An animal hat is a novelty hat made to resemble an animal or other character. 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. While they were known before 2010, animal hats became an American fashion trend in the winter of 2010-11. 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. Books dedicated exclusively to knitting and crocheting various styles of animal hat have been published.
- Sohn, Amy (2 March 2011). "The Enduring Call of the Wild, at Any Age". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- Adel, Jean (2008). Knitted critters for kids to wear : more than 40 animal-themed accessories (1st ed. ed.). New York: Random House. ISBN 9780307394668. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- 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.
- Schultz, Kayla (18 January 2013). "Top Dos and Don'ts from 2012". Grand Central Magazine. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- Mooncie, Vanessa. Animal hats : frog hats, elephant hats, cat hats, and more : 15 patterns to knit and show off. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press. ISBN 9781600859540.
- Goble, Fiona. Knitted animal hats : 35 wild and wonderful hats and more for babies, kids, and teens. London: Cico Books. ISBN 1908862548.
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