Worker bee by Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren
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Worker bee

Knitting
July 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
100 - 150 yards (91 - 137 m)
small (medium, large) adult size
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Without the workers a bee hive wouldn’t make it, these girls do all the work, from collecting nectar to building the honeycomb and raising the brood. These mitts will keep your hands cosy while you go about your tasks, but leave fingers free so you can get jobs done. The honeycomb panel on the back honours those busy bees.

Yarn: 50 (50, 50)g DK yarn, 225m/100g.
Shown in: A Little Bit Sheepish British Bluefaced Leicester double knit in “Ceres”; 100% wool; 225m/100g.

Needles: 3.5 mm circular needle or double pointed needles for working in the round on a small circumference, 80 cm length suggested.
4.0mm circular needle or double pointed needles for working in the round on a small circumference, 80 cm length suggested.

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch markers, cable needle (optional), two small stitch holders or waste yarn.

Skills: Cast on, working in the round, knit, purl, cabling, increasing stitches, binding off, picking up stitches, weaving in ends.

Sizing: Pattern gives stitch counts for small (medium, large) adult size, approximately equivalent to a hand circumference of 17 (19, 21) cm at the knuckles.

Errata:
Cuff:
Using smaller needles:

Rnd 1: k2, p2 x 4, k2, p 1 (2, 3); repeat from one more time.

Repeat Rnd one a total of 10 (12, 14) times.

Wrist:
Using larger needles:

Work the honeycomb chart once, knit to 1 (2, 3) stitches from end, p1 (2, 3).

Work Rounds one to eight of the chart once, then Rounds one to seven once more.