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!
Here ya go!
I’ll probably just wear T-shirts forever.
After YEARS of these moments I came to a new understanding of the situation.
I have really big boobs. I also have a huge ribcage, which makes my boobs look even bigger. Not ever in the history of my adult life could any person have looked at me and thought “Gee, I wonder if she wears a bra” So it’s not like anyone is shocked if they spot my undergarments. (Not that they should be anyway)
Not only do I no longer bother to hide the straps, or that bit peeking out under my arm, I have stopped buying conventional bras almost entirely (there’s a few shirts that still really require a good lift-and-separate to hang properly) and I wear sports bras.
So if I’m in a cute cami top, I’m likely rocking those delicate spaghetti straps over the wide “moisture wicking material” harness straps of a sports bra.
I am about 75% more comfortable on a daily basis and once I got past the idea that I was somehow “doing something wrong” I realized I look every bit as boobalicious wearing something that fits and supports me better.
Although I am happy to help out…