Creative Resistance: The Pussyhat Project
Late is better than never! Finally made some progress of my contribution to the Pussyhat Project--I started on Wednesday, and 5 days later I'm on hat #5.
What is the phenomenon of the Pussyhat Project you ask? Straight from the amazing people at the project: "The Women's March on Washington D.C. is happening January 21, 2017! The Pussyhat Project launched Thanksgiving weekend! As of now, we have 5 days to knit, crochet, and sew 1.17 million pink pussy hats. Join the movement!" Learn more on their website: pussyhatproject.com.
I don't have too much original to say on the topic other than that I'm incredibly impressed by how many people have come together, and what a wonderful movement it has turned into, creating a "a worldwide symbol of the anti-Trump women's march." Giving people something to literally do with their hands to fight against the scary moment in time we are at is extremely important.
The Pussyhat Project has a number of patterns on their website for knitters, crocheters, and those who prefer to sew. I didn't get a yarn of the same weight, and I'm allergic to seaming, so I improvised a little to make mine in the round.
The hat featured here can be achieved as follows:
Yarn: Loops and Threads Impeccable in Lippy (I get 2 hats out of one skein)
Needles: 16" circular US 7
Gauge: Not too important here--the ribbing means it's stretchy.
Other notions: Darning needle, stitch marker
Techniques: knit, purl, work in the round, 3-needle bind off
Cast on 80 stitches on smaller needles, place beginning of round marker and join to work in the round.
Work in 2x2 ribbing [k2,p2] for 17 rounds (approximately 3.25").
Switch to stockinette, and continue to work in the round until the hat measures 8.5" from the cast-on edge.
Flip the work inside out (including bringing your ball of yarn through the piece and out the other end!).
Divide your stitches in half (40 on each needle), and work a 3-needle bind-off. (Great tutorial video over at Purl Soho.)
Weave in your ends, and wear to the march! Or, send with a friend heading to the march, or drop it off at an ally location around the country (can be found here).
UPDATE: I wore my 1st pussyhat on a trip to Downtown Yarns, and was overwhelmed with supportive comments from people on the street who said that they were volunteering, or were attending, or they were making their own. And Downtown Yarns was a total madhouse (in the best way possible) with people buying up all the pink yarn! And a great display in the window (below).