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!
Is it obnoxious for me to say that, if your favorite musical is Wicked or The Phantom of the Opera, then you probably haven’t seen a lot of musicals?
EVERYBODY GET DOWN IT’S GONNA BLOW
That’s how obnoxious.
your psychiatrist? serial killer.
your best friend’s dad? serial killer.
your pharmacist? serial killer.
the nice lady at the convenience store? serial killer.
the guy who looks at you funny? serial killer.
local surgeon? serial killer.
dorky medical student? serial killer.
guy who teaches your kid cello? serial killer.
#much like turtles #it’s serial killers all the way down
Relevant to some of your interests:
Gillian Anderson is co-writing a sci-fi trilogy called EarthEnd about a child psychologist dealing with war trauma
David Duchovny has written a comic animal rights (?) fable called Holy Cow about a cow called Elsie Bovary