Knit Hats or Wool Hats
knit cap, originally
of wool is
designed to provide warmth in cold weather. Wool is very unique natural fiber
for the fact that it retails heat even when wet. This makes the wool hat a
good option in cold & wet areas. It is important to note that now a days
the knit cap is often manufactured with synthetic fibers as well as wool.
You can view the care label on the hat to see the actual fibers utilized.
Typically, the knit cap is of simple, tapering
constructions, though many variants exist. You can even find many wool hats
produced to look like animals with ears and all.
wool knit cap has
been an extremely common form of headgear well over a century. This
headwear is common for people that work on or by the sea and in cold weather
regions around the world.
The knit cap goes by a variety of local names on various
regions. Other common names around the world for a knit cap include: sock
hat, knit hat, "bonnet", sock cap, stocking cap, tossel cap, ski hat, "toboggan"
(Southern American English), burglar beanie, watch cap (American English),
woolly hat, snookie, sugan, or chook.
In some parts of the English-speaking world, this type of
knitted hat is traditionally called a "beanie" rather than "knit cap". In
parts of Canada and the US, the word "beanie" is used to denote a completely
different less floppy cap that is not knitted, but rather made up of joined
panels of felt, twill or other tightly woven cloth.
The knit cap is also known in Canadian English: tuque
(pronounced /ˈtuːk/; also spelled touque or toque in Canadian English), a word
closely related to the French word toque, originally referring to a traditional
headwear and now used for type of chef's hat (short for toque blanche, meaning
A knit cap is commonly referred to as a "watch cap" by
members of the United States military, as it is the head gear worn while
"standing watch" on a ship or guard post. The term "snookie cap" is also
frequently used in the US military.
A knit cap with ear flaps is often called a bobble hat,
toboggan, or sherpa.
Knit caps are common in cold climates, and are worn
worldwide in various forms. They have become the common headgear for
stereotypical dockworkers and sailors in movies and television.
Wool Hats are often referenced as Knit Hats, but not
A hat is a head covering which is worn for various
reasons, including protection against the elements, ceremonial reasons,
religious reasons, safety, or as a fashion accessory. Some hats have a
protective function and others are worn simply because they look cool.
When discussing wool hats, we
should point out that they are not only the typical knit hat. Below are a
few examples of hats made of wool. Wool
is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and certain other animals, including
cashmere from goats, mohair from goats, qiviut from muskoxen, angora from
rabbits, and other types of wool from camelids. Wool has several qualities
that distinguish it from hair or fur: it is crimped, it is elastic, and it grows
in staples (clusters).
St. Clement, the patron saint of
felt hatmakers, is said to have discovered wool
felt when he filled his sandals with flax
fibers to protect his feet, around 800 AD.
A soft round cap, usually of woollen felt, with a bulging flat crown and
tight-fitting brimless headband. Worn by both men and women and traditionally
associated with Basque people, France, and the military. Often part of
[European?] schoolgirls' uniform during the 1920s, '30s and '40s.
Peruvian or Bolivian hat with ear-flaps made from vicuña, alpaca, llama or
In Canada, a knitted hat, worn in winter, usually made from wool or acrylic.
Also known as a ski cap, knit hat, knit cap, sock cap, stocking cap, toboggan,
watch cap, or goobalini. In New Zealand, Australia, the United States and the
United Kingdom, the term "beanie" is applied to this cap.
If you enjoy staying warm in a
knitted wool hat, you may also want to learn about mittens,
and winter boots (snow
boots) as well.
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