Author Helen Hamann draws inspiration from historic fabrics and motifs to create this modern collection of wearables, all in soft alpaca, a fiber that boasts unique luster, warmth, and durability. Hamann is deliberate in her choice of fibers, as alpacas and their fleece played a central role in the development of pre-Columbian cultures.
Skilled knitters will love the eye-catching patterns that incorporate geometric forms and unique silhouettes. Helen’s fresh approach to form and fit will appeal to knitters looking to learn new techniques while being challenged by ambitious designs.
Projects range from a geometric scarf based on a bold striped stepped pattern, an intricate Fair Isle Bolero with mitered corners, a patchwork kimono with matching beaded cap, a lacy crocheted poncho/top with flowery beading, a colorfully embroidered wrap, and a showy lace cardigan with ruffle trim. Techniques include short-rows, mitered corners, intarsia, Fair Isle, and embroidery. Gorgeous photographs, clear step-by-step instructions, and illustrations guide the knitter through each project.
Photos of the Andean landscape, information about the evolution of alpacas, and details about Peruvian culture and textiles round out the rich history of the Andean tradition.
Knitters will love seeing original textiles and the sophisticated, updated patterns in Andean Inspired Knits.