September 28, 2012 – Remember the beige visored hat Jayne Cobb wore in “The Train Job” episode of Firefly? Our favorite mercenary, played by actor Adam Baldwin, grabs the hat and declares, “Time for some thrilling heroics!” as he prepares to rob a train.
That hat was the inspiration for the autumn-colored knit hat that Ma Cobb made and sent to her son in the episode, “The Message.”
Firefly costume designer Shawna Trpcic says she sketched the Jayne Hat as a watercolor, found yarn at a now-defunct Santa Monica store and had a production coordinator knit the hat.
The screen-used hat was sold in 2008 at an auction to benefit Adam’s charity of choice: the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, which provides assistance to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving the U.S.
If you’ve always wanted a Ma Cobb Jayne hat and you’re handy with knitting needles (or you know someone who else is), you can now have one of your very own. The Austin Browncoats have generously shared a pattern they’ve created for that fabulous hat, complete with pom-pom and earflaps. The instructions tell you everything you need to buy and even suggest brands of yarn with color names included.
The Jayne hat pattern is right here.
So have a go at it, and send photos to the QMx Insider, so we can see your handiwork and maybe even share it with other Browncoats. With its palette of gold, orange and red, it’ll sit cunning on your head – guaranteed!
– Victoria Fung