River Dragon really caught my eye one day while wandering around Ravelry. By Mindy Dykman, of Raven Knits Design, this shawl is a real beauty.
We have two very different yarn bases to offer as kits here, each in the sport weight range, and each in two distinct colorways for you to choose from.
And an important additional note: you must (!) get the pattern from the designer directly on her Ravelry page. We do not carry it directly.
Here is what Mindy writes:
This shawl is a classic top-down triangle with a three-stitch garter spine written for two sizes. Estonian star stitches build into small shoulder feathers, with the long flight feathers growing to the ends of the shawl and finishing in angled net lace.
Beads are added along the edges of the feathers and caught in the net lace for a glittering draconic effect.
All that is required is 450 yards of fingering weight or sport weight for the smaller size (shown here in blue) or 600 yards for the larger (grey).
We have put together some kits using different yarns than what was used in Mindy's original pieces. You can see our yarns in the inset photos on the top picture and again right below that. The other photos are there to show the design.
From Prism Yarns comes Petite Madison, with 372 yards/ 100g skein, made up of 74% Merino/ 15% Cashmere/ 10% Silk. Need I say that this is true luxury?
1. Shadow is a tonal play on black and charcoal and grey.
2. Garnet is again an almost-solid tonal, with deep rich violets, dark and dramatic.
Two skeins will be included in your kit. These two skeins will give you enough for the largest size.
Well, yes, the beads are optional but they add so very much. The larger grey shawl used about 900 of size 6/0 beads.
And that is what we will include in your kit: at least 75 grams of high quality beads from Miyuki or from Toho.
For Shadow in Petite Madison I tend to like the idea of silvers. With the Garnet, though, there are some stunning smoky amethyst beads that would look superb.
If you have a preference for bead color, tell me. Otherwise I will choose for you.
Just a reminder to get your pattern directly from here. This will put the pattern in your Ravelry library and also ensure that you get any updates or corrections that might be added.
BTW, these pattern instructions are both written and charted.