Battle-Weary Dragon Shawl by Mandy Furney

Battle-Weary Dragon Shawl

April 2011
Cloud 9 Fiberworks Volutus
Lace ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
850 - 1100 yards (777 - 1006 m)
See notes
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Dragons have ignited the imagination for centuries. They have been associated with every element, with every colour, with fear and with kindness, with protection and with that which we need protection from. May your imagination guide you as you create your dragon.

This crescent shaped, beaded shawl features a unique beaded design for the scales and wing-tips. The textured shoulders of the Battle-Weary Dragon are scarred and the wing-tips are tattered. As a lifetime fan of the Lord of the Rings, I can’t help but associate this with Smaug when I wear it. He’s seen a few battles. I also think of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern.

Requires at least 490 or 626 size 6/0 beads and a beading hook or floss method.

Two sizes are now offered:
The original in a merino-silk lace yarn on 3.5mm needles worked up with 8 rows of scales has a wingspan of 1.47m (58”) and a depth of 66cm (26”). I used 770m (850 yds).

The newer sample knit with a pure silk yarn on 3.25mm needles worked up with 10 rows of scales has a wingspan of 1.37m (54”) and a depth of 71cm (28”). I used almost the entire skein of 1000m (1100 yds).

A separate addendum file with additional notes for custom sizing has been added July 2021 after working a heavier sample.

Both written and charted instructions are provided.

Video demonstrating the 3>2 (aka 2 from 3) decrease is available on my Youtube page.

Dragon Ensemble Discount: For all my dragon designs, purchase at least 3 and receive a 25% discount at check-out.

Battle-Weary is a part of There May Be Dragons Here bundle.

Last update July 2020 with new size option and larger charts