These Peruvian hats, or ch’ullo, are masterful handknits from the village members of The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) in Peru. While the hats are most frequently worn by men and boys in Peru, these hats look great on everyone.
The hats are made of fine-gauge, naturally dyed alpaca with exquisite designs. They are knit in-the-round using needles made of wire or bicycle spokes, either double-pointed or with one end of each needle having a small hook to catch the yarn. The yarn passes around the knitter’s neck to maintain even tension. While men most often are the knitters, in some villages women also knit hats.
Although very similar, no two hats are identical. They are natural-colored, and the basic design consists of bands of geometric forms. These whimsical hats have tasseled rectangular ear flaps. The edges are finished with a fine-knitted scallop.
To determine size: Measure your head circumference. These hats fit snugly.