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I'm having a Firefly marathon next month and a friend asked if I could knit a Jayne hat for it.

Sure! I said, and then had to hunt down a pattern. After combing the plethora of Jayne Hat patterns on the interwebz (okay, on Ravelry) I adapted a couple that I liked best and came up with my own slightly modified version of this rather easy hat. While my pattern isn't totally original, it was adapted from other free ones, so I'll include mine here, too, and add to the Legend...

Jayne Hat, KiKi's version

Set of five US 7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles
Tapestry needle
Pom pom maker (optional)

1 skein each worsted weight yarn in red, orange and yellow (I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Scarlet, Terra Cotta and Red Heart Gold). This hat will not use up three skeins; you can probably get a couple of hats out of these.

Size: Adult Small (Adult Large)

With orange yarn and CO 72 (84) sts, 18 (21) on each of four dpns (alternately, you can use a 16 in circular needle but I find changing to dpns irritating so I knit the whole hat on dpns from the beginning). Join to work in the round and place marker.

Work 5 rounds in k2p2 rib.

Work 15 rounds stockinette stitch.

Change to yellow yarn and work 15 more rounds.

Crown Shaping:

Rnd 1: [k10 (12), k2tog] around
Rnd 2: [k9 (11), k2tog] around
Rnd 3: [k8 (10), k2tog] around
Cont to dec 6 sts each rnd until 36 sts remain (both sizes)
Next rnd, [k1, k2tog] around - 24 sts.
Next rnd, [k2tog] around - 12 sts.
Next rnd, [k2tog] around - 6 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem loops using tapestry needle. Pull tight and tie off.


With red yarn and using one dpn, pick up 15 (17) sts along ribbed edge RS facing, turn
Row 1: sl1, p13 15), k1.
Row 2: sl1, k14 (16).

Rep last two rows 9 (10) more times.

BO in knit stitch on purl side of the work, leaving the end dangling.

Repeat for second earflap on opposite side.

Make a fringe of a few uneven strands for each earflap.

Make a red, orange and yellow pom-pom and sew onto the top of the hat.


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