Inca Knits: Designs Inspired by South American Traditions by Marianne Isager

By Marianne Isager

Incorporating the colourful form of historical Incan knitting with a nod to modern traits, this new selection of knitwear designs beneficial properties 25 clothing that convey the colourful and geometric motifs of the South American culture to the twenty first century. by means of innovatively combining knit-and-purl strategies in light-weight yarns, the beautiful colours, stripes, and zigzags of South American styles are complemented by way of refined textures. the entire featured initiatives are compatible for any intermediate knitter, with directions and charts for every trend in addition to a word list to explain numerous knitting ideas. past its tutorial position, this advisor additionally directs knitters to discover idea for his or her personal designs through studying the panorama, flora and fauna, and pottery of the excessive Andes.

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Bring the yarn from front to back between the needles and slip the turning stitch back to the left needle. Bring the yarn to the front between the needles. The turning stitch is now wrapped. Turn the work and begin the next row. Approximately 16" (40 cm) wide and 50" (127 cm) long Getting Started • Cast on 57 stitches using the long tail method (see page 246) and working over two needles held together. Purl one row. Following the Body Chart • To create a chained selvedge, slip the first stitch of every row knitwise and purl the last stitch of every row.

S ET-UP ROW ( WS) : Slip 1, K6, pm, K11, pm, K22, pm, K22, pm, K22, pm, K12, pm, K7. Knitting the Wrap • Keep the first and last 7 stitches in garter stitch and work Dogwood Blossom Lace Chart (facing page) between these stitches, purling all even-numbered (wrong-side) rows. • Work Rows 1–72 of chart a total of 7 times, then repeat Rows 1 – 41. • Knit 12 rows in garter stitch for ending border, then bind off loosely using larger needle. Finishing • Weave in ends. Thoroughly dampen the wrap and pin out to a 19" × 67" (48 × 170 cm) rectangle.

Kfb in next 24 (26, 28, 30, 34, 36) stitches, removing beginning of round marker. Left Mitten • K16 (18, 19, 21, 22, 24), Kfb in next 24 (26, 28, 30, 34, 36) stitches, removing beginning of round marker. Both Mittens • Knit to increased stitches, pm for beginning of round, knit to end of round placing the 24 (26, 28, 30, 34, 36) increased stitches on holder for flap, knit to marker. • Knit 1 (2, 3, 6, 7, 7) round even. • Work K1, P1 rib for 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) rounds. Bind off in pattern. NEXT R OUND: Knitting the Flap • Cast on 12 (14, 16, 18, 18, 20) stitches and distribute evenly onto 2 doublepoint needles, K24 (26, 28, 30, 34, 36).

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