“Feminist knitting patterns” seems like an oxymoron. To non-knitters, knitting is some antiquidated craft, practiced only by prairie women by necessity or housewives who had nothing better to do. Women revived knitting itself as a skill and an art and is starting to skew to younger and younger demographics. And in this day and age, making something with your own two hands is still very much a radical act.

The Women’s March on Washington (and other cities) was an important event last week, but the work doesn’t end there. To make our voices heard, we need to write, call, and bother our representatives. It’s important, too, to take time for self care and relaxation. But no one ever said that relaxation had to be entirely devoid of your passions. These feminist knitting patterns are a good way to blend your voice and self care time.

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Charts

1. Feminist Symbol Chart for the Knit Your Mind Felted Bag by Donna Druchunas

Feminist Symbol Chart for the Knit Your Mind Felted Bag by Donna Druchunas | see more at knittingfornerds.com

This chart includes the classic feminist symbol. It’s also the symbol for Venus. 😀

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Chart reading

2. V-Day Chart for the Knit Your Mind Felted Bag by Donna Druchunas

V-Day Chart for the Knit Your Mind Felted Bag by Donna Druchunas | see more at knittingfornerds.com

Eve Ensler created the Vagina Monologues (which is an ever-evolving set of stories about what it means to be all kinds of woman). This logo is for her cause, V-Day, a charity that wants to stop violence against women.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Chart reading

Bags

3. Knit Your Mind Felted Bag by Donna Druchunas

Knit Your Mind Felted Bag by Donna Druchunas | see more at knittingfornerds.com

This bag was created for the charts above. You can replace the triangle with any of the above charts, or any of the listed charts on the page. (If you want to change that rainbow flag up, Wikipedia has examples of other representative flag colors.)

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Felting
  • Knitting in the round
  • Chart reading

Hats

4. Catical Feminism hat by Glitz Knits Boutique

Catical Feminism hat by Glitz Knits Boutique | see more at knittingfornerds.com

This latest rebellion seems to have a theme. I wonder what it could be…

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Knitting in the round
  • Chart reading or pattern reading

5. Feminist Hat by Femiknitter Liz

Feminist Hat by Femiknitter Liz | see more at knittingfornerds.com

This hat is simple and straight to the point. Customize it with your favorite colors.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Knitting in the round

6. Feminist Killjoy hat by Glitz Knits Boutique

Feminist Killjoy hat by Glitz Knits Boutique | see more at knittingfornerds.com

When you identify as a feminist, you’re often also (mis)identified as a killjoy. Wear that label proudly to let people know you won’t stand for misogynistic, racist, ableist, or other “jokes”.

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Colorwork
  • Chart reading or pattern reading

7. Fierce Feminist by Kiki Hall

Fierce Feminist by Kiki Hall | see more at knittingfornerds.com

This hat is just a reminder of what you are before you even open your mouth.

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Colorwork
  • Chart-reading

8. Knit the Resistance by January One Knits

Knit the Resistance by January One Knits | see more at knittingfornerds.com

When the news seems overwhelming, it’s important to knit your feelings. (It’s also important to unplug sometimes. It’s not helpful to burn yourself out.)

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Knitting in the round
  • Chart reading

9. Nasty Woman Fair Isle Hat by Tangled Terrier

Nasty Woman Fair Isle Hat by Tangled Terrier | see more at knittingfornerds.com

Proclaim your own nasty woman status with this hat. It’s bold and bright. No one will miss this announcement. (I bet someone has come up with a “bad hombre” chart too.)

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Colorwork
  • Chart reading

10. Nasty Woman Hat by Mia Stendahl

Nasty Woman Hat by Mia Stendahl | see more at knittingfornerds.com

This version of a nasty woman hat is more patriotic, if that’s your jam.

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Colorwork
  • Chart reading or pattern reading

11. No is a complete sentence by Feminist Knits

No is a complete sentence by Feminist Knits | see more at knittingfornerds.com

To be honest, most of my internal monologue is just repeating no, no, no, no ad infinitum. It might be extremely helpful to have my hat say it for me.

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Colorwork
  • Chart reading or pattern reading

12. PussyHat Project by Kat Coyle

PussyHat Project by Kat Coyle | see more at knittingfornerds.com

This is THE official PussyHat (of the PussyHat Project). This pattern is for knitting, but the official website lists knit, crochet, and sewing patterns so you can make your own symbol of the resistance.

Skills needed:

  • Seaming

13. Resist Hat by Donna Druchunas

Resist Hat by Donna Druchunas | see more at knittingfornerds.com

Or if the PussyHat isn’t your style, this Resist hat is a more traditional design.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Knitting in the round
  • Chart reading or pattern reading

Gloves

14. FeminInos-mittens by Hedvig Egerö

FeminInos-mittens by Hedvig Egerö | see more at knittingfornerds.com

These gloves are made for you if you’re looking for a more delicate version of the woman power symbol. Sure to keep you warm at all of the winter protests.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Knitting in the round

15. Feminist Killjoy Mitts by Jen Walker and Cheryl Koester

Feminist Killjoy Mitts by Jen Walker and Cheryl Koester | see more at knittingfornerds.com

These gloves exist because you obviously need a matching pair for the feminist killjoy hat above.

Skills needed:

  • Colorwork
  • Knitting in the round
  • Chart reading

16. Gudrun by Maria Lärkäng

Gudrun by Maria Lärkäng | see more at knittingfornerds.com

Gudrun is a bold set of mittens that’ll keep you warm while protesting. They’re very loud on their own and can be customized with any colors you like.

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Colorwork
  • Chart reading or pattern reading
  • Shaping

Toys

17. Feminist torus by Hugh Griffiths

Feminist torus by Hugh Griffiths | see more at knittingfornerds.com

This toy looks like it would make a really good stress ball, if you filled it with the right materials.

Skills needed:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Shaping
  • Seaming

18. Womb by MK Carroll

Womb by MK Carroll | see more at knittingfornerds.com

I have a soft spot in my dark little heart (wait for the kinda pun) for anatomical knits. They’re always impressive and kind of gross looking. Intimidate weak foes by carrying around a representation of a womb.

Skills needed:

  • I-cord
  • Knitting in the round

Representing with Feminist Knitting Patterns

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Someone may challenge your viewpoints while you’re wearing these items (hell, they’ll be challenging those viewpoints without wearing these). Remind them that “feminism is the radical notion that women are people” by making and wearing your creations with pride.

18 Feminist Knitting Patterns | see more at knittingfornerds.com

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