How to knit a pussy hat - Women's Electoral Lobby

How to knit a pussy hat


Women's March on Washington D.C. and over 600 sister solidarity marches took place January 21, 2017! The Pussyhat Project launched in November 2016 with the goal of creating a sea of pink hats representing not only those at the march, but also the makers of these pink hats! 

Calling all knitters! For International Women’s Day 2017 WEL will be selling Pussy Hats as a fundraiser. WEL is supplying fuschia coloured 8 ply acrylic yarn (4 seasons Marvel from Spotlight stores) wool to knitters. One of our members, super knitter Glenda Gartrell, has modified the pattern (see below) so that we can knit hats on straight needles (5mm) rather than round. Glenda estimates it takes 3 hours to knit one hat (2 hats 1x 100 gram ball of yarn wool per hat).

We are holding a knitting circle session at the WEL Office 8-10 Victoria Street Newtown on Friday 24th February from noon to 7pm. There is onsite parking for several cars. Please bring your knitting needles with you. We have some as back up.

We are also planning a second circle on Friday 3rd March. We'll update this page when more details are confirmed.

Come in and knit or swing by to pick up your wool. If you can’t get in to Newtown please go to your local Spotlight etc. and just go for it. We will need all Pussy Hats back in at WEL Office, 8-10 Victoria Street Newtown, 2042 NSW before Wed 8th March.

Please let Helen and Glenda know if you’d like to knit for WEL and how many hats you are willing to knit by emailing by COB Wednesday 22nd Feb.



1 ball of 8 ply yarn in Fuchsia Pink

Needles: 5mm [old size 6] straight needles

Gauge: 18 sts and 23 rows = 10cms in stocking stitch

Finished size: before seaming 28cms wide and 43cms long



To fit: medium/large

Cast on 50 sts. Leave a long tail for seaming

Rib: K1*k2, p2, repeat from * to end p1.

Work Rib for 10cms.

Work in stocking stitch [knit right side rows, purl wrong side rows] until piece measures 33 cms from cast on edge.

Begin Rib on right side row.
Rib: P1 *p2, k2, rep from * end k1.
Work Rib for 10cms.
Piece measures 43cms from cast on edge.

Cast off all stitches.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail for seaming.

Fold hat in half and sew each side seam. Weave in loose ends.

Put on hat and the cat ears will appear!

Note: if you are a tight knitter, you may need to use a 5.5mm needle to get the right size. If you knit loosely, use 4.5mm needles.

* Adapted by Glenda Gartrell from the original pattern by Kat Coyle of The Little Knittery in Los Angeles.

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  • commented 2017-02-20 15:49:46 +1100
    I made another one last night. Could you tell me where to send it please?
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