40-Ring Circus by Susan Villas Lewis

40-Ring Circus

January 2015
Aran (8 wpi) ?
7 stitches = 4 inches
in Pattern stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
175 - 225 yards (160 - 206 m)
Adult S (17”), M (19”), L (21.5“)
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Run away from ordinary with this stylish slouch with welted brim and nubby texture. Maybe not all the way to the circus, but get as close as you like!

The name comes from the stitch pattern, which forms rings as you work it. The first prototype was 40 of them around, but working this version isn’t nearly as crazy as an actual 40-ring circus would be.

40-Ring Circus is worked in the round, changing needle sizes and increasing dramatically after the brim to create more drape. The finished hat is a stylish slouch with texture perfectly suited to variegated yarns as well as solids.

3.75 st. to 10cm/4” over reverse stockinette.
7 st. to 10cm/4” over pattern stitch.


  • Sample shown is a size M and used the entire 194 yards of the skein.
  • Three sizes available - Adult S (17”), M (19”), L (21.5“) - with little to no ease recommended.
  • Pattern stitch calls for moving the stitch marker at the ends of rounds 3 and 4.
  • Extreme difference in gauge means the body of the hat is not that much wider than the brim despite have twice as many stitches.
  • Pattern meant for a knitter with enough experience/knowledge to understand picking up running stitches and moving stitch markers.

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