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Handmade Activism

Handmade Activism

Handmade Activism

Women are awesome.  Men are, too.  But women could use a little more boost in equality these days.  This is not a political post.  This is a BE SURE TO LOVE THE WOMEN IN AND OUTSIDE YOUR LIFE AND LOOK CLOSELY TO SEE IF THERE ARE BETTER WAYS WOMEN COULD BE TREATED.  Mmmmkay?  Good.  Do that.


I’ve had the opportunity to make over a dozen bright pink hats – blazingly named Pussy Hats – to support women who either marched on January 21st of this year at the largest civil rights protest of all time, or those going forward that wish to wear the symbolic emblem of the march at future protests and events.  I am only one woman that can only make so many, but there are numerous crafters out there knitting and crocheting and weaving to make more hats.  To keep up with the demand, here is the pattern of the hats I have been making.  You can find so many more on Ravelry, and of course the group that initiated the hats at www.pussyhatproject.com.  Be sure to read more on their site as to why the hats are important and what they represent.  There are additional patterns on their website, including the original knit pattern, but here is one I made up using my favorite sized hook for hats.



By Tugboat Yarning // Maggie H-G 


  • Worsted Weight Pink Yarn
  • Crochet Hook Size I /5.5mm
  • Darning Needle 


  • Small: Head Circumference 21-22”
  • Small/Medium: Head Circ. 22-23”
  • Medium: Head Circ. 23-24”


  • r = row
  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • fpdc = front post double crochet
  • bpdc = back post double crochet
  • *instructions* = repeat around


Basic Structure

When lying flat, the hat will look like a square/rectangle. When worn, it gives the appearance of two cat ears peeking out! When making the hat, you will begin at the top of the hat, chaining the full width, joining the chains, then crocheting around and around. At the bottom, you will create a ribbed band to go around the forehead, then will turn the hat inside out and whip stitch the top edge where you started.



Size “Small”: CH 62.     Size “Small/Medium”: CH 66.     Size “Medium”: CH 70

R1: sl st to first ch to join, being careful not to twist the ch’s.

R2: hdc in ea st around, then sl st to first hdc to join.

[SM & SM/MED] R3-R16: ch 2, dc in ea st around, sl st to first to join.

R17-R18: ch 2, *fpdc, bpdc*, sl st to first FPDC to join. Finish.

[MEDIUM ONLY] R3-R17: ch 2, dc in ea st around, sl st to first to join.

R18-R19: ch 2, *fpdc, bpdc*, sl st to first FPDC to join. Finish.

Flip the hat inside out and lay flat. Taking a 20” strand of yarn, whip stitch the two layers of hat together, tie off and weave in ends. Turn right side out, and wear to support the rights of women!


Permission to Use this Pattern

You may use this pattern for personal or commercial use, and frankly, you can print it and share it with whomever you like. Please don’t take my photos though – they’re of me and, well, mine. If you have further questions, be sure to check out www.PussyHatProject.com to learn more about this amazing movement and the power of handmade! Thank you!


Still crocheting for the cause,



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