I got a request back in December for making a dragon scale half glove. I do not always entertain requests unless it looks intriguing and unique. This caught my attention because they were kind of pretty and it was something I could make use of and it didn’t seem like a terribly complicated design that I would take forever to create.
The concept of the glove itself is simple enough, pretty much a long cylinder shape with different stitches to comprise of the hand looking like its encased in scales (created doing a crocodile stitch) with a solid bottom part of some sort that goes up the forearm. I slightly regret not trying to determine how to make these myself because I instead turned to looking at a pattern for one. I was pretty much met with a lot of disappointment. Particularly, the first pattern I picked up (which is no longer available for sale) was a horrifying pattern. It was horribly written and should not even exist as a sold pattern. There is universal language for crochet and for knitting. This pattern was not written in that format. It was literally a badly translated how to (I make 6 chains, I place a hook in a chain and pull up twice to create the stitch… etc).
The second pattern I looked at wasn’t nearly written as badly, but wasn’t quite what I wanted to make either. They have you do the base first and then you split your yarn to form the hand/palm part. I personally didn’t want to split my yarn and felt I could make a glove as one continuous piece. What I did like about the pattern was the creativity in the base and the finishing touch at the bottom as it’s pretty much a picot stitch that adds decorative interest. It still wasn’t necessarily the effect I was going for though. This led me to doing some more digging and I stumbled across this free pattern.
Wish I had started that search first instead of jumping into etsy to begin with.. life lesson learned. I think in my excitement I was like I always have good luck with online purchased patterns, lets do that!
I made a few tweaks to the free pattern because I wanted to make sure it fit hands better. I have narrow wrists, so when I switched from the hand and palm, I went down a hook size and I also removed the chain between the set of 3 double crochets to bring the circumference in more. This seemed effective and matched my forearm circumference nicely once I reached the end of the arm. The woven fabric is also very stretchy. I made the lilac pair for myself and am giving away the second colorful pair to my mother and the grey one to a friend down south (the original requester). I’m debating on making more to sell as these seem to go for about 50 bucks a pop on etsy (I don’t think I would charge that much). It’s a nice pattern though for using leftover yarn and one skein (about 270 yards or a 100 grams) is enough to do a set.
And they are kind of fun to hold coffee with.