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The Westcoaster

Thick Hand Knit Wool Beanie

 
 

Inspired by the wild weather of the Norwegian West Coast.

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Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 6 reviews)
  • Hand knit over the course of 3 hours.
  • 100% sheep wool.
  • Knit in Norway.
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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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Story

Knit in the Peace and Quiet of Norwegian Living Rooms

Hand knitting wool beanies

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.

The Westcoaster wool beanie

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.

Sustainable wool

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.

Details

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.

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

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.

Reviews

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Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 6 reviews)

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.

Emma

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!

Alessandro

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! 🙂

Federico

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

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