Knitting, SweetGeorgia

51% Mittens in Join Hands

Andrea Rangel has a beautiful design in the powerful new eBook called Join Hands. With recent world events, craftivism has been thrust back into the spotlight and the designers in this collection have combined their heart and skills into mitten patterns that make a statement. Speaking to inequality for women, Andrea’s 51% mittens speak loudly with gorgeous colour and patterning. Worked up in our Tough Love Sock in Snowfall and Strawberry Tea, her design highlights the need for persistence.

Photo by Lindsey Topham.

Photo by Lindsey Topham.

“I called these mittens 51% as a reminder that half the world’s people are women, and in places like the US, Canada, and the European Union, there are actually more women than men. In a fair world, women will have equal representation in government, business, and entertainment. I’m encouraged by the progress society has made, but I know we have so much room for growth. I hope these mittens are a tiny reminder to persist alongside each other toward a more just world that celebrates and includes all kinds of people.” – Andrea

To fit average adult woman
Hand Circumference: 8 in/20 cm; fits hands up to 8 in/20 cm
Unstretched Cuff Circumference: 5 in/13 cm

36 sts/36 rounds = 4 in/10 cm in colorwork stitch pattern with larger needles

Fingering weight yarn in two colors:
205 yd/187 m MC
100 yd/91 m CC
Shown in SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock (80% superwash Merino wool, 20% nylon; 425 yd/388 m per 115g skein)
Main Color: Strawberry Tea, 1 skein Contrast Color: Snowfall, 1 skein

Needle sizes are recommendations only. Always use needle size necessary to obtain gauge. Use preferred small-circumference circular knitting method such as double-pointed needles, magic loop, or two circulars.
Needle A: US #1/2.25 mm
Needle B: US #4/3.5 mm

stitch markers
tapestry needle
waste yarn

In photographing these designs, their photographer and photojournalist Lindsey Topham sought models that represented groups the ACLU and SPLC work to protect, and who are active in their local communities. All proceeds after subtracting PayPal fees or other processing fees will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Photo by Lindsey Topham.

You can find the eBook, Join Hands, HERE and read about 51% HERE.


About Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick is a knitwear designer and writer raising a family just outside the Great Smoky Mountains in Eastern Tennessee. As the Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, her days (and heart) are filled to the brim with knitting, art, writing, editing, planning, and finding ways to put it all together. In the midst of that fibre-filled life, you'll find her living simply in the sweet spot where creativity, discovery, parenthood, and life intertwine.

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