Dragon Lace Scarf by Karen Moffett

Dragon Lace Scarf

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February 2017
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
Use needles appropriate for the selected yarn, whatever gives a nice open lace pattern
Size depends on the yarn selected and how long the knitter chooses to make the scarf
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The Tale: Nikata stalked through the forest, intensely irritated with his parents. They treated him like a child, even though he was nearly an adult by historical standards. They were upset because he had befriended a human. There were very few dragons left, so the parents of any remaining juveniles tended to be extremely overprotective. It had been several hundred years since dragons had been able to walk freely through the countryside. When humans had started actively hunting them, out of fear, conquest, or greed for their scales, hearts, and horns, the dragons had wisely learned to find desolate locations to hide with their families. Nikata’s scales would have been particularly prized because of their iridescence and beautiful diamond shape. He had been lectured from a very young age about how to stay hidden, how to avoid leaving traces when he did venture out, how to collect items for his hoard from places that humans wouldn’t notice. They had been so successful at this that most humans believed them to be extinct, or to never have existed at all.

There was a place that was Nikata’s favorite area to sit and muse, and to collect nice sparkling items for his hoard. He had thought there was no way for a human to even reach the location; it was in a canyon surrounded on all sides by very steep walls. The first time he had seen the movement of the boy and realized what he was, he was shocked to stillness. The boy too had stopped, terror and fascination warring for control of his expression….

The Design:

This lace pattern, simple enough for beginning lace knitters, is based on Nikata’s dragon scales. It is easy to memorize, so it makes a great travel project or TV night WIP. It packs a lot of punch for such a simple stitch pattern, and looks great in all yarn weights. For lace is not only for light weight yarns, and not only for the ladies!

Value added! This versatile pattern creates a strikingly different look by simply changing the yarn and needles, and it was successfully test knit in everything from lace weight to super bulky. A lace or fingering weight yarn will produce a mostly decorative, delicate scarf, while a worsted weight or bulky yarn would make a nice robust scarf for even the coldest of days!

Pattern is both charted and written.

Stitches/techniques used:
center double decrease, k, k2tog, kfb, p, ssk, yo
Garter tab cast on (instructions and a link to a video are included)
Kitchener stitch (grafting) link included
There are also tips and tricks for wet blocking or steam blocking based on your fiber content.

Skill Level: The Craft Yarn Council lists lace patterns as Intermediate skill level; however, this is a fairly simple and easy to memorize lace pattern, and may be suitable for brave beginners.

Yarn Needed: The amount of yarn needed varies based on yarn weight and how long you would like the scarf to be, but these measurements from my test knitters will give you a ballpark to start from. HUGE thanks to my fabulous test kniters!

Purple Lacy Scarf Shown Above: Premiere Yarns Wool-Free Lace, Super Fine US size 8 (5.0 mm), 188 yds (172 m, 42 g)

howspiffy Another Crafty Girl Simple DK US 9 (5.5 mm) 230.4 yds (210.7 m, 96 g), 7” wide by 84” long

PelicanGoddess Patons NA Classic Wool Worsted US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 184.8 yds (169 m, 88 g) 7” wide by 75” long

myrweleen Lion Brand Landscapes Aran US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 294 yds (268.8 m, 200g), 9” wide by 88” long

heatherlaura Cascade Eco+ Bulky US 10 (6.0 mm) Gauge 3.5 sts = 1 in, 271.5 yds (142 g), 6.5” wide by 86” long

Brown Neck Wrap Shown Above: Lion Brand Hometown USA Tweed Super Bulky US size 11 (8.0 mm), 192 yd (177 m, 339 g), 9” wide by 60” long (two optional toggle buttons were used, with lace openings used as buttonholes)

A huge thanks to all of our test knitting dragons: heatherlaura, howspiffy, myrweleen, and PelicanGoddess. To see more pictures of their renditions of this pattern, click the projects tab above!

At Sleepy Dragon Workshop, it is of utmost importance to us that you enjoy our patterns and treasure the projects you make from them. This pattern has been carefully test knitted to make sure it is free from errors and easy to follow. If you are in any way unhappy with this pattern or find an error, please contact us; we want to help you succeed!