#thepussyhatproject Women's March on Washington ~ click here to comment January 09, 2017 10:08

When you ask knitters to knit for an important cause, usually we deliver, and we deliver BIG; best current example is the #pussyhatproject

Pussyhat project

Everywhere you look on social media these days you see #pussyhatproject posts about the Women's March on Washington January 21st, 2017.  Washington is not the only place to march, major cities across USA & Canada are joining in to march as well.  The Pussy Hat Project was inspired to create more of a voice and to create a powerful visualization of the importance of the march. 

 As loopy Mango so eloquently put it: "At its core, this project is about creating a form of representation for those who cannot be there, developing connections between people who care about women’s rights, and creating a framework for community and personal agency from the local to the national level. 

This project aims to:

  1. Provide the people of the Women's March on Washington D.C. on January 21, 2017 a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.
  2. Provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women's rights."

There is only 12 more days until the march, if you don't have time to make a #pussyhat and send it to Washington, think local.  Check out your LYS, a lot of them are on board and will collect the hats to distribute to the marchers in their local city.  If you can't march, this is a great way to get involved!

So far I have made 3 (plus more to come) hats for my friends who are marching in Vancouver, BC Canada.  There are a ton of patterns around but here are my hacks I want to share with you:

Super Bulky Version:
pussyhat suber bulky

110 yards/100m of PINK super bulky yarn (8 st gauge).
10mm (15US) 16"/40cm circular needle.
10mm (15US) spare needle for Three Needle Bind Off.
1 St marker.

Cast on 42 sts, place marker and join in the round, careful not to twist.

Broken Rib
Round 1: *(K1, p1), repeat * around.
Round 2: Knit around.

Repeat rounds 1 & 2, once more.
Repeat round 1, once more.

Continue in St-st (knitting all rounds) until piece measures 7"/18cm - 8"/20cm from cast on edge.

Flip inside out.  Using the spare needle close the top and bind off using Three Needle Bind Off technique. Weave in ends, lightly block. Wear it proud!

Chunky Version:
pussyhat chunky

120 yards/110m of PINK chunky yarn (12 st gauge. Sample show with 2 worsted weight yarns held together).
6.5mm (10.5US) 16"/40cm circular needle.
6.5mm (10.5US) spare needle for Three Needle Bind Off.
1 St marker.

Cast on 64 sts, place marker and join in the round, careful not to twist.

Broken Rib
Round 1: *(K1, p1), repeat * around.
Round 2: Knit around.

Repeat rounds 1 & 2, once more.
Repeat round 1, once more.

Continue in St-st (knitting all rounds) until piece measures 7"/18cm - 8"/20cm from cast on edge.

Flip inside out.  Using the spare needle close the top and bind off using Three Needle Bind Off technique. Weave in ends, lightly block. Wear it proud!

Stashbuster Chunky Version:
pussyhat chunky stashbuster

120yards/1010m of a mix of PINK whatever you have (sample shown with a 2 dk's & a fingering weight held together...when you run out of a color, just start adding a new strand of something else).
6.5mm (10.5US) 16"/40cm circular needle.
6.5mm (10.5US) spare needle for Three Needle Bind Off.
1 St marker.

Cast on 64 sts, place marker and join in the round, careful not to twist.

Broken Rib
Round 1: *(K1, p1), repeat * around.
Round 2: Knit around.

Repeat rounds 1 & 2, once more.
Repeat round 1, once more.

Continue in St-st (knitting all rounds) until piece measures 7"/18cm - 8"/20cm from cast on edge.

Flip inside out.  Using the spare needle close the top and bind off using Three Needle Bind Off technique. Weave in ends, lightly block. Wear it proud!

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Visit the Women's March on Washington's Facebook page to learn more about march and how to participate.

loopy mango DIY

Loopy Mango is offering 30% off DYI Pink Cotton Candy pussyhat kits until January 21st 2017. And fyi, it only takes 1 - 2 business days to arrive to Canada!

Happy #pussyhat knitting!