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Aghaa' Ála' Mittens


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Working in the round Working from a chart Two-color stranded (Fair Isle) knitting Decreasing Three-needle bind-off 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" SUGGESTED YARN 220 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted or Cascade 220 COLORWAY Shades of brown

Supplies Needed

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

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A Texas Girl Knits
A Texas Girl Knits
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 cables and stranded knitting. I personally knit every one of my designs, usually more than once, to make sure that my idea works. My years of experience as a technical writer help ensure that my pattern instructions are comprehensive and clear.