"Jayne Cobb" hat pattern

Make your own version of the hat worn by "Jayne" in the Firefly series (he got it as a present from his mother, and wore it deliberately despite the extremely embarrassing design!).
The finished product should look like this:

You will need:

  • Double-knit wool in red, orange and yellow
  • 1 pair each of 5mm and 6mm knitting needles
  • Darning needle
  • Lightweight cardboard for pom-pom template

Pattern

Ear flaps
With 5mm needles and red, cast on 11sts and k 1 row.
Next row - Inc. each end
Next row - k.
Repeat the last 2 rows twice.
Continue in Garter Stitch, work a further 23 rows. Slip onto a spare needle, then repeat steps to make a 2nd earflap.
Note - to get a neater effect, when you get to the last 23 rows, work in Stocking Stitch but with a border at each end of the row, of 4 sts worked in Garter Stitch.

Main section of hat
With orange and 6mm needles, cast on 17 sts onto empty needle (22 sts for larger-size hat). Using this needle and orange, k. across an earflap. Cast on 29 sts (24 sts for larger hat size). K. across 2nd group of earflap sts and finally cast on 17 sts (22 sts for larger-size hat).
Stocking stitch until orange section of work measures 4 inches in length.
Change to yellow.
Next row: [k8, k2 tog] repeat to end of row
Next row: K1, p to last st. K1.
Next row: [k7, k2 tog] repeat to end of row
Next row: K1, p to last st. K1.
Next row: [k6, k2 tog] repeat to end of row
Next row: K1, p to last st. K1.
Next row: [k5, k2 tog] repeat to end of row
Next row: K1, p to last st. K1.
Next row: [k4, k2 tog] repeat to end of row
Next row: K1, p to last st. K1.
Next row: [k3, k2 tog] repeat to end of row
Next row: K1, p to last st. K1.
Next row: [k2, k2 tog] repeat to end of row
Next row: K1, p to last st. K1.
Next row: [k1, k2 tog] repeat to end of row
Next row: K1, p to last st. K1.
Large size only:
Next row: [k2 tog] repeat to end of row
Next row: K1, p to last st. K1.
Both sizes
K. 1 row.
Break of yarn, pull through remaining sts.

Finishing off
Using darning needle, sew up back seam, fasten off all loose ends. Take a long length of wool, sew through centre point of lower edge of earflap and fasten off half-way along the length. Repeat with 2 more legnths of wool. Divide into 3 sections, plait to desired length then tie off. Repeat for 2nd earflap.
Make a pom-pom by making 2 "doughnut" shapes from cardboard and winding red wool around until template is filled. Cut through the wool around the edge, and tie off with a length of wool drawn up very tight, inbetween the 2 template pieces. Remove template section. Attach pom-pom to hat.
Wear your completed hat, and admire!


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