I started by making a chain a little over 9 inches long, and marking where I wanted the mouth opening with paper clips.
I did a single crochet for the first row leaving a chain between the paper clips. then single crocheted the next row skipping a stitch at each end. I did the same thing for the next row.
I want to hold it up to my son’s face to see if it is big enough for him before I go any further. I want to do one or two more rows before I put the lengths of yarn on for the beard.