It was a very cold December day when a group of people came in the hat shop, looking for something very specific. They asked me if we carried “breaking and entering” hats. I had never heard of a hat being called this, but knew exactly what they were talking about, a basic black acrylic knit hat. I can only hope that they were not going to wear these hats while committing a crime. It was freezing outside, so I am pretty sure they just wanted something warm.
Knit hats have come a long way since the basic knit was the go-to for a warm hat for the winter. We have changed up the materials, revamped the styles and expanded the color choices so that everyone can have the warmth of a knit without looking like they just knocked off the nearby 7-11.
An alternative to the basic knit style is an army cap, like this one. This Military Jeep Hat by Goorin Bros. is the perfect mix of fashion and function and comes in black and olive. It is made in a soft acrylic knit, easily rolls up in your pocket and keeps you warm all winter long. Military style wasn’t just popular this fall, the trend carries over to winter wear this year.
If you want the classic style knit with a little more style, the Belfry Street Eugene is a perfect pick. The unique thing about this hat is that it is an alpaca knit. Alpaca is a silky knit, that is warmer than wool and contains less allergens. You know that itchy feeling you get on your forehead after wearing your acrylic knit for a while? That won’t happen with a knit like this.
One of my personal favorite knit styles for women is the Knit Beret from San Diego Hat Company. This knit is the perfect shape to wear all the ways a beret can be worn, off to one side, behind the hair line pulled back or pulled down like a classic knit hat. It comes in great colors, like fuschia, green, purple and yellow as well as the basic black and ivory. It looks adorable on young girls and classic on women.
If you are looking for the basic black knit style, do not fear, we still have the classic knit. The Belfry Street Chicago is a Bamboo knit. Bamboo is a sustainable material that many clothing manufacturers are starting to use more and more. This is a warm knit with cool max material that will keep you dry if you sweat in your hat. It is lighter weight than a wool or alpaca, but keeps you just as warm. This hat does have a matching scarf that I always like to tell people about. It is a really long scarf, but it is light weight so it doesn’t pull on your neck like many heavy wool knits.
What ever style you choose this winter, stay warm out there! Have a great holiday and a very Merry Christmas. -Shannon