Whether you call it a watch cap, tuque, sock hat, stocking cap, or beanie, the knit cap’s roots can be traced back to Medieval Wales between the 12th and 13th centuries. The earliest versions were called “Monmouth Caps” after the town that both knitted the caps and provided the high-quality wool. Over the course of the next thousand years, they would make their way to all corners of the globe on the heads of sailors, soldiers, outdoorsmen, and explorers. Today, they come in a wide variety of knits and materials including traditional wool and washable acrylic and are a universally popular choice for men, women, and children when it comes to cold weather protection. We know that it may be tempting to just toss on a jacket and head out the door this winter; But with quality choices from Downtown Style, No Bad Ideas, KnitWits, and Rothco, protecting your head and ears doesn’t have to be hard.