Materials & Techniques

Cow Hitch (Lark's Head Knot)

A symmetrical suspended knot, composed of two contiguous simple loops facing in opposite directions, taken over the same mesh loop. This structure is used in most Andean four-cornered hats, whether they have pile or not. Cow hitch is also referred to as lark's head knot.

Excerpt from

Ann Rowe, “Technical Glossary for Textiles,” in Andean Art at Dumbarton Oaks, edited by Elizabeth Hill Boone (Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1996): 467-469, from Irene Emery, The Primary Structures of Fabrics (Washington D.C.: The Textile Museum, 1966, 2009): 37.