How to Make a Pussyhat

These are the cutest hats. Unfortunately they are called “pussyhats”. If you are an American woman, you probably hate the word “pussy” because it’s a derogatory term used by crude men to refer to women’s genitals. It was made famous in 2016 when the Access Hollywood video was made public, featuring our new president saying he just grabbed women and kissed them, and then grabbed women “by the pussy”. Because he’s a douchebag and a sexual predator and a pervert. So that is our new president. (But “pussyhat” in this case refers to a cat, and a cat’s ears.)

In part, Trump’s words and other similar behaviors completely lacking in respect for women are what inspired the Women’s March which occurred all over the country on January 21st, the day after the cad/douchebag’s inauguration. If you saw the march, you saw the cute hats. They are called “pussyhats”, a play on words, referring to our Commander in Perversion’s disrespectful words about women. You probably have no actual need for a pussyhat after the recent Women’s March all over the US, but you might want one anyway.


(The hat’s pattern is below)

With hundreds of thousands of women gathering in solidarity . . . . there was one notable accessory tying many of them together. Dotting the sea of women and men who were standing for women’s rights and against Donald Trump, the pink hats at the Women’s March on Washington had a meaningful message.

The Pussyhat Project was launched Thanksgiving weekend to knit thousands of pink hats for those who would march in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March. The mission behind the project was to provide a “unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard” and also to provide “people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women’s rights.

And yes, the hats mean exactly what you think they do. While the creators of the Pussyhat Project encouraged knitters to knit whatever kind of pink hat they wanted, there was a special emphasis on the hats with the pussycat ears (beyond just enjoying the  wordplay of “pussycat” and “pussyhat”). “We chose this loaded word for our project because we want to reclaim the term as a means of empowerment,” the Pussyhat Project’s website states. It continues:

Of course, the attempt to reclaim the word pussy as a term of empowerment was especially meaningful, considering the man who was inaugurated as president of the United States the day before the march was once recorded saying that when you’re a celebrity, you can do “anything” you want to women — like “grab her by the pussy.” Many women fought against that offensive assertion not only by proudly wearing their pussyhats, but also with signs asserting that in 2017, pussy grabs back.

The Pussyhat Project provided a knitting pattern for anyone who was interested in knitting their own hat or in knitting hats to send to marchers in D.C. For those who couldn’t attend the march, the idea was that they could still participate by sending hats to marchers; knitters (or crocheters!) also had the option to send personal notes to whoever might receive the hat.

Thank you for being as excited about this as we are! For the pattern, click the button below to download the PDF:

Please see below for more patterns, some made especially for the Pussyhat Project, some donated!  If you would like to share your Pussyhat pattern (whether knit, crochet, sew, loom knit) with the movement, please prepare a PDF and write to us using the contact page!