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Apis Mellifera Mittens

Knitting
October 2011
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
180 - 200 yards (165 - 183 m)
Width: one size fits most, apprx 3.5″ across palm. Length: Knit to fit with shorter and longer (plus 1/2 inch) fingertip options.
This pattern is available for $6.00.

Originally published as the October 2011 pattern for Twisted’s Single Skein Club.

Skill level: Advanced beginner.

Notions: Cable needle (optional), waste yarn, darning needle.

The honeycomb cables in these mittens were initially inspired by the warm tones of the Wheat Heather colorway of Imperial Stock Ranch’s wonderfully soft yet rustic Columbia yarn. From there, well, all the pieces fell quickly into place…

The title, Apis Mellifera, is the scientific term for the Western Honeybee. It is also the root of the name ‘Melissa’, which means ‘honeybee’, and happens to be my mom’s name!

So, these mittens are a tribute to one of my favorite yarns (which inspired the cables), my favorite month of the year (October, when I was born and when I’m publishing this pattern), and the woman who brought me into this world and taught me to love and respect our honeybees. Enjoy!