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Submitted by on May 23, 2014 – 8:40 AM6 Comments


I love wearing beanies, but now summer is here and it's too hot to wear my wool ones.

Do the readers have any recommended brands of lightweight beanies that can be worn when it's over 80 degrees outside? I'd like to find something local (Northwest), but if I can order online, that works too.


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  • Nanc in Ashland says:

    How about a cotton sleeping cap? No reason you can't wear them when awake. You might be able to find one in a local outdoor store.

  • Angharad says:

    I don't have a specific brand, but cotton or linen beanies should do the trick. Etsy has a bunch listed.

  • Jobiska says:

    Just to clarify–to me(in my 50s, East Coast denizen) a beanie is specifically a hemispherical cap with no brim, like a skullcap maybe, often in whimsical primary colors and perhaps even with a propeller sticking out of the top. However, it has slowly been borne in upon me that what I would call a "knit cap," people are more and more starting to call a beanie. I am guessing that's what you're looking for?

    (Imagine–I even grew up calling a hoodie a hooded sweatshirt! Oh, the waste of syllables!)

  • Jo says:

    Jobiska: Now, on the west coast, what we call "beanies" are probably what you call a knit cap or stocking cap (or in Canada might be called a toque.) They're generally worn in winter to keep warm.

    I have no ideas, but I imagine there are about a dozen stores in any given Northwest cities that would sell what the letter writer is looking for.

  • Cassie says:

    Try etsy, and if you know anyone who knits/crochets, ask them! They may be willing to make you one on a discount, or even as a gift. And if they can't, they may be able to direct you to someone who can.

  • Jobiska says:

    Yes, I was sort of being tongue in cheek, hence the "slowly borne in upon me" part…calling it a toque instead of a knit cap makes sense to me, because it's a syllable shorter, but beanie has the same number of syllables as knit cap or knit hat, and once meant something much more specific, so I find the evolving etymology weird, is all.

    To me a stocking cap is knit and warm, but trails off into a long point.

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