These Peruvian hats, or ch’ullo, are masterful handknits made by The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) artisans in the village of Huacatinco, Ocangate. While the hats are 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 fine, double-pointed needles 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 completely identical. The subtle colors are knit into diamonds and flower motifs with little animals scurrying along the bottom edge. Earflaps and tassels are a welcome addition.
To determine size: Measure your head circumference. These hats fit various sizes and are measured without stretching; if you’d like a little more room, order the next circumference up.