Knitosophy Designs

Another New Hat Pattern: Murakami

The Murakami hat pattern can be purchased from my Ravelry store here.

If you’re a fan of the magical realism genre in literature (and art), then you are likely no stranger to the works of Haruki Murakami. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Murakami constructs mostly first-person narratives whose   characters inhabit an ordinary Japanese world bombarded with elements of fantasy. If I were stranded on an island and had to pick just one author whose works would entertain me for the rest of my life, I would choose Haruki Murakami.

For me this cable design stirs up images from Murakami’s mesmerizing novels, many of which I have read repeatedly. Born out of a 2×2 brim, the cables take both expected and unexpected paths for a dreamlike—dare we say magical—effect. Murakami is worked in the round, and the pattern includes both chart and written instructions.

For this pattern I used OntheRound Everyday Fingering in the beautiful colorway “Eclipse,” a silvery gray with bits of olive. Through Instagram, I have come to know Rachel Jones of OntheRound fairly well. Always a friendly face, Rachel is incredibly hardworking, and I admire her deeply. What’s more, her yarn is super gorgeous and almost always readily available on her website, so that’s a huge plus for me!

I hope you enjoy knitting this intricate cable pattern as much as I enjoyed designing it!

To purchase Murakami from my Ravelry store, click here.


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