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 will give you some lovely yarn and beads -- the pattern is not part of it.
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 single 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, we had a hard time deciding what to put together for these kits.
In the past we offered these using yarns with long changing color runs (like Amitola or Mini Mochi or the like). Today, as I was looking looking at Deborah's mitts I thought it would be fun to use solid or almost-solid colorways in yarn and play with the colors of the beads.
1. From Manos Del Uruguay is Fino, 70% merino + 30% silk --- it feels awesome-- and a generous 490 yards (450m) per 100g skein. The colorway is called Seance and is a very pale and soft lilac with subtle tonal variations. (Sorry, sold out.)
(You will note that this one is a bit more expensive than the other two -- the additonal cost can be seen via the drop-down menu.)
2. Malabrigo's Sock (100% uperwash merino with 440 yards (400m)/ 100g) in Ivy, a tonal beauty with varying shades of green.
3. Of Malabrigo's Sock again is Pearl, a gray that with a slight taupe tone. This is a real neutral.
Let's play with colors!
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.
If you choose for your yarn Ivy, then your kit will have a bead mix of varying greens, some bright and light (like lime) and some deep and rich (emerald anyone?) and a light sprinkling of gold. T'will be gorgeous indeed!
If you go for Seance, you will have an assortment of purples and blues with some silvers and crystals. Really quite striking!
And if your choice is Pearl, your mix will be crystals as well as some other intriguing sort-of-neutrals; I am looking at some of the Miyuki Unions and see a few that would look great with this, like the Crystal Vitrail as one example. This will be fun!
If you have another idea of a bead mix you would like, don't be shy! Let me know via the Comments section as you check out. Your wish is my command! :-)
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.