CraftSanity Podcast Episode 194 – The story behind the impressive knitting protest called the Pussy Hat Project

If you’re still having difficulty accepting the fact that Donald Trump will be president in a matter of days, you’re not alone. I keep pinching myself hoping to wake from this crazy, insane dream to no avail. The good news is that we are makers and those of us who are upset can use the powers of handmade for good despite whatever nutty stuff is happening at the highest levels of government.

Kat Coyle

When thousands of protesters gather for the Women’s March On Washington January 21, 2017, the day after Trump takes the helm of our nation, there will be a sea of pink that just might inspire the former host of “Celebrity Apprentice” to once again regret speaking so freely while wearing a hot mic.

Like millions of Americans, I was disgusted when I listened to Trump’s lewd remarks about how he treats women. That’s why I had zero hesitation when I heard about the Pussy Hat Project co-founded by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman. Instead of sinking into a deep depression, these women have inspired legions of crafters across the country and around the globe to pick up their knitting needles and crochet hooks and stitch pink “pussy cat” hats to wear to the Women’s March on Washington, at local demonstrations in their own towns and in their daily lives.

Tune in to hear from Heather Robinson and Jake Sleutel who have hosted opening knitting events for knitters to come out and make hats their Craft Raft Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The podcast also includes the story behind the Pussy Hat movement that started with a conversation at Kat Coyle’s yarn shop, The Little Knittery in Atwater Village, California.

While you listen, make a hat! The project website features plenty of patterns to knit, crochet and sew hats.

I’ve been boxing a lot since the election and spending quality time at the gym. This routine inspired me to knit a Knockout Pussy Hat. Check out my pattern below.

Knockout Pussy Hat Pattern
By Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood

Supplies:
Size 11, 16″ circular needles
1-size 11 double point needle (for three needle bind off)
Chunky cotton chenille

Instructions:
1. Cast on 48 stitches.

2. Join and knit a K1, P1 rib pattern for six rounds.

3. Continue knitting until piece measures 8 inches from bottom rib.

4. Flip inside out, divide stitches in half (24 in front and 24 in back) and complete a three-needle bind off using the size 11 double point. Fasten off, weave in ends, turn right side out and wear your hat as a sign of your commitment to stand

5. If you want to embellish the ears, pin three safety pins in the form of a triangle to each ear.

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21 Responses

  1. Joe Keck says:

    Just a question: were you as animated with demonstrative vitriol when your Democrat president, Bill Clinton, was for the most part (for those of us who trust women victims) proven to have violently raped Juanita Broderick?

    What kind of cap did you knit for her?

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