Inspired by the perfect show that is Firefly (if you haven't watched it yet OHMYGOSH please do - UK readers, it's on Netflix go go go) this is the cunning and shiny hat that Jayne Cobb receives from his mum in the episode 'The Message'. This hat has become a cult-icon and was something I was very excited to knit when I decided it would be one of my crafty plans for this month.
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Pattern - Jayne Cobb Hat
Yarn - Lion Brand Vanna's Choice held double (1 skein each of - 158 Mustard, 133 Brick, Terracotta)
Ravelry Project Page - click here
The pattern is a brilliant free pattern which is very clear and easy to follow, and even had the genius idea of picking up stitches on the inside of the hat for the ear flaps, rather than knitting them separately and sewing them on (tricky what with the 3 distinct colours).
I was very keen to get this hat as right as I could as I was allowing myself to buy yarn in for it, even though I am on a little yarn-buying-ban. The suggested yarns are a bit of a mismatch (one can only assume the designer was using up their stash - good on them!) and a bit expensive. I had a pretty good idea that I wanted to use Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, knowing that the yellow they offer is just right, it is a good price (not too cheap, not too expensive) and feels gorgeous when knitted. After trawling through the project notes to find the correct corresponding colours, and seeing a few other people use the same with great effect I got to ordering!
I knit this hat in the round on 9mm circular needles, holding the yarn double. This meant it was a very fast knit and was cheerful too as who can't help but smile when knitting in such bright colours! My sister's boyfriend chuckled a lot at me while I was working on this because, if you aren't a fan of Firefly, perhaps the style and colour choice are a little odd. I personally feel it is full of character though.
The fit of the hat is perfect. I was worried it would be on the large side (even though I checked my gauge twice to make sure it would fit!), but it has turned out to be a very comfortable fit, and I dare say perhaps a little stylish? Though a tad unseasonal with this gorgeous sun we are having in the UK right now!
If you aren't a fan of Firefly but wanted to make a hat for when the weather turns again I would suggest this pattern and simply changing the colours for whatever you fancied! And perhaps finishing the tassels, or losing them entirely (that unfinished look is part of the hat in the show). And if you are a fan of the show, then I can't recommend this pattern and yarn combination enough!