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Wyvern Wrap (Dragon Skin Wrap for Women)

Knitting
October 2007
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Dragon Skin pattern st
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1350 - 2400 yards (1234 - 2195 m)
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(From pattern intro)
Don’t worry, no wyverns (a type of dragon, according to Wikipedia) were harmed to create this jacket! Instead, the “Dragon Skin” stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s 2nd Treasury of Knitting Patterns is used to create a simple wrap with a tie closure. The jacket fronts (including sleeves and front edging) are worked from hem to shoulders, then joined with cast-on stitches at the back of the neck, and from there, the back (including sleeves) is worked down to the hem. Finishing: edge the back neck, seam sides and underarms, and add ties and snap (for the inner wrap edge) at the waist. The kimono-style sleeves do not taper from shoulder to wrist, so directions for both Dramatic (full-length) and Practical (¾-length) sleeves are included.

In both woman’s and child’s versions, ease is standard (2-4”), but in the woman’s version, overall proportions have changed: the length is just above the hip (though length from waist to hem is easily altered), the neck is slightly more open, sleeves are not quite so roomy, and gentle waist shaping has been added.

Difficulty is intermediate; skills include chart reading, casting on mid-row, modified I-cord ties, and keeping accurate track of row #s.

Materials
Yarn:
DK-weight yarn (approx 22 sts/28 rows to 4” in st st on U.S. Size 6 (4 mm) needles). With Dramatic sleeves: 1500 1800, 1800, 2100, 2250, 2400, 2550 yds. With Practical sleeves: 1350 1650, 1650, 1950, 2100, 2250, 2250 yds. With 3/4-length sleeves: 1200 1500, 1500, 1800, 1950, 2100, 2100 yds. Pictured in RYC Silk Wool DK (50% merino wool, 50% silk; 109 yds 100 m/50 gm), color #SH 305 Clay.
Needles: U.S. Size 6 (4mm) circular needle, 40-60” long depending on size worked (total of sleeves + back = 34-65”!). Optional: 2nd circular for working Right Front (at least 24” long); straight needles for working front and back without sleeves. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Stitch markers; row counter; stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle; med or large snap closure.
Suggested Yarn Substitutions: Substitute at your own risk! Kollage Yarns Yummy (80% bamboo, 20% merino wool; 150 yd 137 m/70 gm). RYC Cashsoft DK (merino wool/ microfiber/ cashmere; 142 yd 130 m/50 gm). Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo (wool/bamboo; 118 yds 108 m/50 gm).
Yarn Weight: Take note of yarn weight, in this case meaning actual weight (yds/m per gm), not thickness (DK). Sleeves are wide and will be quite heavy in a heavier yarn (compare RYC Silk Wool DK at 109 yds/50 gm to RYC Cashsoft DK at 142 yds/50 gm). If you choose a heavier yarn, 3/4 or at most Practical sleeves are recommended.

Sizes & Garment Measurements
XS S M L 1X 2X 3X
Bust/Hips 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 in
81 91 102 112 122 132 142 cm
Waist 29 33 37 41 45 49 53 in
74 84 94 104 114 124 135 cm
Length 21 22 22 22.5 23 23 23 in
53 56 56 57 58 58 58 cm
Sleeve Length (from body side seam, not necessarily from underarm)
Dramatic 18 19 18 19.5 18.5 19.5 18.5 in
46 48 46 50 47 50 47 cm
Practical 13.5 15 14 15 14 15 14 in
23 28 25 28 25 28 25 cm
3/4 Length 9 11 10 11 10 11 10 in
23 28 25 28 25 28 25 cm