Welcome to the Dragon Paws Pattern Companion Page
Here you will find any additional information, errata, tips and anything else that comes up in relation to my knitting pattern for these fun and fancy hand warmers.
Scroll down the page for Tips, blocking help, and a Photo Gallery
~ Errata ~
I guess some errors are inevitable, I just hope this list is short! I apologize with all my heart for any frustrations these errors may cause.
Blocking each Dragon Paw ruffle is not necessary, but it makes them look more Dragon-Wing like. I would recommend this step if they are a gift as they give a really nice presentation. Personally, I block mine every time I wash them as I like the crisp wing look.
Start by pinning them out on a blocking board (anything you can stick pins into and will take the heat will do) in a star fashion with the fingers tucked inside the mitt and the cuff sticking up in the air - see photo 1 at right. Pin them out as aggressively as you can without stretching them out of shape.
Use a steamer (ideal) or a good steam iron to shoot steam into the yarn of the ruffles without touching the iron's sole plate to the yarn. If you have used sock yarn, or anything that contains nylon, acrylic or other synthetic, the sole plate will melt it and make your yarn "crunchy". Ask me how I know 😧
Once the ruffle is steamed all the way around, pin the next ruffle over it and repeat the process. Leave your mitt pinned to the board until it is thoroughly cool and dry. Remove the pins and repeat for the cuff ruffle if you have one.
Thanks so much to Dorinda of Crystaletts for the photos and showing me her technique - it's much faster than how I was doing it. In the second photo, instead of beads Dorinda used Crystaletts buttons and spikes on her Dragon Paws ruffles - cool, huh?