Andean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia

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Cynthia LeCount's Andean Folk Knitting is a tribute to the colorful and often whimsical folk knitting of Peru and Bolivia. Being an artist and photographer, as well as a researcher and writer, LeCount's charming photos and drawings bring lively illustration to this highly detailed, 168 page study of superlative knitting. Andean Folk Knitting is any needlecrafter's "must have"!

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The Andean regions of Peru and Bolivia may be the most forbidding areas on earth--cold, wind-swept, and desolate. One would hardly expect textile arts to flourish on these plains. Yet here the Quechua and Aymara peoples have for centuries produced museum-quality woven and knitted garments, not only out of necessity but as a vehicle for self-expression and local pride. Although handweaving in this region has been amply documented, this is the first monograph to focus on knitting itself, exploring regional styles, design motifs, colorways, materials, and techniques. The Andean knitter reserves the most breathtaking of his creations for private use, knitting caps (often on needles fashioned of bicycle spokes) in fine gauges of up to 21 stitches to the inch, and working out intricate patterns without benefit of graph paper. For the experienced knitter who wants to replicate pieces illustrated in the text, LeCount includes instructions for ten projects. Recommended.
- Janice Zlendich, Cali fornia State Univ. Lib., Fullerton
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Cynthia LeCount's Andean Folk Knitting is a tribute to the colorful and often whimsical folk knitting of Peru and Bolivia. Being an artist and photographer, as well as a researcher and writer, LeCount's charming photos and drawings bring lively illustration to this highly detailed, 168 page study of superlative knitting. Andean Folk Knitting is any needlecrafter's "must have"! -- Midwest Book Review

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