If you’re a fan of Firefly, the odds are good that you remember your reaction when Jayne Cobb opened the gift from his mother and pulled out the knit hat from his mother. The bright multi-color design was just the icing on the cake. The ridiculousness of it all was captured nicely by one of the characters:

A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he’s not afraid of anything. — Wash

Although Jayne only wore the hat for a very brief time, many fans (referred to as Browncoats) fell in love with the design and began to make their own versions.  Knitters created hats for themselves and fellow fans and eventually began sharing patterns for their projects. Although the show has been off air since 2003, this simple hat has become the unofficial symbol of Firefly and a way for for fans to identify other fans.

We’ve tried to not only find and share patterns for the original hat but examples of how knitters have turned it into their own unique designs ranging from hats to socks.  We haven’t found one yet but are certain there’s likely a pattern for Jayne Cobb inspired knit underwear our there somewhere – the fans are that crazy!

Whether you’re a die-hard fan, helping out a friend who’s in desperate need of a Jayne hat, or simply someone who likes the design, we hope you’re inspired by the projects below and will share photos of your own creations in the comments.

Star Wars has it's Han Solo.  Spongebob Squarepants has it's Patrick.  For Firefly fans, they have Jayne Cobb.  Jayne is the antihero from this classic, and sadly cancelled show.  He's the baddest of the good guys and is someone you want to like. If you're not an existing fan of the Firefly series, Jayne has a signature toque he would often wear colored in yellow, orange, and red.  The image we've included here is from the "taulietails" blog (which you can visit for more photos) although the original pattern comes from the Dryope blog  and her Jayne Cobb Hat Pattern For Mugua (Dummies) post.  For those who would prefer to crochet, you can also pick up the crochet pattern as well. The character is awesome, the show was great, and the pattern is free. What could possibly be holding you back from starting your own project?
While we truly love the Cobb hat project, there are always some visitors to the site who ask us where they can find a similar finished product - not everyone's a knitter.  In this case, Amazon carries a great looking finished hat you can buy directly from them.
If you thought a Jayne Cobb hat was manly, wait till you see these Jayne Cobb Socks. You can find the pattern for these socks in the Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy book. Don't confuse them with similar looking Gryffindor socks!
It's amazing how this very short-lived TV show has spawned such a devoted following.  For the BrownCoats out there, we've found another Jayne Cobb inspired knitting project.  This time, it's a scarf and the pattern can be found  Check out this James Cobb inspired scarf. This scarf pattern is available in the Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy book.
Firefly HatLooking for your very own Ma Cobb knit hat? The QMX blog has this free pattern available which in their own words comes "complete with pom-pom and earflaps". Visit the blog for more information or download the PDF pattern directly.