This pattern set is the result of an online project. It's based on
inspirations and colors culled from textiles native to the Andes, where I
spent many years. There are multiple pattern sections that are strung, added
to the previous section, and crocheted into a 70" necklace. Each pattern
segment can be used alone, modified, or combined with other segments to
build individual ropes. The book contains complete instructions for
constructing the necklace on the cover.
In early 2012, I did an
on-line, Andean based String-Along. I designed a section, made a pattern, strung and
crocheted it. Forty brave souls joined me, not knowing just what the
next piece, let alone an entire necklace was going to look like. They
received an email with a pattern section each week.
I used Native colors from the Altiplano of South America as inspiration and chose a set of colors. Each
participant was free to use my colors or make their own color choices. We
all looked at photos, and agonized over colors. Some changed their minds
several times and bought different colors of beads. A few couldnít make up
their minds and started more than one necklace in different color-ways. We
all agreed that no matter how many beads any of us had, we never seemed to
have exactly the right colors.
This pattern set is the result of that Summerís project and has all of the
patterns and repeats that were used. You can make many
different necklaces or bracelets from the material presented.
Variation crocheted by Toni in Great Britain