The Faerie Dragon is one of the few patterns I didn’t plan for. It was born on a complete whim, and came out amazing.
I received two skeins of hand-dyed silk-merino yarn for my Birthday. One skein was a beautiful purple, and the other a wild mix of greens and pinks. One shade of pink matched the purple skein perfectly, and I decided to let the two play together. The soft, luxurious yarn demanded to become a scarf with contrasting, off-balanced stripes.
I chose to work the scarf in garter stitch, and to give it a vortex shape. This was the first vortex style I had ever tried, so casting on was a bit scary! After the first 30-or-so rows, though, I saw the crescent shape knitting out easily and beautifully, and realized my fear had been for nothing. At this point, I started to dot down notes to later create a pattern for this project. Usually, I write the knitting process down with diligence, but this time, the sheer joy of knitting swept me away. After finishing The Faerie Dragon, I looked at my notes and decided to knit another scarf just to double-check my numbers. The extra work paid off, and actually made the pattern writing process easier.
As I chose to specialize in beginner-friendly patterns, I worked the scarf with basic stitches, and brightened it up with simple lace rows and columns. It’s surprising to see how much * yo, k2tog * can do! I love the way lace stripes the irregular colours, and give it a sheer element.
Casting off a scarf is always a challenge. The cast off edge needs to be both pretty and elastic, and easy to create. For The Faerie Dragon, I went with a basic cast off, which I topped off with a bit of crochet lace. This mix of techniques marks many of my knitting patterns. A touch of crochet gives any knit project a unique look, and adds an interesting, eye-catching detail.