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Knitting with Metal Scales

 

Adding metal (or plastic) 'scales' to your knitting is a fun thing to try and can be used to replicate armour, or replicate animal scales e.g. dragons, mermaids, fish, armadillos...and so on.

Scales are usually added to a base of stockinette stitch, and I'll show you how to add them to both knit and purl rows. This is a quick tutorial to show you the method; how you use the scales is up to you :)

I bought my scales off the Bead Sisters jewellery website.

Thanks for watching!

In summary, a tassel is simply made from several equal lengths of yarn, which are then folded in the centre. Instead of measuring each strand out, a quicker way is to wrap yarn evenly around a rectangular container or piece of card, before then cutting the yarn along one side. Ta-dah! Equal lengths of yarn.

To then attach the tassels, you can:

a) push a crochet hook from back to front through your knitting where you want to position the tassel, hook onto the centre of the tassel and pull it partly through, put your thumb and index finger through the loop in the tassel, grab onto the tail end of the tassel, pull it through the loop, then tighten into a knot.

OR

b) wrap a short length of thread around the centre of the tassel strands, feed the thread tails into a plastic yarn needle, feed the needle through the knitting from front to back, pull the tassel partly through too, put your thumb and index finger through the loop in the tassel, grab onto the tail end of the tassel, pull it through the loop, then tighten into a knot.

 

I hope this has been useful to you :)

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