Here you will find any additional information, errata, tips and anything else that comes up in relation to my knitting pattern for these fun and fancy hand warmers.
~ Errata ~ I guess some errors are inevitable, I just hope this list is short! I apologize with all my heart for any frustrations these errors may cause.
The photo on the front of the pattern; we neglected to notice that the model was wearing them backward (left on right, etc.) and the beaded edging that goes across the back of the fingers does not show. Take a look at the photo gallery further down the page for a better look at this edge.
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Knitting pattern for fingerless gloves/hand warmers with ruffles and beads. You can purchase the full color, paper pattern Dragon Paws on Etsy
or if you would like a digital version for instant download you can purchase it on Ravelry or on PATTERNFISH - Whoohoo!
One size = woman’s medium (7 to 7-1/2″ hand measured around the hand just above the thumb) although the ribbed hand allows for a wide variance in size.
Knit with fingering or sport weight yarn on size 2 (US) two circulars needles or the Magic Loop method, requires lace knitting, picking up stitches, knitting in the round, basic crochet, incorporating beads in knitting (optional), and following a chart (optional, as written directions are supplied also). Gauge is important.
“Dragon Paws” are bejeweled hand warmers with pointed ruffles resembling the graceful sweep of a dragon’s wing. Designed to use all those fabulous little leftovers of sock yarn, pick four or five colors that play well together. Beads are optional. They are hand warmers with flare… and frills and bling. I started playing with ruffle designs and came up with one that looks like a dragon wing (well, to me, in my world). I added a few beads because a girl needs a little sparkle. Then it needed another ruffle. And since it was so fun, I threw in another ruffle and a few more beads. The results are pure extravagance and fun to wear. I’ve made a few by now and discovered that depending on the yarns and colors you use they can be quite prissy and girly, steampunk or goth, elegant or posh. Oh, they keep your hands warm too – at the keyboard, driving the kids to soccer, or playing the cello at the Met. I popped in Starbucks to grab my required cappuccino on the way to work and barely got out with my personal pair still on me! The reception has been a heady experience.
Tips! I have found that a snug gauge (I like a size one needle) and fit provides better support for the ruffles. After knitting several pair (they are my personal "potato chip" knitting) I have found a few things useful.
The cuff ruffle at the arm edge of the mitts; If you use a provisional cast-on it is easier to pick up the stitches for this ruffle.
To make them easier to tuck inside the cuffs of your winter coat, omit the ruffle at the arm cuff edge altogether.
Bind off at the fingers and thumb edges in purl. It gives a tidier look and is easier to pick-up stitches if you add the decorative crocheted edge.
When adding the decorative crocheted edge around the fingers, do it from the inside (wrong side) of the mitts. If you bound-off in purl it will be much easier to pick up the two loops of the bind-off. There is only a slight difference in the look and it looks good! - Thanks Ann-Marie!
Another tip (thanks Sabina, for the question!) if you want them smaller for a teen or someone with tiny hands:
It's easy to make them smaller by using a smaller size needle. In reality, I have very small hands (my wedding ring is a 3 ½) and I use a US 0 when knitting them for me. I'm also a tight knitter so they fit me well.