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!
Yarn: 180 – 200 yards worsted-weight yarn. Sample shown in Imperial Stock Ranch Columbia (100% Columbia Wool; 220yd per 4oz hank), colorway Wheat Heather.
Gauge: 18 sts = 4″/10 cm in stockinette stitch.
Needles: Two size US 8/5mm 24″ circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge), or needles for your preferred method of knitting in the round.
Notions: Cable needle (optional), waste yarn, darning needle.
Skill level: Advanced beginner.
Size/Finished measurements: Width: one size fits most, apprx 3.5″ across palm. Length: Knit to fit with shorter and longer (plus 1/2 inch) fingertip options.