Bearded Lady Turban

Happy Halloween!

Did everyone survive Hurricane Sandy? We were worried for a bit there, but our house made it through okay. No power outages, no wind damage--although a black widow spider and brown recluse decided to take shelter from the storm in our basement. Yee-uck! I don't do pest control. I am neither a mouser nor a spider-er. And now The Animator's Wife is paranoid about what may be hiding in her yarn stash down there. How appropriate for Halloween.

I know The Animator's Wife is excited that our neighborhood remained pretty dry, because this is the first year Little Lovely is going trick-or-treating! She's going as the Bearded Lady.

Her dress was handmade by the Goodest Aunt, and of course, the bearded turban was designed and crocheted by The Animator's Wife! She kept seeing those bearded hats all over Pinterest and though, why can't a girl wear a hat like that?

Below is the pattern for our rendition. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

Bearded Lady Turban

Sizes: Preemie, Newborn, 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months

Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses.  To avoid confusion, it may be helpful to circle the numbers corresponding to your size before beginning this project.  When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Skill Level: Easy

MC: 1 skein sport weight yarn
CC: Worsted weight yarn
CC: Eyelash yarn
Size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle
Stitch markers


Note: Turban is worked continuously without joining or turning between rounds.  To help keep track of your stitches, it may be helpful to place a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.

With MC, ch 2.

Rnd 1. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 6 sc.

Rnd 2. 2 sc in ea sc around. 12 sc.

Rnd 3. *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around. 18 sc.

Rnd 4. *Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around. 24 sc.

Rnd 5. *Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around. 30 sc.

Rnds 6-10 (6-11, 6-12, 6-14, 6-15, 6-16). Continue in this fashion, working 1 more sc per rnd before increasing, so that you add 6 sc per rnd. 60 (66, 72, 84, 90, 96) sc.

Rnds 11-30 (12-33, 13-36, 14-42, 16-45, 16-48). Sc in ea sc around.

Finish off.


With worsted weight and eyelash yarn held together, ch 22 (25, 28, 31, 34, 37).

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across. 21 (24, 27, 30, 33, 36) sc.

Row 2. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea sc across.

Row 3. Ch 1; turn. Sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in ea rem sc across to last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc. 19 (22, 25, 28, 31, 34) sc.

Row 4. Ch 1; turn. Sc in first 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) sc, hdc in next 7 (8, 9 10, 11, 12) sc, sc in ea rem sc across.

Row 5. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea st across.

Row 6. Rep row 3. 17 (20, 23, 26, 29, 32) sc.

Row 7. Ch 1; turn. Sc in first 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) sc, hdc in next 5 (6, 7 8, 9, 10) sc, sc in ea rem sc across.

Row 8. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea st across.

Finish off Preemie, Newborn, and 0-6 month sizes.

Row 9. Rep row 3. x (x, x, 24, 27, 30) sc.

Row 10. Ch 1; turn. Sc in first x (x, x, 8, 9, 10) sc, hdc in next x (x, x 8, 9, 10) sc, sc in ea rem sc across.

Row 11. Ch 1; turn. Sc in ea st across.

Finish off.


In front of Turban, gather bottom 3 (6, 9, 12, 15, 18) rnds together, pinch, and sew in place with yarn to create Turban shape. Sew Beard to bottom of Turban. Weave in all ends.

CC          contrasting color
ch          chain
ea          each
hdc         half-double crochet
MC          main color
mm          millimeter
rem          remaining
rep          repeat
rnd          round
rnds             rounds
sc           single crochet
st          stitch
tog         together