The pussyhat knitting kit

We are going to give you a basic pussyhat knitted pattern, which can be knitted in the round or with side seems. Download the pussyhat knitting kit as a PDF here.

We will provide instructions for various thicknesses of yarn for various sizes of heads and describe a few variations you might consider including the pussyhat Tea Cosy, the animal (stuffed or alive) or doll pussyhat and various stitches or adornments or colour themes that might signal your particular variety of protest.

The only limit of course, is your imagination.

These instructions won’t teach you how to knit but some good links to online instructions are included below.

For those of you who are comfortable with the maths, I will also include a simple generic formula for working out your hat pattern for your yarn and your target head.

What’s included:

  • Pussyhat pattern (for 12 ply)
  • Yarn and stitches table (to adapt pattern for yarn and head size)
  • How to individualise your pattern
  • Tea cosy pattern
  • Generic pussyhat pattern

Shared Threads’ pussyhat pattern (12 ply)

photo of pussyhat for patternThis pattern is a variation on the patterns already published on a number of websites and pioneered last November by The Pussyhat Project (www.pussyhatproject.com).

There are abundant patterns for knitted, crocheted and sewn pussyhats out there in the online yarniverse and there are links to some of them below.

 

**For an adult hat (55cm head circumference).

 Materials:

  • 2 balls of Morris and Sons 50g 12 ply
  • A pair of straight 6mm needles for knitting the side seams hat or
  • A set of 6mm circular needles with a 40 or 60cm cable for knitting in the round.
  • A darning needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

For knitting in the round:

  1. Cast on 88 stitches and join into a ring.
  2. Knit in rib (K2P2) for 10cm
  3. Continue knitting all stitches for 10cm.
  4. Cast off using a standard or three-needle cast off.
  5. Sew in ends.

Tips for joining into the round

  1. Knit one row in pattern (in this case rib) not in the round. Then join up. It makes it easier to avoid twisting the stitches OR
  2. Cast on one stitch more than you were asked to by the pattern. Pass the last stitch you cast on onto the left hand needle and knit the first two stitches on the left hand needle together. This makes the join more secure.

For knitting the side seam hat

  1. Cast on 44 stitches
  2. Knit in rib (K2P2) for 10cm
  3. Continue in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for 10cm
  4. Knit in rib (K2P2) for 10cm
  5. Cast off.
  6. fold hat over with right sides together, and sew up the sides.

If you want to make a tea cosy, leave gaps for your spout and handle.

Yarn and stitches table

Number of stitches (ST) to cast on for different head sizes if knitting in the round

(divide by two for straight knitting)

Yarn thickness  Needle size Stitches per 10cm Stitches per cm (SPC) Newborn

HC 35cm

3-6mo 42.5cm 6-12mo 45cm Toddler

47.5cm

Child

50cm

Adult

55cm

Your size

HC (cm)

12ply (chunky)

 

 6mm 16 1.6 56 st 68 st 72 st 76 st 80st 88st
10 ply

(Aran)

 

 5mm 18 1.8 64st 76st 80st 86st 90 100st
8ply

(DK, light worsted)

 

 4mm 20 2.0 70st 84st 90st 96st 100 110st
22 2.2 78st 94st 100st 104st 110st 120st
Your yarn

 

St/10cm SPC ST = SPC x HC

How to individualize your pattern

Design a pattern for your yarn and head size using the yarn and stitches table.

For knitting in the round

  1. Cast on ____ stitches (ST on the table) and join into a ring.
  2. Knit in rib (K2P2) for 10cm
  3. Continue knitting all stitches for 10cm.
  4. Cast off using a standard or three-needle cast off.
  5. Sew in ends.

For knitting the side seam hat

  1. Cast on ____ stitches (ST/2 on the table).
  2. Knit in rib (K2P2) for 10cm
  3. Continue in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for 10cm
  4. Knit in rib (K2P2) for 10cm
  5. Cast off.
  6. Fold hat over with right sides together, and sew up the sides.

**If you want to make a tea cosy, leave gaps for your spout and handle.

**For example, if you are knitting for a child with a 50cm head circumference using 10ply yarn, you would cast on 90 stitches to knit in the round or 45 stitches to knit the side seam hat.

Variations:

  • You can make a tea cosy with this pattern – Knit in another colour or lots of colours – rainbow for LGBTI hats, purple, green and white for the Suffragist movement etc.
  • You can change colour and stitch – Use different stitches – add a cable, use K1P1 rib rather than K2P2
  • Decorate your hat – with embroidery, felt ears, a face.
  • Decorate your hat/tea cosy

Tea cosy pattern

Pink teapot cosy

  • Measure the largest circumference of your tea cosy and its height.
  • Cast on according to the formula on the table and as described in ‘generic pussyhat pattern’, ie. Number of stitches to cast on = circumference (cm) x number of stitches/cm (SPC) for your chosen yarn and needles.
  • Knit your tea cosy as per the instructions for the Side Seam Hat (see above).
  • When sewing up the sides, leave a     gap for spout and handle.

Generic pussyhat pattern

You need:

  • Head Circumference in cm (HC)
  • Your yarn label (assuming your knitting tension is the same as the label)

On your yarn label you will see something that looks like this:

Green yarn label

For this yarn it tells you that when the ‘average knitter’ knits something in stocking stitch (one row plain and one row purl) using the needle size and yarn specified on the label (in this case, 6mm needles and 12ply Morris and Sons, Estate yarn), there will be 16 stitches and 22 rows for every 10cm of knitting.

So, if there are 16 stitches in 10cm there will be 16/10 = 1.6st in 1cm. (stitches per centimetre SPC)

If the head circumference is, for instance, 55cm, which will fit the average adult, then the number of stitches need to get around the head comfortably will be 55 x 1.6 = 88st.

So, Number of stitches to cast on (ST) = HC x SPC

If working in the round, Cast on ST, if making a seamed hat, cast on ST divided by 2 (ST/2)

Want more information?

Knitting instructions

Pussyhats

  • The Pussy Hat Project http://www.pussyhatproject.com
  • Rob Walker (January 25, 2017) The New Yorker. “The D.I.Y. Revolutionaries of the Pusshat Project”. (Full copy of the article is available on the Shared Threads website. sharedthreads.com.au).