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Woven variety and Knit variety

Beanies are commonly worn during the winter and other colder seasons to keep one's head warm. The construction of beanies varies. They can be structured from triangular sections of twill, leather or felt, joined by a button at the crown and seamed together around the sides. Less often, like a yarmulke, the cap is simply a flat circle of cloth with a section cut out to the center and then sewn into a three-dimensional shape. A "technical beanie" is thin and seamless for comfortable use with a helmet, thus is popular among cyclists. Beanies are often constructed from yarn, using knitting or crochet techniques. While the beanie is considered a fairly humble piece of clothing, it has been elevated to the status of regional art in Alice Springs, Australia- which is claimed by some to be the Beanie Capital of the world.


In the Southern American English, the beanie is also referred to as a toboggan.


More detailed information on beanies including some information on the propeller beanie is available on Historical Boys' Clothing


The second is a close-fitting knit or crocheted cap which is usually made of acrylic or wool, synthetic material, man-made or fleece. They can be worn by either sex, but historically have been more commonly worn by men. These hats protect the head and ears from cold and wind chill, or are worn as a fashion item, often heavily branded with the name of the designer, sporting team insignia or colors, or with other logos or slogans. This type of hat is also referred to as a snookie.


In Canada, where such hats are almost ubiquitous, they are called a toque or tuque (pronounced /tuok/, distinct from a chef's toque /took/). The term beanie is used mainly in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Some English-speakers, especially military, refer to beanies as watch caps. In the United States, this kind of headgear is variously known as a beanie, knit hat, knit cap, sock cap, stocking cap, toboggan, boggan, skull cap, skully, warm winter hat, ski capor, chook, or ski cap depending on the region. Among the Amish, it is sometimes referred to as a sipple cap. It is worn low on the head, covering the forehead, and can be pulled down over the ears as well, though normal usage keeps a turned-up cuff. There are two main varieties of beanies, those that hug the top of the head, and those that leave the top couple of inches of the hat unstretched on top of the head. In India it is usually called a monkey cap.


They are also called woolen or wooly hats, or bobble hats if they are topped with a pompom, which is common. A variation of this type of hat, which is pulled down and worn over the face, with appropriate holes for the eyes and mouth is called a balaclava (or a ski mask in the U.S.). A visor beanie is a relatively new variety which foregoes the cuff for a cardboard-spined brim.



A larger variant of the skullcap such as the Jewish kippah or yarmulke, the beanie historically was a working hat associated with blue collar laborers, welders, mechanics, and other tradesmen who needed to keep their hair back but for whom a brim would be an unnecessary obstruction. Beanies do sometimes have a very small brim, less than an inch deep, around the brow front. The baseball cap evolved from this kind of beanie, with the addition of a brim to block the sun.


Beanies were popular among schoolchildren in the early to mid-20th century. Some hat historians believe schoolchildren began wearing beanies in imitation of their working-class fathers. Ray Nelson made a whimsical addition to these caps with a plastic propeller attached to the crown. The propeller beanie increased in popular use through comics, and eventually made its way onto the character of Beany Boy of "Beany and Cecil."


It is probably due to this infantile connotation that some universities began introducing the freshman beanie around 1920. These were simple beanies, either with or without a brim, usually with an insignia of the institution and often with the class year, and usually made of wool. It was usually required that students wear these beanies at all times when they were on campus for the entire freshman year. At some institutions there was often a contest in the fall, such as an athletic competition between the freshman and sophomore classes, the winning of which would relieve that year's freshman class from having to wear the stigmatizing beanie. With the social changes of the 1960??ĢĪs, these traditions were abandoned, often by the simple refusal of whole classes to wear the beanie.

Today, computer savvy and other technically proficient people are sometimes pejoratively referred to as propeller heads thanks to the one-time popularity of the propeller beanie.


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