Dragon Charmer by Luise O'Neill

Dragon Charmer

September 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch, blocked
US 7 - 4.5 mm
223 - 1100 yards (204 - 1006 m)
Small (Medium, Large) - see Notes
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♫ The Music ♫
This shawl was inspired by the music of Peter Gundry, an Australian musical artist whose modern Celtic and fantasy compositions reflect a complexity that translates so charmingly into knitted melody. The Dragon Charmer is part of his The Lost Book of Fantasy collection.

An amazing Celtic cable panel is the shining star of this piece;
3 sizes from neckerchief (bandana cowl) to full shawl.

The stitch patterns are charted only.

Directions are given for 3 sizes: a neck scarf (neckerchief / bandana cowl), small shawl and large shawl.

All sizes of this curved triangular shawl begin with just 4 sts. Increases are worked along one side only. The gorgeous Celtic cable will form a border along the right edge (as knit) of the triangle – use it as the upper layer as you wrap this shawl to show it in its full glory.

The upper edge of the shawl (C on the schematic image at left) is worked in a faux I-cord which puckers the work slightly, creating a wonderful fit across the shoulders. The edge of the cable panel is worked in a broken rib pattern; this pattern is continued across the final shawl edge, incorporating the live stitches for a seamless finish.

The smallest size has an added I-cord buttonhole loop and button sewn on to secure it at the back of the neck. A few stitches need to be sewn to secure the I cord button loop and the button.

Small (Medium, Large)
(see schematic image at left)
A: 22.5 (39, 58)” / 57 (99, 147.5)cm
B: 27 (52, 73)” / 68.5 (132, 185.5)cm
C: 25 (37, 54)” / 63.5 (94, 137)cm

Yarn Notes
223 (590, 1100)yds / 205 (540, 1006)m worsted weight yarn.

  • Small sample shown in Patons Classic Wool Tweeds (90% wool, 7% acrylic, 3% viscose; 223yds / 205m per 100g) in Denim Tweed.
  • Medium sample shown in Patons Classic Wool (100% pure wool; 223yds / 205m per 100g) in Cognac Heather.
  • Large sample shown in Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes Worsted (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220yds / 202m per 100g).

Cable needle, tapestry needle; for Small size only: 1 3/8” / 35mm round or 2” / 5cm long x 32mm toggle button.

Errata Note: March 2, 2019 - v1.1 was uploaded correcting an error in the key for Chart E on page 8.
Sep 30, 2020 - v1.2 was uploaded correcting and inconsistency between the Abbreviations list and the chart key for the LCinc stitch (the chart key was correct).

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Tech Editing: RedSquirrel and FirSprite.
Test knit by: Ravellers babablacksheep, Cydiba, dragonxser, Eliza422, fyreflye and ladywulf.