Chunky Wool Beanie | Thick and Gritty | The Westcoaster

Born in the wild weather of the Norwegian West Coast.

The Westcoaster

Chunky Wool Beanie for Norwegian Weather

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  • Hand knit over the course of 3 hours.
  • 100% sheep wool.
  • Knit in Norway.
Wine Red
Northern Forest Green
Dark Blue
This color is not in storage, and you should expect 2–3 weeks of extra knitting time, depending on current demand.
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Knit in the Peace and Quiet of Norwegian Living Rooms

Beanies being knit by hand

Making You Part of a 400 Year Old Heritage

Keeping with the four centuries old tradition of Norwegian hand knitting, we knit every piece with patience and attention to detail. Our family have done so since grandma began knitting in 1932.

We are here to share with you the experience of growing up with hand knit wool, right off the needles. No gimmicks, just the wool, the honed skill, and the patience.

Inspired by the Wild Weather of the Norwegian West Coast

Double threaded and 100% wool. The Westcoaster is made for the same weather in which its benefactors, the sheep, are grazing. We are reshaping wool, and bringing it right back where it came from.

Naturally sustainable, hand knit wool beanies

Old Fashioned Sustainability

Norwegians already knit for pleasure, in their own houses, and we used this existing culture, to offer a secondary income for passionate knitters. We don’t employ anyone, but pay per beanie.

The Norwegian yarn mill that supplies us has been around since 1888, and are 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 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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10 Years Guarantee

10 Years Guarantee

Patch it rather than discarding it


About The Westcoaster

The Westcoaster is a thick hand knit wool beanie, knit the old fashioned way, with two knitting needles and a whole lot of patience. Particular to this model is that it’s knit with two threads simultaneously, making it twice as thick and twice as gritty looking.

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, and each knitter is selected through a few (paid) test knits. Each Westcoaster comes with signed Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the knitter of your particular beanie.

We knit with wool, the Westcoaster being 100% sheep wool. Sheep wool is by far the most common knitting material in Norway, historically and in modern times alike. 100% wool makes it warmer than wool-blends, and the double thread makes this a beanie for the outdoors in low temperatures.

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.

  • Wool Percentage 100% Sheep Wool
  • Optimal Temperature
    -5–0°C 23–32°F
    Optimal Wear Temperature
  • Size One-size Size
  • Required Knitting Hours 3 Hours of Knitting
  • Guarantee 10 Years Guarantee Read More


Do you ship with tracking

Yes we do. We ship for free worldwide with tracking.

How does your patching guarantee work?

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.

Why hand knit beanies? Why not just use machines?

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.

The beanies seem so small when I open them

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.

Why are all the beanies knit with wool?

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.

How much of a pay cut does the knitter get?

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.

Why are the beanies rolled up above the ears

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.


Rated 5.0 out of 5
5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 20 reviews)

I love the pattern of the knit.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 27, 2024

Great looking knit pattern, and I really like the dark green color.


Exactly What I Needed

Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 19, 2024

I’m so glad I found Red Hat Factory. After not finding what I was looking for elsewhere, I was really looking forward to getting The Westcoaster, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s thick enough to be very warm, but also has some airflow so my head doesn’t overheat if I’m active. High- quality handmade beanie. Would absolutely recommend (especially the dark blue!)

Scott Grabowski

A treasure to own and wear.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 8, 2024

A piece of art and craftsmanship you can wear. I love the richness of the red in my hat. Warm and comfortable in all conditions. I wear it everyday, even as my “thinking cap.” Lots of compliments.

Dennis T Williamsburg VA

The Best!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 5, 2024

I have quite a collection of beanies, wool, acrylic, and alpaca. While each has its advantages, the Northcoaster is easily the warmest, most comfortable and unique in the bunch. The stitch pattern makes it a unique style, the thickness makes it very warm, the wool keeps it breathable and the stretchiness makes it securely and comfortably fit. That it was hand knit by a real person makes it especially mine. Thank you Red Hat Factory for making such a a fine product available. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but it’s worth every penny to me and I will be back for more.



Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 2, 2024

This hat exceeded my expectations. It is beautifully made, high quantity yarn, super warm, and stylish. What more can you ask for?? Don’t over think it—-this hat is worth every penny!


Superb product and of great quality. It arrived quickly and this is a great value. I'm proud and happy to hear it.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 2, 2024

I just wanted to report that this product is awesome

Dave Morton

Great company, great product!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
January 4, 2024

We received our hat quickly despite being in another country and holiday shipping. It is good quality and well made.

Catherine Griffin

None better!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 28, 2023

I have to say that this is the absolute best beanie I have ever owned. Everything about it is high quality. Benjamin is also a fantastic person to deal with. He will respond immediately to any questions or concerns you may have. I highly recommend this beanie and this store. I will definitely be buying more beanies from them in the near future.

Herbert Bailey

Amazing Quality!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 22, 2023

I bought this beanie for a friend’s birthday and he is IN LOVE with it. The quality is great and the pattern stands out from the norm. It was perfect!

Chiffon H


Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 22, 2023

Outstanding product and customer service. Exceeded expectations. Needed a new goobalini to keep my bald head warm… and the west coaster is perfect for that. Great fit. Very comfortable. I’ll be shopping for another soon!

Art Tringali

Nice wee bunnet

Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 22, 2023

Love my new hat! Soft, warm, thick beautifully coloured wool. I would highly recommend any red hat product. I look forward to my next purchase.

Des Doc

Top quality product and top class customer service

Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 15, 2023

The Westcoaster is absolutely perfect. Warm with just the right amount of stretch. Looks great and the red is brilliant. Highly recommend it on quality alone and they provide phenomenal customer service in the rare instance something goes awry. Will definitely be making more purchases.


Don’t be nervous

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 21, 2023

I love this hat. I was nervous at first when seeing the price as I’m sure a lot of people are but this product is well made and extremely comfortable. Just ordered two more!

Ken Aboasu

Dope hat

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 19, 2023

Hat is very unique looking, quality is great im happy with my hat


Plenty Large Enough for Massive Noggins

Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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! 🙂


I Love this hat

Rated 5.0 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

Pure style & quality!

Rated 5.0 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