With a super stretchy, simple to make ribbed brim, you can whip up this crocheted #pussyhat in no time!

—Updated 1/13 to add a video on how the hat is constructed (see below!)And again on 1/19 to add a troubleshooting video. And this link.

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st, with solidarity marches planned in hundreds of cities around the world? And perhaps along with that you’ve heard about the Pussyhats people are feverishly making to wear?

The official Pussyhat Project site offers patterns both for knitters and crocheters, but I don’t love the look of the crocheted hat. I’m not a big fan of post-stitch ribbing, see. So I made my own using my preferred kind of ribbing, and I figured I’d share the pattern here in case you, too, prefer a ribbing that’s good and stretchy. Find the text version below the videos.

If you have questions about your ribbing curling at the corners, or your edges coming out all wonky, watch this (and feel free to ask me for help!):

Pattern

Sizing

To fit an average adult head. It’s very stretchy, so will fit a range of sizes. And it’s easy to adjust: make the ribbing sections shorter or longer than 8″ to fit smaller or larger heads, respectively.

Materials

Yarn of any weight in a sufficient amount to complete the hat, and an appropriately sized hook. Shown here in worsted weight yarn (Cascade 220, about 180 yards), worked with a 5 mm hook.

Gauge

Varies based on the yarn weight you use. Just work to the dimensions specified.

Special Stitches

Single crochet through the back loop only (sc-blo): In next stitch, insert hook through back loop only and pull up a loop, complete single crochet.

Sc-blo ribbing: Work sc-blo in each stitch of every row.

Abbreviations

American terms are used.

ch = chain

hdc = half double crochet

sc = single crochet

sc-blo = single crochet through the back loop only (see above)

First Ribbing Section

Make a chain slightly longer than 4” (10 cm). Work in sc-blo ribbing as follows:

Row 1: Skip first chain, sc-blo (see sidebar) in next chain and in each remaining chain across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), sc-blo in first stitch and in each remaining stitch across, turn. (Note: The final sc stitch can be hard to see—be sure to dig for it and not skip it!)

Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 8″ (20 cm) from foundation-chain edge. Fasten off and set aside for now.

Second Ribbing Section

Make as for First Ribbing Section but do not fasten off. Without turning at the end of the last row, begin working Middle Section of the hat as follows:

Middle Section

Ch 2, rotate work 90 degrees to crochet across the ribbed edge. Placing your stitches consistently as you go, hdc in each row-edge across, turn.

Hdc Row: Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), hdc in first stitch and in each stitch across, turn.

Repeat Hdc Row until piece measures about 13” (33 cm) from bottom edge of ribbing, fasten off.

Note: The hdc section of the hat will be wider than the ribbing section. It’s supposed to be that way!

Finishing

Layer First Ribbing Section behind Middle Section, lining up one long edge of the ribbing with the last row of hdc.

Holding both pieces together and working through both thicknesses at the same time, with a yarn needle sew the two sections together using whipstitch. Use stitch markers if needed to distribute the narrower ribbed fabric across the wider hdc fabric as needed if the stitches of each piece don’t line up perfectly. Don’t sweat it! When you get to the end, fasten off. The total length of the rectangle from one ribbing edge to the other should be about 17″.

Fold the hat in half so the ribbing sections are lined up. Whipstitch the two sides of the hat together (or use whichever seaming technique you prefer), keeping the bottom edge of the ribbing open—that’s where you’ll put your head!

Weave in loose ends.

If your seam is on the outside but you want it on the inside, turn the hat out, et voila.

Wear your hat with pride!

With a super stretchy, simple to make ribbed brim, you can whip up this crocheted #pussyhat in no time!

32 responses to “My Take on a Crocheted Pussyhat”

  1. Ellen Bloom Avatar

    Thanks, Kim! This is a great pattern!!

  2. Annie Webster Avatar

    I love it! Because I can’t read directions and watch TV at the same time, I did 17″ of hdc. Ooops! I just turn up the ribbed portion when I wear it, and it gives me a nice warm double layer on my ears, so not such a terrible mistake, really.

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      There you go! Warm ears for the win!

  3. Lenore Avatar
    Lenore

    Hi there, crocheting as many as possible here in Rochester NY FYI

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      My very first boyfriend was from Rochester! Which, you know, irrelevant. But right on about making lots of hats and marching!

  4. Judy Avatar
    Judy

    Kim, thanks so much for this pattern…I love the way my hat turned out! Did some different stitches on the top and two colored…love the way my bulky yarn makes my ‘ears’ flexible enough to shape the way I want them! Looking forward to standing in solidarity on Saturday is the only thing getting me through this week.

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      How was your march, Judy? It was *amazing* here in Vancouver!

  5. Linda C Avatar
    Linda C

    can’t wait to make some for myself and my friend. I’ll wear it for the next 4 years! Thanks for this.

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      I have a feeling I’ll be making many more, too. :)

  6. Sue Lionetti Avatar
    Sue Lionetti

    How many chains do you suggest to start out? I know it says to make about 4 inches but I would love a ballpark figure.. :)

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      It depends on the weight of yarn you’re using. Going by the measurement is the best bet!

    2. Christina Suveges Avatar
      Christina Suveges

      I made 15 chains plus one for the ribbed section using red heart super saver and a 5.5 mm hook instead of the 5.0 mm because I tend to stitch very tightly.

  7. Connie Avatar
    Connie

    Haven’t crocheted in years so appreciate the very clear instructions. Thanks.

  8. Jumapili A.D. Ikuseghan Avatar

    When you did the chunky version the hat what hook size did you use

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      I used a 10mm hook. (The yarn was Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.)

  9. Susan Kristensen Avatar
    Susan Kristensen

    Hey Kim
    Thanks for the easy pattern and the easy description for the pussyhat. I’m doing my first one and it look just right.

    But I want to make more. So what are the measurements for infants and children?

    Love
    Susan, from Denmark

  10. Meghan Avatar
    Meghan

    Hi! Love the pattern, but I wish it was clearer about the length of the hdc. It states “17in” from the bottom of the ribbing, but that doesn’t include the 2nd ribbing section. So it should really read “13in”.

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      Egads! You’re right! Thanks so much for pointing this out! I’ll correct it straight away.

  11. Lanie Avatar
    Lanie

    I’ve never made anything in my life before this. I started this project out of spite because a close relative didn’t understand the point of the Women’s March and though the hats ugly. So I decided to teach myself how to make one. And once making one, make another, and then two more, to the women I am closest to biologically. My sisters and my mother. To show that I could do this, and to show that they AREN’T ugly. I actually really enjoyed this process. It was easy and fun in ways I wasn’t expecting.

    So here I am, just having finished my first hat:
    http://mylifeisasimplething.tumblr.com/post/157969875626/i-didnt-think-the-day-would-come-but-here-it-is

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      Your hat is so awesome, Lanie. So glad you enjoyed making it (and the others)!

    2. Jumapili Avatar

      Good for you Lanie you show them girl! I am so proud of you and your choice to shown “them” and how you have decided Yo do it. For all those who don’t “understand” the woman’s march they gonna learn!!! My dude just said when I told him about your post thos are your cat spite hates! I love you, yes I do.

  12. Sharon Avatar
    Sharon

    17″ seems like a mighty tall hat! Is this correct?

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      Yup! You’ll be folding it in half. 😊

  13. Donna Avatar
    Donna

    Using your pattern to make hats for this year’s Women’s March here in NJ for my friends and me. We were sad last year that we didn’t have them for DC, but so happy to see the pink heads of all those who did. Thanks!

  14. Chandra Avatar
    Chandra

    Adorable pattern! My sister just texted me asking me to make two for her and her best friend who are traveling to Costa Rica for their 50th birthdays and will be participating in a march on the beach while there!

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      Whoa! ❤️

  15. Pam Avatar
    Pam

    Great site! We marched on DC 2017 and 2018! Time for a pussy hat!! Thanks for the pattern. It’s been years since I last crocheted but this looks doable. Pam

    1. Kim Werker Avatar

      I hope you find it straightforward to make, Pam, but let me know if you have any questions!

  16. Manreet Avatar
    Manreet

    I can’t seem to find the video. I’ll admit that I’m attempting this without any caffeine in my body lol

  17. Francoise Lagasse Avatar
    Francoise Lagasse

    Hi, the PDF link for the pussy hat doesn’t work for me. Could you email it to me. Thanks!

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