|Comet the Dragon on Etsy|
Or maybe, it’s too hard to fly my chubby body all over the world. I’ll just sit on the Atlas instead!
I can get my human friends to read to me about the wild adventures of other dragons.
I had a lot of fun and a bit of struggle designing this guy. He was inspired by a combination of two ideas: first, my sister told me I should make a toy based on the My Father’s Dragon books of Ruth Stiles Gannett and Ruth Chrisman Gannett. We’d read these books over and over again as children. At the same time, I had been thinking a lot about how I wanted to combine some fun cable stitching, like I do on my handwarmers, with a toy design. And I realized the scaly, yet magical back of a dragon would be exactly the place to experiment with this.
In the end, his cabled back came relatively easily. Each other part I designed -the shape of his underbelly, his feet, his tail, head, even his eyes, I needed to pull out and re-do until I was satisfied. I was having so much trouble, that I was actually going to not make any wings for him at all, until my sister insisted -how sad is a dragon who can’t fly? she asked. Now, I love him all the more for all the challenges he gave me.
Want to learn the basic cabling pattern I used on his back? It’s a great simple cable stitch for you knitters out there who have been nervous to try out cabling.
|slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front|
|K2 from left needle (stitches from cable needle stay in front for this step)|
|K2 from the cable needle|
|The Dragon Scale Cable Square in Progress|