Today I want to show you how to crochet your own cunning hat as worn by Jayne Cobb in the beloved Fox series Firefly.
I probably haven’t mentioned this before but I have started to crochet and it turns out this is much cooler than you think. Apparently you can do much more with a crochet hook than just ugly socks to annoy your relatives with.
So after I had crocheted about 5 pairs of socks for the family and myself and various hats for cold winter days my boyfriend deman… uhm suggested I crochet Jayne Cobb’s hat for him. I started looking for a pattern, because you know everyone has done everything on the internet before you even thought about it. But it turned out that there were a lot of knitting instructions for Jayne’s hat (and I’m an absolute lame duck when it comes to knitting) but no decent crochet instruction I was able to follow. So I decided to make my own. Wooohoo!
I have to warn you this is no project for absolute beginners although it is not too difficult either. You should know how to work with two colours of wool and how to change from one colour to the other. For the hat itself we will only use chain and slip stitches and for the ear flaps I used split single crochet stitches, as these stitches resemble a knitting pattern best. For the ear flaps you also need to know how to decrease stitches.
So here comes my first crochet tutorial. I am very sorry for the very shitty photo quality. I mostly took the photos with my phone late at night while sitting in front of the TV.
Please let me know if you have any problems with the instructions.
What you will need:
- yellow, orange and light red wool (I used a thread size 3,5 mm of fair and organic pure new wool)
- crochet hook fitting your thread size
- measuring tape
- wool needle
- stitch markers (paperclips or safety needles will do as well)
The number of chain stitches and also the thickness of the wool you use determines the length of your hat. 45 chain stitches on a wool with a thread size of 3,5 mm will produce a rather well fitted hat. If you want your hat to be more beanie-like or if you’re using a thinner wool use more chain stitches to start with.
I started with the orange wool and did 20 chain stitches, then changed the colour and did 25 chain stitches with the yellow wool, plus one chain for turning. Turn your work and crochet only slip stitches into the single loop underneath the chain for the second row. Crochet another chain stitch to turn your work again. For the third row crochet slip stitches in the back loops only but leave out the last 5 stitches at the yellow end. Instead crochet a chain stitch and turn your work. Now crochet back again only slip stitches in the back loops. In this row leave out the last 8 stitches of the orange end. Turn your work with a chain stitch and this time leave out another 5 stitches in the 5th row at the yellow end. I know this sounds quite complicated but maybe this will help:
Crochet diagram for the first 5 rows:
In case you’re wondering what you’re doing right now and how the hell this ever should become a hat: Crocheting in rows with slip stitches into the back loops and turning the work creates knitting-like stretchy rips. We leave out some stitches at the ends so that we get a nice cuff at the orange end and a nice round shape at the yellow end. As soon as we have reached the desired head circumference we will crochet the sides together. But till then comes the tricky part:
For the 6th row we will go all the way back with slip stitches into the back loops. When you reach the little step from the 5th to the 4th row where we had left out the 8 stitches, insert the hook through the small loop that was produced by the chain stitch we made for turning (see last photo in gallery above). Then insert the crochet hook into the back loop of the next stitch. You should now have three loops on the hook. Take the yarn over and pull through all three loops as if doing a regular slip stitch. Proceed with slip stitches into the back loops until the end of the row. Do another chain stitch for turning and now go back all the way till the end for the 7th row. Proceed with the two little steps at the yellow end in the same way as described before. Now repeat the steps from rows 3 till 7 until you have reached the desired head circumference:
Use a measuring tape and stretch the fabric. For a male you will need about 56 cm for a female about 52 cm for a comfortable fit around the head. When you have reached the desired length you can either sew together the sides with a wool needle or use slip stitches and a crochet hook. Then you will need to close the whole on top at the yellow end. I have found a tutorial for you which you can find at the end of this post that shows you exactly how to do it.
Now we’ll do the ear flaps. I counted 63 rips total. Your number may vary according to wool and hook size and also circumference. Using stitch markers I marked the position of the ear flaps. 24 rips on the face side. 11 rips for each flap and 17 rips on the back side.
Using the light red wool crochet single stitches right into the rips and the spaces between the rips. 11 rips then make 22 single crochet stitches in your first row. Start at the backside and work to the front side of your hat. At the end of the row make a chain stitch and turn. The second and all following rows will be done in slip single stitches. Also decrease the last two stitches of the second row. You should now have 21 stitches. Proceed as usual with the next two rows in 21 stitches. Then decrease again at the end of the 4th row to 20 stitches. Do the next two rows with 20 stitches. Proceed like this till you have reached the 11th row with 18 stitches. Now decrease the last two stitches to one in every row until you only have 6 stitches left in the 23rd and last row.
Crochet diagram for the ear flaps:
Proceed the same way for the ear flap on the other side. Only this time be careful to decrease the first rows at the front side of the hat and not the backside.
The fringes at the end I made with a few threads about 20 cm long. The easiest way is to use your crochet hook to pull the threads through in a loop and then pull the ends through that loop to fasten it.
For the pompon on top cut out two rings out of cardboard. The outer diameter is bout 5 cm and the hole in the middle about 1,5 cm in diameter. Place the rings on top of each other and start to wrap threads of wool around. Mixing the colours will give it a nice effect. When you are finished carefully cut the threads at the rim. Then use on thread of wool and slide it between the two rings and tighten it a bit. Now pull out the rings and fasten the pompon with a tight knot. You can then use the thread to sew the pompon on top of your hat.