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. 

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