There’s something to be said about the warmth of a knitted cap. Whether it’s made of wool, acrylic, or some other material, one thing is certain: a snug knitted cap can make a world of difference. The most insulated winter coat and heat-capturing gloves mean almost nothing if your head and ears are still exposed to the elements. Even wearing a hooded coat isn’t the same. One good, stiff wind gust to your face can send your hood cowering in shame behind your head as if it were seeking shelter from the very thing it’s meant to protect you from.
So, what makes knitted caps so advantageous to its wearers?
One advantage is how it helps you withstand the elements. It keeps cold air out while retaining your body heat. When your skin gets cold, it reacts by constricting blood vessels near its surface in an attempt to conserve as much heat as possible for your vital organs. A knitted cap assists this natural process by hugging your skin tightly, blocking some of the heat released through the skin.
A second advantage a knit cap is that it’s an easy way to make a fashion statement. Countless fabrics, colors, and designs allow for a uniqueness that many other clothing accessories can’t match. Some come with built-in LED lights and Bluetooth capabilities! They are also easy to produce. Almost everything you’ll need to create your own one-of-a-kind cap can probably be found in your home already.
The third advantage to wearing a knitted cap resides in its flexibility. The ability to conform and cling to almost any head makes it a perfect choice for colder months. You can wear them at the very top of your head in milder temperatures, or you can stretch it down to cover your ears, forehead, and even a portion of your neck if the hat is big enough. If that doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzy feel you’re looking for, step your game up and buy a ski mask.
There are probably hundreds more compelling reasons to wear knit caps, but if these three revelations don’t sway you, then you’re either a human polar bear or…well, that’s it. You’re a human polar bear.
More often than not, knit caps are reliable in extreme cold temperatures. From Moscow to Minnesota, these winter staples will continue to warm the tops of cold heads for the foreseeable future. Your head (and face, if you have a ski mask) deserves the best protection you can give it.