The Dragon's Tale/ Kit With Crystals

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This is After The Storm.
This is After The Storm.
These are photos of Nim's original piece.
These are photos of Nim's original piece.

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I just had to put this colorway up for this design -- such a lovely dragon it will make! :-)

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This is a big smile maker!

A fantastic (in both the literal and figurative sense of the word) design by Nim Teasdale, here is what she writes about The Dragon's Tale:

The Dragon’s Tale can be a simple scarf, or a fierce protector of the neck.

It can be worked as a long, narrow crescent, or slightly deeper, or even adapted to a rectangle with a lovely wavy border along the bottom.

Or for the true dragon fans, add the head and tail sections to create your own pet dragon that will snuggle warmly round your neck and peer imperiously at strangers, or flick its tail in warning if someone gets too close..

Isn't that marvelous? :-) And you just know that I love dragons!

Nim also notes that this design uses minimal lacework - each row has a single increase and decrease in each row of the border, creating the rippling, sinuous edge. Plus it uses a very simple integrated I cord edge, formed by slipping the first three sts.

The Dragon’s Head is shaped mostly with cables, and is included in the pattern in its own PDF. You will have a choice to create a head-to-tail dragon, or simply a dragon scaled scarf.

The pattern is both written and charted.

The Yarn and Colorway

Designed by Nim to be adaptable to any yardage of heavy fingering, DK
or worsted weight yarn, this is one of those amazing patterns where just about anything would work. Take a look at the Project Pages for this -- some beautiful scarves are there, knit in ranges from fingering to aran and looking very good indeed.

So I thought this was a wonderful opportunity to present a new and most lovely color in a great yarn.  

Our kits do not include the same yarn as what Nim used in her original piece.  You can see what we have in the inset photo on the top picture and again below it.  The other photos are there to show you the design.  Let your imagination flow!

Nim recommends using anywhere from 200 - 800 yards (183 - 732 m).  Her original piece was knit using 495 yards of a DK yarn and eneded up as about 66" x 17".  However, again look at those Project Pages -- there are quite a range of sizes and yardages used.  This is truly your choice.  

 Ella Rae Lace Merino DK comes in wonderfully colors. And this is a brand-new one that really appeals to me.

You will notice that Nim's original dragons were knit in a variegated yarn.  These will give you a similar look.  In fact, I believe the browner of Nim's two pieces shown here was knit using only 200m (about 215 yards) of a DK weight yarn. 

 This Ella Rae DK yarn is a 100% wool, with 302 yards (276m) per 100 gram skein.  It has that special Ella Rae twist so that stitchwork shows up amazingly. 

Each kit will include one skein in the colorway of your choice.   If you would like to increase the size, either width-wise or length-wise, the pattern will allow it -- you will however, need two sets of yarn.

This will be a wonderfully quick knit in a sport weight or DK weight yarn, a true change of pace. 

This colorway is called After The Storm and is a marvelous blend of colors such as one might see as the sun again comes out after cleaning the air. 

To my eye, it seems the yarn started as a pale grey and then the dyers added smatterings of gold and Capri blue, and green and purple and chocolate. And maybe a few others I missed. 

It is glorious -- can you tell I really like it? I think it would make a great dragon. 

As a special addition, we will be including at least two fire polish crystals with each kit, most likely more. You might choose to use them as eyes for His Greatness (the dragon, of course) or perhaps simply as embellishments elsewhere (his tail perhaps?) or not at all. Your choice.

The Pattern

Note also 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 Nim via her Ravelry web page. In that case, make sure the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, then the "Pattern" drop-down menu should be 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 usually do it right before I ship your kit).

So there are two drop-down menus to make sure to set as you would like before you check out.

This is a tremendously fun knit.  

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