Did your significant other make you a super warm Jayne Cobb hat for Christmas? No? They must not love you.
This is Jayne Cobb, from the television series Firefly.
And this is my husband is his new nerdy Jayne hat made from Wool-Ease yarn, which he says makes his head so toasty warm that sometimes he sweats in it, even though he works in the cold dark of the night as a baker.
And here's the pattern.
J hook, yarn needle, yarn in yellow, orange, and red
Foundation chain With Orange:
Skip over to this handy tutorial on how to do a chainless foundation. The chainless foundation takes longer but is more stretchy. Measure your or your partner's head and crochet enough even-numbered complete stitches to fit that length. For Bryan's massive man head, I started with 84. Once complete, connect the beginning and the end with a slip stitch to make a giant circle.
Double Crochet in each chain around and join the last one to the first one with a slip stitch. Generally, This is achieved by doing a 3-chain in the first stitch and then DC in the remaining ones. I personally don't like this look, so I chain 1 and then DC in that same spot. In the end it looks fine. Whatever you prefer, do that.
Rounds Three - ?:
To get a stretchy ribbed look, do a front post DC around the first DC of Round Two, then a back post DC around the next DC, and alternate back and forth like that completely around, row after row, always doing a front post DC around a previous front post DC and a back post DC around a back post DC. For Bryan, I did two front post DCs and then one back post DC, which is what you see in the pictures. I just kept going and going until I got a tube long enough to tie off at the top and fit his head with a bit of space, which is how the Jayne Hat was worked.
I did 12 rows of orange yarn and then 22 rows of yellow. When I finished, I left a very long tail, threaded it onto my yarn needle, and then wove it back and forth through the top stitches of my last row, and then pulled it tight to close the top. Don't worry if there is a small gap - that gets closed with the poof ball.
Yarn Pom Pom:
Follow THIS tutorial, only use more fingers and wrap all 3 colors of yarn around your hand many more times for a large poof. Sew it with yarn and a yarn needle to the top opening of the hat.
Using red yarn, make a chain 1/4 the circumference of your hat. For example, since mine was 84 stitches, I chained 21. Then, add one, and DC back into the second chain from your hook and all others across so that you have 21 DCs. Or, if you prefer, chain 2 more and these last 3 chains will act as your first DC. DC in the 4th chain and in all the others across - 21 stitches total. Or, however many stitches equals 1/4 of your hat's measurement.
Chain one and turn, alternate front post DCs and back post DCs, repeat this for about 12 total rows, depending on how long you want the flaps. If you look at Jayne's hat, the ear flaps are pretty long.
Begin decreasing at the beginning and end of each row. For me, that made 19 stitched in Row 13, 17 stitches in Row 14, and so on, until I got to a point.
Leave a small tail, about an inch or so long, when you finish off your ear flaps. If you look at Jayne's picture, you can see that you could probably add a few strings to the end, too, if you want.
Divide the bottom of your hat into 4 segments. Sew one ear flap to the bottom of the hat in one of those segment. When you sew on the second ear flap, make certain you skip a segment so that the ear flaps are directly opposite each other on the hat. So, for me, I crocheted the first flap onto my first 21 stitches, then skipped 21 stitched, then sewed the second flap onto the next 21 stitches.
Ta da! Thick and warm Jayne Cobb hat!
NOTE: Do not sell this if you make one. It is copyright infringement to duplicate a costume or character you see in a movie or television show and then profit from it. It bothers me when I see people selling Doctor Who or Firefly stuff on Etsy. This is a free pattern for personal use. Give it away and share the Firefly love, but don't sell it, and don't claim the pattern as your own.