Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hat #8 (Hat-a-week): Jayne Hat

Man walks down the street in this hat, you know he's not afraid of anything...

This hat is a great way to find other fans of Joss Whedon's Firefly. Fellow browncoats will immediately recognize this as the hat that big, tough guy Jayne Cobb proudly wears after receiving it in a package from his mother.

When I was sorting through my stash of yarn, I set aside the red, yellow, and orange, which was left over from the Jayne hat I made a few years ago. All three colors are Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, so the yarn can be found at any craft store. I used my standard hat pattern for the orange and yellow sections, with an inch of ribbing at the bottom. It should be noted that hats with earflaps usually don't have ribbing--the part that makes the hat stretchy--but it's visible on the original so I included it here. I used the orange until it was about 4 inches and then switched to yellow. When I finished off the main hat, the next step was the earflaps. For the first one, I turned the hat upside-down and picked up 20 stitches. I worked back and forth in stockinette stitch until they were about 3.5 inches. I decreased by knitting 2 stitches together across the right-side row twice (leaving me with 10 stitches, and then 5). On the next right-side row, I decreased 2 more stitches and cast off the final 3. Then I repeated on the other side.

The final step was the giant pom-pom on top. I have a set of pom-pom makers, in 3 different sizes, so naturally I grabbed the biggest one. I used all three yarns together, and when I was done I used the yarn end from the top of the hat to sew it in place.

Pretty cunning, don'tcha think?

My current knitting project is actually not a hat--it's this sweater from a book called Vampire Knits

Photo from Ravelry
Mine is going to be denim blue. I'm working on the lace portion at the bottom now. I will be taking a break from Hat-a-week while I finish the sweater, because I really only have time right now to work on one knitting project at a time. I'll try to post some progress shots on the sweater, though!

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