The Beeswax set

Bees are exceptionally clever creatures. Honeybees use their beeswax to create strong and highly efficient honeycomb structures, which they use for accommodation, food storage, and a place to raise their larvae. My Beeswax Set celebrates the beauty of this structure.

The set includes patterns for a hat, cowl, and mitts in DK or worsted weight yarn, which can be found separately as the Beeswax Hat, Beeswax Cowl, and Beeswax Mitts.

Skills & Techniques

  • Long Tail Cast On (optional)

  • Knitting in the round

  • Simple mini-cables which can be knit without a cable needle (instructions for my favourite twist method are included)

  • Charts and written instructions are both provided in full

Materials Needed

  • 3 skeins of Vintage Purls Max (75% merino, 25% nylon; 227yds/208m per 100g skein), or 640 yards / 585 metres of DK or worsted-weight yarn (in total)

  • US 6 / 4 mm circular needles for the hat and cowl (or needle size that gives you the right gauge), and the same size needles for working a small circumference in the round

  • US 3 / 3.25 mm needles for working a small circumference in the round, for the mitts

  • A cable needle if you wish, a stitch marker, and a needle for weaving in the ends

Finished Measurements

  • Hat: 17.5”/44.5cm brim circumference (unstretched), and 9”/23cm long from brim to crown. To fit most adults with a 20” or larger head circumference

  • Cowl: 25”/64cm circumference, and 10”/25.5cm depth

  • Mitts: 4”/10cm across at the widest part (unstretched), and 6.25”/16cm long from ribbing to top. To fit 7.5” palm circumference, but stretchy enough to accommodate 7-8” hands.