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If you’re connected at all to the knitting world, and probably even if you’re not, you may have heard about the Pussyhat Project, which aims to outfit as many women as possible who are marching in the Women’s March on Washington with hats that look like cats.
I knit a hat according to the pattern on the website, except I completely misinterpreted what the instructions were saying to do so it came out a little crazy.
The original design is knit flat and seamed, and I don’t like seaming even though I can do it pretty well, so I decided to make a version of the pussycat hat in the round for all your pussycat hat needs.
What You’ll Need
The Pussyhat Project called for medium-weight pink yarn, but I’ve hard requests for blue and purple, too, and of course you can make any color you like.
I mostly used yarn from my stash but this Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Raspberry looks like a good pink option.
The pattern says it takes about 210 yards, and I haven’t measured but that sounds about right for mine, too.
Gauge and Sizing
I got 4 stitches per inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round on size 9 US needles. Gauge is not super critical but you want to be somewhere close.
If you need a different size, the ribbing works on multiples of 4 stitches, which is handy for the gauge. Example: to knit a hat 16 inches around, you’d need 64 stitches.
The smaller hat shown is 21 inches around and 7 inches long. The larger is 23 inches around and 8.5 inches long. The smaller one fits a smaller adult head; the larger a bigger head.
Cast on 84 stitches for the smaller hat or 92 for the larger. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 20 round.
Work in Stockinette Stitch (knit every round) until desired length. I did about 7 inches on the smaller two-color one and 8.5 inches on the larger blue one (the pink one is the one I Frankensteined together from the original instructions).
Turn the hat inside out and work the three-needle bind off to finish.
Weave in ends.
Need help with the three-needle bind off? Here’s a little video:
To wear, fold the “ears” so they’re a little catty.
This hat is super simple to knit and actually lots of fun, too. I have a feeling I’ll be making them beyond the next few days.
Have you ever knit a pussycat hat? I’d love to hear how you make them!