Erica Carlson-Burval Designs Quirky Custom-Crocheted Hats for Snowangel Crochet

Fight the cold-weather blahs with Erica Carlson-Burval’s quirky custom-crocheted hats.
Show your team spirit—or find inspiration for Halloween—with custom hats from Snowangel Crochet.

From Yoda ears to bunny ears and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle masks to Vikings horns, Erica Carlson-Burval’s crocheted creations have expanded the definition of a winter hat. The Eden Prairie mother of two gets inspiration from her 8-year-old daughter, Audia, and 5-year-old son, Callen. “They’ve requested some interesting things,” she says. “I basically improvise everything I make.”

Those improvisations caught on, and soon friends were requesting Carlson-Burval’s clever hats, prompting her to launch Snowangel Crochet, an online custom crochet hat store.

Carlson-Burval hasn’t always been into crochet. In college she loved to knit, finding that it helped her focus during long class lectures. It wasn’t until she took a fibers class that she was introduced to crocheting. Slowly, Carlson-Burval’s love for crocheting grew as she found it easier to make hats.

In starting her business, Carlson-Burval says she has learned the value of being fearless and putting herself out there. To anyone looking to start their own business, Carlson-Burval says to “do what you love,” as her love of crochet allows her to creatively engage with her children and the surrounding community.

Custom-order hats are available at the Snow Angel Crochet Facebook page. Prices range from $25-$40. A selection of pre-made hats can be found at Scout Vintage Collective, 8016 Medicine Lake Road, Golden Valley; 763.355.2135.