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In Andean Knitting with Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez you'll explore a culture of knitting from the highlands of Peru that has recently experienced a resurgence throughout the world. In this workshop Nilda shares her experiences learning to knit from one of the last traditional knitters in her village, and traces the history, cultural significance, and tools of Andean knitting. Focusing on the beautiful chullo hat pattern from this region, Nilda demonstrates Andean knitting techniques step by step, including stranded knitting, creating a scalloped punta edge, and other traditional knitting techniques. Learn the history and skills of Andean knitting and discover a whole new way to appreciate colorwork knitting with this video workshop!

You'll Love This Knitting Video If:

  • You want to create colorful handknits
  • You want to learn about Andean knitting and the colorful origins of chullo hat patterns
  • You want to learn tips and tricks for colorwork and stranded knitting

In Andean Knitting with Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez You'll Learn:

  • How to work in the round from the inside of the piece
  • Tricks for managing many colors in stranded knitting
  • Methods and colorwork techniques for traditional Andean knitting

A Word From the Author:

“Now I'm going to show you, this is how you start with five colors. You tie three colors like a knot. Come here with the needle, pick up red, and then white comes from the back like another scallop." — Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez

About the Author:

Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez is a Quechua weaver and scholar. She was born in Chinchero, a village in the southern highlands of Peru. Nilda's ancestors are the Inka.Many of the ancient weaving techniques Nilda learned from her elders were in danger of disappearing. In response, Nilda founded the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). The CTTC has supported weavers from several highland villages, who have revived these skills and traditions.Nilda's mission to explore and preserve traditional weaving techniques is a calling of great importance.


Andean Knitting

“Having visited Nilda's weaving and knitting community in 2014 and taken backstrap weaving classes in Chinchero, I was fascinated to watch this knitting tutorial and learn the techniques and history of hat knitting, which makes my hats that I bought there even more precious. ” - Melanie Dunkley