At first I was a bit skeptical about making the hat....I haven't had a lot of luck with crochet hats because the ones I have made tended to come out looking like bonnets (especially the smaller the hook). However, this pattern was made mainly with double crochets, so it seemed more hopeful.
I'm really thrilled with the way it turned out. It is absolutely hilarious. Excuse the stich markers in it and the loose yarn (I haven't sewn the beard on yet - I only pinned it on).
I normally don't try things on that I make for people, but I had to see if the beanie fit and where to put the beard (and, let's face it, I couldn't resist). I got a good laugh out of it, that's for sure.