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Some fantabulous fingerless mitts, awash with colors, ruffles and beads!
The pattern must be gotten here on Deborah's Ravelry page. This kit includs simply the yarn and beads.
The creator of this beauty is Deborah Harowitz of Sea Air Arts, and I will let her tell you about her Dragon Paws:
Dragon Paws are bejeweled hand warmers with pointed ruffles resembling the graceful sweep of Dragon Wings.
Designed to use all those fabulous little leftovers of sock yarn, pick four or five yarns in colors that play well together.
Hand dyed and printed yarns add to the raggedy ruffled look that makes the Dragon Paws fun to wear for the discerning Miss of any age. Your choice of colors and beads can give you a look from girly or elegant to steampunk or goth.
You will have a cuff ruffle, two wrist ruffles and a picot trim on the fingers.
Beads are an optional embellishment for that extra touch of bling.
Deborah also mentions that a one-color yarn with loooong color repeats look "exceptionally great" for this design. So that is what we are offering here.
The Yarn and Colorways
Deborah's original pieces (shown here with her permission) were knit using a different yarn than what we put together in these kits. You can see our kit yarns in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that. The other photos are here so you can see the design itself.
As what is needed is between 400 and 450 yards of fingering weight or sport weight yarn, what we selected is my personal favorite in loooooooong color run yarns, Amitola from Louisa Harding. This is a 80% Wool/ 20% Silk with 273 yards/ 50g. Sometimes it is listed as a DK weight yarn; it also knits up beautifully as a fingering weight.
Two skeins will be included in each kit so you will have plenty of yarn to play with.
We brought in some new colors (well, different than our earlier kits) to choose from: Bear in mind that if you want identical mitts, you will have to wind of some of the second one to find the color you started with on the first. Or knit them as fraternal twins --- I think that will look lovely.
1. Tango is a party on your needles! It has vibrant ambers and oranges and golds, corals and fuchsia and a bit of rich coffee as well.
2. Hummingbird has marvelous runs from pale silvery blue into violet into rich deep purple. (Sorry, sold out. Contact us if you would like to be contacted when/ if we bring this colorway back.)
Beads may be optional but I love how they turn this wristwarmer into a real dragon-y look. Deborah suggests about 25 grams of size 6/0 and that is what we will include in each kit.
Important note: I have been told a couple of knitters that if you put the beads every-other-stitch (which is one of the options in the pattern) you will need significantly more than 25g of beads. If you would like extra beads for this design element, I have added it to a drop-down menu above.
I like it when beads borrow a color from the yarn colorway and expand on that, though here a contrat color would also look great. There are quite a few that I think will look awesome and really add to the overall look.
If you have a personal preference, let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you.
The pattern must be gotten here on Deborah's Ravelry page.
This will ensure that you get all updates and help that evolves with the design.
There are also some neat tips on this Dragon Paws Pattern Companion page, so be sure to check it out.