NO, HIPSTERS DID NOT INVENT THE WATCH CAP
Although the fact that it has been so heavily embraced by a new era of artisans and makers only adds to the timeless authenticity of this knit hat. The watch cap is just that, it’s a knit hat with a cuff that can be rolled up or down. It was traditionally made from wool yarns but now also out of acrylic and cotton. They can have a pom pom on top but the styles that are generally coined with the name “watch cap” generally do not.
The term “watch cap” literally comes from members of the United States military who would “stand watch,” and the hat was such a symbol of that silhouette that we call the hat a “watch cap.”