These Peruvian hats, or ch’ullo, are masterful handknits from the village members of The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) in Peru. The hats are made of fine-gauge, naturally-dyed alpaca with exquisite design and detailing, including button embellishments and beaded bands. 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. No two hats are identical; they are multi-colored and there is an overall pattern of bands and diamonds. The picture is an simply example of the style.
In Chahuaytire, the men knit the hats; in other villages, they may be knit by women. While the hats are most frequently worn by men and boys in Peru, these hats look great on women and girls too. These hats fit very snugly on the head. To determine size: Take the head circumference. If you’d like a little more room, order the next circumference up.