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Tutorial: Basic Pussyhat Knitting Pattern

Tutorial: Basic Pussyhat Knitting Pattern

Know what the world probably doesn’t need? Another pussyhat knitting pattern. And, yet, here we are. Because, while I really appreciated both the idea and the need for beginner accessibility behind the original knit-flat pussyhats, I just didn’t like how they fit. So, I wrote my own pattern. Which, as it turns out, is also very easy to knit, just maybe not quite this-is-the-first-thing-I’ve-ever-knit easy.

Instead of being knit flat, my pussyhat pattern is worked in the round and grafted closed at the top, so there’s no side seaming. You’ll also end up with a hat that’s a bit shorter than you’ll get with many of the other pussyhat patterns out there. That’s on purpose! It takes advantage of the fact that your head is (presumably) round, and makes the ears stick out a bit more than they do on the taller versions of the hat. This is my go-to pattern, and I’ve already released a good many of these pussyhats into the wild. And, with more future protests and marches on the horizon—especially the upcoming March for Science—the time to knit pussyhats is obviously still upon us! So, here’s my (arguably unnecessary, but inarguably enthusiastic) contribution to the world’s growing pussyhat-making pattern library.

Tutorial: Basic Pussyhat Knitting Pattern

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Monday Snapshot: Yes, That’s an Emmy Wearing a Pussyhat!

Monday Snapshot: Yes, That's an Emmy Wearing a Pussyhat!

My husband is an Emmy Award-winning designer. Which means, among other things, that there’s a giant gold statue in our apartment. And, when one happens to be a craft blogger who lives in an apartment that contains a giant gold statue, certain ideas begin to take shape in one’s mind. (They can’t help it.) Ideas like, “Y’know what that Emmy needs? Obviously, it needs a tiny pussyhat. Like, now.”

And so, dear readers, I did the only reasonable thing. I made the Emmy a pussyhat.

Monday Snapshot: Yes, That's an Emmy Wearing a Pussyhat!

Monday Snapshot: Yes, That's an Emmy Wearing a Pussyhat!

I think you’ll agree that, in this situation, there was truly nothing else to be done. Needs must, and all of that. So I pulled out the needles and some leftover sock yarn and got to work. (Not too bad for eyeballing a pattern and guessing about gauge!)

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Knitting Pattern Review: Color Affection Shawl

Knitting Pattern Review: Color Affection Shawl | The Zen of Making

You know that moment when you’re walking around your LYS, minding your own business, and suddenly you spot the perfect yarn? It’s magical yarn that pulls you in like a tractor beam. Yarn so great that it doesn’t even matter that you’re not sure what you’re going to do with it, exactly, because you already know that you’re not leaving the store without it. Yarn that will make you spend an utterly stupid amount of time on Ravelry when you get home, looking for the perfect project to show it off. Well, it turns out that that kind of yarn—in this case, Bigarelle yarn in the Vert colorway by Bergere de France—is where baby Color Affection shawls come from.

Knitting Pattern Review: Color Affection Shawl | The Zen of Making

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Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights

Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights | The Zen of Making

I’m working on a Color Affection shawl right now, and, while the knitting is super-easy, several weeks of juggling three separate balls of a particularly cranky linen/cotton blend has been just about enough to make me cry. So, after the 23rd time or so that the center-pull ball of my main color went supernova without warning (read: collapsed, then exploded around everything else in my project bag), my fiber-addled brain started coming up with some rather elaborate yarn-containment solutions. Luckily, before I went too far down the crazy invention rabbit hole, I remembered that tights existed, and my sanity was saved.

Craft Tip: Keep Balls of Yarn Tidy with a Pair of Old Tights | The Zen of Making

Is your yarn running amok? Do you have a drawer full of old tights (or stockings or hose or nylons) that should never again see the light of day? Perfect—we’ve just solved both your yarn and your tights-hoarding problems! Because, turns out, there’s no better place for your misbehaving balls of yarn to be than nestled snugly in the toes of old [clean] hosiery.

Here’s how it’s done:

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