The Bee's Knuckles
I (Virginia) recently finished a pair of fingerless mitts called The Bee's Knuckles (by Michelle Leanne Martin) with 2 skeins of the luscious yarn Mayu. Since binding off and weaving in ends, these mitts and I have been practically inseparable. I figured if I love them this much- it would be worth sharing them with you!
The Bee's Knuckles pattern is free to download. You would need 2 skeins of Mayu to finish them.
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Mayu is 60% Royal Alpaca, 20% Cashmere, 20% Silk... So it feels good, like, really really good! Mayu quickly became my favorite yarn to work with, and I don't say that lightly! Everything about Mayu is right up my alley. It's buttery soft, warm, and each skein was dip-dyed with techniques that imitate traditional Incan methods that have been used for dyeing fiber for hundreds of years! The result is some of the most beautiful tonal and semi-solid colorways I've seen. The plump, uniform twist gives Mayu crisp and clean stitch definition- which is ideal for the stitch pattern used in the Bee's Knuckles mitts.
The Bee's Knuckles isn't too complicated of a pattern. They're knit in the round, and you make basic M1L and M1R increases for the thumb gussets. The stitch pattern across the top of the hand is actually created with cabling! The tiny 2 stitch cables create the honeycomb texture, and if you acquaint yourself with cabling without a cable needle- it goes much quicker.
Even though you would probably be able to squeeze a shorter mitt design out of just 1 skein, it's worth using a second skein of Mayu so your Bee's Knuckles mitts are satisfyingly long and warm. I did an extra repeat around the fingers, because I wanted the mitts to cover most of my fingers. I get cold this time of year, and cashmere is the best remedy. Am I right? Or am I right?!