Example of an animal hat

An animal hat is a novelty hat made to resemble an animal or other character.[1] It is often similar to a beanie, with facial features, added ears and sometimes details such as whiskers, although versions made from fake fur are also known by this name.[1] While they were known before 2010,[2] animal hats became an American fashion trend in the winter of 2010-11.[1] Despite ongoing criticism, including the animal hat being listed as a 2012 fashion faux pas despite also being a "serious fashion statement," they stayed popular into 2013.[3][4] Books dedicated exclusively to knitting and crocheting various styles of animal hats have been published.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c Sohn, Amy (2 March 2011). "The Enduring Call of the Wild, at Any Age". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  2. ^ Adel, Jean (2008). Knitted critters for kids to wear : more than 40 animal-themed accessories (1st ed.). New York: Random House. ISBN 9780307394668. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  3. ^ Freeman, Hadley (4 February 2013). "You want to dress up in a cute animal hat? Oh, please, just grow up!". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  4. ^ Schultz, Kayla (18 January 2013). "Top Dos and Don'ts from 2012". Grand Central Magazine. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  5. ^ Mooncie, Vanessa (3 January 2013). Animal hats : frog hats, elephant hats, cat hats, and more : 15 patterns to knit and show off. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press. ISBN 9781600859540.
  6. ^ Goble, Fiona (14 February 2013). Knitted animal hats : 35 wild and wonderful hats and more for babies, kids, and teens. London: Cico Books. ISBN 978-1908862549.