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.
Continue reading Tutorial: Basic Pussyhat Knitting Pattern
A pussyhat-themed Tiny Cranky Haley just didn’t seem right without my mischievous Simon Paws. Because, oh, the many joys of curious cats in the craft studio!
Speaking of making my drawings move: I’m definitely getting better at digital illustration, which makes creating animated GIFs like this one a whole lot easier. Hooray for practice-makes-perfect, and hooray for technology! So, you can probably look forward to seeing even more of these fancy moving Tiny Cranky Haley drawings in the future, because, turns out, they’re especially fun to make when I’m in serious procrastination mode.
A quick note for the uninitiated: In case you’re not already familiar, Tiny Cranky Haley is a mini version of me that I draw sometimes, mostly when I’m annoyed, but also when I’m delighted, or when the cat has done something weird. You can see more of Tiny Cranky Haley on #tinycrankyhaley on Instagram.
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.
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!)
Continue reading Monday Snapshot: Yes, That’s an Emmy Wearing a Pussyhat!
As a professional crafter and cross-stitch pattern designer, I was pretty much required to design a “Nevertheless, she persisted.” cross-stitch sampler, right? Right.
This pattern is for all of my fellow creative, crafty, pussyhat-wearing feminists out there who could maybe use a quiet of evening of tea (read: a bottle of wine) and stitching. It’s my humble offering to the Resistance, since the world probably doesn’t need one more variation of the pussyhat pattern right now. (Though, rest assured, I *do* have a pattern of my own.) So, if you need a little break from knitting hats, calling your congresspeople, and otherwise lending a hand in your community, I invite you to spend the night recharging with this beginner-friendly cross-stitch project.
Bonus: If you’re really feeling stressed, there’s nothing quite like stabbing a piece of fabric with a needle a couple hundred times to work out some of that frustration! (I’m kidding. Mostly.)
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Wait! Don’t print the photo above! Click the image to download a copy of the full-sized PDF pattern. (You can also find a link to the pattern in the supply list below.)
Ready to start stitching? Here’s what you’ll need:
Continue reading Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler