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).

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.


HOW TO KNIT A PUSSY HAT (including with white/purple/green 9 row band)

1 ball of 8 ply yarn in Fuchsia Pink*

Needles: 5mm [old size 6] straight needles. 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.

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

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


To fit: medium/large

Cast on 44-50 stitches. Most favour 44 stitches. Leave a long tail for seaming

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

Work Rib for 10 cms.

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!



Some knitters are keen to knit a variation with the first 9 rows of the band of the

Pussyhat in traditional feminist colours stripes.

Suggested order of colours -white purple then green (if folding band in half)

First row on rightside (include in rib then rib on the wrong side)

Knit 3 rows of each colour.

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.


Thank you very much for knitting for Women’s Electoral Lobby.

Getting knitted hats to WEL

Please mail or drop into

8-10 Victoria St Newtown 2042 (pink lidded box on library shelves under awning)


2/23 King St Waverton 2060 (pink lidded box just inside building- not locked)

We would like as many as possible by 8 March but will be dispatching orders

throughout March.

For reimbursement please send invoice to

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  • Glena Nanscawen
    commented 2017-02-20 15:49:46 +1100
    I made another one last night. Could you tell me where to send it please?
  • Helen L'Orange
    followed this page 2017-02-18 11:06:48 +1100