Retro Wool Beanie | Hand Knit in Norway

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The 1997

Retro Leftover Yarn Beanie

 
 
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  • Hand knit over the course of 4 hours.
  • 80% sheep wool.
  • Knit in Norway.
  • Using leftover yarn from other knits.
This color is not in storage, and you should expect 1–3 weeks of extra knitting time, depending on current demand.
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Color Play

Retro wool beanie close up

Ice Cream & Donald Duck

When we tried different color combinations for a retro beanie, this one triggered something in me.

Something about the combination brought me back to my Donald Duck magazines that I drowned myself in during the 90’s, and particularly, the ice cream ads that was targeted straight at my 6 year old mind. Clear, crisp color combinations — they clearly worked, since they linger in my mind a decade later.

Aside from that, it’s just a good looking color combination.

Recycled wool

Recycle Like It's 1997

The 1997 is a Southlander, knit with leftover yarn from our main models. It is part of my mom’s innate recycling program. She saves every thread — first to knit leftover beanies like these, then the final stubs are used as pillow stuffing.

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About The 1997

The 1997 is a Southlander knit with leftover yarn from our other beanies collection. It features 80% wool, like the Southlander, and a color scheme inspired by my childhood in the 90’s.

The Southlander is knit with a classic 2R 2W pattern, making it very stretchy. Many are surprised by how small it seems when they first open it, but it stretches to fit most people.

It is using wool from Uruguay, processed in a mill at the Norwegian West Coast. South American wool is softer than Norwegian wool because of the climate, and it brings this beanie’s coarseness below the itching threshold.

About Wool

Hailed by Norwegians for centuries, sheep wool is the number one choice among knitters. Along with choosing wool because of its historical significance in Norwegian knitting history, there are timeless features associated with wool.

  • Wool is great at insulating in moist conditions.
  • Wool has a rough and natural look, aside from the fact that it is natural.
  • Wool is naturally flame resistant, adding an extra layer of security around the campfire.

About Red Hat Factory

Red Hat Factory is a company started by mother and son on the Norwegian South Coast. Emerging out of childhood memories of wearing hand knit goods and a love for red beanies, found in adulthood, we've built a network of knitters that can deliver the genuine hand knit experience to all beanie lovers across the world.

  • Required Knitting Hours 4 Hours of Knitting
  • Wool Percentage 80% Wool
  • Optimal Temperature 0–15°C/32–59°F Optimal Temperature
  • Size One-size Size
  • Color Options 1 Color Options
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FAQ

Why hand knit beanies?

We hand knit because we are here to honor and tell the story of our Norwegian heritage. Generations after generations hand knitting wool apparel to keep their families warm. And the tradition is still alive and well. Also hand knit beanies comes with a personal touch and history that machine-knit goods just can't match.

Why are the beanies so small?

Many of our beanie models look very small when you unpack them. That is because of wool's nature — it's not "pre-stretched", and has to start out tight. It shapes itself around you head after little time. If you lend it to someone, and it get's stretched out too much, it can simply be dipped in warm water, and after drying, it's back to where it started.

Why wool beanies?

We did not choose wool — hundreds of years of Norwegian tradition chose that for us. It is an amazing insulator, with the special feature that it pulls moisture away from your skin. Norwegians have sworn to wool both historically, and in modern day outdoors apparel. You just can't beat the natural fiber that is wool.

Why are there loose threads in my beanie?

When a beanie is finished, the thread is attached by sowing it into the finished product several rounds. Sometimes that end thread comes poking out — most often on the inside, as we try attaching it that way. It doesn't mean it is coming loose. If it comes out on the outside, try pushing it back in — use a needle if needed. The beanie will not unravel — and if it does, please refer to our guarantee.

Does your mom and grandma really knit all the beanies?

It all started with my mom, then my grandma joined the team. My mother designs all the beanies (sometimes with input from me), and we recruit as many knitters as we need from around Norway. But it is always hand knit, the traditional way, and quality controlled by my mom.