M is for... mitts with strong, clean lines in a super-springy slipped rib that the men (and women!) on your gift list will love to wear. M is for... M1 simple shaping that makes a good project to learn increasing in pattern. and M is for... mellifluous Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, and for modifying the pattern with a girly, "un-vented" conch-shaped bind off. This pattern originally appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Knitcircus magazine. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit Purl Increase Knit in the round Cast on Bind off Slip stitches purlwise GAUGE 26 sts/33 rows = 4"/10 cm in St st on smaller needles; check your gauge before you begin.