, including pearling, and from there Mrs Lucero began her knitted journey.
More and more people are looking to learn how to knit and crochet and similar classes and groups can be found across the UK.
There are also plenty of how-to books and instruction videos available for beginners looking to learn a new skill.