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Monday, January 2, 2017

Quick pussy hat pattern - knitting for Women's March

Here is a quick free knitting pattern for the pink #pussyhat worn by many women marching at the Womens' March after the recent Washington inauguration. Pink yarn in my stash is ordinarily DK or sport weight for baby sweaters, so I used two balls of yarn to quickly knit this soft and squishy hat on a US 10.5 (6.5mm) needle for January 2017 #womensmarch #resist. You can also use chunky or bulky weight yarn to get the gauge. This quick little pussy hat has been knit numerous times and continues to be worn in peaceful protest demonstrations around the world.




If you will be a part of the resistance, you'll need a #pussyhat which is the idea of two Californian knitters who were anxious to demonstrate how human rights and healthcare policies of the new administration threaten women and their families. Hats have been knitted and crocheted and sent to PussyhatProject.com for marchers, some sold on Etsy, or knitted and crocheted by marchers themselves. For photos kindly lent by quick pussy hat knitters click here.

If you would like to knit or crochet one or ten, you will find a plethora of patterns at the project pussy hat site and information about where and how to send them.

Here is my very quick, very short knitting pattern for the Pussy Hat:

With 2 balls of DK yarn, used as one strand, or use a bulky weight yarn and cast on 54 sts, using a cable cast-on and a US 10.5 (6.5mm) circular needle.

Join and work K2, P1 each round for 9.5 inches. Turn inside out and cast off, using the three-needle cast off. Whip in ends. Voilá! This hat measures about 18" when stretched. To enlarge this hat, add sts in multiples of 3 sts. NOTE: if you've cast on an uneven number of stitches, k2tog at end of last round before casting off. There is no special pattern for the ears, just a knit square. When you put the hat on, the kitten ears appear.

Baby pussy hat - 2x2 rib 48 sts.
photo used with permission
Deborah Donnelly


Gauge is approx. 3 sts = 1 inch. One strand of chunky yarn can also be used in the free pattern. This yarn is "Grace," silk and wool, a Louisa Harding yarn, 110 yards each. There was approximately 1/4 of each skein left. Happy knitting and stay together, #resist!


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