Free Pattern: 222 Handspun's Knit Pussyhat Pattern for Handspun

Image credit ©  Pussyhat Project

Image credit © Pussyhat Project

The Pussyhat Project's goal is to knit, crochet, and sew 1.17 million pink pussyhats for The Women's March on Washington D.C. on January 21, 2017. By turning a loaded and somewhat deragatory word to a positive symbol of solidarity, this project aims to reclaim the term as a means of empowerment for women. 

"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Because women's rights are human rights" -

I adapted this from the patterns provided on the website to work well with uneven super bulky handspun yarn. This is knit in a long straight rectangle, folded in half, and seamed along the side edges. The ears form naturally at the top when worn because it is a simple square shape at the top when complete. The ribbed trim is created by alternating knit and purl stitches and the rest is a simple stockinette stitch. This pattern is free to use, but I hope that you will contribute or participate in the cause. See you in Washington!

    Level: Beginner


    • 1 skein super bulky thick and thin handspun yarn. I used 222 Handspun Pisică Glow Merino Wool Handspun Yarn
    • US 15 (10.00mm) Knitting Needles
    • Tapestry Needle 

    Gauge: 6 stitches / 4"


    • K    knit
    • P    purl      
    • SL 1 KW   slip one knitwise


    Using Long Tail cast on, cast on 19 stitches.

    Ribbed Trim:

    You will slip 1 stitch knitwise for the first stitch of each row to keep a nice edge and turn work after completing each row. It will be about 9 inches wide.

    Row 1:  SL 1 KW, *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of row. Turn work.

    Row 2:  SL 1 KW, *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row. Turn work.

    Rows 3-10: repeat rows 1 and 2 until about 4 inches long.


    Row 11:  SL 1 KW, K to end of row. Turn work.

    Row 12:  SL 1 KW, P to end of row. Turn work.

    Rows 13-30: Alternate rows 11 and 12 slipping the first stitch in each row until it is about 13 inches long.

    Rows 31-40: Repeat ribbed trim. This ribbed trim should be the same length as the other ribbed end.

    When about 17 inches long, bind off.

    Fold in half to match up the ribbed trim ends.

    Using a tapestry needle, sew together the sides of the hat and weave in the ends.

    Wear proudly.

    You can wash this gently in cool water with a mild detergent like SOAK or Unicorn Fiber Wash and lay flat to dry.

    © 2016 Elysa Darling |


    December 16, 2016