I followed the pattern here for an earflap hat, except I changed colors at row 7, and then when I did the earflaps I kept them as 12sc, for the 9 rows. I also skipped the braids, but I added in a fun pom-pom. I didn't do the final sc around the edge either since I would have had to change colors.
|Lap shot since I already sent it off without getting a 'good' picture. Doh.|
For the beard, I used this pattern for a Bobble Beard. The yarn is a red heart soft, so it feels nice against your face! I used 2 little beard colored buttons sewn to the edges of the beard and they go through the spaces in the hat to attach. I think next time I'll look for orange buttons so they blend into the hat!
The pom pom was done using my pom pom maker I picked up at Joann's, with the 3 strands of colors held together. I love that tool! it makes awesome ones every time, that only need a little trimming to even them up. Just make sure you tie them TIGHT and you can even use them as water soaked balls to throw (which my children discovered when I first got it. Finding a wet pile of yarn in the bathroom is always an adventure)