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Aghaa' Ála' Mittens

from A Texas Girl Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Aghaa' Ála' Mittens
Aghaa' Ála' Mittens (c) Robin Allen, A Texas Girl Knits
Aghaa' Ála' Mittens (c) Robin Allen, A Texas Girl Knits
Aghaa' Ála' Mittens (c) Robin Allen, A Texas Girl Knits
Aghaa' Ála' Mittens (c) Robin Allen, A Texas Girl Knits

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Working in the round
  • Working from a chart
  • Two-color stranded (Fair Isle) knitting
  • Decreasing
  • Three-needle bind-off

Pattern Description:

Aghaa' is Navajo for wool, and la' is Navajo for hands. Put them together like I did, and you have "wool hands." Navajo has some rather complex word arrangements, so I don't know if the name is correct, but like these mittens, it's inspired.

These wool hands couldn't be easier or faster to finishtwo colors, simple chart, large needles, worsted weight yarn, a three-needle bind-off for the mitten tip, and k2tog closure for the afterthought thumb.

I wanted to stay true to traditional Navajo colors and finally settled on the rustic charm of these contrasting shades of brown. With some embroidery skills, these could easily incorporate other traditional colors of ecru, red, gray, and black.

Disclaimer: I am not of Navajo descent and do not represent this product as the work of the Navajo Nation.

Yarn
(MC) Knit Picks Wool of the Andes(tm) Worsted (100% Peruvian Highland wool; 110yd/100m per 50g skein); color: Briar Heather; 1(1)skein*
(CC) Knit Picks Wool of the Andes(tm) Worsted (100% Peruvian Highland wool; 110yd/100m per 50g skein); color: Fedora; 1(1) skein
* If you knit to gauge and are careful with the length of your yarn ends, you can get a pair of the M/L mittens from a single skein of MC. If you knit loose, buy a second skein.

You can also substitute Cascade 220 in Walnut Heather (#8013) for the MC and Van Dyke Brown (#7822) for the CC.

Gauge:

24 sts and 28 rnds = 4"/10cm corrugated (stranded) rib

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Size S: Hand circumference, excluding thumb: 7", stretches to 8"; Cuff edge to fingertip: 10"
  • Size M/L: Hand circumference, excluding thumb: 8", stretches to 9"; Cuff edge to fingertip: 11"

Materials:

  • Size S: 1 set of 4 US #4/3.5mm double-point needles (DPNs)
  • Size M/L: 1 set of 4 US #5/3.75mm double-point needles (DPNs)

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • 1 or 2 scrap lengths of yarn in a contrasting color for afterthought thumb

Suggested yarn:

220 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted or Cascade 220

Colorway:

Shades of brown


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I'm a writer, reader, knitter, yoga instructor, and raw vegan living in the Texas Hill Country. I love designing items that are easier than they look, but I also enjoy the challenge and beauty of ...

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