Jayne Cobb Hat

Kinda cunning, dontcha think?

January 23rd, 2009, 6:42 pm
Tags: firefly knitting

I've just finished my Jayne Cobb hat! It's based on the hat given to Jayne by his mummy in 'The Message', an episode of Firefly (if you haven't watched Firefly, you don't deserve to read this article, so go away).

Here's the original hat:
Jayne Cobb hat screenshot

Jayne Cobb hat screenshot

And my version:

Jayne Cobb hat pattern

There are lots of patterns out there for this hat, or you can just make your own, but this is mine.

'Jen Cobb's' Jayne Hat Pattern

This pattern is for a worsted-weight acrylic hat, as opposed to the original which used a heavier yarn.

Here's what I used:

16" 5mm circular needles
5mm double-pointed needles
Vanna's Choice 100% Acrylic in 'Terracotta' (orange) and 'Brick' (red), Red Heart Super Saver in 'Gold' (yellow).
3mm double pointed needle for picking up stitches.
Tapestry needle

Cast on 96 stitches (I used twisted German cast-on method for a stretchy edge) in orange onto circular needle. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist stitches.

Row 1-4: *k2, p2; Repeat from * to end of round.
Rows 5-14: knit.
Row 15: Drop orange yarn, knit to end of round with yellow.
Row 16: slip 1, knit to end of round.
Row 17-21: knit
Row 22: *k14, k2tog; Repeat from * to end of round.
Row 23: knit
Row 24: *k13, k2tog; Repeat from * to end of round.
Row 23: knit

Continue decreasing in this manner until 16 stitches remain, switching to double pointed needles when necessary. Do one more row, knitting two together repeatedly, to leave 8 stitches on the needles. Pass the working yarn through the remaining 8 stitches and tighten to close top (I suggest using a tapestry needle for this).


The earflaps are worked down from the original cast on (so your hat will be upside down as you are working) in red.

With inside of hat facing you, and adding stitches from right to left, pick up 24 stitches from inside of brim of hat. I used a 3mm needle to help with this. Your working yarn will be at the left of this row of picked up stitches when the looking at the inside of the hat.

Row 1 (WS): purl
Row 2 (RS): knit
Row 3: purl
Row 4: ssk, knit until two stitches remain, k2tog.
Row 5: purl

Repeat rows 4 and 5 until 6 stitches remain, ending on a purl row.

Cast off, leaving a longish tail.

For the second earflap, leave a space of 24 stitches (so flaps are spaced evenly, each flap top takes up a quarter of the circumference of the hat.

Dangly bits:

I simply made a slip knot, then daisy-chained slipknots until I reached an adequate length. The first dangly bit on each earflap was made from the remaining working yarn from the flap.


You can make a pom-pom using the "two cardboard circles" method found online, but somehow I don't envision Ma Cobb doing that. I simply wound a bunch of yarn around my entire hand, alternating colours every once in a while. Once I had a sizable roll of yarn, I carefully grabbed it with my other hand, slipped it off, and tied around the middle with a spare piece of yarn (leave long ends for attaching), then cut the loops and trimmed the pom-pom to size. Using a tapestry needle, pass the long ends down through the top of the hat and affix them firmly.

Wear with pride! Support the Browncoats!

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