The Cunning J.C. Hat

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I didn’t know that September 20th is the anniversary of the television/Nerdy cult sensation Firefly and of the character Jayne Cobb and the Jayne Cobb hat hereafter known as the cunning J.C. hat!

Armed with that information and the desire to create the cunning J.C. hat I had to check it out. Questions like who was Jayne Cobb? Well he turns out to be a really cool dude, named Jayne by his dad so he would grow to be big and tough and of course he did. And he is, Jayne the man asks the questions that no one else wants to. He is a macho character, but despite his amoral mercenary persona, he sends money home to his ma – Ma Cobb and this coolest dude wears a cunning hat created by Ma Cobb to keep him warm as he travels through space. Jayne Cobb is a complex character, both macho and marshmallow.

It is 11 years since Firefly and the good ship Serenity landed on the screens and this cunning hat still attracts attention even though it was only worn for a brief period in one episode. It has to be worth revisiting.

There are some interesting facts in the creation of the cunning J.C. hat.

  • It has 3 colors – yellow, orange and red

  • It has ear flaps not designed to be tied under the chin but to float in a loose and casual way around the head as the wearer moves

  • It has a pompom on top

  • There are many knit and some crochet patterns for this hat on the internet…

… but I am going to create my own.

Why?

Because Michele Ann Woolshop in Pukekohe, New Zealand was the only wool shop that I could get to in the time available and it had only one yarn with the colors yellow, orange and red.  Hence my pattern uses Sirdar Big Softie Super Big Chunky 50 grams, 49 yards and is 51% wool and 49% acrylic. I bought two 50-gram balls in each of the three colors, and I have made 3 cunning hats.

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Sirdar Big Softie is an incredibly soft and lightweight super chunky yarn, with a fashionable loose twist construction that is incredibly easy to knit on 10mm needles. Big Softie is the perfect yarn for beginners and for knitters who want a really quick project. Big Softie will also knit to all of Sirdar’s Denim Ultra designs.

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The Cunning J.C. Hat

Pattern Adaptation and Creation by ConnieLene Johnson
Size: Small Med/Large

Supplies

Yarn: Sirdar Big Softie Super Chunky 1 x 50gram ball of each of the following 3 colors:

  • Cherry Pie shade # 339
  • Orange shade #320
  • Yellow shade #329

Material:

1 pair US size 13 (9mm) (no 00) needles – or size needed to knit to the correct gauge
2 x stitch markers
Tapestry Needle

Gauge / tension:

11 stitches and 15 rows to 10 cm

Notes:

The hat is seamed at the back and the ear flaps are knitted down from the rib headband after the hat is completed.

Pompom instructions can be found at http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Pom-Pom using cardboard circles and at http://www.makeithandmade.com/2012/12/perfect-pom-pom-tutorial.html to create your pompom using yarn and your hand.

Abbreviations:

Asterisk *

Indicates steps to be repeated

CO

Cast On

dec

decrease

k

knit

K2tog

Knit 2 stitches together

p

purl

pm

Place Marker

psso

Pass slip stitch over

rep

Repeat

RS

Right side

sl

Slip

St (s)

Stitch (es)

StSt

Stockinette Stitch

tog

together

WS

Wrong Side

Knitting the Cunning J.C. Hat

Note where instructions are in [ ] they are for the med/large size hat.

Slip the first stitch and knit the last stitch of every row.

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Cast on 52 [58] stitches using US 13 (9mm) needles and the orange (320) yarn

Row 1 (RS) side *k2, p1, rep from * to end of row

Row 2 sl 1 *p2, k1, rep from * to last st, k1

Row 3 sl 1, k1, p1, *k2, p1, rep from * to end of row.

Rep row 2 once

Row 5 sl 1, k2tog, k to end.

Row 6 Small sl 1, p2tog, p to end. 50 stitches

Row 6 Med/large sl 1, p to end. 57 stitches

Knit StSt for 8 [10] more rows with the orange (320) yarn.

Change to yellow (329) and knit 2 more rows in StSt.

Shape the Crown of the Hat – Small

Row 1 (RS) sl 1, k4, K2tog, *k5, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (43 st)

Row 2 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 3 (RS) sl 1, k3, K2tog, *k4, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (36 st)

Row 4 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 5 (RS) sl 1, k2, K2tog, *k3, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (29 st)

Row 6 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 7 (RS) sl 1, k1, K2tog, *k2, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (22 st)

Row 8 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 9 (RS) sl 1, K2tog, *k1, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (15 st)

Row 10 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 11 (RS) sl 1, k1, psso, *k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (8 st)

Row 12 (WS) sl 1, to last stitch, k1

Row 13 (RS) k2tog 4 times  ( 4 st)

Break yarn and thread through remaining 4 stitches. Pull together and fasten securely.

Shape the Crown of the Hat – Med/Large

Row 1 (RS) sl 1, k5, K2tog, *k6, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (50 st)

Row 2 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 3 (RS) sl 1, k4, K2tog, *k5, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (43 st)

Row 4 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 5 (RS) sl 1, k3, K2tog, *k4, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (36 st)

Row 6 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 7 (RS) sl 1, k2, K2tog, *k3, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (29 st)

Row 8 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 9 (RS) sl 1, k1, K2tog, *k2, k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (22 st)

Row 10 (WS) sl 1, p to last stitch, k1

Row 11 (RS) sl 1, *k2tog** rep * to ** 7 times, k1 (15 st)

Row 12 (WS) sl 1, to last stitch, k1

Row 13 (RS) sl 1, k1, psso, *k2tog** rep * to ** 6 times, k1 (8 st)

Row 14 (WS) sl 1, to last stitch, k1

Row 15 (RS) k2tog 4 times (4 st)

Break yarn and thread through remaining 4 stitches. Pull together and fasten securely.

Finishing your cunning J.C. hat

Now I didn’t press any of the hats I created but you may do so if you wish.

Use a damp cloth and press on the inside, avoid the rib and do press along the edges as it will make sewing up easier.
Take the tapestry needle and join the back seam.

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Now for those Ear flaps

Turn the hat inside out.

Position the first marker on the on the second rib from your back seam.

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Place the second marker on the fifth rib from the first marker (count the first marker as the first rib)

With the Cherry Pie (339) yarn and the inside of the hat facing you, pick up the first loop below the cast on edge and make a stitch – from and including marker 1 to marker 2 = 13 stitches

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Turn the work to the right side and knit the ear flap.

Row 1 sl 1, k to end

Row 2 sl 1, k1, p9, k2

Repeat rows 1 and 2, 2 more times

Shape the flap as follows

Row 7 sl 1, k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, k2 (11 st)

Row 8 sl 1, k1, p7, k2

Row 9 sl 1, k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, k2 (9 st)

Row 10 sl 1, k1, p5, k2

Row 11 sl 1, k1 sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, k2 (7 st)

Row 12 sl 1, k1, p3, k2

Row 13 sl 1, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2 (5 st)

Row 15 sl 1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1 (3 st)

Row 16 sl 1, k2

Row 17 sl 1, k2tog, psso

Cut the yarn to length you wish for the dangly bits on the ear flaps. Pull yarn through the last loop.

Repeat the flap on the other side of hat.

Of course you can add additional lengths of yarn if you want. Cut the yarn double the length you want and use the tapestry needle to take it through the bottom of the ear flap – knot it and trim if necessary.

For me – the one strand of Sirdar Big Softie seemed sufficient.

Put it on, photograph it after looking in the mirror to make sure you like the length of the dangly bits.

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Well there you have it, your very own cunning J.C. Hat

I am looking for the videos as I must view Firefly and the film Serenity now that I have my own cunning J.C. Hat.

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