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Wing Feather Mittens

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In the Navajo (Diné) and other Native American cultures, coyote stories are often told to children as a way to teach lessons. These mittens are inspired by a story I often read to my children about a coyote who sees a flock of crows flying in the sky. The coyote is intrigued and asks the crows if he can join them, soon demanding feathers from them so he too can fly. The crows agree to this, and they each give him one of their wing feathers so he is able to fly off with them into the sky. He quickly becomes arrogant and prideful. The crows tire of him, so they take back their feathers while they are still high in the sky. Without feathers the coyote cannot fly, and as the coyote falls to the earth, his tail catches on fire. He lands in a pool of water which puts out the fire, but to this day the coyote has a black-tipped tail. This story shows how vanity can lead to downfall.

These multicolored mittens make us think about the coyote story and the lessons that it illuminates. The various motifs keep the pattern engaging and interesting as you move from one section to the next.

Finished measurements
Taken after blocking:
5 ½  (6 ½, 7 ½, 8 ½)” / [14 (16.5, 19, 21.5)] cm palm circumference
7 (7 ½, 10, 11)” /  [18 (19, 25.5, 28)] cm long, from bottom of cuff edge to fingertip
To fit sizes: Child S/M (Child L, Adult S/M, Adult L)
Shown in sizes: Child S/M and Adult S/M

Yarn 
Soka’pii by The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers (Light fingering weight, 100% MT & WY Rambouillet; 248 yds / 50g)
Color A: Sinopah; 1 skein OR approximately 11 (14, 119, 150) yds; 10 (13, 109, 137) m 
Color B: Natural; 1 skein OR approximately 22 (28, 66, 84) yds; 20 (26, 60, 77) m 
Color C: Evergreen; 1 skein OR approximately 22 (28, 39, 47) yds; 20 (26, 36, 43) m 
Color D: Pretty Shield; 1 skein OR approximately 55 (70, 39, 47) yds; 50 (64, 36, 43) m 
Color E: Ranch Romance; 1 skein OR approximately 33 (42, 17, 21) yds; 30 (38, 16, 19) m

Needles
Set of double pointed needles in size US 2 [2.75 mm] for cuff
9” [23 cm] circular needle in size US 3 [3.25] OR one 32”-40” [80-100 cm] circular needle for magic loop OR set of 5 double pointed needles for hand and thumb
OR size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge 
30 sts and 38 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in charted pattern on larger needles.
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