navajo release

Navaho Release
One of my students discovered this figure by accident when a loop slipped
off his index finger. I call it a “release” because the center dissolves during
the final extension.

• Opening A
• Katilliuk the thumb loops, then Katilluik the little finger loops to form the Double Katilluik Three-Loop Loom.
• First Navaho Weave (N-1), picking up only the non-transverse near little finger string in part 1 of the weave (in part 2 pick up both far thumb strings).
• Do an altered Second Navaho Weave: Pass each thumb away from you over the near index string and the far index string and under all other strings, then pick up the (double) far little finger string and return.
• Continuation Move:  drop the little finger loop and roll the middle finger loop  onto the little finger (i.e., transfer the middle finger loop onto the thumb, inserting the thumb from below, then transfer the upper thumb loop to the little finger, inserting the little finger from above — this accomplishes a +1/2 rotation of the transferred
loop).
• First Navaho Weave (N-1), picking up only the non-transverse near little finger string in part 1 of the weave (in part 2 pick up both far thumb strings).
• Do an altered Second Navaho Weave: Pass each thumb away from you over the near index string and the far index string and under all other strings, then pick up the (double) far little finger string and return.
• Drop the index loop, then insert the index, from below, into the double middle finger loop and separate the two fingers as far as possible to extend the figure in three dimensions (you don’t need a Power Lift or Caroline Extension to display this figure). The formula for this figure is:

Opening A, Katilluik thumb and little, [N-1 (non-tv only), N-2 (over near and far index), CM]1, N-1 (non-tv only), N-2 (over near and far index), drop index, widen middle finger loop with index.

Navaho Cage

Same as Navaho Release, but start with a ‘Left DNA Opening’ rather than Opening A. In the final extension, when you drop the index loop, the center will “catch” rather than dissolve, and produce a nice three-dimensional figure with four frame lines. The formula for this figure is:

Left DNA Opening, Katilluik thumb and little, [N-1 (non-tv only), N-2 (over near and far index), CM]1, N-1 (non-tv only), N-2 (over near and far index), drop index, widen middle finger loop with index.