Jayne Cobb Crochet Hat

Jul 24, 2008
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Kim P. Werker


Jayne Cobb was a character in the tragically canceled 2002 television show Firefly, and in that show he received a hat that looked like this. Except it was knitted. But I crocheted this version on account of my harebrained idea that if we generate enough buzz in the online crafts world, it will spill into the mainstream world and Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and many other great things—including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog—will grant us an interview. Here's the whole story.

So, grab a huge hook and some chunky yarn and whip one up, 'k? And then post a photo in a comment on the blog post linked above, and help us get this thing done.

Oh, and tell everyone you know. And if you're so inclined, design your own Whedoncraft!

Materials List

  • Yarn: Garnstudio Eskimo (100% wool; 50 m/50 g): 1 skein each in yellow, orange, and red
  • Hook: 9mm
  • Notions: Yarn needle, pompom-making stuff (I love using the Clover pompom maker)

Finished Size

One size fits most.


About 8 sts and 8 rows = 4" in hdc.


I whipped this hat up in an evening. That means two things: First, you, too, can have your own Jayne Hat in an evening. Second, it's not perfect. That's what you get for my impatience to get this interview-thing going. So I've made a couple of notes in the pattern to let you know how it's done in the version pictured and how you might want to change it when you make your own.

The Pattern




Jayne Cobb Hat + Jayne Cobb AmigurumiRnd 1: With yellow, beg with an adjustable ring, ch 2 (does not count as st here and throughout), 8 hdc in ring, sl st in first hdc to join, pull tail to tighten ring—8 sts.

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st in first hdc to join—16 sts.

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in first hdc to join—24 sts.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in first hdc to join—32 sts.

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in first hdc to join—40 sts.

(Note: For smaller heads, eliminate the increases in the next rnd (to remain at 40 stitches, total) and just hdc around. I have a small head, and I could do without the extra four stitches. ETA: For larger heads, work 8 increases in the next rnd instead of 4, for a total of 48 stitches.)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *hdc in next 9 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in first hdc to join—44 sts.

Rnds 7-8: Ch 2, hdc around, change to orange at end of Rnd 8. (Note: I recommend working one more rnd in yellow before moving on.)

Rnds 9-12: With orange, ch 2, hdc around.

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.




(Note: I crocheted each earflap as a separate piece. You could, alternatively, join yarn directly to the hat, work 8 sc on the hat, turn, and continue with Row 2 below. I used the same hook as for the hat, but for less floppy flaps you might want to use a slightly smaller hook.)

With red, ch 9.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch around, turn—8 sts.

Rows 2-9: Ch 1, sc across.

Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog 4 times—4 sts.

Rows 11-12: Ch 1, sc across.

Row 13: Ch 1, sc2tog 2 times—2 sts.

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.




With one strand each of the three colours held tog, make a pompom. Sew to top of hat.

With yarn needle and red, whipstitch each earflap to last rnd of hat; earflaps should be placed slightly toward the back of the hat. With red and hook, sl st around each earflap (this adds structure and cleans up the edges). Weave in loose ends.

365.28 (Jayne Cobb Hat)

Here I am all goofy in my Jayne hat.

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Loopy Jess wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 3:18 AM

I would love it if CrochetMe did manage to get an interview with Joss - and even though it is baking outside at the moment I will have a go at making a Jayne Cobb hat... maybe this could be me starting my Christmas presents extra early?

Hopefully I'll be able to send in a photo of it soonish... good luck with getting everyone making stuff.

on Jul 25, 2008 5:58 AM

mad for crochet! Nice one, Kim! I love Firefly too, and all Joss Whedon's stuff. I will definately participate in your scheme to 'hook' Joss Whedon!

on Jul 25, 2008 6:03 AM

mad for crochet! PS I just did a Google image search for Jayne Cobb hat and found a whole bunch of kooks making their own versions. Fun!

Michelle@26 wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 6:57 AM

You are adorable.

wendy@72 wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 2:26 PM

I love that you have one of Geek Central Station's dolls! I LOVE their stuff. I made my own Eowyn based on the pictures of their dolls and their human pattern, too bad she's since lost an eye and been dragged through leaves...

reneruiz wrote
on Dec 22, 2008 12:16 PM

I made a Hat! I used your pattern for the most part. I didn't really know some of the terms. So I fudged it a little bit. Thanks for the pattern.

Merry Christmas Mikie-poo!

on Dec 25, 2008 4:31 PM

Thanks so much for an easy to-follow, fairly forgiving pattern. This was one of my first projects and it turned out as a beautiful Xmas present for my hubby!

on Oct 20, 2009 6:44 AM

"We gotta go to the crappy town where I'm a hero!!!!"

(Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

Anyway, I made myself one--except out of Crystal Palace Poof yarn for extra warmth. I had to shorten the earflaps a bit, and I added on some sc rows in the back (between the earflaps, to protect my neck), but other than that, this is a great pattern! And the hat is sooo warm...and I look cunning. xD

-And the Mome Raths Outgrabe-

jonboy1987 wrote
on Jan 9, 2010 12:39 AM
ive only got one thing to say about this... where do you acquire a wicker head? seriously thats the weirdest thing i've seen all year.


Kim Werker wrote
on Jan 9, 2010 10:29 AM

Ha! You know, I can't remember where I got that head. It's handy for blocking hats, that's for sure. And it's way less creepy than those painted-face heads. :)


jonboy1987 wrote
on Feb 10, 2010 12:44 AM

hey kim i was wondering if it would be ok to use this pattern to make a bunch of jayne hats and donate them to the california browncoats to sell at comic-con (all proceeds of which go to a different charity each year.) just thought i should get the ok before i did it.

on Jul 10, 2010 6:52 PM

Hi, I was just wondering how I would convert it to worsted or heavy worsted instead of bulky?  I adore the hat, but I don't want to use yarn that large to make it and I suck at changing hat patterns.  I really love the fact that you figured out how to do that, though - I'm not at that skill level just yet.

brittishy wrote
on Aug 5, 2010 8:36 AM

So I'm having issues with the "Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog 4 times—4 sts." Mind you this is my first hat and i'm just picking up crochet after not doing it for oh... 6 years. Can someone translate to simpletons terms? :D

jetmuis wrote
on Aug 22, 2010 3:53 AM
i like this hat , soooo cozy and comfortable, too for my ears,LOL thank you for sharing this, i must find some time to give it a try too;-D
on Feb 3, 2014 6:35 PM

When starting round 8, do you sl st into the first hdc, chain 2 and continue or hdc into the first hdc of rnd 7 and continue?