How To Knit A Pussy Hat: A Free Knitting Pattern


This blog post shows how to knit a pussy hat: a free knitting pattern.

This is a simple pattern that is great for beginners. 

The cat ears on top of the hat make a fun project for all knitters.

Make your own hat with this free pattern.

*Please scroll down to see the printable pattern*

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Pink cat hat

Pink Cat Hat Pattern

Here is a simple, super-fast pink cat ear hat similar to the original pattern and adapted for baby, toddler, child, and adult sizes. 

If you are an avid knitter, please consider making pink cat-eared hats. This project won’t take a lot of time!

The cat ears also make for an adorable hat. 

For more free hat patterns, please visit the hat pattern library – Hat Patterns 

Knitted pink pussy hat

Knitted Cat Hat – Free Knitting Pattern

In this post, you will see a knitted hat – free knitting pattern.

The benefit of making a knitted cat hat is that you can make one in a few hours using bulky yarn and (US 11) 8 mm knitting needles.

Even with zero knitting experience, the free pattern and make-up photo tutorial will help you make your cat hat to enjoy wearing in October.

The kitten ears make for an adorable hat. 

Make one in black or in hot pink yarn – Knitted Cat Hat – Free Knitting Pattern

Knitted cat hat

The Pussy Hat Project

If you haven’t heard, there was a Women’s March in Washington on January 21st, 2017 – on Donald Trump’s first day in office.

It was full of women wearing knitted pink pussy cat hats, and the PussyHat Project provided those marchers with hot pink hats to make a statement and help activists be heard.

The color pink was chosen because of its association with womanhood.

It has also been a way for those who can’t be there to make their voices heard.

Whether you live in Los Angeles or small towns worldwide, wear your pink hat proudly. 

Pink pussy hat knitting pattern
Wear it with the brim turned up or turned down.

The Women’s March

There was a pussy hat global virtual march on March 8th, 2017, in honor of International Women’s Day and A Day Without a Woman.

The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create change.

There have been more marches since 2017, with many people making hats for themselves, friends, and their children and wearing them while marching for women’s rights.

It’s a visual statement of solidarity; you could see a sea of pink hats.

The sea of pink - knitted pink pussy hats at the march on January 21st 2017.
The sea of pink–knitted pink pussy hats at the march on January 21st, 2017.

Yield: Pink Cat Hat

Pink Cat Hat Free Knitting Pattern

Pink cat hat

Here is a really simple, super fast pink cat hat with ears, similar to the original pattern and adapted for baby, toddler, child and adult sizes.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $10


  • 1 x 50g skein of worsted yarn - in any pink (or colour) of your choice
  • Yarn weight – Aran/Worsted/10 Ply.
  • Learn everything about worsted weight yarns here - What Is Worsted Weight Yarn?


  • US 8 5mm needles
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure


Cat Hat Pattern

Size – Medium/Large

  1. CO 50sts and leave a long tail for seaming.
  2. Rib - K1, *K2, P2* rep from * to * to end, P1
  3. Work rib for 4.5"
  4. Work in st st (knit right side rows and purl wrong side rows) until the piece measures 13" from the cast-on edge.
  5. Begin rib on right side row
  6. Rib, P1, *P2, K2* rep from * to * to the end, K1
  7. Work rib for 4.5". Piece measures 17 1/4" from the CO edge.
  8. Cast off all stitches
  9. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Making up >

  1. Fold the hat in half with the right sides facing and sew each side seam.
  2. Weave in any loose ends.



Beg - Beginning

CO - Cast on

K - Knit

P - Purl

St st - stocking stitch

Rem - Remaining

Gauge - 18 sts and 23 rows = 4" in st st

Finished size before seaming 11" wide and 17 1/4" long.

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Pink pussy hat knitting pattern

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy Knitting!

Pink pussy hat

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out these posts here and be your own knitting instructor – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know.

Including how to cast on, how to knit the basic knit stitches, how to knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows, and a list of knitting abbreviations, and more. 

For easier projects, check out this pattern category. There, you will find a range of knitting patterns – Beginner Knitters

And if you need more video tutorials to help you practice your basic knitting skills, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

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