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I did it!

After much experimentation, I found a method of combining scales and loom-knitting that I was actually satisfied with. This method will likely work with needle-knitting and crochet as well. Unfortunately, it is rather time-consuming.

The secret is: knit the item first, then add the scales by doing scale-maille, with two important differences:
1. The instructions given by TRL link the scales together from the back, going from the top to the bottom. This method links the scales together from the front, going from the bottom to the top.
2. As well as linking the scales to each other with the rings, link them to the knitting, by putting rings through the stitches at the same time as one is putting them through the scales.

The tricky bit is that the gauge of the stitches is likely not to match the spacing of the scales, so you will have to figure out some sort of compromise while still trying to keep the attachments at regular intervals. Fortunately, it isn't necessary to attach every ring to a stitch; every second ring will still work, so long as you pull up the scales so they're stretched out. This works with both large and small scales.

Some would ask "If you're going to do traditional scale-maille anyway, why bother with the knitting?"
The answer to that is that the knitting provides protection for bare skin, is more comfortable to wear, and fits better because of its elasticity.
Another reason is that it is actually more stable to work with than straight scale-maille, since the scales are resting on the knitting instead of flipping over while you're working on the maille.

So, I made myself a long fingerless glove (bracer)!

It was meant to be a proof-of-concept experiment, but I think the prototype is good enough to wear as it is. Basically I knitted a flat panel for most of the glove, then finished the top section in the round. This was so that it would be easier to add the scales to it (rather than trying to stick my hand up this tube) but still have the advantage of in-the-round for the hand-part of the glove. Then I sewed up the seam afterwards. I think next time I will need to make the panel wider at the bottom, because I didn't really allow enough space for seam-sewing.
The other thing is that I only put scales on half the glove (as Crafty Mutt does it), just the part that is visible above the arm, not the underneath where you rest your arm on things. This makes it more comfortable to wear and quicker to make.
Since this was a prototype, it was all one colour to make it simpler. And the colour was BLACK.

It is REALLY HARD to take photographs of something which is shiny black, especially when one is wearing it. Here's the least-worst photo:

Loom-knit and scale-maille; Yarn is Black Peru Alpaca; Large Scales are TRL black plastic and TRL black-painted aluminium; Small Scales are TRL black plastic and TRL black anodized aluminium.

I did it!

See also this post for some "in progress" photographs.

Date: 2014-10-21 02:08 pm (UTC)
afuna: Cat under a blanket. Text: "Cats are just little people with Fur and Fangs" (Default)
From: [personal profile] afuna
I've been finding your process posts interesting, and the finished product is pretty damn awesome! Congratulations :)

Date: 2014-10-22 03:22 am (UTC)
kalypso: (Fantastic)
From: [personal profile] kalypso
That looks fantastic!

Date: 2014-10-22 09:55 am (UTC)
vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (Default)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
That is very cool!

Date: 2014-10-24 09:07 am (UTC)
watervole: (Default)
From: [personal profile] watervole
That looks really impressive.

Date: 2014-10-21 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Creepy, lizard-like (in fact, very like the shingleback lizard ( Nicely done!

Date: 2014-10-21 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is brilliant!

Date: 2014-10-21 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That turned out awesome. Looks like a lot of work to me though. LOL!

Date: 2014-10-22 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
wow, that's incredible. i am impressed.

Date: 2014-10-23 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
:( i hope it feels better soon. i can be like that too sometimes when i get going.


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