Tuesday, July 29, 2014

dragon love


Well, every unicorn needs a dragon friend right? I spotted this free pattern when looking at unicorn patterns, and just had to make it next. I love, love, love how this one came out! I like how the pattern instructs you to stuff and sew the legs, etc. on as you go--you really feel like you are making progress and aren't left with an overwhelming pile of limbs to sew on when you're done knitting.

Pattern: Tarragon the Gentle Dragon (free pattern!), link to my Rav project page
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted  (used a little less than 1/2 a skein of the red, and less than 10 yards of "Orange You Glad")
Needles: size 6 dpn's for the body and legs, and size 5 dpn's for the spikes and wings
Mods: smaller wings! I cast on 22 instead of the 30 the pattern calls for, and started the decreases at that point in the pattern. Then I knitted five rows in stockinette after the last double-decrease row. Decreased two stitches by p2tog at each edge on the next row, and then decreased another two stitches with a ssk and k2tog at the each edge of the next row (six stitches left on needle). Stopped, keeping needles live on the dpn and made second wing. Then was able to three-needle bind off to connect the bottom edge and sewed the rest together. Next time I'll stick with smaller spikes too, as the large spikes roll quite a bit.


4 comments:

  1. Love is right - he's amazing! I want one in every color of the rainbow! Great job and thanks foe sharing this great project.

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  2. Cute! How long did he take to make? Might have to throw one on the needles quick for my son's birthday next week...

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    1. Oh, you could definitely make one in time--especially if you start now! I knit him up in about three nights? The body and neck and head were knit up in one three hour car drive, and then I made the legs and tail the next and the wings and spine the next. But I knit in interrupted spurts!

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  3. Ooh, I'm going to have to take a look at this pattern. I've got some lovely green and multicoloured variegated yarn that is just crying out to be a dragon and the original pattern I tried just wasn't working for me at all.

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