Sea Dragon/ Kits/ Three Choices

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Trumpet plus Navy
Trumpet plus Navy
Saxophone plus Ecru
Saxophone plus Ecru
Marimba plus Concord
Marimba plus Concord
A collage by Ambah of the original pieces she knit.
A collage by Ambah of the original pieces she knit.
This is one Ambah knit of using leftover sock yarns.  Note that this is a medium size, in between the S & L sizes given on the pattern.
This is one Ambah knit of using leftover sock yarns. Note that this is a medium size, in between the S & L sizes given on the pattern.
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Showing the back

 

This was the first of Ambah's unusual designs to catch my eye -- more than a year ago and since then I've been pondering and trying to figure out a good way to put it up as a kit. 

Well, I think I have it this time.   I am very pleased; certainly hope you will be too. 

The Design

Here is how Ambah describes Sea Dragon: 

Inspired by sea creatures real and imagined, the Sea Dragon Shawl is knit from side to side, with short rows forming a shallow crescent shape.

Its comfortable proportions are perfect for wrapping around the neck scarf-style or wearing around the shoulders. Choose between a small or large Sea Dragon Shawl and showcase your favourite yarn: go crazy with your leftover yarn stash and knit each segment in a different colour, use a gradient or variegated yarn, or go with your favourite solid colour combination.

Suitable for adventurous beginners, techniques include: simple short rows, picking up stitches, simple increases and decreases.

The Yarn

The yarn we offer is not the same as the one which Ambah used in her original piece; you can see what we offer in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.  The other photos are there to show you the design. 

Now note where I highlighted what Ambah wrote above.  She suggests that you could knit each sement in a different color and that is where this kit shines. 

What we did was take the special sets of Shepherd Sock from Lorna's Laces that are called String Quintet.  The yarn is composed of 5 mini-skeins of Shepherd Sock, 80% wool / 20% nylon (535 yds / 489 m per 5 mini skein set).  Each set consists of five colors, selected to go wonderfully with each other.  They are not variations of one hue as you might find in many of this kind of set but rather a set of five friends, getting along very well together.  

You will have enough yarn for at least the smaller shawl.  The measurements of the smaller version of this shawl end up roughly 60" x 11" (152 x 28 cm).  And all that is needed is 400m (437 yards) of the main colors for the sections between the veins plus a contrast color of about 119 meters (130 yards). 

Note also that Ambah says that this pattern is easily adapted to different yarn weight and sizes by varying the number of repeats.  And you will have a nice in-between amount of yarn here.  The multi-colored one we show on this page was done in just this kind of size.  

Each of these sets would be perfect to act as the main color sections.  And we have added an additional skein to act as the contrast. 

One of our contrast yarns will be Merino Mia Layers™ from Prism Yarns. 

It is beautifully twisted, soft, easy to knit, has a lovely sheen and takes vibrant, clear colors extremely well. The Layers™ part of it refers to the dye process: it is a style of dyeing unique to Prism, Layers are complex colors that are dyed one at a time over one another. The result is non-pooling, non-striping, subtle overlays of color upon color, with both parents visible as well as every combination between the two.

The yarn is 100% merino wool with 190 yards to each 2 ounce skein.

The other two sets will be using as its contrast a solid color yarn from the KFI Luxury Collection called Dulcet.  This is a really delicious 60% extra-fine merino/ 20% cashmere/ 20% baby alpaca.  Each skein has 180 yards (165m) to its 50 grams. 

So each kit will include on set of String Quintet plus one contrast skein in either Merino Mia or Dulcet.  

 

Yum!

 

The Colorways

The colors are simply lovely.

1.  Trumpet is the String Quintet which consists of a rich purple, a pale pink, a deep charcoal, a medium gray and a plum. The contrast yarn I like best with this is Dulcet in a deep, dark Navy. 

2.  Saxophone is deep and rich, including a fuchsia, a golden bronze, a deep sage, a medium blue and an amethyst. With it we have put a Dulcet in a natural ecru color.  To my eye it is a cream, an almost-white that goes beautifully as a framing color. (Sorry, sold out)

3.  Marimba could be said to have all of its colors within one color family.  There is a deep purple and then a pale pink, a rose pink, a fuschia and a burgundy.  A true flower garden.   Here we chose a Merino Mia to work with it -- a dark and rich Concord purple, just a bit deeper than the purple in the set and a wonderful outline for the rest for sure. (Sorry, sold out)

 

BTW, you can see some absolutely stunning pieces on the Project Pages. Take a look and then use your imagination a bit to see these colors showcased in your own beautiful shawl. 

The Pattern

Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Ambah via her Ravelry web page. In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the drop-down menu is set to that.

We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before shipping your kit). Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.

Beautiful.  No question at all. 

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