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I inspire with stories, yarn, and food. Mom of 4 boys, hobby farmeress, tea addict, book geek, part-time health nut, and full-time dreamer. I want to be a mermaid when I grow up. Join my knitting ...

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Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales
Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales Mittens
Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales Fingerless Gloves with Liner Gloves
Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales Gloves
Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales Flip-Top Glittens
Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales Liner Gloves

Pattern Description:

Ride a dragon... swim with a mermaid... wear your fantasy on your sleeve... er, hand.

After more than two years in development, the Mix'n'Match Mermaid Tails and Dragon Scales set is born!

Like a "Choose-Your-Own Adventure", this pattern lets you choose among a myriad of design possibilities, all utilizing the same gorgeous "Dragon Scales" cuff cable and "Mermaid Tails" cable on the back.

Sized for wee hands up to a Men's Medium in both aran-weight yarn for the shell and a plain stockinette fingering-weight liner (which you can sew in or use separately), you can mix and match design options for all the special people in your life, and not have to make the exact same thing twice!

Options include: Gloves, Fingerless Gloves, Flip-Top Gloves ("Glittens"), Mittens, Fingerless Mittens, Flip-Top Mittens, and all of these can be lined or unlined. The liner gloves or mittens could also be worn on their own for a light-weight alternative.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate.
FORMAT: Adobe PDF File
SIZES: Eight sizes, with hand circumferences in 1/2 inch increments from 5 inches (12.7 cm) to 8.5 inches (21.6 cm)
TUTORIALS: A full glossary is included, as well as two photo tutorials:Super-Stretchy Cast On, and Sewn Rib Bind Off. Cable instructions are both written out and shown using charts.

Printing Suggestion: If you choose to print this pattern, it will be easiest to follow if you print it double-sided and staple it down the left side in booklet form.


SHELL: 22 sts and 30 rws = 10 cm (4") in stockinette stitch with larger needles.
LINER: 30 sts and 40 rws = 10 cm (4") in stockinette with smaller needles.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 5.0" circ.
  • 5.5" circ.
  • 6.0" circ.
  • 6.5" circ.
  • 7.0" circ.
  • 7.5" circ.
  • 8.0" circ.
  • 8.5" circ.


  • SHELL: 4.0 mm (US 6) double-pointed needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE, small cable needle, 50 g/1.77 oz. (110 yds/100.6 m) for up to 6.5" circ., greater than 6.5" use 100 g/3.53 oz. (220 yds./201.2 m) aran-weight yarn (I used Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes, and also Bernat Mosaic)*; 2 pin-style stitch holders, one 12"+ length of scrap yarn for stitch holder, yarn needle; GLITTENS: Two 1/2"- 3/4"/13-17mm buttons, 3.5 mm crochet hook, needle and thread to sew on buttons. LINER: 3.0 mm (US 2 1/2) double-pointed needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE, 50 g/1.77 oz. (231 yds/211.2 m) fingering-weight yarn (I used Knit Picks' Stroll);

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit PIcks Wool of the Andes