Keeping the kids warm is no small feat during the winter. They forget to don scarves, lose mittens and gloves, detest wearing hats, and the winter gear blues play on. We’ve found a remedy to at least one of your problems by rounding up the most creative crocheted hats that the kids will love wearing. Ne’er again will the hat be thrown down on the sidewalk or forgotten. Check out our warm and fuzzy picks for the best handmade hats on Etsy.

Hey DJ, Keep Playing That Song
For the kid that’s into beats and rhymes, this crocheted beanie is the perfect fit. We love that you get to pick the color beanie from 40 gorgeous yarns and that the headphones sit on top of the hat, just like a real set would.

Headphone Beanie Hat, $26
Shop: LooptyLooDesigns
Size: 1-3 years, 4+ years
Handmade in Salt Lake City, UT

May The Force Be With You
Crafters always seem to embrace their nerdy sides, and crochet knitters are no different. Check out these Star Wars inspired hats that are perfect for any little storm trooper in your family. Ears stay warm in both styles – will your little one choose Princess Leia or Yoda?

Yoda Hat, $25
Shop: TheHatLady
Sizes: infant, toddler, children, adult
Handmade in Ithaca, NY


Princess Leia Hat, $17
Shop: B-Wear Designs
Sizes: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-3 years, 4+ years
Handmade in New Virginia, IA

Be Brave and Fight the Cold Winds
This clever crocheted helmet serves double duty. Not only is it high on chivalrous style, it keeps your little knight’s head and face warm when you pull down the face mask. For infants and toddlers, the facemask is sewn to stay up as a visor for safety. Even still, it’s the cutest imitation armor we’ve ever seen!

Knight Helmet Hat, $22/toddler, $35/child and adult
Shop: Fresh Off Thee Hook
Sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-3 years, 3-10 years, adult small, adult large
Handmade in Huntington, WV

Delicious Treats to Keep You Warm
Your little foodie will delight in all the snacks she can don on top. There are so many food-inspired crocheted hats on Etsy to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Our favorite picks are a healthy fruit and decadent dessert.

Watermelon Hat, $21
Shop: AllKindsofArt
Sizes: Age 2-8
Handmade in Oklahoma City, OK


Cupcake Hats, $24
Shop: craftswithlove4U
Sizes: Newborn, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 2-3 years, 4-10 years, adult small, adult large
Handmade in Dallas, TX

Must Have Mustache
This playful crocheted beanie is warm and simple, but the knit mustache sewn onto it adds the perfect decorative flair for your little hipster. It comes in cream, baby blue and gray and is just as cute on girls as it is on boys. Whether you’re into facial hair or not, this mustached hat is irresistibly adorable.

Mustache Beanie Hat, $26
Shop: Peaces by Courtney
Sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, custom orders for more sizes
Handmade in Durham, NC

Visit the Animal Kingdom
Knit animal hats are nothing new. They’re cute, common and pretty easy to find. But we doubt you’ve found an octopus yet. We have, on Etsy! Jessies Prop Shop makes the most adorable octopus crocheted hat with hanging tentacles and all. You can customize it in any color yarn and add a bow for your girly girl. Nonney’s Creations offers the cutest dinosaur hat we’ve seen – the stegosaurus details like plates and spikes along the top keep it real for your budding archaeologist.

Octopus Beanie Hat, $23
Shop: Jessies Prop Shop
Sizes: Preemie, Newborn, 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12 months – 3 years
Handmade in Medway, MA

Dinosaur Hat, $25
Shop: Nonney’s Creations
Size: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 2T-4T, adult sizes available for additional $5 fee
Handmade in Evansville, IN

Little Monsters Will Love This
Not only is this hilarious Frankenstein hat crocheted to order, it’s also an original design by Natty Hatty. You won’t find this hat in a basic pattern book. The devil is in the details and we love how this Frankenstein hat features hair, stitches and bolts just like the real guy. Amazingly 28 different shops on Etsy offer kid-friendly Frankenstein hats, but we think this one’s the winner.

Frankenstein Hat, $23
Shop: Natty Hatty
Sizes: 3-5 years, 5-10 years
Handmade in San Pedro, CA

What’s the best crocheted hat for kids you’ve ever seen?

— Sarah K. Choi

photo credits: Photos from each Etsy shop featured