Depending on where you live, these are are known by different names. I'd just call it a "knit cap" or "stocking cap"...some call them tuques, wool hat, toboggan. My hat-loving friend from the Southwest U.S. even calls every non-brimmed hat a "beanie"...whereas in my mind, a beanie is made of rainbow panels, and definitely has a propeller on top. Language is neat.
Whatever you call them, they're a staple item this time of year, and can be worn in a variety of ways to evoke different traditions.
A hundred years ago, men didn't leave the house without a hat. Example: the image above, a rally in Union Square in NYC, full of people, full of hats.
One hundred years later: Union Square in NYC, full of people, very few hats.
Head's up, facial hair fans! The always excellent (and frequently so-enticing-its-problematic) Fab.com has Jeff Phillips' Beardo Bearded Beanies on sale today and tomorrow for a cool $24.75. The deal also includes the even-more-desirable "bendable mo'" beanie, complete with sculptable mustache.
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Some men are hat guys. You know, like that friend who's hair you never actually saw until you both went to that wedding, like a decade into your friendship?
And some men are not. I'm certain I should never. I own but one, a stocking cap that I wear only in snowball fights... when everyone looks ridiculous anyway.
A few weeks ago, I shared Taraduff's incredible Etsy shop, which features these hilarious and very practical bearded stocking hats.
The ManMade community got plenty excited about them, so I was stoked to find an original tutorial that shows you how to make your own.
The casquette - cycling cap - is styled to keep the sun out of your eyes and the rain off your face while not obstructing your vision.
While they were plenty available in the 80s, they're a bit harder to find in the U.S., and often come plastered with team names or advertisements. So, our vote, as per usual, is to make your own.
Flickr user Panda Face has created a pattern that allows you to use whatever sort of fabric you'd want.
"Here is a basic pattern for the cycling cap I made. I have a big head so pull in the seams untill it fits you, then hem the length and stich the bill on. Cut on the thick lines, sitch the thin. If you
"When Zenith Interiors celebrated the opening of its Melbourne showroom with a top-hat-themed party this month, the staff of architectural firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke made an entrance with pleated toppers they cleverly assembled from their invitations with zero excess scrap."
Thankfully, the fine folks at Ecouterre have posted their very step-by-steps and shared it so we can recyclo-party down too. This design is extra cool in its pleated approach, which allow it to expand and contract to fit the donner's head exactly.