The Pussyhat Project

 Pussyhat #1

Pussyhat #1

 Pussyhat #2

Pussyhat #2

This week I've taken up a whole lot of knitting projects.  I've gone through the bins that had old projects and decided which ones I want to finish, which to let go.  I've been working on several of the ones that I decided to finish and I'll have more about those projects in the future. Today I want to talk about the Pussyhat Project.

 The mission of the Pussyhat Project is to make as many pink, kitty-eared hats as possible to either send to Washington for the Women's March on Washington on January 21 or to wear in your own home town for a march.  I discovered just two pink yarns in my stash and have already knit them up.  Pussyhat #1 is knit with a pretty purple-pink yarn I picked up in Maine on my trip there in 2015.  Pussyhat #2 was made with some Frog Tree Alpaca sportweight that I've had in the stash for years.  I had to double it to make it work, but it's super soft.  If you want my very simple pattern to make a hat of your own, just see the end of the post.  For more info on where to send hats see the link above.  The most important details can be found here.  I am planning to mail my hats on Monday to arrive by the Jan 14 deadline.  

This morning I was about to head out to do some errands including going to purchase more pink yarn, I remembered this old handknit sweater.  I had been wanting to repurpose it anyway and it's a perfect source of pink yarn.  I am washing the yarn now and will be knitting more hats this weekend.  

 Repurposing Pink!

Repurposing Pink!

 Pre-washing

Pre-washing

Easy Pussyhat Pattern:

Using a yarn appropriate for a size 7 circular needle, cast on 80 sts with a long tailed cast on.  Link into a round and K2P2 for 3 inches.  Switch to K every st for 5.5 inches.  The total height will be 8.5 inches.  Turn the hat inside out and use a three needle bind off to close the top.  Weave in the ends, turn the hat right side out and you are done.  I have found that the ears look better after blocking so set aside time for that.