The Pussyhat Project & the Women’s March on Washington
Knitting has the national stage this week—hot pink hats with cat ears have grabbed the attention of news organizations across the country, from The Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times. These hats come from the Pussyhat Project launched Thanksgiving weekend in preparation for the Women’s March on Washington, taking place on the National Mall, January 21st, the day after the presidential inauguration.
The Pussyhat Project has presented simple goals:
1. Make a unique visual statement on the National Mall to better make activists’ voices heard.
2. To represent those who physically aren’t able to be in Washington on the 21st.
The Pussyhat Project has swept the nation, galvanizing active knitters, bringing “retired” knitters back to the craft, and adding newcomers into the fold. But most of all, it’s provided a visible outlet of protest through crafts that are still associated with mid-century values, which kept women at home with their knitting, children, and housework.
The Seattle Times initially ran an article on the Pussyhat Project on January 3rd, then followed up the next week with a story on pink yarn shortages in the city and across the country. Clearly, makers have been called to action.
There are four knitting days left until the Women’s March, which means you still have time to make a hat and send it to a drop-off location (find locations at the pussyhat website) or make one for sister marches across the country. Almost every large city in the country has planned a supporting satellite march; search for one near you at www.womensmarch.com.
The Pussyhat Project was founded by Kirsta Suh, a screenwriter, and Jayna Zweiman, an architect, who are both based in Los Angeles. They joined forces with Kay Coyle, the owner of The Little Knittery in Atwater Village, CA, who created The Pussy Power Hat pattern, which is available on Ravelry and the Pussyhat Project site.
The pattern is simple and quick. Even a novice knitter could make one in a flash. There is also a crochet hat, a sewn hat, and options for different yarn weights on Ravelry. Find all the information you need at their website, www.pussyhatproject.com.
Shown above: LAFAYETTE, COLORADO – JANUARY 15: Leah Reddell, middle, wears one of her own pink pussyhats as she and others all help to knit dozens of pink hats at the home of Jen Grant on January 15, 2017 in Lafayette, Colorado. The group is called the Pussyhat Project, a nationwide group. The group aims to provide people participating in the Women’s March on Washington D.C., the day after Donald Trumps’ inauguration, a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard and provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women’s rights. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)