Jayne Cobb “Pretty Cunning” Hat

Just when I was coming down from the post-Yule crafting frenzy (and getting antsy for another project) my friend, Marika, sent me a message on my Facebook and asked if I could make her a replica of Jayne Cobb’s “pretty cunning” hat from Firefly. I said I’d give it a shot.

For those who don’t know, the character of Jayne Cobb is a mercenary, a gun aficionado, and is generally understood to be a pretty selfish bastard. He also sends a portion of his earnings home to his mother every month (in spite of being on the run with his crew) and in the final episode shot for the show, she sends him a knitted cap to keep his head warm while he’s traveling. The hat has become an icon for crafty fans of the show and for Jayne himself.

Red Heart Super Saver yarn, orange
Caron Simply Soft yarn, sunshine
US 10 knitting needles
Tapestry needle
Card stock
Pen knife

I found the pattern for the body of the hat from Knitting Ninja, who created an original pattern in 2011 and was generous enough to leave it up for crafters to use (go donate on her page!). I ended up making some modifications to make up for the fact that I was working with straight needles rather than knitting in the round, including some modifications to the design of the ear flaps, so that they would curve forward.

Once the flaps were finished, I used the tapestry needle to sew them inside the body of the hat, just above the ribbed portion.

The tutorial I used for the pom pom came from The Anticraft’s Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister.

At their advice, I cut the cardstock into two 3″ circles with a 1.5″ donut hole in the middle, then wrapped the orange and yellow yarn around the outside of both rings until the donut hole was filled. Then, I used the paring knife to cut the yarn, using the space between the two rings as a guide. I then tied of the space between the rings with a long piece of yarn, producing two long tails and then cut the rings out with the pairing knife. Once the pom pom was finished, I used the tapestry needle to weave the ends of the two tails into the body of the hat.

This was the first hat I’ve finished in less than three days, even with a lot of picking up and putting down. I’m incredibly pleased with how neat and uniform and, indeed, shiny it turned out! What do you guys think?


~ by blackmoodcraft on January 13, 2013.

One Response to “Jayne Cobb “Pretty Cunning” Hat”

  1. […] Here’s mine. I made it for a dear friend of mine. If you want the money she paid me to make it, feel free to […]

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