Hand Knit Merino Wool Beanie
- Hand knit over the course of 5 hours.
- 100% Merino wool.
- Knit in Norway.
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The Eastfold takes us back to the Oslo fjord and the Norwegian East. Of old, the fjord was called the Fold, or Foldin. And the area around the fjord was called the Vik — probably the origin of the term Viking.
The name suits us both for our beanies’ Norwegian origin, the angular Viking-esque pattern, and for the double meaning that our beanies fold at the edge.
Norwegians have knit using the same technique for over 400 years. Each Eastfold is knit the old fashioned way, on the Norwegian South Coast. But this pattern stands out by alternating the direction of the knit, creating an angular, Viking inspired pattern.
The complexity of this pattern makes it about a five hour knit.
Norwegians already knit for pleasure, in their own houses, and we have tapped into this existing culture, offering a secondary income for passionate knitters. We don’t employ anyone, but pay per beanie.
The Norwegian yarn mill that supplies our knitters has been around since 1888, and is outspoken and detailed about their care for animals and humans along the entire line of production, whether its imported raw wool, or from Norway.
Leftover yarn from our knits is gathered, and used first for Mom’s Market custom knits, then the final leftover stubs are used for pillow stuffing.
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Patch it rather than discarding it
The Eastfold is a hand knit wool beanie, knit the old fashioned way with two knitting needles and a whole lot of patience. It is knit in Norway, on the South Coast, by a variety of knitters. No matter which knitter, each beanie goes trough the same quality control. Each Eastfold comes with signed Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the knitter of your particular beanie.
We knit with wool, the Eastfold being 100% merino wool. Using sheep wool is homage to our Norwegian knitting heritage, but sourcing the finer softer wool from merino sheep, adds another layer of comfort to this beanie. The raw wool is from Australia, and the yarn is produced on the Norwegian West Coast in one of Norway’s oldest yarn mills.
The thinness and softness of the merino wool yarn, makes the Eastfold a good all-round beanie with a rather uncommon alternating criss cross pattern.
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.
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.
Yes we do. We ship for free worldwide with tracking.
If your beanie unravels under reasonable circumstances, within the first 10 years of its life, we will patch it for you for free. But you have to pay for shipping both ways. This is a fun way to maintain the beanie as long as possible, making it a keepsake.
Hand knitting is the genesis and the core of our company. 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.
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, you can dip it in warm water, and after drying, it's back to where it started.
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.
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.
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.
We are not sharing numbers, because that would require giving you an understanding of our entire production cycle, including admin time, marketing, recruiting, packaging, shipping and so on.
But every knitter is happy with the pay (otherwise they wouldn't have worked with us), and they know the brand, the website, and the final price.
Our beanies are knit without a tag, so you may fold it once, twice, or even roll it up. We personally like the twice-folded style the best, and push that look most often in our marketing.
The history of the fold is, in short, that the laboring man would need some flexibility in headwear. When you need to hear, or if the sun pokes out, you fold it up. When the weather roughens, you fold it back up. It's sort of like zipping down your jacket when the sun peaks out.