When our webstore manager, Katy, isn't here making sure our shipping department runs smoothly, she is busy designing and sewing for her project bags and pattern company, ModularModular. We carry a few of her wonderful items, and today we're excited to show off her newest knitting pattern, the Komorebi Hat! She whipped up a sample just for us, and it will be here at the shop for awhile. Here she is to tell you about it.
I really love a good, perfectly-fitting slouch hat! I designed the Komorebi Hat to be just that, the kind of hat that goes everywhere, fits great, and most of all is squishy-cozy.
Komorebi is the Japanese word for sunlight filtering through trees, that magical light/dark twinkling effect. The textured stitch pattern in the hat mimics this with an easy knit-in-the-stitch below stitch that can be worked in a solid color, or in two colors alternated every row, for endless possibilities. The depth of the stitch gives the hat a nice squishy warmness.
You can see the alternating two color effect in the middle stripe—the pattern comes with instructions for doing ombre stripes like this hat has, and also for solid colors or doing the alternating colors throughout. Mixing and matching colors is part of the fun!
DK weight is one of my favorite weights of yarn, and I wanted the hat to showcase special skeins of yarn. I chose Acadia for Fancy Tiger's sample because it has a wonderful two-tone slubby texture which I thought would work great with the texture stitch, and I think it did! Madelinetosh DK, Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, or any hand-dyed speckle yarns would be lovely as well if you need more yarn ideas.
You can add a pom pom if you like, I made this one with the leftover bit of Moraine and it gives the hat a nice weight in the back. Fancy Tiger carries the cutest donut pom pom makers and I can't resist breaking mine out every chance I get!
I hope you like the hat—paper copies and Ravelry in-store sales are available now at Fancy Tiger!