Winter hat to me sounds so generic... on the west coast where I grew up they are called beanies, but here in the south they're called toboggans (like the sled!). I always thought a tocque was more like a really floppy beret? Like the striped red, green and yellow hats that a lot of rastafarians wear. What ever you call them, they're adorable. ^_^
I love words. and this thread is now about two of my favorite things, words and crochet! awesome!
I believe the hats the rastas wear ( I absolutely love them and have been wanting to make them for awhile, maybe I will now, with octupi on it!) are called applejacks and/or tams. I have always heard both of those terms in reference to them.
I also live in the south and love toboggan, what is funny to me is you would never get to use a sled in the South! I have not used one or even seen one since I moved here! Maybe that is why they call it that, the only way they get to toboggan is to wear a toboggan LOL