Jayne Cobb's Cunning Hat

Jane Cobb's Cunning HatI haven't done much with textiles although I own a sewing machine and have used it for the occasional project. My main reason for creating this page however is to sing the praises of Heather Hill who provided me with the tools, materials and instructions to make the hat I'm wearing in the image. Fans of Firefly and Serenity will recognise it immediately as a copy of Jayne Cobb's Cunning Hat. The rest of you aren't worth talking so :P

Heather makes and sells the hats (details on her website), but she also does kits. At the point I decided I had to have one, Heather had a 6 week waiting list for finished hats so, despite the fact that my previous experience consisted of just one item, a scarf, knitted some 30 years ago, I bought a kit. Heather was able to supply pretty much everything I needed.

Me in my Cunning HatThe only thing missing is that while Heather's instructions are good, you need a little background knowledge. However, Heather pointed me in the direction of http://www.knittinghelp.com/ where there are some videos that show how to do the various stitches.

Unfortunately the project starts with a cable cast on and 3 rows of k1p1 ribbing. KnittingHelp have videos showing both operations but it took several viewings and two attempts before I got it right. The good news however is that those are the hardest bit of the whole project. Get them sorted and you're laughing and I did the whole thing from start to finish in a single day.

The finished hat gets a lot of attention when I go out and generates a lot of smiles. Kids especially think it's a hoot and it's a great ice-breaker.

If you want your own Jayne Cobb Cunning Hat then I heartily recommend that you contact Heather and if she has a huge backlog, order a kit. Wash said: "Man walks down the street in a hat like that, you know he's not afraid of anything." I reckon that if you have the bottle to wear a hat like this, you shouldn't shy away from having a go at knitting one either.