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A Quechua man in highland Peru used bicycle spokes as needles to knit this chullo, producing a fine gauge. Take a closer look at the scalloped edges and rows of colourful and complex patterns. Although the Spanish introduced knitting to Peru, the culture had a rich history of textile design and production long before.


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How was the scalloped edge on this hat created?

responded: Apr 23, 2010

Posted by Susan F.

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I found instructions for a scalloped knitted border, or "punta," from the book "Andean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia" by Cynthia Gravelle LeCount. I adapted the pattern to create my own sample (pictured). I started with a crochet chain (black yarn). I picked up stitches from the bumps along the back of the chain (row 1). The scallops were created in row two through a series of single and double decreases made for every group of six stitches. All the following rows of my sample were knit.

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