Big smiles here!
From Abbey Phelps, the amazing creator of Dragon's Rest comes Dragon's Flight Shawl with (hold onto your hats!) a page detailing the addition of beads should you so choose.
I love this!
To quote Abbey: Wrap yourself in lacy dragon wings!
There are three sizes: small, medium, and large. These sizes refer to the number of stitches rather than size of finished shawl. If you follow the instructions as written your shawl will be about as wide as your arms from finger-tip to finger-tip no matter what yarn you choose. The pattern is fully adjustable if you want a very large shawl or a small shoulder shawl adjust accordingly. You will need between 600-1400 yards of yarn depending on the weight of yarn you choose and the size you choose to knit.
Choose any yarn you like. Your yarn should have a high wool content so that you can block it. It should also be fairly solid colored so you don’t hide the lace pattern with multicolored yarn.
Choose a needle 2-3 sizes larger than suggested for your choice of yarn to begin with. Gauge is not important in this project so choose a needle that gives you a pleasing fabric with your chosen yarn.
Now when it says that you may use whatever yarn you like that is not a typo. Really and truly!
I queried Abbey on this. She wrote that the shawl is written to be as wide as the knitter's wingspan from finger tip to fingertip (which is almost always equal to the knitter's height). A fingering weight yarn will require a large size and a worsted weight will require a small size. The knitter knits part 2 to the small stitch count then holds it up to their shoulders. If it is as wide as their shoulders they continue on to the next part. If it is not they knit to the medium stitch count then measure again. If the knitter wants a smaller shoulder shawl they should always knit the small in a fingering weight. Does that make it clear?
Your yarn should have a high wool content so that you can block it. It should also be fairly solid colored so you don’t hide the lace pattern with multicolored yarn.
Bear in mind though that this is a fairly complicated pattern and does require paying attention. It is not mindless TV knitting -- just so you know. :-)
Now if you choose a fingering weight yarn, then consider adding beads to this beauty. We don't currently have any photos of the shawl with beads, but on our suggestion Abbey wrote up a special bead page for us!
You will need between 500 and 600 beads if you would like to add beads to the border of the shawl. You might also choose to add beads to the body of the shawl as well and then you will need significantly more. Here Abbey gives general directions and some neat ideas.
The beads are added as-you-go (via crochet hook or dental floss or bent wire).
What we offer here on this web page is the hard copy of the pattern plus the special bead addition page, seven pages printed out to be mailed.
This should be amazing fun to make --- a marvelous design to take flight with!