Sunday, November 06, 2005

Chinese Luck Dragon Scarf

So remember I mentioned that I won that scarf contest, but didn't know if I could post the picture because it's going to be in the December Interweave Knits? Well, they're not publishing the pattern (it's just a picture with a blurb, which is cool too) so I'm free to do with it as I please :) At the yarn shop I work at in Ellicott City Maryland, and we'll be selling the pattern when I write it up sometime this month, and I will also be selling the pattern from my site, but I'm still working on that so I'll post a link when it's up.
The scarf was inspired by my time last year in Japan, where I learned a lot more about different eastern dragons, and by the charity causes being sponsored by the contest: All the scarves entered were donated to orphans or people suffering from the AIDS virus, and I figured that anyone in that position could use a little extra luck, hence THE LUCK DRAGON:


This was knit in two flat pieces with different stitch patterns for his scaly back and his belly, then crocheted together. I added features with i-cord, bobbles, and a ruffled mane. I used Lamb's Pride worsted (but I will use cascade 220 in the future) and Squiggle by Crystal Palace yarns

When worn, you pull his tail through his mouth to secure it:


Me with Nicky Epstein *squee!* and Binnie Fry


Me accepting First Prize :)

19 comments:

Linz said...

It is so beautiful! And what a beautiful story!

How did you do the ruffly mane so that the bits don't fall out?

Anonymous said...

Are you going to put this pattern out somewhere?

RedThread said...

the "bits" are part of a novelty yarn called "squiggle" by Crystal palace yarns, it's like instant fringe! fun stuff :)

littlehedgehog said...

That's such a WONDERFUL pattern!! Congratulations for winning first prize, you totally deserved it! Looking forward to buying it online soon :)

Voice From the TroutPond said...

That's a wonderful scarf! I can't wait until you have the pattern done. I want to make one for Chinese new year!

Udoni Tuno said...

Please sell the pattern somewhere that will accept check/money order for it! I don't use credit cards or Paypal, but I sure would like to buy this pattern!

beadslut said...

Here via LiveJournal's knitting community to tell you how much I love that scarf. If you need a test knitter, I'm your gal. If you don't, please put me on the list to notify when it's available?

Lolly said...

That scarf is amazing! I was so sorry to miss Knit Out this year... I was on vacation. Looks like we are neighbors... I live down the way from you in Colunbia :)

Winter said...

That is quite possibly one of the coolest designs I have ever seen! I love the fact that the tail fits through the mouth; did you have the symbol for eternity in mind when you designed that, or is it just coincidence?

Anonymous said...

Hello, Got here form the Interweave website. My wife and I fell in LOVE with the dragon scarf! Congrats on winning! We were also winners at the Philadelphia Knit out. My wife and I entered together, I design and knit and she adds the womenly touches. Our event sponsored the Womens division of the American Heart Assoc. and all the scarfs will be auctioned at a fund raiser luncheon. When you have that pattern together please let us know, and if you need a test knitter we would be glad to check it out for you. - John and Terry

Anonymous said...

When will the pattern be available for sale? I want it NOW!!!!! That is a great pattern!

Anonymous said...

Please let us know when the pattern will be available!

Kristan (Gaithersburg,MD) said...

I love the pattern, you said it is for sale at your store? You aren't by any chance at Celtic Knot, are you? I would love to buy a copy of that!

Celine said...

What a stroke of genius! This is adorable. What a well deserved first prize :-)
Congratulations!
I can think already of 6 people I could make this scarf for

Anonymous said...

Will there ever be a pattern for this to purchase?? Very eagerly waiting!

elizabeth said...

do you have a full pattern available?

Jane said...

Just wondering if you were going to make (or already had made) this pattern available. It would make a great gift - and I would gladly purchase it, should be ever become available. Thanks!

Jane

mittenlady said...

Have you decided about posting your pattern? I'd really like to make one for Christmas but here in the middle of Iowa we don't see a lot of pattern shops....

lol
:-)
Teri

ladylinoleum said...

What a brilliant creation!