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FREE Pussyhat knitting pattern

3rd February 2017


FREE Pussyhat knitting pattern

With the world interested in the Pussyhat project, we are happy to bring you this free pattern to knit yout very own, with a twist. 


Originally featured in Knit Now 36, designer Jacqui Harding has re-knit this ‘Cool for Cats’ hat in a beautiful handspun pink yarn to make a wonderful Pussyhat! Use the free pattern below in your preferred pink DK yarn for your own version of this popular, and soon to be iconic, hat.

Jacqui used thicker wool in the picture hat than the pattern; it’s more of an Aran weight than DK, so she cast on for the smaller size with 5.5mm needles and knit to the longer length.

Originally knit in
Blacker Swan DK 
Any pink DK yarn will be suitable, but make sure to check your tension, and try to use natural fibres so you can block your finished work.

18 sts x 25 rows = 10cm measured over pattern

Needles used
5mm straight

Other supplies
tapestry needle

To fit head circumference 53 (58) cm

This hat is as simple as it comes in terms of shaping – you just knit a long rectangle and seam it at the sides! Remember to swatch first to make sure your hat turns out the right size. Our designer Jacqui tells us that she’s quite a tight knitter, so you may have to go down a needle size.

Start knitting…

Cast on 46 (54) sts.
Rib Row 1: K1,*k2, p2; rep from* to last st, p1.
Rib Row 2: K1, *k2, p2; rep from * to last st, p1.
Rep the last 2 rows until work measures2.5cm.
Purl 1 row.

Work Cool Cat pattern as follows:
Row 1 (RS): K2, *yo, k2, pass yo over 2 sts just worked, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Row 3: K4, *yo, k2, pass yo over 2 sts just worked, k2; rep from *to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep these 4 rows until the work measures 32 (35.5) cm, ending with a RS row.
Purl 1 row.
Work Rib rows 1-2 again, until rib measures 2.5cm.

Cast off loosely, leaving a long end for sewing up.

Finishing up

Fold the hat in half lengthwise and stitch the side seams together (we used mattress stitch). Sew in all ends. Soak and block flat to size.

IMG 6058 


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