I think twist stitches (mock cables) are a fun alternative to cables! Thick, chunky wool exaggerates the size of the twists and makes those mock cables pop out for serious texture and charm. The pattern is called Durum, both in the sense of "hardy" and because the chunky twists are reminiscent of (durum) wheat ears.
These fingerless mittens are available in 3 sizes: small, medium and large.
I would suggest this pattern is best suited to an intermediate knitter, although I have included notes on how to join in the round, m1 and left twist and a confident beginner should be able to manage all stitches. For beginners, please remember that binding off borrows a stitch. For example, to bind off 2 sts in the middle of a row of 4 sts, you would actually: knit the first 3 stitches, pass the 2nd stitch over the 3rd stitch, then knit the 4th stitch and pass the 3rd stitch over - thus finishing with 1 st, a 2 st gap and 1 final st.