one last spindle hat: Circulus

Sarah Sipe’s Circulus (Ravelry link) has been released. This is the last of the six hats we have designed based on ancient spindle whorls; the others can all be found in the ebook collection, Our Heads are Spinning. (Out of print) (Ravelry link)


Whorls featuring circle designs have been found at archaeological sites around the globe; the circle-with-dot is nearly as widespread. The whorl that inspired this particular design came from a Roman-era Coptic site (Egypt), but similar whorls have been retrieved from German, Sassanian (Iran), Bactrian (Afghanistan), and Mexican sites.

This beanie features a variation on the banjo cable with a two-row nupp in the center to mimic the common circle-with-dot motif.

Measurements are made with hat blocked and stretched to appear like the example. This is a very stretchy hat due to the ribbing, and will fit a head up to 4 inches [10cm] larger than circumference noted.

  • Child: 9 inches [22cm] deep and 17 inches [43cm] in circumference.
  • Adult Woman: 10 inches [25cm] deep and 20 inches [50cm] in circumference.
  • Adult Man: 11.5 inches [29cm] deep and 22 inches [56cm] in circumference.

The example shown is an Adult Woman size on a 22 inch [56cm] head.

16 stitches and 22 rows over 4 inches [10cm] in stockinette worked in the round on larger needles.


  • 100 (110, 120) yards [91 (101, 110)m] worsted yarn (Sample in Miss Babs Yowza, Pumpkin)
  • US size 6 [4mm] needles for working in the round.
  • US size 8 [5mm] needles for working in the round.
  • Tapestry needle.


You should be able to knit in the round, do cables with a cable needle, and be familiar with a nupp.

(I’m feeling a little melancholy as well as excited – this collection of spindle hats is dear to me and has been a large part of this last year for me.)