Free Worldwide Shipping
No minimum order value
We knit every beanie the way grandma learned knitting back in 1932. Every beanie knit by hand. Every beanie knit in Norway.
No minimum order value
Patch it rather than discarding it
You only pay for return shipping
Knit with the wild Norwegian West Coast winters in mind, it features 100% sheep wool, and a double thread knitting technique.
"Best beanie out there, handmade, with a beautiful texture and super warm. I don’t need anything else!" Alessandro Citterio, Photographer & Westcoaster Owner | @cittalex
Norwegians have knit in their home for over 400 years, and we are still producing every single beanie exactly that way.
It all began with my mom and my grandma, and now we commission beanies from about 25 people locally on the Norwegian South Coast.
"I love to wear beanies and the Westcoaster is at the top of the list of those I own." Emma Bonvecchio, Photographer & Westcoaster Owner | @bitemahype
The simple design of our beanies along with the focus on high quality material, renders a look that fits both men and women, young and old.
Imagining a classic fisherman from the Norwegian West Coast, rowing against the rolling waves and seaspray — we designed the beanie he would need and want.
The Westcoaster, and its longer cousin the Westcoaster Arctic Circle make out our new family of fisherman beanies.
The fisherman hats are knit with two threads of 100% sheep wool yarn, which gives them both the gritty look and the heat and insulation an old timey fisherman would need.
Or, in our case — what we needed when we scaled this fjord on the Norwegian West Coast.
For Norwegians, sheep wool has been the primary winter knit material for generations, and having grown up wearing it, we are happy to pass on the experience.
For a true fisherman’s beanie, you can’t find a better material than wool. It insulates on a fibre level, by drawing moisture away from your body and into the material itself. For small amounts of moisture like sweat, moist air, a light drizzle, or the fisherman’s favorite — seaspray — wool does the job.
Or if you go up in the windy and snowy mountains, you want a material that creates enough heat for you to thrive. Wool is both warm, temperature adaptive and breathable.
No man-made material can really match it.
The Westcoaster is for the tough winds on the ocean a rainy day. Your commute in a snow fall. The beanie you hide in your backpack when on a late fall hike, in case the cold winds come creeping.
Of all the beanies we’ve made, this is the first one made with winter in mind. And while the Westcoaster is made primarily to be rolled up over your ears, we made a longer version called the Westcoaster Arctic Circle, which fits well over your ears even when doubly folded.
I am confident the picturesque fisherman of the Norwegian West Coast would be proud to wear this beanie.
The Westcoaster Arctic Circle is the longer version of the Westcoaster. Be warned. It is incredibly hot. For the coldest days out there.Shop Arctic Circle
We’ve been around for a while, and the beanie models are adding up.View All Products
We exist to honor and maintain the old tradition of Norwegian knitting.Read Our Story
Sheep wool carries a long tradition in Norwegian hand knitting.Learn About Wool