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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Free Knitting Pattern: Dragonrider Cuff or Bookmark

Hi everyone, and Happy Thursday!

Today I have a gift for you - it's a simple little knitted item that won't take much of your time to complete. Make one for yourself so you have a pretty new accessory (for your wrist or your favorite book) to start the New Year on a positive note.

This free knitting pattern is a great way to use up left-over skeins of sock yarn, sample-sized skeins you might get in your orders from awesome fiber artists, or the small skeins you receive in the Phat Fiber box.

So, without further ado, I present to you:

The Dragonrider Bracelet/Bookmark
by Jessica Cook

Sample bracelet knit in Storied Yarns "Dragonriders of Pern" colorway.
Materials Needed:
- 15 yards of fingering weight yarn
- Size US 1 knitting needles (I used two DPNs)
- Embroidery needle for weaving in ends/connecting the bracelet
- Iron or water/blocking pins/blocking mat
- Optional: Starch for the bookmark

Abbreviations Used:
(THANK YOU to the anonymous commenter; I totally forgot to put these in!)
CO - Cast On
K - Knit
P - Purl
YO - Yarn Over
DD - Double Decrease (Slip two stitches together knitwise; knit one; pass two slipped stitches over this one.)

CO 13.

Knit 4 rows.

Row 5 and ALL odd rows) K2, P9, K2
6) K2, YO, K3, DD, K3, YO, K2
8) K2, K1, YO, K2, DD, K2, YO, K1, K2
10) K2, K2, YO, K1, DD, K1, YO, K2, K2
12) K2, K3, YO, DD, YO, K3, K2

Repeat rows 5-12 until you’re about out of yarn or it is long enough to stretch around your wrist. I did it until I had about 9 “scales.”

K last 4 rows, bind off.

Finishing options:
1)Block gently to stretch out the lace pattern and reduce curling. Tie extra yarn to the top like a tassel and use it as a bookmark. To make it stiff and sturdy, dip the bookmark in liquid starch and then block it.
2) Block gently to stretch out the lace pattern and reduce curling. Sew two short ends together and slip it on your wrist like a wide bracelet/cuff.
3) Fold under the sides of the bracelet so the scales show on top. Sew the two short ends together with folds secured so it will wear like a thicker, narrower bracelet. (This was sort of an accidental discovery on my part but I kinda like it.)

Remember, our Sweater-Along is about to begin! Visit the Storied Yarns Ravelry group for all the details, or purchase your Sweater Kit in the Storied Yarns Shop!

I hope you enjoy this pattern, and have a very Happy Thursday!!


  1. It's a beautiful pattern, but you don't explain what "DD" means. Could you please explain the abbreviation? Thank-you!

  2. Oops! My bad on the abbreviation - I fixed that part now. Thank you!!!

  3. You're missing, you know, Gold. Unless that tan color is intended to be gold, in which case you're missing Bronze.

    1. No, you're right. I only used the four main dragon colors in this colorway - brown, bronze, green and blue.