Thanks to the fact that most homes in industrialized countries have indoor heating (not to mention running hot/cold water and showers!), the old tradition of women and men wearing knit or woven caps indoors to keep their heads warm and hair clean(ish) has been out of date for a long while. Nonetheless, you may well know someone with an exposed pate who might well appreciate a hand knit indoor cap.
According to WebMD, “By age 35, two-thirds of American men will have some degree of appreciable hair loss and by age 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. About 25% of men who suffer from male pattern baldness begin the painful process before they reach 21.” Over and above male patterned baldness, there are other conditions than contribute to thinning hair, including (but not limited to) people suffering from alopecia, receiving certain medical treatments and even taking certain medications. Certainly they may appreciate a nice indoor cap.
My Thor certainly does. Relocating from cool San Francisco, we now live in the even cooler and rainy Pacific Northwest. Whether in SF or the PNW, we prefer a low set thermometer, even in the coldest months. Over the years, I have knit Thor several caps. As he doesn’t want a bulky hat and dislikes the feel of wool on his bald pate, I reach for fingering weight yarns of cotton (at least 80%) blended with a protein fiber such as qiviut, silk, yak, or alpaca. I have found that 50 grams is more than enough to knit Thor (who has a very large head) a cap patterned with knit and purl designs. However, his newest cap had cables and used almost a full 50 grams (all but 8 or so inches!). Here is a picture of it still damp from its wash.
Some of you may recognize the cable pattern I borrowed from Irina Dmitrieva’s “Men’s Ski Hat.” I say “borrowed” as I adjusted her pattern to fit Thor’s head and my gauge using Classic Elite’s “Gigi” (8-ply, 50g=142y, 85% cotton/10% silk/5% stretch polyester.)
Cables knit with cellulose yarns do not have the “pop” they would have in a crisp wool, but as this is an indoor hat, Thor doesn’t mind them flattening. (He’s nice that way!)