Disclaimer: This is not my own idea; I got the tip from the lovely Elentari-liv, who was kind enough to share her technique with me. This is only showing the basics I’ve used to knit the scales, not how to make any certain piece.
Also, keep in mind that I’m still a beginner at knitting. I’ve been doing it for approximately two weeks.
What you’ll need:
- circular knitting needles
- small scales
You’ll probably want to choose a yarn close to your scale colour, or one that complements it (I used a contrasting one here to make things easier to show). You may have to experiment a bit with the yarn gauge and size of the needles. I ended up using gauge three yarn and size six needles after some testing. Larger needles widened the gap between scales, so that the yarn was visible in between, which I didn’t want, and thicker yarn made the scales stick out too much as opposed to hanging. It looked like I was knitting a very ruffled dragon.
Scales can be purchased from The Ring Lord, with multiple choices of colour and material. I’ve experimented with both aluminum and steel; the steel seems to hang better because of its weight, but it all depends on what you need for your project!
(I’m putting the actual process under a read more because I do have a lot of photos.)
I’m gonna go ahead and put this under the resources tag for reenactors, cosplayers, Rennies and SCA-ers!
Here ya go!
This is so awesome!!!
A crummy elevator photo of a giant arrangement I made this morning. I was in a rush to deliver it so this was the only chance I had to take a photo. #birthdayflowers #floral #flower #florist #flowers #florists #floristprob #floristproblem
Trying out a new pattern. Pretty easy, but I definitely need a row counter as you can see by the boo-boo in the middle there. #knit #knitter #knitting #yarn #fiberarts
is that a wedding ring as a stitch marker? :D
Hahaha yes it is, I started this on a whim and didn’t have anything else with me at the time.
Please be aware that when you walk into a floral shop and ask how much a rose is, the price given will 9 times out if 10 be the price of a single rose wrapped up. When you say “Ok, give me 2 red and 2 pink,” we will charge you the quoted price times the quantity chosen. Then when you ask how much a vase is, we will, once again 9 times out of 10, quote you the price of the vase wrapped for you to take on the side.
If at this point you say you want the vase and see us wrap it up and you let us know you now want it arranged, remember, it takes more time, more effort, and possibly additional items to make that happen. So don’t be surprised when the price increases for something that is arranged.
Everything we use to create your arrangement from the container, to the wire, ribbon and greens and filler all costs money on our part.
Yes we are more expensive than your local grocery store or big box store, but remember, our costs are significantly higher per unit. We are only buying several hundred of things while the big guys are buying tens of thousands.
We are not trying to bilk you, we are just trying to make a living. All small businesses are.
Ok, I got that off my chest.