Many of you have been asking me privately how to make the sweet scalloped “punta” edging found on Peruvian men’s hats, called chullos. A hard thing to describe in an email and hard to learn without seeing someone actually make some. Well now you’ve got the next best thing. Pick up the Fall Interweave Knits for complete instructions for one way of making them. Take it easy, go step by step and you’ll be making multi-colored points in no time. You’ll also learn to make a checkerboard edging and strings of darling popcorns. There is even a sweet wristlet pattern for your pleasure.
I’m not a scholar, just a passionate knitter who “needs to know”. I owe most of what I’ve learned about Andean knitting to two women I consider my mentors.
Nilda Callañaupa, is the director of The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, a non-profit organization founded to help preserve the the textile traditions in the Cusco area of the Andes. Many weaving, knitting and other textile techniques were in danger of disappearing, with each new generation less and less likely to learn them. The center works with nine communities in the region to preserve the techniques unique to each village. CTTC is also committed to keeping the knowledge of natural dying alive. Nilda accompanies us to the villages, sharing her own vast textile knowledge, and as a local and native Quechua speaker helps us to communicate when inquiring minds like mine need a little further explanation for complex techniques! She’s also the author of a beautiful book Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands, Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories.