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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!***



Help with pattern, Please!

(Anonymous)
I have fallen in love with this dragon pattern. I have completed everything but the wings.

I can’t seem to figure out the wings. The claws are not turning out. They appear to be blended in the pattern instead of hanging off the ends as in the pictures. This is making the wings look really goofy. Can you please help me? I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks,
Susan

Great!!
I've tried this pattern and I really liked it.
Even my boyfriend, who stoles the first one I made... ^___^

Hi, I would like you to meet Morgana, my new little dragon made thanks to your pattern...
Can you tell me how to paste a photo here so you can see her?
Thanks for such a beautiful creation!

My own dragon by heavens-hellcat and polish translation

Hi, i love your dragon, its the cuttest dragon in the world. My version:



I have translated to polish yours instructions, hope you dont mind:
http://madisa.republika.pl/smok.rtf

Re: My own dragon by heavens-hellcat and polish translation

I love your dragon, and I think it's really cool that my pattern is now in Polish too!

Olá, eu gostava muito de oferecer esses dragões aos meus sobrinhos, mas não entendo em inglês, haverá forma de o fazer em português, eu agradecia muito. Obrigada, bjos

OMG

(Anonymous)
I have spent AGES looking for a dragon for my cute crochet dolls - my princess and prince have been quite lonely. This is so cute and I can't wait to have a stab at it tomorrow :) Thank you so much xxx

Re: OMG

(Anonymous)
Hi,! I'm Melli! I just started this dragon too! How long have you been crocheting?

so cute!!!!!!

(Anonymous)
I love your dragon pattern! Though it's kinda hard to read, I'm doing pretty good so far. Do you have anymore patterns? that are this cute? I've never seen a amigurumi dragon that looks so real!

BTW, I'm 11years old and I have been crocheting for about 2 years now. Don't you love it?
my parents tell me not to give out my real name so call me Melli! *<;)

Thanks! Good luck with following the pattern, I did do it in shorthand so I hope it's not too hard to follow. I have a few more (mostly quite simple) patterns on my blog: http://lucyravenscar.blogspot.com/

Hello!
I'm quite bad at figuring out how to make the wings so I used yours to complete my vampire pattern. I want to ask you a permission to post it as a part of my own pattern (with a credit to you and an active link to your blog of course). I'm a newbie and 100% not going to sell it. Here you may see it in my blog. Please tell me if it's ok and if it's not I'm going to correct my post in accordance to your wishes or remove it. Thanks in advance,
Aluajala.

http://aluajala.blogspot.com/2010/02/vampire-crochet-pattern.html

Hello,

That's fine, thank you for asking. The wings look really good on your vampire, which is very cute!

Fire lizards!

(Anonymous)
Hi Heavens,
I've just seen your gold Fire Lizard, and I was wondering if you had started on the pattern for her yet? I don't have much experience with knitting etc at all, but I am trying to find a really good pattern to make Ruth to go with a project I have. Even if it takes several (hundred!) attempts I intend to perservere. The Ruth I am planning would be about 6 inches high, or slightly larger, ideally so I'm not sure how the pattern would work being shrunk like that.
Thanks,
Jingle

Hi,

I'm well along with my Dragonet pattern - I've been working on it and perfecting it, and I've just finished my third version. I've been taking lots of photos while I've been making it, so I'm ready to start writing the pattern out. The Easter holidays might slow me down a bit, but hopefully I won't be too long.

Re: Fire lizards! (Anonymous) Expand
I've been looking for a dragon pattern for a year now. I just found yours. I want to make it for my fiance for his b-day but I've never done amigurumi before. Do you of any good books that I could try to find at my local library so I can teach myself?

There are lots of good tutorials on the internet, including videos. Try searching for 'how to crochet' and 'how to make amigurumi'. Otherwise the Stitch and Bitch crochet book, the Happy Hooker, has quite a lot of detail on how to crochet.

Hi!

(Anonymous)
Hey! I love this pattern, but i'm flustered, because i just don't understand the pattern (so sorry) like 12;12;... what does that mean, do you have a totorial about how to read your patterns, or could you make one please, because i've been looking for a long time for a perfect pattern like this, and REALLY need help thanks! :D

Hi,

I did write this pattern in a kind of shorthand, see the instructions at the start for how to follow it:

"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."

So something like "14; 12; 10; (do the next 4 increases at the top to create the head) 14;" means there are 14 sc, then you decrease evenly in the next row so there are 12 sc, decrease evenly in the next row so there are 10 sc, then look at the dragon's nose, see where the top is, and do the next 4 increases next to each other at the top to do the shaping for the dragon's head.

I hope that helps a bit, although at some point I will try and write out the pattern with the more customary notation.

Re: Hi! (Anonymous) Expand

hey

(Anonymous)
hey it's me again (from last post) i looked at some of your other awesome crochet patterns and i get the other ones like the tiny elephant, but just don't get the dragon, do u think maybe you could re-write this one like the othe, or help me to get this one? thanks for your time and effort!

I hope the reply above helps a bit. Maybe give it a go, then get in touch if you get stuck.

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electrified dragon

(Anonymous)
Hello,

Last Christmas there was a conference in Berlin, themed "Here be dragons". An ideal opportunity to start on your pattern, which I had stored for some time. As the conference is also about tinkering, soldering and hacking, I added twin LED lights so that the dragon can actually spit fire. So you could say mine is a bit fiercer - but still very cudly. Last week, I added a very simple system to act as a button to switch the LEDs on and off. If you're interested, I can share it, as I took pictures all along the process. But please contact me directly at machtelt@garrels.be, as I am not into reading blogs and following up on comments all the time.

Thanks for the pattern, we had some great fun with it.

Best regards,

Machtelt.

Great Pattern!

(Anonymous)
Hi, My name is Linda and I'm from Massachusetts. I just finished your dragon pattern for my husband who wanted an orange one. I thought the directions would be hard to follow since they were a bit different, but they were the simplest directions I have ever followed and I have been doing crafts since I was 12! I buzzed right along without haveing to read and reread the directions. Just having the stitch count made everything so much easier. I just had to look at the directions, and not have to find my place every time. My husband loves his dragon, he plans to put in his work truck, since his work color is orange. Thanks again!

Thank you! I'm really pleased you liked the simple way it was written - that's basically what my notes look like, but it's good that other people are able to follow them too! When I write patterns out properly I still put the stitch count at the end of each line because that's what I always look for myself.

An orange dragon sounds cool, it'll look great in your husband's truck!

I want to try making this dragon too! thanks for sharing.

Brilliant pattern!

(Anonymous)
Thank you so much! What a brilliant pattern, well done to you!

I just want to say, in case any one else got stuck on the claws, at the end of row 4 you crochet 3 chain. So when you start row 5, skip one chain, and the 2 ss are on the chain you just done at the end of row 4.

Thanks again for the great pattern, and congratulations! :)

Thank you!

Adorable Dragon

(Anonymous)
Thank you so much for taking the time to post the Dragon Instructions. I made a red/orange one for my granddaughter, a purple one for myself (!) and a couple more for a friend's kids. I received a Thank You note that said the boys were so thrilled with them that they took them to school for show and tell! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

-Babka


thanks for a great pattern:)

Thank you for sharing this awesome design! I just finished my dragon and I'm in love with it :)
This dragon has a lot more details than other amigurumi designs, very interesting to make and inspirational. Made it as a gift, showing the result on facebook and included a link to your LJ.
Your creatures are amazing!

I just found this pattern and it awesome. Thank you so much for sharing, can't wait to get started! :)

Thanks everyone for all the kind comments - I love to think of how many little dragons there are out there now!

I just found this fantastic dragon pattern and I can't wait to try it out. Thankyou so much for sharing it!

Thank you! If you haven't made it yet, you might like to try my updated version of the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fierce-little-dragon

a crocheted Dragon

(Anonymous)
I made a red dragon following your pattern,my family loved it and now i have orders to fill! Thanks for a great project

Thanks! If you're making more you might like to check out my updated version of the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fierce-little-dragon

Lovely pattern

(Anonymous)
Hi
I just wanted to say that I love this pattern (your Totoro was too big, so \i made a mini one). \i saw this pattern when I was first teaching myself to crochet about 18 months ago and I loved it, but couldn't imagine ever being able to make it. Well, \i've just finished it and it looks superb - thank you so much for the lovely pattern. It's a great pattern to follow and works really well.
So thank you firstly for the inspiration to teach myself to crochet, secondly for writing the pattern so well and thirdly for a lovely dragon that my son just adores.

Thank you! I'm so pleased you enjoyed making it.

I have done this pattern! It turned out amazing, Thank you so much!

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