Three Kittycat Hats

If I were to march in the Women’s March later this month, my sign would be this:

Although I agree with much of the platform, I have no desire to go hang out with crowds. I was waffling whether or not to go and was really grateful when I remembered a catering project that I can’t get out of, making the decision for me.

Then I felt really guilty for feeling relieved to not go.

But anyway. I’m not going. But I knit up a few hats to send with my friends who will be marching in Des Moines.

These three hats are based on the design from The Pussyhat Project. The Pussyhat Project is:

“…a social movement focused on raising awareness about women’s issues and advancing human rights by promoting dialogue and innovation through the arts, education and intellectual discourse.”

When worn, the corners of the hats make ears to look like a cat.

“We love the clever wordplay of “pussyhat” and “pussycat,” buy yes, “pussy” is also a derogatory term for female genitalia. We chose this loaded word for our project because we want to reclaim the term as a means of empowerment.”

I’m a goody-goody and am not up on the reclamation for empowerment thing. I would like to go about my gosh-darn life not caring about, thinking about, or insulting people’s anatomy. I think my repulsion by the term is all the more reason to contribute to the project.

Also, I’m calling them Kittycat Hats.

The project has links to knit, crochet, loom, and sew patterns. I followed the instructions for knitting, except I am lazy and will seam NOTHING.

Here’s how I handled it…

Size 7 needles. ~100 yards pink worsted weight yarn.

Cast on 96. Work in the round.

Knit two purl two rib for 4 1/2 inches.

Knit for 4 inches.

Flip inside out and seam with three-needle bind off.

There you have it!

Because this is the year of no new craft supplies, I had some fun working out which yarns to use.

For my first hat I used a variegated yarn. I worried that it was too purple so I every-other-rowed it with a solid pink.

I had enough raspberry for a solid hat.pussyhat project knit hat beanie knitting

Omigoodness do I ever have enough yarn for a solid pastel pink hat. (So. Much. Pastel. Pink.) But I do NOT like pastel pink and used a coral every third row for an iridescent unicorn look. I’m pleased with the finished product.

WIWO Update

My main focus is my niece’s baptism layette. I struggled with finding the right pattern. All of my cute vintage patterns call for 7 or 8 st/inch, and all I have in white is sport weight, which I don’t want to go less than 6 st/inch. Because I am buying neither yarn nor patterns, I settled on this free Feather and Fan Cardigan pattern from Lion Brand. I’m making a lot of changes but am pleased so far. 

Wardrobe Sudoku Vintage Capsule Wardrobe With Home Fires Sweaters

Home Fires Sweaters Wardrobe Sudoku



My Hawaii vacation in June was fun and all but let me tell you about my July. It was the greatest. I had nearly nothing to do the whole month but watch all the television and crochet all the afghans. And I’m finally old enough that I don’t even care how frumpy that sounds. It was the actual best month ever.

I watched three series and all three of them are in my top five favorites: Grantchester (technically about a WW2 veteran), Home Fires, and Bomb Girls. I made a healthy dent in Land Girls as well. Sense a theme? I’m a little obsessed with the World War II homefront.

I’m also obsessed with needlework and I loved the costuming on all of the series, especially the knitwear worn by the country folk in Home Fires. As a vintage pattern collector I knew it was likely that costuming was at least inspired by the patterns if not made from them. I scoured the web searching for something similar to farmer Steph’s chevron sweater.

Imagine my delight when I stumbled on this goldmine. The Vintage Knitter took stills from the show and linked to the vintage patterns that matched!

I appreciate vintage flair but my wardrobe is hopelessly overflowing with gray t-shirts. However the Vintage Knitter post has me convinced I could make my vintage wardrobe dream a reality! With my charity marathon nearly over I could justify a winter of selfish knitting. According to math all I need for a 100% vintage inspired work wardrobe (other than the sweaters of course) is a navy suit, new oxfords, and a fabulous pair of dungarees from Freddies of Pinewood (with removable apron).

I played on Polyvore to make a wardrobe sudoku. Free Notion describes the concept well. You choose four each of bottoms, tops, shoes, and layers and arrange them in a grid. Each row and column makes and outfit plus each diagonal, four corners, and quadrants. You end up with at least 16 outfit possibilities.

Polyvore has templates for this concept but they crop everything and don’t let you add yarn. I just brought in Becca’s template as a layer and deleted it when everything was as I liked it.

I hope I don’t just play with Polyvore forever and I get the gumption to wear more bright, fun clothes. My post charity marathon treat will be the yarn to make Steph’s sweater (Second row from the top, farthest column to the right) and we’ll go from there.

Home Fires Sweaters Wardrobe Sudoku