Watch cap in lambswool in ash grey

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Knitted hat, hand-framed in the south-west of the British Isles, with geelong lambswool yarn.


The watch cap, being a thing mostly of rib, is suited well to craniums of every size and shape.

This is a chunky knitted watch cap: eight-ply in knit-speak. In other knit-speak, it is hand-framed. That is to say, made by a single skilful knitter, who controls with expertise quality and tension of the knit on an old, hand-operated contraption. Rare indeed, these days — especially in Britain.
The crown of the cap is tuck-stitch, which is the undisputed champion, at least in these parts, of heartily textured knitwear. It is also a dense stitch, with the strands of yarn folded up and over each other, and so helps keep in the heat. The rest of the cap is rib-stitch: king of reassuring head-clamping reliability.
The yarn is supremely fine, long-staple lambswool — ergo as soft as it is strong. And it is geelong lambswool, to be precise, which is the plushest of them all. It is spun in Scotland, and its cleaning and finishing involves today, as it has for centuries, the helpfully balanced waters of a local loch.
One final knitwear term: it is hand-linked together. There is no stitching here. None at all. Instead, each little knitting loop, of e.g. the tuck crown and the rib rim, is linked to the next by knitting needle and hand. By hand. Painfully slow and skilful work that equals seamlessness and, all being equal, superior knitwear.

As worn

Him, here, has a head which the cap — size-agnostic as it is — very evidently fits.

Makers of

The hat is made by knitters in the south of Britain. Founded 100 years ago, they work with small, hand-operated contraptions overseen by one person — rather than huge, automated machines. It is perhaps the only maker to do so in Britain: slow going, but results bearing out the toil involved.

So they say

The watch cap has been on a heavy duty rotation during this cold January in Montreal. I just wanted to drop you a note to say how deeply pleased I am with it. The cap is truly the archetype of knitwear, and it brings me great joy to wear it each day. As with all your pieces, it has a magic quality that I can’t quite figure out, and I can't wait to pick up something else from you hopefully in the near future.

A merry man from Montreal, owner of a watch cap in lambswool tuck, in January 2020.

I've just picked up the hat, and have tried it on. It is absolutely lovely! Fits perfectly and almost obscenely soft.

So spoke an Englishman in Finland — his watch cap a geelong lambswool one — in February 2018.