One size in DK yarn. Vary yarn size to change size
3 and 1 on size US 3[3.25mm]: 4.5 sts and 12.5 rows to 1″ or 2.54 cm; 18.25 sts and 50 rows to 4″/10 cm
Size US 3[3.25mm] and size US 4[3.5mm]
stitch markers, BOR marker, tapestry needle: Optional: crochet hook for applied fringe and buttons or beads for fringe
Diva DK from Fibre Art Studio, 100% Peruvian Highland wool, 25g / 85 yds (78 m). WPI 13.
Model used approximately 16g / 54.5 yds (50m); 8g / 27.25 yds (25 m) each of C1 (yellow) and C2 (gray multi).
Chinchero Mini Hat
Chinchero Mini is a way to swatch, practice and learn techniques. By making a “thing” it will feel less like wasted time, but be less time consuming than making a full-size hat. This pattern is accompanied by a series of videos that describe how to do techniques used in the hat.
Chinchero are an indigenous people in Peru and this is a modification of the hats they knitted primarily before the 1940s. The technique for the 2-color chain and making the scallops is their technique. Beyond that I have modified the hat to fit our knitting and how we use hats.
Chinchero Mini Trims
Because of the tricky nature of the chain and technique making the hats fell out of favor. There are other variations found throughout Peru, but I found this information in an article in the Textile Museum Journal of 1999-2000, written by Nilda Callanaupa.
Follow along to learn how to create the scallops in the traditional manner, then go on to make a mini hat using slip stitches. The pigtail and fringe are design elements in the original style, but I have put my own twist on them. I added pearl shirt buttons, which is an embellishment used by the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest where I live, to my Knitted Fringe.
I was delighted to find this Peruvian Wool in my stash for this Chinchero Mini.
What You May Learn
In addition to this pattern, there is a Chinchero Mini course on my education platform (no charge) a video of a Live Webinar (about 45 minutes) on making the 2-color chain and scallops. The video also shows the flexible long-tail cast on, and how to work the knitted fringe. There are additional short videos on adding a button or bead, attaching and working the knitted fringe, and tidying up ends and the join.
These are the techniques included (with written and sometimes video information in the pattern):
- added fringe
- flexible long-tail cast on
- incR /increase right lifted increase
- JSSBO / Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off
- k2tog / k2tog-b (-b = back)
- knitted fringe
- M1p – make one purling
- make a two-color chain
- make scallops
- PU / pull up
- wyib sl1 / with yarn in back slip one
Also included are links to other techniques that you might find helpful.
There are Action charts in addition to written instructions for stitch patterns and for the crown shaping.
Make a two-color chain
PU1 under JSSBO
Parts of a Stitch in Knitting
Applied Knitted Fringe
join JSSBO at end of bind off ITR
cut yarn to pull through last stitch (bind off)
incR – Knitting Into the Stitch Below
Slip, Slip Stitch, Slipped Stitches
JSSBO or Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off
wyib or with yarn in back