Well, here we are. January 20, 2017. I'm gearing up for the women's march in St. Paul tomorrow, and thought I'd quickly share my pussyhat pattern (a la The Pussyhat Project). I know it's last minute, and you probably won't be able to whip up a hat in time for events tomorrow, but thought I'd put it up here anyway in case anyone wants to make their own for future use.
I don't have any step by step photos, unfortunately, as this is all last minute and whatnot, but here we go! This pattern is written in US crochet terms.
1 skein Lion's Pride Woolspun in Orchid, or any #5 Bulky yarn (100 g/3.5 oz; 116 yd/127 m)
Stitch Guide and Abbreviations
Half-double crochet (hdc): Yarn over, insert hook in stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook.
Single crochet (sc): Insert hook in stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and draw through 2 loops.
Slip stitch (sl st): Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and draw loop through stitch and loop on hook.
To make the waistcoat stitch, work a single crochet between the "legs" of the stitch rather than under the front and back loops as usual. See this lovely tutorial by Oombawka Design for more information.
As shown, I used exactly one skein of yarn, with no leftovers. Approximate gauge, as measured in the pattern is 3"x2.5" for 4 rows of hdc.
The hat is approximately 11.5" x 6.5" when laid flat in a rectangle.
Row 1: Ch10 and make 1hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook. 1hdc in each ch across. Ch2 and turn. [8 hdc]
Row 2-32: Work these rows in the back loop only. 1hdc in each st across. Ch2 and turn. [8 hdc]
You can adjust the amount of total rows to best fit your head circumference. As written, the base is approximately 22" long.
Slip stitch the first and last rows together into a ring. Make 1 sl st in each of the "outside" loops of the adjoining stitches on the first and last rows. Turn the ring inside out so that the slip stitch seam is on the inside.
You will now be working in the round continuously. Work 1 round of sc evenly along the edge of the ribbed base. I ended up with 48 sc on my 32 row base.
Rounds 1-15: Work 1 waistcoat stitch into each st around. Do not join at the end of rounds.
Turn your work inside out and "squash" it so that it forms a flat rectangle. Close the top of the hat by again making 1 sl st in each of the "outside" loops of the adjoining stitches on the front and back of the hat.
Finish off and weave in your ends. Turn the hat right side out and you're ready to rock!