May 3, 2012

Hannah's Red Dragon

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MATERIALS:
Lion Brand Jiffy, 1 skein "True Red"
small amount of black yarn
size G crochet hook (or size needed to ensure a tight gauge)
stuffing
yarn needle
12mm black safety eyes (or use the black yarn to embroider eyes)


FINISHED SIZE: Approx. 5 inches tall

PATTERN:
(NOTE: This pattern is based on a cartoon-y dragon I used to draw frequently as a kid.)



Red Dragon Wings Add-On

WINGS:
Make 2.

With red yarn, ch 2. 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 1: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, dec1 over last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: (Sc in first sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc), sl st in each of next 4 sc, (sc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in same sc) twice, sl st in each of next 4 sc, (sc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in same st).
Sl st approx. 8 sts down the side of the wing to meet up with the other tail of yarn.
Fasten off, leaving a length of yarn for sewing, and sew to back of dragon's body.
If desired, embroider black lines to accentuate the look of the wings, as shown in the photo.



BODY:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
Round 3: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 4: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 5: *(Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Round 6: *(Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (36 sts)
Rounds 7-11: Sc in each st around.
Round 12: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 4 sts), repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Rounds 13-14: Sc in each st around.
Round 15: *(Dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts), repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 16: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 17: *(Dec 1, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.

HEAD:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Rounds 3-5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: Sc in next st, *(2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts), repeat from * to last 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st. (24 sts)
Rounds 9-11: Sc in each st around.
Round 12: Sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in each of next 7 sts. (30 sts)
Round 13: Sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts. (34 sts)
Rounds 14-18: Sc in each st around.
Round 19: [Sc in each of next 3 sts, dec 1] twice, [Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1] four times, sc in each of next 3 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 3 sts. (27 sts)
Round 20: Sc in each st around.
Round 21: Sc in each of next 8 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 7 sts, dec 1, sc in each of next 6 sts, dec 1. (24 sts)
Round 22: *(Sc in each of next 2 sts, dec 1), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
At this point, secure the safety eyes in place and begin stuffing.
Continue stuffing until fastening off.
Round 23: *(Sc in next st, dec 1), repeat from * around. (12 sts)
Rounds 24-25: Dec 1 around.
(1/31/13: Alternately, you can omit Round 25, and then fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.)
Fasten off and thread yarn through remaining stitches.
Sew head to body, using the length of yarn from the body segment.

ARMS:
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Sew arms to body just beneath head.

LEGS:

HAUNCHES:
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
Round 3: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Rounds 4-5: Sc in each st around.
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Lightly stuff and sew haunches to body just beneath arms.

FEET:
Make 2.
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 6 sc into ring.
Rounds 2-5: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Sew feet to haunches/body near the base of the amigurumi.

EARS:
Make 2.
Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.
Row 1: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in last st. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5: Sl st in first st and in next 3 sts, ch 2, sl st in same st, sl st in each st across, ch 2, sl st in same st.
Fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Sew ears to head.

TAIL:
Round 1: Starting with a magic ring, 4 sc into ring.
Round 2: Sc in each st around.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] twice. (6 sts)
Round 4: Sc in each st around.
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] twice. (8 sts)
Rounds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Round 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] twice. (10 sts)
Round 9: Sc in each st around.
Round 10: [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts] twice. (12 sts)
Round 11: Sc in each st around.
Sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn for sewing.
Fill with stuffing.
Sew tail to body.


With black yarn, embroider details. Use the photos as a guide, if needed.



Enjoy! =)




January 23, 2013:

I just made another dragon in blue (Lion Brand Jiffy "Aqua") and added "fins" to the tail to make it a "water" dragon (or sea serpent). The fins are just another set of crocheted "ears" from the red dragon pattern. However, these, you obviously sew to the tail instead of the head.

The only thing I did differently for making the fins was to slip stitch down the side of the fins to meet up with the other end of yarn before fastening off.

I also did the stitching/embroidering on the wings, ears and tail fins with Lion Brand Jiffy "Grass Green" and then stitched the hands and feet in black.

One other thing - I used a size G hook and didn't change the yarn type, so I guess just use whatever size hook works for you to achieve the tightest gauge (for keeping in stuffing).


12 comments:

  1. OH!!! He's is just too PERFECT!! I can't wait to make A BUNCH of these!!!!

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  2. He is just so cute =>

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  3. I love this! great for my crocheted 3D welsh flag!

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  4. I also thought this looked very much like a heraldic Welsh dragon! Very nice. Thanks for sharing the pattern, I'd love to give it a go.

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  5. very cute..++ love it! I'm going to try this.

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  6. How big does it turn out to be?

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  7. I really loved this.! I found that I had to use a smaller hook to get the head to be a size I didn't find comically big. Still adorable and the one I made has gotten rave reviews thus far.!

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  8. Oh man! I love these little guys!

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  9. Thank you for the lovely pattern.

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  10. Just wanted to let you know, I made two of these for two different friends for Christmas presents, and they were a huge success. :D I love your patterns! So clear and concise and easy to work with!

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  11. Thank you soooo much for your kind comments! ^_^ It always makes my day when I hear that someone likes a pattern I've posted! :D

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