Craftivism may have started with a bright pink hat, but now knitters have a growing number of patterns to help focus their feelings. This week, women are in the spotlight thanks to three new sweater patterns that pay homage to women working at the highest level to make change

In the spirit of Craftivism, cast on one of these sweaters with a friend, your knitting group or Ravelry KAL group. Bonus points for using a yarn from a woman-owned business!

The Knitorious RBG by Park Williams

There’s not a whole lot you can do to individualize a black robe (just ask anyone who has graduated), but somehow Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) knows how to get the job done. Designer Park Williams aka Parknknit captures her minimalist, yet bold, style in her new sweater design, The Knitorious RBG.

The bottom-up sweater features simple, all-over stockinette stitch with colorwork detail around the sweater yoke to represent one of RBG’s signature collars. Then there are long, puffy sleeves to mimic her robe.

It is written for size XS to 4XL and calls for 865 – 1970 yards of worsted weight yarn. When you purchase this pattern, $2 will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Dissent by Andrea Rangel 

RBG gets another shout out and this time for her dissenting opinions and the specific collar she wears when when delivering them. The stunning collar, or “jabot,” has become an icon in its own right, so it was about time that it was put on a sweater. Designer Andrea Rangel released a comfy cardigan that features the showstopping piece around its yoke. 

The top-down sweater is knit in the round and then steeked to create the blousy cardigan. While steeking might make you nervous, let this be the project you first try it on. Channel RBG’s confidence when she steps to the bench with an opposing view. 

The sweater offers instructions for 4 sizes and is knit with 1082 – 2050 yards of worsted weight yarn. 

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Glass Ceiling by Heidi Kirrmaier

We’re all working to break barriers in our lives, whether it be personal, professional or something in between. The understated message of empowerment – found in the pattern’s name and the many layers of “glass” found in the sweater’s yoke – is one that will motivate many to cast on the “power sweater.” 

Knit from the top-down, this sweater features a classic silhouette with stunning colorwork around the yoke. Use a gradient set, unique variegated yarn, or your favorite solids to create a “glass ceiling” specific to your journey. 

Glass Ceiling offers instructions for 7 sizes and is knit with 1070 – 1850 yards of DK weight yarn.

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