Dragon Paws IV: Beaded Kits

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Gracenotes --two skeins shown so you can see more of the colors (each kit has one skein to it).
Gracenotes --two skeins shown so you can see more of the colors (each kit has one skein to it).
And a close-up so the stellina is a bit more visible.
And a close-up so the stellina is a bit more visible.
This and the following photos show some of Deborah's original mitts.
This and the following photos show some of Deborah's original mitts.

Oh my!  Gigantically big smiles here!

Some fantabulous fingerless mitts, awash with colors,  ruffles and beads!  

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The pattern cost has not been included in the kit and must be gotten here on Deborah's Ravelry page.  This kit will give you  some lovely yarn and beads -- the pattern is not part of it. 

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The Design

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.

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 yarn in the inset photos on the upper-right-hand section of 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, we had a hard time deciding what to put together for these kits. 

Then I remembered some absolutely gorgeous yarn we had gotten from Madeline Tosh.  This is their TML + Holo, a 90% superwash merino + 8% acrylic + 2% stellina with 420 yards/ 100g.  The stellina is small threads of glowing metallic, very soft and quite subtle indeed, in varying colors -- I see sparkles of gold and copper mostly and even a bit of green and blue.  

The colorway is called Gracenotes.  I'd call the background hue a pale grey with a bit of ecru to it.  There are also dots and dashes and splashes of other colors -- I see fuchsia, yellow, aqua, teal, chocolate, yellow, lilac orange and goldenrod. 

The whole is very well put together, not at all garish.  I think it will be perfect for these wristlets.  

The Beads

Deborah suggests about 25 grams of size 6/0.  However, a number of knitters told me that they preferred more beads than that particularly if you put the beads every-other-stitch (which is one of the options in the pattern).

So our kits will include 40 grams of size 6/0 beads -- that will give you about 480 beads. 

There are quite a few bead colors that would look great with this.  My inclination would be to pick one of the colors in the yarn or even a metallic to pick up the stellina.  If you have a preference, tell me.  Otherwise I will choose for you. 

The Pattern

Remember:  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. 

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