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Scale Mail Knitted Gauntlets by CraftyMutt Scale Mail Knitted Gauntlets by CraftyMutt
UPDATE: Pattern now on sale! So you can make your own :)

Two of my most recent orders, the bronze pair is already sold but the rainbow one is still possibly on sale if you're interested the rainbow one has sold too!
Feel free to request a similar design again though, I love rainbow gloves ^^

Want a pair of your own design? Custom scale orders can be taken through CraftyMutt's Etsy through purchasing one of the standard custom orders or sending a message about something even more special!
You can alternatively order your own custom pair and find out even more information at CraftyMutt's Scale Mail Page where you can find the information I need to make your own unique personally designed gauntlets, and where to send orders :)

If you want to take your first steps towards learning to make these for yourself check out some DIY Scalemail info.

For reference these are two regular length gauntlets, the rainbow one in medium womans size and the bronze in medium mans.
PLEASE NOTE: Bronze is currently out of stock with my supplier and I can't get any right now D: noooooooo...

My favourite thing about these gloves are the noise they make when you stroke the scales... but I also love how fun they are to make, how many different designs are possible and how comfy and warm they are due to an entirely knitted base covering the hand into which scales are incorporated in a way which they do not make skin contact so there's nothing cold or scratchy :D
They're also knitted directly into the fabric so they can't fall off unless you pull them so hard you sever the material itself!

Not my best picture quality due to trying to take a photo of both my hands at once :P
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vampireshiver Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Wow these are really cool! what size are the scales you used and where did you get them from? Sorry for all the questions ^^'
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NinShroom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wait, sorry, I linked it wrong:
craftymutt.blogspot.co.uk/p/le…
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NinShroom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can find that info on her site:
www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyMutt
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EmberDockens Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where do you buy the scales at?
How would you phrase what those are called?
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NinShroom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I linked it wrong:
craftymutt.blogspot.co.uk/p/le…
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NinShroom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can find that info on her site:
www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyMutt
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FatBottomedGirl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Really cool concept!
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paranoiaprincess83 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are SO EFFING COOL!!
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LauraGarabedian Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool stuff! Gonna go buy the pattern!
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Yuito-Marie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
about how many small scales do you use for a pair of gloves?? And the scales only cover the top half right?? I have been working with the larger ones and wish to try out the smaller scales for a pair of gloves. They are very beautiful though I enjoy looking at them and can't wait to make myself a pair! Keep up the good work though!! (I just don't knit mine in since I don't have any knitting needles so I taught myself how to crochet with scales ^.^
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Late reply is late ><

Well, if you still need the information;
The three sizes of gloves I make (around 6, 9, and 12 inches from the knuckles) use about 300, 400 and 500 small scales each. Measurements will come out a little differently in crochet because the exact spacing between scales will probably be a little different, but it should still be around that number!
I do some gloves with scales that cover the wrists too, they're around here somehwere in my gallery... they're a little more work, and as a vague guideline use about 1.8x as many scales as the normal ones.
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SaphireFLames Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
wow o.o
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MrMoocher Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I really, really wish I could favorite these a thousand times over and then buy all of them so you never have to work anywhere ever again (except for fun) and I'll have a million pairs all to myself. :D

Really, though, these are the coolest thing I've ever seen. DANGIT SO MANY KNITTING PROJECTS I don't know how to knit yet (but I've been crocheting for forever) and I'm trying to force myself to finish up a medium sized cross stitch and a large-but-really-quick crochet sweater before I go buy knitting supplies and try to learn but this is making it so so hard.. (I apologize for the run on sentence. :D)
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MrMoocher Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Then again, if knitting doesn't work out for me, I'm sure I can find SOME way to crochet with scales...
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Burnoutkid89 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
wow how did you do that?
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I'm working on a basic tutorial now if you'd like to find out!
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Burnoutkid89 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
thank you, that is way cool.
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Ragoni Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Those are so cool..! I hope I would be able to make something like that some day. :)
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
If you need any help I've started on a DIY guide, and if you do ever try it out and it doesn't make sense then any feedback to improve the tutorial and questions you need to ask are very welcome :)
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RavenXArisa Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
man i really want a pair of those :3
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Silme-Mor Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012   General Artist
I completely fail at knitting, but I would fight myself to practice it so I can make a pair of these myself!
I'm starting to do a lot more costume work, in hopes to start a web series with a group that's medieval/fantasy themed. Being able to learn to do this would be amazing! A lot easier, cheaper and lighter than using chain links.
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Ohey, this is a bit late but if it's any help to you there's a bit of a tutorial going on at DIY Scale Mail which might be of help if you haven't tried it yet!
It can be done entirely on basic knit stitches, so you shouldn't have a problem even if you can't do any shaping or even purl stitches!
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Silme-Mor Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   General Artist
Oh, that's awesome! Thank you! ^w^
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katepansini Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Hi, could you message me a tutorial? It doesn't have to be long anything would be appreciated. These look fantastic and I would love to learn how to make them!
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I've started working on a real tutorial now, if what I sent you way back when was a bit weird and hard to understand how to actually add scales you could check out the new version!
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Defect406 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
by any chance would or could you make a tutorial video or like a step by step thing on how to make one of these amazing things :)

I don't really know how to knit all the much but I am more than willing to learn how to make this, they look awesome

if not its all good as well :)
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
In case you were still interested, I've started work on a real tutorial, which hopefully will make sense and if it doesn't then any questions and feedback to improve it are totally welcome :D
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
It's something I'd like to do some day, but I've found myself so busy with projects for the past few months now that I haven't even had time to make stuff for general sale :P

They are quite simple, and if you like I can message you some half instruction things from when I tried to explain to someone how to make them once, but until much later I won't be able to do much in the way of a decent tutorial.
I'll probably comment back someday if I do, in case you still want it :)
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mariamazmy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
woooooooooooooow wow wow its more Exciting
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Ithinkstoomuch Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
These are fantastic! I am an avid knitter and larper and would love to try to make a pair of these. They would be awesome for winter games. Would you be willing to share your secrets on how you attach the scales by knitting? I understand if you don't want to considering you are selling these.
Either way, great job!
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
If whatever I tried before didn't make quite enough sense I've had a go at a real tutorial now, even including a bit of a video to try and make it make more sense! I'm always looking to improve it, so if there are bits you don't get still I'd like to know so I can make it more understandable!
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
I'm sure I could try to explain how to knit the scales in, although I'm not sure how successful I'll be :P
Scales are easiest to put on a purl stitch - when you push the needle though the loop you are purling put the scale over the end of the needle too, facing you and hanging down. Pull the wool through the hole in the scale and through the stitch (one at a time is easiest at first but after a while you might be able to do both in one movement) and after doing the next stitch your scale should be securely attached :)
It's a bit fiddly at first, but I find it's not to difficult on 4mm needles.
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Patzerli Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Awesome o.o. I searched Scale Mail Gloves for a looong time. All i found was a Scale Mail :/. Are they LARPproof?
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
oh, and they can withstand a blow from a LARPsafe weapon without deforming, unless someone hits you much harder than is in the spirit of LARPing. They'd probably have to break your hand too.
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
That's an interesting question, I've asked out for a bit more information from my friends who know more about safety and stuff, but I can tell you what I think and hope some of it is useful for you :)

Comfort:
The gauntlets as a whole are unusually lightweight for scale mail because the scales are aluminium and the base is yarn rather than more metal rings. This also makes them warm and comfortable, especially for winter or night games when you wouldn't want plates of cold metal right on your skin freezing you :P

Safety:
Because they're knitted straight into fabric they have the flexibility and stretch of a regular knitted glove :) Stroking the scales backwards even quite firmly doesn't hurt, and shouldn't loosen the scales either. They shouldn't damage other things or other people, and they should be pretty good at not taking damage. Especially considering LARP weapons aren't sharp and metal so they shouldn't even get scratched.

Cleaning:
The yarns I use are synthetic fibres and the aluminium is corrosion resistant (particularly the coloured scales which have been anodised) so should deal fine with being wiped clean pretty thoroughly if they get some dirt on them. Obviously you can't put them in a washing machine as it would chew the rubber seals to pieces. Probably don't submerge it in water to try and clean it unless it's really thick with mud and you can't get it off any other way, and try and dry it off by hand as much as you can afterwards, especially around the scales.

I've had interest already in these from LARPers around my Uni, it appears that at least the Durham Uni LARPers consider them LARP safe :)
I'm hoping there's some sort of information that covers the LARPproof aspect of your question, I just said everything I could think of that might be relevant to know.
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Riochi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student General Artist
wow, awesome !!!
we made a chain mail vest with thtat kit XD
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
I'd love to make something like that, I have such a short attention span though :P I bet a full vest looks awesome in scales! :)
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Riochi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student General Artist
it's heavy because it's linked by chains so it's cold
but yes, it's VERY awesome !
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CraftyMutt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
I was really surprised how heavy just the gloves were when I finished, and they were just the scales.
The scaly stuff is just so shiny and cool though :D
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Riochi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student General Artist
your right ^____^
it's heavy but worth it !
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