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Andean Inspired Knits eBook: Designs in Luxurious Alpaca

In this beautiful eBook, author Helen Hamann draws inspiration from historic fabrics and motifs to create this modern collection of wearables, all in soft alpaca.

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Create dazzling knitwear designs with Andean Inspired Knits, a collection of patterns inspired by pre-Columbian textiles from the culturally-rich Andes in South America.

With this beautiful eBook, 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 the gorgeous Andean Inspired Knits eBook.

Table of Contents
Embroidered Yoke Wrap and Crocheted Cloche
Short Asymmetrical Jacket Flower Pin

Peruvian Textiles
Long Asymmetrical Cardigan

Alpacas Through the Ages
Patchwork Kimono and Beaded Cap
Black and White Handbag
Embroidered-Back Cardigan and Crocheted Beads

Cultural Evolution of Peru
Crocheted Poncho
Short Cardigan with Ribbon Trim
Lacy Shawl with Fur Trim

Traditional Dress and Costume
Striped Pullover and Spiral Scarf
Short Circular Cardigan
Circular Cardigan Tapestry Weaving
Short Cape
Geometric Scarf

Breeding Alpacas Today
Bohemian Poncho and Beret

About the Author

Helen Hamann, a native of Peru, is an internationally known knitwear designer and alpaca enthusiast whose designs have been featured in fashion magazines, mail-order catalogs, on television, and also in Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. Helen is a founding member of the International Alpaca Association. She lived in Peru until 1998 and currently lives on her alpaca farm in Decatur, Tennessee. Website:

This book is not just a knitting book, it is also a travelogue plus a history of alpacas. The book is wonderful reading. -Knitting News

This book is full of knitting patterns that have interesting shapes and constructions with difficulty to match.

Many of the patterns... incorporate distinctive stitch, color or embellishment highlights that say, “This is special”. -Monsters and

This book is a keeper and a wonderful reference for knitwear construction.

Stunning pieces that will grace your knitted collection forever. -Vogue Knitting

SKU: EP4991

Author/Speaker/Editor: Helen Hamann

Format: eBook

ISBN 13: 9781620330180