Knitty: little purls of wisdom
Quince & Co.


My interest in knitting has been kept alive over the years by the almost infinite variety of color, pattern, and texture that is found in collections of knitters and museums around the world. Although I love the smooth, quiet repetition of knitting a rectangular scarf in garter stitch using a luxurious yarn, it is the endless diversity of technique and style that keeps me interested in knitting as more than a way to keep my hands busy while watching TV.

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
--from The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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by Donna Druchunas


This chullo is decorated with motifs of creepy-crawly critters from the Andes. The colors remind me of the desert landscape in which these creatures can be found. The pattern arrangement, with the pictorial motifs arranged in alternating dark and light rectangles is known as tocapu. This style of design originated in woven belts, and was later adapted to knitting.

Using traditional techniques, the earflaps are knitted first in garter stitch. First a long strip is knitted, then it is formed into a curve by picking up stitches on the side of the strip and decreasing in the center. The final join is completed with three-needle bind off. Stitches are picked up across each ear flap for the sides of the hat and cast on between flaps for the front and back of the hat. The remainder of the hat is knit in the round, with decreases spaced evenly for the crown shaping. A crochet edging, tassels, and pompom are added after the knitting is complete.

spacer models: Tristan Fix and Christine Arnett
spacer photos: Susan Santos

Child[Teen, Adult]

Circumference: 16 [18, 21] inches
Note: Different sizes are made by working at different gauges to maintain integrity of the charts.



Quince & Co. Finch [100% American wool; 221 yd/202m per 50g skein]; 1 skein each of the following colors:
spacer [MC] Gingerbread
spacer [CC1] Split Pea
spacer [CC2] Crow
spacer [CC3] Egret
spacer [CC4] Honey

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer 1 set US #1/2.25mm[#2/2.75mm, #3/3.25mm] needles for working in the round
spacer 1 set US #2/2.75mm[#3/3.25mm, #4/3.5mm] needles for working in the round

spacer yarn needle
spacer pompom maker or piece of cardboard
spacer crochet hook close to size of knitting needle


32[28, 24] sts/36[32, 28] rounds = 4 inches in stranded colorwork using larger needles


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

Instructions for basic crochet stitches can be found here.

Instructions for making a pom-pom can be found here.

The charts for this pattern are very large and fit on a letter-sized page.


FLAPS (Make 2)
With color MC and smaller needles, CO 10 sts.

K10 rows of each color in this sequence:
MC, CC1, CC2, CC3, CC4.

With MC, work short rows as follows:
Note: No wrap and turn or other special technique is needed when turning.

Row 1 [RS]: K10.

Rows 2 & 3: K9, turn, knit to end, turn.

Rows 4 & 5: K8, turn, knit to end, turn.

Rows 6 & 7: K7, turn, knit to end, turn.

Rows 8 & 9: K6, turn, knit to end, turn.

Rows 10 & 11: K5, turn, knit to end, turn.

Rows 12 & 13: K4, turn, knit to end, turn.

Rows 14 & 15: K3, turn, knit to end, turn.

Row 16 [WS]: K10.

Working in reverse order, repeat rows 16 to row 1 once more.

K10 rows of each color in this sequence: CC4, CC3, CC2, CC1, MC.

With RS facing, color CC2 and smaller needles, pick up and knit along the inside curved edge of piece: 25 sts for straight section, 3 sts at corner, and 25 sts for second straight section. 53 sts.

Row 1 [RS]: K24, k2tog, pm, k1, pm, k2tog, k to end. 51 sts.
Decrease row: K to 2 sts before first marker, k2tog, slip marker, k1, slip marker, k2tog, k to end of row. 2 sts decreased per row.
Work Decrease row 4 more times. 41 sts.
Change to MC. Work Decrease row six times. 29 sts.
Change to CC3. Work Decrease row 1 six times. 17 sts.

Fold work at decrease point of row. With RS held together, work a three-needle BO across 16 sts, and BO final (center) stitch.

With CC3 and larger needles, pick up and knit 35 sts across top edge of first ear flap, CO 28 sts, pick up and knit 35 sts across top edge of second ear flap, CO 28. 126 sts.
Join for working in the round.

[Knit 1 round. Purl 1 round] twice.
Knit 1 more round.

Work all rounds of Ants & Spiders Chart.

Using CC3 [Knit 1 round. Purl 1 round] twice.

Knit 1 more round.

Decrease round: With CC, ([K2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog] 6 times, [k2, k2tog] 3 times) twice. 114 sts.

Work all rounds of Scorpions & Bees chart.

Change to smaller needles.

Using CC3 [Knit 1 round. Purl 1 round] twice.
Knit 1 more round.

Round 1: With CC, [k55, k2tog] twice. 112 sts.
Round 2: [K12, k2tog, pm] around. 104 sts.
Knit 12 rounds.

Change to CC1.
Round 15: [K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] around. 96 sts.
Knit 11 rounds.

Change to MC.
Work Round 15 again. 88 sts.
Knit 10 rounds.

Change to CC4.
Work Round 15 again. 80 sts.
Knit 9 rounds.

Change to CC3.
Work Round 15 again. 72 sts.
Knit 8 rounds.
Work Round 15 again. 64 sts.
Knit 7 rounds.
Work Round 15 again. 56 sts.
Knit 6 rounds.
Work Round 15 again. 48 sts.
Knit 5 rounds.
Work Round 15 again. 40 sts.
Knit 4 rounds.


Crochet Edging
With RS facing, using CC4 and crochet hook, join yarn to bottom edge of hat at center back. Work 1 round of crochet as follows: *sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st; rep from * around. Join to first sc with sl st. Fasten off.

Cut 16 pieces of yarn approximately 24 inches long. Pull the strands through the crochet stitch at the bottom of the earflap and then split into three strands and braid together. Cut a 6-inch piece of any color yarn and use this to tie off the braid. Repeat on the second earflap.

Make a pompom approximately 2 inches in diameter, using a pompom maker or a piece of cardboard. Sew to top of hat.

Weave in ends. Wash and dry flat to block.

Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research, and writing. She is the author of six knitting books including Arctic Lace, Successful Lace Knitting, Kitty Knits, and Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland. She teaches in the United States in Europe and now offers online sock-knitting classes at

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