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Pattern for a slightly fierce but friendly really Dragon.
heavens_hellcat
*I've now written this pattern out in a more standard way, and changed a few minor things. In particular I've made the wings stronger so they will stick out better. The new version is too long to post here, but you can download the pattern from Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fierce-little-dragon

You can also see photos of the new Fierce Little Dragon at my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/96575205@N00/5737701916/

Of course, you can still follow the pattern below if you find that easier, but do check out the new wings, you may prefer them.

Edited May 2011*

I'm going to assume that anyone who tries to make this has a reasonable knowledge of crochet & making amigurumi, and that you know how to increase and decrease. So I am just going to write the number of stitches in each round and then explain any fiddly bits in more detail. Semi-colons (;) separate the rounds, assume you start with chain 2 & crochet into the first stitch, or with a magic ring.

Use a 3.5mm (E) hook.
Use any yarn you like, you may need to increase the hook size if you use a very chunky yarn. Crochet tightly so that the stuffing won’t show.
Mark the start of each row.
Stuff the body as you go along, not too tightly so that the dragon can bend its neck and tail.

Abbreviations:
inc 2 = do 2 sc in one stitch.
dec 2 = reduce 2 stitches down to one sc.
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
FO = finish off
st = stitch(es)
ch = chain
yoh = yarn over hook
ss = slip stitch (US), single crochet (UK)
hdc = half double crochet (US), half treble crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)

Start at the dragon’s nose:

Nostrils:
8 sc in ring, FO leaving a bit of a tail.
8 sc in ring, then sc into any stitch on the first ring and go all the way around both of them, ending up with 16 st. Use the tail to sew up any gap between the 2 parts.

Continue:
16; (do the following reductions at the middle top and middle bottom of the nose) 14; 14; 12; 10; (do the next 4 increases at the top to create the head) 14; 14; 14; (do the following decreases at the top) 12; 10; 8; 8; 8; (increase by one stitch anywhere) 9; 10; 10; 10; 11; 12; (do the next increase at the bottom to create the body) 18; 18; (increase every 3rd stitch) 24; 24; 24; (do the following increases at sides) 26; 26; 26; 28; 28; (do the following reductions at the sides, but a bit randomly, or there will be a distinct line) 26; 24; 22; 20; 18; 16; 14; 14; 12 x 11 rounds; 11; 11; 11; 10; 10; 10; 9; 9; 9; 8; 8; 8; 8; 7 x 10 rounds; 6; [If the tail doesn’t look pointy enough, continue for 3 more rounds at 6 st, then 3 rounds at 5st] dec 2 x 2; FO and sew up when completely stuffed.

Back legs (make 2):
6 sc in ring; 12; 12; 12; 12; (6 sc, dec 2, dec 2, dec 2) 9; 9; 9; (6 sc, inc 2, inc 2, inc 2) 12; (inc 2 every 2nd st) 18; 18; 18; (3 sc, dec 2, dec 2, 4 sc, dec 2, dec 2, dec 2, 1 sc) 13; (2 sc, dec 2, dec 2, 2 sc, dec 2, 1 sc, dec 2) 9; (2 sc, dec 2, 2 sc, dec 2) 7 – keep reducing every 2 st until the hole is too small to do any more. Stuff, then use cream/beige yarn to sew claws. Sew up top of leg.

Front legs (make 2):
5 sc in ring; 10; 10; 10; 10; (6 sc, dec 2, dec 2) 8; 8 x 6 rounds; keep reducing every 2 st until the hole is too small to do any more. Stuff, then use cream/beige yarn to sew claws. Sew up top of leg.

Spikes on back:
Small – ch 3, sc into 2nd ch from hook, hdc into 3rd ch from hook, ch1.
Large – ch 3, sc into 2nd ch from hook, yoh, hook into next ch, yoh and pull through st, yoh, pull through 2 loops, yoh, into same st, yoh and pull through st, yoh and through all loops on hook, ch1.

You make the spikes continuously. I did 3 small, 10 large, 3 small, missing out the last ch1 and leaving a tail of yarn to sew to the body. Adjust the number of spikes you make to fit along your dragon’s back from behind the eyes to the tip of the tail.

Wings (in numbered rows):
1) ch 16.
2) Miss 1st ch. 3 ss, 5 sc, 7 hdc, ch 2, turn.
3) 7 hdc, 5 sc, 3 ss, ch1, turn.
4) 3 ss, 5 sc, 7 hdc, ch 3, turn.
5) Miss 1st ch, 2 ss (to make claws), 7 hdc, 5 sc, 3 ss, ch1, turn.
6) 3 ss, 5 sc, 7 hdc, ch 2, turn.
7) 7 hdc, 5 sc, 3 ss, ch1, turn.
8) 3 ss, 5 sc, 7 hdc, ch 3, turn.
9 – 12) Repeat rows 5 – 8.
13) Miss 1st ch, 2 ss, 15 sc.
Then sc along the base of the wing and along the other side, ch3, turn, miss 1st ch, 2 ss to make last claw. FO leaving long tail. Use this to secure the last claw to the rest of the wing, then take thread through wing to its base, ready to sew onto body.

Ears:
Leave a long tail of yarn when you make your first loop.
Ch 6, turn.
Skip 1st st, sc, dc,sc,ss. Leave the last ch and ss up the other side of the ear to the tip. FO
Sew onto head, going over the last chain several times to create the brow bone shape.

Completing your dragon:
Sew the spikes along the back from just behind the ears to the tip of the tail.
Sew the legs on in the obvious positions. I sewed them by pulling the tail of yarn through and out of the side of the leg, at the top. Then sew the yarn several times into a small area on the body so that they are slightly jointed and can move about quite easily.
Sew on the wings slightly to either side of the spikes with the front edge about level with the front legs.
Embroider eyes or sew on beads for eyes. I embroidered a roughly diamond shape in a contrasting colour below the brow bone, then used black for the pupils so they looked a bit like cat’s eyes. If you want to use safety eyes, you’ll need to fix them in quite early, before you crochet the neck, or you won’t be able to fit them.

I hope that all made sense, let me know if you have any questions. I will put more pictures on my Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/96575205@N00/

***This is a free pattern of my design, so please do not sell it. Otherwise, use as you like, but if you make this dragon to sell you must include a link to this pattern. Thank you!***



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Translation

(Anonymous)

2007-06-15 08:43 am (UTC)

Hello heavens_hellcat!

I love your patterns very much, especially your really nice dragon (I looooove dragons)!
Would it be ok for you when i translate your adorable patterns into German
and to make it available to Amigurumi-friends (crochet-club and
amigurumi-club), who are only understanding German. Of course i would
mention that they are translated by courtesy of heavens_hellcat (our how you would like to say it). And the German patterns of course wouldn`t be charged. But in Germany and also Austria there are so many Amigurumi-fans and at this time the patterns are mainly written in English. So we try to help the people, who are not speaking/reading English to crochet also those very nice Amigurumi. And besides it´s a very good training for upgrading my English, ;).
Have a nice day, Karin
(karin.wielander@wavenet.at)

Karin, please feel free to do that, I love the idea of my pattern spreading into other countries! Like you say, as long as you make it clear where it came from, that would be absolutely fine.

Wow! Your dragon and Ghibli's Tortoro are gorgeous!

Thank you so much for sharing these, I can't wait to have a go and make them.

I was searching for patterns today and someone had a picture of your dragon but said there was no pattern...but it turns out you've just put one out! Thanks so much, I'm very appreciative :)

Your dragon is the best !

(Anonymous)

2007-06-24 09:35 am (UTC)

I love your dragon since I first saw it (october 2006). I was looking for a crochet dragon all over the internet, your dragon was the best, the rest was not so nice. It is a real dragon, not a dinosaur or snake with wings and it is so cute! I don't crochet enough well to make it without pattern so my younger sister (who love dragons) didn't have it for her 18 birthday, but now I have something for her as a award for passing her exams (97% - she was really good). Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :-D

I LOVE your patterns. I have added you as a friend so I can keep track of your patterns until I have time to make them. Thank you so much for sharing.

Yoda and Leia

(Anonymous)

2007-07-26 04:24 am (UTC)

Your patterns are soooooo awsome. Thank you so much for sharing them. I saw your pictures of your yoda and leia and I am a HUGE star wars fan. If you would post the patterns to those I and a lot of other star wars geeks out there wouldn't know how to thank you! ^_^ Thanks!

*shakes her rapidly developing dragon at her husband* rawr rawr! rawr! ^_^

The Totoro is incredible, it's so hard to find someone who is both into crochet AND anime... I miss my sister soooo much for this reason T_T At least now I know we aren't the only otaku who are into crochet! ^_^

ありがとうどざいます! ^_^

A few little variations, like I did the wings in back loops only to make ridges ^_^

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really? (Anonymous) Expand
Thanks for sharing, just too cute!

OMG thanks so much! This little guy is absolutely adorable! I love dragons (as you could guess from my avatar LOL), and I love to crochet. Many thanks again!

Krynne

That's awesome! (coming in from hobbitblue

I don't know anything about amigurumi - but know lots about crochet and sewing. I can't wait to try this!

I am so going to make one of these for my nephew! He'll be 3 in october and I know he'll just love it. Thank you!

That's so cool! Another reason why I should learn :)

You are so talented with a crochet hook!! It is amazing! Plus you are sharing the pattern!

perfect dragon

(Anonymous)

2007-10-18 08:34 am (UTC)

really want my son to be a king for a day on his first bday so plan on making a castle cake and wanted a dragon on there and what better way to make a keepsake then to create him so its another present =0) thanks so much for the pattern praying i can find someone to each me how to do it....awesomely cute !!! go flickr! ctbear79 is me

This is wonderful!!!

(Anonymous)

2007-11-25 09:17 pm (UTC)

I was looking for a dragon to make for a friend's son who loves dragons etc. I want to give it to him for Christmas. This is perfect!

Firstly, have to say that I really love your creations. ^_^
Secondly, I was browsing through your flickr page, and came across your Yoda and Leia ones, and was wondering if you had any kind of pattern for them? I have a friend who loves Star Wars, and when I saw those I thought they would make a perfect gift for him...even if you just had some really vague/general guide or stitch counts that I could go off of it would help. :)
Anyway keep up the awesome work and just let me know
Thanks!

I'm in awe of your crocheting skills. I started crocheting about 3 weeks ago and I'm doing alright with my first project, a single crochet purse from Stitch & Bitch. Your flikr photos are amazing! I love this dragon and I'm so grateful that you're sharing the pattern.

Your "Babies" are just wonderful

(Anonymous)

2008-04-10 01:09 am (UTC)

I love the dragon, being a dragon lover from way back, and hope to make a dragon myself from your pattern. Thank you for making available for others to have a go at too.
Then I went and had a look at your flickr book and wow!!! you have some adorable animals and I was blown away.

Thanks for sharing.
Lynne


Just to let you know i have added you, and that i love all your beautiful crocheting! :)

Love it!

(Anonymous)

2008-05-18 10:04 pm (UTC)

I just finished making one for a friend for a graduation present, and I love how it turned out! I used a bigger hook so it turned out a bit larger, meaning i had to adapt the pattern for the wings to make them proportional. I used green for the body, light purple for the spikes, and a varigated green and blue for the wings that turned out really well. I'd love to send you a picture if you want to see it.

Thanks so much for this pattern, I'm definitely trying the Totoro one next since that was my favorite movie growing up.

Thank you! Your patterns are awesome, please make more!

requesting permission for tutorial

dragonsinger954

2008-07-20 09:06 pm (UTC)

Hello
I am contacting you because I'm a crafty witch for The Leaky Cauldron, working in the Harry Potter Crafts section, which you can see here: http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/features/crafts.

As you can see, we are posting tutorials and pictures for all sorts of Harry Potter Crafts there, and I was wondering if you would allow me to use tutorials and pictures of the George's Dragon pattern posted on your live journal (http://heavens-hellcat.livejournal.com/807.html). I would identify the pictures and tutorials as having been created by you. There are also 2 long paragraphs on the front page of the crafts section explaining visitors that they should use the patterns they see on the website for their personal use and not to sell them, as the designers are the only ones who own the copyrights to those items. There is also a copyright sign right by your name on the page of a particular item. Last but not least, you will notice that the credits at the bottom of each crafts mentions a source, so in your case, it would say that your tutorial was taken with permission from "heavens_hellcat (http://heavens-hellcat.livejournal.com/807.html)" and we would include a link to your website there.

The Leaky Cauldron easily gets between 70,000 and 1,000,000 hits per month. I believe letting us add your patterns and pictures there would increase your visibility too. And of course, it would enable thousands of crafters all around the world to make wonderful crafts like yours!

Hoping to post your creations soon!

Edited at 2008-07-22 03:04 am (UTC)

Re: requesting permission for tutorial

heavens_hellcat

2008-07-23 03:06 pm (UTC)

Of course, dragonsinger954, I'd be delighted. I love Harry Potter, so I'd be chuffed to see my pattern on the Leaky Cauldron website.

Help!

(Anonymous)

2008-09-30 02:34 am (UTC)

I have found a passion for crocheting! I would love to try your dragon. Do you have a more detailed written pattern to follow for those not so new at the anigurumi? Is there a book I can find the pattern in. My boyfriend loves dragons and I thought this would be a cool surprise. Thanks

Wow! Your patterns are FANTASTIC! I will definately be making a Totoro for my son, and a dragon for...me! I hope you don't mind, I have added you as a friend?
Thanks so much!
Crystal

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