I finished my Azure Dragon Cowl:
I did not even bother taking a photo of the knit side since the purl side is so far superior in appearance. Here’s a close-up of the purl side:
So very dragon scaly, right? I did do a fair amount of steam blocking upon completion because the knitted fabric off the needles was very three-dimensional — too much so. But after a copious application of steam, all scales laid down obediently and the results are fabulous. I wore the cowl on my commute in to work today and I pronounce it warm and snuggly!
This was an extremely enjoyable knit. It might look daunting, but is actually quite easy, once you get the hang of what you are doing. You have to pay attention to those decreases in the middle of each scale — they are centered double decreases. Each one is paired with a set of yarnovers, and how you knit into the yarnovers from the previous row is also very important so that the stitches all slant in the direction they need to. No need to worry about techniques, though. The pattern included detailed instructions for everything you need to know.
My new work in progress:
This is a doll sweater for an 18″ doll: this pattern. The colorwork is taken from the Bohus Blue Shimmer pattern. This is not a beginner project, as there is some relatively complex colorwork there (3 colors in one row), and unlike a full-size Bohus where you would knit in the round with a steek, this is knit flat, so you are working every other row on the purl side.
It is, however, great fun, and as you can see, I have finished the colorwork yoke. It is knit from the top down, and as you can see from the photo, I have put stitches on holders to be used to work the sleeves later and I am now knitting the body. The front bands are worked at the same time as the body of the sweater.
I purchased a gradient set of yarns for the colorwork — all shades of blue — and added some leftover tan yarn I had on hand. The gradient set for the colorwork and the off-white yarn for the body came from June Pryce Fiber Arts and it is her “Plum Panda” Fingering: 3ply 60% Superwash Merino / 30% Bamboo / 10% Nylon. The dyeing is lovely and the yarn a dream to knit!
Speaking of dreaming . . .