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Murakami Hat


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.

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One Size: Intended to fit somewhat snugly on a head circumference range of 19 to 22 inches


  • US 1 / 2.25 mm 24” or shorter circulars for the brim
  • US 3 / 3.25 mm 24” or shorter circulars as the main needle, or size needed to obtain gauge (DPN’s may be desired for the crown if not using magic loop)


2 unique markers, cable needle & darning needle


One skein of OntheRound Everyday Fingering (2 ply 100% SW merino, 425 yards per skein)

Colorway: “Eclipse”


Approximately 275 yards


The Murakami hat pattern has been successfully test knitted.

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