This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Dragon Double Knitting

I'm trying my hand at something more difficult than a Potteresque scarf or a checkerboard pattern. I'm double knitting a dragon. Granted, I haven't gotten very far yet, but I'm well on my way. I keep hoping that I have enough yarn, since this is technically the yarn swatch. But I want to knit the entire dragon, at least one iteration of it. Then I'll decide where to go from there. As it is right now, it is too wide to be a scarf. I could do the dragon panels and then make it narrower, but that would look too much like a minister's stole. I'll play with the idea and see where I get. In the meantime, here's where I am so far.

The dragon's tail, from each side. I'm using Lamb's Pride worsted weight (85% wool, 15% mohair). The colours are really intense, and I'm very pleased with it.

The pattern comes from tina13 on Ravelry (no, I don't know her, I was looking for stuff in patterns one day and found this). Her stuff can be found here:


  1. The scarf-y thing-y - she is beautiful! Scarves in double-knit are always nicer - but a bit picky...glad you persisted beyond the cast could make a bag by casting off each part the way - have you run across Mmario on ravelry - he is a lace designer and has a yahoo group - anyway he has designed a dragon motif in lace - very cool...
    glad to have found this blog...cheers! Becky

  2. Becky,

    I'll look up Mmario next time I'm on Ravelry, thanks for the heads-up. This is technically a swatch, though I plan on making the entire dragon (I wanted to see how wide it would be, and am thinking it is too wide for a scarf). It's an idea I'm playing with. I also have a fleur-de-lys pattern I want to make as a double knitted scarf. I love the technique, and really want to play with it.

    Come back and visit often!

  3. Hi Ken, good to chat yesterday! Are you on ravelry? My screen name there is nosyneedler. I haven't posted anything much since I started the MLIS program though. Sigh.

  4. Ann, I'm bearknit on Ravelry.
    I think there's a link to the bottom of my blog.

    It was lovely to see you yesterday.
    And thanks for following!