Hand Knit Norwegian Wool Beanie
Classic Wool Beanie

The Norwegian Hand Knit Wool Beanie

Knit on the Norwegian South Coast

A Classic Wool Fisherman Beanie
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Patch it rather than discarding it

400 years, and nothing has changed.

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.

The Westcoaster Wool Beanie Being Knit The Westcoaster Wool Beanie Finished Knitting The Westcoaster Wool Beanie Being Wrapped Up
Over 650 Southlanders Sold

Over 650 Southlanders Sold

About 2600 knitting hours worth of beanie

Sold to More Than 40 Countries

Sold to More Than 40 Countries

And 41 American States

Simple, time tested techniques makes for a classic.

The Southlander was our first attempt to encase our Norwegian heritage of knitting into a timeless, simple classic.

Using age-worn stitches used in knitwear since the dawn of knitting, we found our design in simplicity.


The nature of the minimalistic design led us to a beanie that works for young and old, women and men alike.

A 400 Year Old Heritage of Norwegian Knitting

The modern type of two-needle knitting has been practiced in Norway for over 400 years, and in our family, it started in 1932, when my grandma learned knitting at the age of 5.

Not to say she was an excellent knitter at that time, but that was the year she learned the technique, and she has never quit since.

The skill was passed down to my mom, and that is where Red Hat Factory began. In a tangled story of Norwegian heritage, red hat wearing icons, and a desire to build a family business.

And out from it came our first hand knit version of the red hat — the Southlander. Since then we’ve expanded to more types of beanies, but the Southlander still stands as a pillar of Red Hat Factory and all that we stand for.

Sheep wool has been the material of choice for generations of Norwegian knitters

We hand knit with 80% sheep wool — a material that has long historical roots in Norway. It is loved for its features of water resistance, and insulation in spite of wetness. Other than that, it is soft, but looks rough, gritty and natural.

Fold your beanie yourself

We knit our beanies the old fashioned way, and we put no tag or label on them. This to honor the roots, where our knitted goods would come clean of our mother’s knitting needles, no markings necessary.

The good thing about this is that you can fold it as you like without it being sown in place.

This results in as many various ways of expression, as there are people using our beanies.

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Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 36 reviews)
Very good6%

Exceeded my expectations

Rated 5 out of 5
March 18, 2023

The north cap is a beautiful product that keeps you head warm and fit wise, the more you wear it the more it molds to your head! Safe to say I’ve been wearing it daily.

Muhammad Iqmal

Excellent, Practical, Human made Head Gear

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2023

What a wonderful hat! Luxuriously soft, made with quality and care- I love this.

It’s comfortable, stays put and is lean enough to easily stash when necessary.

Knowing it’s the handy work of a conscientious person adds so much more meaning and connection.


Love it!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 24, 2023

Beautiful hand knit beanie that expands to fit your head. Can’t recommend more and communication was fantastic.


Really good quality, i love it!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2023

I am looking for this hat for a long time, finally i found it here! So great hat!


Great beanie hat

Rated 4 out of 5
October 26, 2022

The hat is pretty great, the fit is what you would expect from this style, that it is not so easy to find online.

I wish it would’ve been made 1oo% of wool, rather than just 8o%.

The only negative aspect is the long delivery time for international orders, as postal service is used and import duties are applicable.


Response from Red Hat Factory

Thank you for the review! I am happy to say that we have now moved our entire storage over to Sweden to offer better shipping times, and tracking on all shipping, including free.

Plenty Large Enough for Massive Noggins

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2022

It is a very handsome hat, but more importantly I do not have to stretch it to fit my rather large head.

I particularly like the chunky yarn.

Novak Tokic

One of the best beanie I have!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2022

Throughout the fall and the winter season I love to wear beanies and the Westcoaster is at the top of the list of those I own.

One of my favorite things about the Westcoaster is the ability to change the fold, to make it a little longer or a little shorter, depending on how I like to wear it, the elasticity and quality of the wool also makes it fit perfectly to my head (and yours too, seeing is believing).

It keeps very warm, and this for a beanie I would say is a pretty important thing.

I have to say that since adding the Westcoaster to my beanie collection it has made my choice much easier when I’m undecided about which one to wear.


Handmade, what else?

Rated 5 out of 5
October 17, 2022

Best beanie out there, handmade, with a beautiful texture and super warm. I don’t need anything else!


One of the best hats I have ever owned

Rated 5 out of 5
October 16, 2022

The westcoaster is just amazing. It has a “fluffier” look than the Southlander, and the material is just amazing. Super soft and easy on the head, it’s quite elastic as well. Thank you very much RHF, every time I wear your hat I’m super happy! 🙂


The only beanie you’ll need!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 15, 2022

This is the only beanie you’ll ever need! I’ve used mine a lot – and its quality is impeccable! Beautiful handcraft that is made to last<3

Aleks Grey

I Love this hat

Rated 5 out of 5
October 15, 2022

It is just starting to get cold here in Michigan and I can already say that this hat has replaced all of my other dome warmers. It is comfortable, warm, and best of all; it fits in my pocket.

Jim Baksa

The Westcoaster

Rated 5 out of 5
October 13, 2022

Although winter hasn’t beguines yet here in South Dakota we’ve had some cooler days. The day I received my Westcoaster was one of those days soon after it arrived I had do be outside so I put on my cap WOW! I was surprised as how warm and comfortable it was I’m not normally a wool person this is definitely my new favorite hat.

Arden Ballard

Pure style & quality!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 13, 2022

There’s no doubt the care that went into the Westcoaster beanie. The quality, finish is first hand, along with it’s style. A must have for the winter!

Michael Behrendt

Great Quality and Cozy

Rated 5 out of 5
October 11, 2022

Our family loves Red Hat Factory!

Great quality and cozy. We got hats for the adults and kids!


Best beanie!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 11, 2022

After spending quite a few winters in Australia, where it gets surprisingly cold (especially when you add some wind and rain to the mix), I’m still struggling to find high quality warm clothing.

However, I was super happy with my own Redhat, so when my daughter was born, the Bay Bee was one of the first things I wanted to get to keep her warm for the winter.

Even though she was only a couple of months when winter started, it had a great fit. Very high quality knits, as well as super comfy for her to wear (I haven’t seen her pull it off).

Having loved my own beanie so much, I’m excited that I could introduce my daughter to her own RedHat already.


Cutes Beanie for little Beans

Rated 5 out of 5
October 7, 2022

We love the Beanie for our baby! If you have a newborn you can just wrap it twice and its fits perfect!


It has become an extension of my head..

Rated 5 out of 5
October 6, 2022

From the first time I put the North Cap on, its has become an extension of my head. I always wear it, apart perhaps from the hottest summer days. I love everything about this woolly hat – the fit, the colors available and the fantastic wool! Highly recommended!

Magnus A

Red hat factory is my home.

Rated 5 out of 5
October 4, 2022

I go everywhere with my red hat .

Adam Skrzeszewski

Love it!

Rated 5 out of 5
May 16, 2022

I ordered the red southlander; stylish, warm, comfortable, high quality and love the fact that it’s traditionally handcrafted what really makes it a bonus!

Have been using it almost every day now, especially with my outdoor activities (hiking, camping, …) but it goes perfectly in the city as well.

Just love how the red color stands out 🙂

It looks small when you first see it but it stretches to a comfortable fit with no itching after a while.

Definitely will get another in a different color!


Surpassed all expectations!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 16, 2022

I expected this to be a good quality hat when I ordered it. But it is so much more! When it first arrived I was worried it would be too small (I have a really big head). But it fits perfectly (so long as you understand this is an on-top-the-ears hat). The color is fantastic – I got the yellow/orange, and the yarn is vibrant and beautiful. The knitting is extremely well done, and it’s a tight enough knit pattern that when it stretches, it not only keeps a good form, but it also stays really warm. I’ve been wearing it every day for two weeks now, there are no stitches out of line, and it’s gotten more comfortable with every wear. Can’t recommend these hats enough!

David Rappenecker

Southlander toque red

Rated 5 out of 5
March 30, 2022

Awesome toque, I have a lot of different toques but this one is very comfortable, looks good, feels awesome, Even my wife likes it on me


Quality and Comfort

Rated 5 out of 5
December 31, 2021

The moment you feel the hat you know that it is a high quality piece of gear. It looks small when you first see it but stretches to comfortably fit your head and keeps your head warm the entire time you are outdoors. I couldn’t be more pleased with the purchase.



Rated 5 out of 5
December 28, 2021

Stylish and comfy!

Yiannis Fryds

My favourite beanie

Rated 5 out of 5
December 22, 2021

I have Southlander blue hat and I like it. It’s well made, stylish, cosy and very warm. Probably will get another one in different colour!


Zissou would be v happy with this one

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

Great little hat with a lot of character. Made with love from the motherland is an added bonus to my cousteau beanie. Recommended.


Perfect wool hat!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

In a perfect world, my own mother would have knitted this hat for me, but none of the hats I have gotten from her has had this style and look (don’t tell her that). To be able to buy a hat, this good looking, that someone elses mother has hand-knitted, is as close to perfect as I can get. No itching, perfect size and shape, it only looks better with use, and of course the beautiful red color! (Yes, you need to get the red one first!)


Accidentally Wes Anderson

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

I love this cosy hat, really comfortable and warm. And of course it’s an added bonus that I look like a character from the life aquatic!


My go to hat

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

Hands down my fav. I personally own 4 of this model. Which says a lot about the product. The only way to get your hands on a hat of this quality, is to find yourself a Norwegian grandmother or just buy for RHF. Seriously the best.

Billy Chester

Handmade excellence!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

This traditionally handcrafted knit cap is a true gem! The red color provides a nice pop of color and goes very well with everything from raw denim to outdoorsy clothing. And what I personally like very much with this particular model is it’s small size, which is perfect for us with quite small heads 😏.

Highly recommended!

Sebastian Cronholm

A must have

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

Stylish, classic. Iconic

André Batista

love my beanies (both)

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

I got one southlander, as well as a custom knit beanie in merino wool and dyed with tumeric from mom’s market. I love them both, though they do have a very different feel. The yellow merino wool one feels like a looser knit and the yard is a bit thinner, which is honestly nicer in slightly warmer northern california days. The regular is a bit thicker and not quite as loose a knit. When I got them I was suprised, they’re a little looser knit than other hats of the same style that I’ve gotten and also seemingly a little smaller, but they stretch and look great. They’re a bit pricey, but I totally get that they’re handmade, which I think is great and is worth the knowledge that real people are actually making them.

marcos sanchez

It only gets better

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

I’ve owned my Red Southlander for a bit more than two years now, and the longer I have it, the more I fall in love with it.

Not to say I didn’t love it immediately, cause that would be a lie, but the more I wear it, the more it just feels like an extension of myself. The way it fits perfectly to my head is unlike any other beanie I’ve ever owned, I sometimes even forget it’s up there!

I’ve realized this hat only gets better with time and is versatile like no other. My favorite memories while wearing it range from days spent in the mountains to cutting hair at the barber shop I work at and some hearty urban exploring. It’s meant for every adventure.

If I haven’t said enough yet, my friends really like it too 🙂

Ethan Thompson

Choose the North Cap!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

Cannot commend this product enough! Intricately woven sheep wool that metaphorically resembles that of Mozart’s symphonies or Van Gohg’s paintings. I’ve had mine for almost two years now, and it’s never let me down! It keeps me warm when cold, dry when wet, and unique in a world full of followers. Choose to screw the system, stand out, stand taller, stand firm. Choose the North Cap!

Michael Kenneth Almqvist

True to description

Rated 4 out of 5
October 20, 2021

The Southlander has a great shape, it is not too thick, yet still warm. Mine is still a bit tight, but I expect it to expand the more I use it. Would have liked it to be a bit longer because I like to have it over my ears, while now it is just partly covering. True to color on website (I have Olive color).

Frida Carlsen

Made of wool and really cool!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

This was a gift, and absolutely loved the feel and look of it. Would definitely get more in other colors.


Go-To Beanie

Rated 5 out of 5
October 20, 2021

This has become my go-to beanie. Super comfy, keeps my head warm (obviously) and as a photographer, it’s great for making my subjects pop and stand out in the photos.


All our beanies are hand knit.

We exist to honor and maintain the old tradition of Norwegian knitting.

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All our beanies are knit with sheep wool.

Sheep wool carries a long tradition in Norwegian hand knitting.

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