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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. 

A Pumpkin Hat For My Little Pumpkin

carver-baby-pumpkin-hat-knit-ribI was reeeeallly hoping that my little sister would send a picture of my nephew in his new pumpkin hat and today I got my wish!

Doesn’t this little cutie just make your whole November?! (It’s okay if not. I used to get annoyed by people who gushed over tiny babies but now I totally get it.)

Pattern: Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier

Needles: Size 7 DPN

Yarn: For the orange I alternated every other row between worsted acrylic in neon orange and a weird rusty orange- both thrifty finds. I like the effect it gives. Acrylic can look very flat and factoried (not a real word) but the alternating gave some dimension. For green I used I Love This Yarn (and I do!) in Key Lime.

Notes: Sadly, I didn’t have this little guy close by to take measurements. I would have been too lazy to test gauge anyway. I knit the body of the hat in a stretchy 2 x 2 rib and made it 7″ long before the decreases for a turn-up brim. I followed the pattern for the green leafy decreases and I really love how it pops up!

This pattern was very easy but makes a really cute finished product. It would be easy to adapt for many sizes so I’ll keep that in mind for donating to The Preemie Project next year for Boo in the NICU.