Oh my! Gigantically big smiles here!
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 some wonderful yarns which are dyed in loooooooong color run yarns,
The first three kits here use Mini Mochi, from Crystal Palace Yarns (now no longer making or selling yarn, alas). This is a single-ply yarn made up of 80% merino wool/ 20% nylon.
The last kit mentioned here offers Sausalito, also from Crystal Palace, same fiber content. Sausalito is a 2-ply yarn also with slow color changes but this time where each ply changes at its own rate so the result is a lovely tweeded effect.
Each 50g ball has 195 yards (180m) and as these beautiful wristlets with all their ruffles can really eat up yardage we are doing to include three balls in each kit.
1. Intense Rainbow (Mini Mochi) is a colorway that runs through all the colors of the rainbow, bright and brilliant.
2. Violet Rainbow (Mini Mochi) runs with varying tones of green and varying tones of purple. The greens include lime and spring greens while the purples include blue-violet as well as a rich magenta.
3. Bodega Bay (Mini Mochi) is a softer look, with lime running into blue into soft violet.
4. Fall Herbs (Sausalito) is a gorgeous song to Autumn, ranging between golds, rusts, and olives with lots of nuances in between.
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.