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Types of Beanies

Updated on December 15, 2015

Who doesn’t love beanies? Beanies are a head covering usually used in winter and mostly knitted or woven. Just as jeans entered popular culture after being worn by mine workers a long time ago, beanies became popular long after laborers had begun using them to protect their heads from hazardous materials, dirt and grease.

Nowadays, beanies are not used only by laborers; men and women of all ages and backgrounds, from teenagers to older people, love to wear beanies. They are worn not only during the winter or in cold weather, but in every season and on any occasion, depending on fashion trends. Beanies match well with any kinds of clothes. Most types of beanies are very stretchable, except for beanies made from materials like leather.

Other names for beanies include ski hats, skull caps, knit caps, knit hats, wooly hats, and stocking caps. Woven beanies are known as skullcaps, while knitted beanies may be known as watch caps, sailor’s caps, stocking caps, or ski caps. Knitted beanies are usually made to be stretchy and warm, useful in cold weather.

Not only do beanies have different names, they have a variety of models, styles and types, depending on trends and events. Beanies can be modified for any look. You can add badges, pins, dolls or embroidered logos, or modify them by cutting and sewing.

There are several types of beanies, with different patterns or forms.

Cuffless Beanies

Cuffless beanies are the most common type of beanie found in clothing stores. Cuffless means the beanie has a defined length, from the top of the head to the edge of the fabric, with no extra length to unroll. Usually the edge of the beanie reaches the forehead. This kind of beanie is suitable for wearing in average weather, because there is no extra thickness of cuff to make your head feel hot. Cuffless beanies are usually available in solid colors like black, dark brown or dark blue. They also come in contrasting colors, like red mixed with yellow and white, or with patterns. Some come already embroidered with logos.

Cuffless Beanies
Cuffless Beanies
Cuffed Beanie
Cuffed Beanie

Cuffed Beanies

Cuffed beanies are the opposite of cuffless beanies. This type of beanie has a cuff around the edge that usually covers the forehead and ears. The cuff is excess knitted material that can be pulled down to cover more of the neck or ears. So cuffed beanies are actually more useful during the winter; some people can wear them during average or mild weather, but they will make the head hotter in summer. Cuffed beanies are available in solid colors such as black or dark blue. Some cuffed beanies are also embroidered with logos and patterns.

Earflap Beanie
Earflap Beanie

Earflap Beanies

These beanies have flaps along the sides that can cover the ears, and often straps or strings that you can tie around your chin. Earflap beanies look especially cute on teenagers or children. Earflap beanies come in a variety of models, colors and sizes, in solid or mixed colors, or with patterns and embroidered logos. Just like cuffed beanies, earflap beanies are more suitable for the winter season and cold weather.

Visor Beanie
Visor Beanie

Visor Beanies or Brimmed Beanies

Visor beanies or brimmed beanies have visors, like on baseball hats, that can shade the eyes and forehead. There are several advantages of these types of beanies, including protecting the eyes and face from falling snow during winter. Visor beanies also come in different models. Some models include both a visor and earflaps, to protect and cover both the ears and the face; these mixed beanies are useful during winter. Some models of visor beanies can be worn during average weather or hot weather, because besides protecting the face from snow, they protect the face from solar radiation and sunburn. Visor beanies for use in hot weather usually have thin fabric.

Woven skullcaps
Woven skullcaps | Source

Woven Beanies or Skullcaps

Woven beanies are also known as skullcaps. The name of "skullcap" came after archeologists found fossils of human bodies wearing woven beanies still attached to their skull. Woven beanies are the oldest beanie type in human history. They are made from a variety of materials including leather, felt and twill. These types of beanies may be worn by laborers or during sports events to avoid sunlight and sun radiation.

Knitted Beanie
Knitted Beanie

Knitted Beanies

Knitted beanies have a hand-knitted look and may be made from a variety of materials including wool, fleece, or yarn. They are usually worn during winter or in cold weather because they are usually thick and provide good insulation. Knitted beanies may be a mixture of several colors and usually come equipped with a pom-pom. They may be made with patterns and logos.

Propeller Beanie
Propeller Beanie

Propeller Beanies

Propeller beanies are a fashion trend that first became popular around the 1940s. Science-fiction author and cartoonist Ray Nelson claims that he’s the one who invented propeller beanies. He and some friends wanted to take some pictures of each other dressed in science-fiction parody style, and wanted to represent a hero with an anti-gravity instrument. Some of his friends suggested that they should put propeller on a hat. Nelson quickly implemented the idea, making the hat from scraps of plastic he had in his room.

Ski Mask
Ski Mask

Ski Masks

Ski masks may be used by bad guys, either in movies or in reality, but these types of beanies were originally intended to prevent exposure and freezing in the coldest weather, covering the full head and face down to the neck. Ski masks usually have openings for the eyes and mouth, so that people who wear it can still see and talk. Ski masks come in a variety of colors.

Animal Beanie
Animal Beanie

Animal Beanies

Animal beanies are beanies in the shape of animal heads. Mostly, animal beanies are worn by children, because they look cute, although there are teenagers and adults who love to wear these beanies at certain events. Animal beanies come in a variety of animal head shapes, such as tiger, bear, panda, koala, elephant, cat, giraffe, and much more.

What types of beanies do you like?

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    • shivanivats profile image

      Shivani Vats 

      15 months ago from Delhi

      i love earflap beanies the most

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      4 years ago

      I love beanies !... Ear flap beanies are also called "Chullos" which is a very common accessory in Peru.

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      6 years ago

      there are also slouch beanies

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      Hamza Arshad 

      6 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice information keep it up.

    • ryanjhoe profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Thanks for stopping by! I live Indonesia that near Singapore. Tropical countries indeed pretty heat especially during spring to summer. I used to wear beanies that suit with the weather where I live.

    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      We don't wear these here in Singapore due to the heat, but they make a fashionable and necessary item for the cold! Thanks for sharing, and these are cool, Ryan!


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