Off The Hook – Crochet Dragon – Free Pattern

Hello readers, anyone who follows me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram will know I’m a bit of a crochet queen.

I use crochet as a means of dealing with my anxious mind and as such always have three or four projects on the go.

Part of the fun of crochet for me is making new things and I am lucky that my friends and customers are always  coming up with fantastic ideas to challenge my crochet skills. Most of the softie I am asked to create are completely unique so often my creations are made from patterns I have designed myself.
In the ‘Off The Hook’ blog series I shall introduce some of the items I have made, share some of my  patterns and give tips on how to create the different stitches I use in them.

Crochet Dragon 

Given my blog name it was inevitable that one of the first crochet softies I would make when I started crocheting would be a dragon. However when I looked for crochet dragon patterns, I found many dragon motifs and Chinese dragons, but very few traditional dragons, and none in the size I wanted. Hence my first foray into designing my own pattern for a softie.

I knew I wanted my dragon to have a squidgy round body, thick tail, flapable wings and fierce horns.
My first attempt was the rainbow dragon.

The basic pattern was there, but I don’t think the patchwork of colours really worked. Since then I have modified the pattern slightly and come up with the ‘Welsh Dragon’.

and the ‘Goth Dragon’

Crochet Dragon, Free Pattern

4mm hook

Chunky wool(1x100g black, 2x100g coloured)

Dragon size – 12″ high from bottom to top of head.

Sc = single crochet US style.
Hdc = half double crochet US style.
Dc = double crochet US style.
2sc = 2 single crochet into same stitch.
2 tog = crochet next 2 stitches together.
Pic = picot stitch. Chain 3 slip stitch into back of first chain.

All pieces are worked in continuous rounds. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of a new row.

Head

(1)  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

(2) 2sc in each stitch.

(3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 6 times.

(4) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(5) *Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(6) *Sc in next 4 stitches,  2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(7-10) Sc in each stitch.

(11) *Sc in next 4 stitches, 2 tog* 6 times.

(12-14) Sc in each stitch.

(15) *Sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(16) *Sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch*  6 times.

(17) Sc in each stitch.

(18) *Sc in next 6 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(19) *Sc in next 7 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(20-21) Sc in each stitch.

(22) *Sc in next 7 stitches, 2 tog* 6 times.

(23) *Sc in next 6 stitches, 2 tog* 6 times.

(24) Sc in each stitch.

(25) *Sc in next 5, 2 tog* 6 times.

(26) *Sc in next 4 stitches, 2 tog* 6 times.

(27)  sc in each stitch.

(28) *Sc in  next 3 stitch, 2 tog* STUFF.

(29)* Sc in next 2 stitches, 2 tog* 6 times.

(30) *sc in next stitch, 2 tog * 6 times.

(31) *2 tog * 6 times.

Embroider the eyes on just above the snout.

Body

(1)  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

(2) 2sc in each stitch.

(3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 6 times.

(4) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

(5)*Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(6) *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch * 6 times.

(7) *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(8) *sc in next 6 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(9-10) sc in each stitch.

(11) *sc in next 7 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(12) sc in each stitch.

(13) *sc in next 8 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

(14-23) sc in each stitch.

(24) *sc in next 8 stitches, 2tog* 6 times.

(25) sc in each stitch.

(26) *sc in next 7 stitches, 2tog* 6 times.

(27) sc in each stitch.

(28) *sc in next 6 stitches, 2tog* 6 times.

(29) sc in each stitch.

(30) *sc in next 5 stitches, 2tog* 6 times.

(31)  sc in each stitch.

(32)  *sc in next 4 stitches, 2tog* 6 times.

(33) sc in each stitch.

(34)*sc next 3 stitches , 2 tog* 6 times.

(35-37) sc in each stitch.   STUFF

Attach to head, 12 rows below  top of head.

Ears – make 2

(1)  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

(2) sc in each stitch.

(3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 3 times.

(4) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 3 times.

(5- 6) sc in each stitch.

(7)* Sc in next 2 stitches, 2 tog* 3 times.

(8) sc in each stitch.

(9) *sc in next stitch, 2 tog * 3 times.

Ears sewn 1 row below horns.

Horns –  Make 2

(1)  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 4 sc into ring.

(2) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(3)  *Sc next 2 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(4) sc in each stitch.

(5) *Sc next 3 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(6-7) sc in each stitch.

(8) *Sc next 4 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(9) sc in each stitch.

Sew horns on row 24.

Tail

(1)  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 4 sc into ring.

(2) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(3)  *Sc next 2 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(4) sc in each stitch.

(5) *Sc next 3 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(6-7) sc in each stitch.

(8) *Sc next 4 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(9) sc in each stitch.

(10) *Sc next 5 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(11) in each.

(12) *Sc next 6 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(13-15) in each.

(16) *Sc next 7 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(17 – 19)  sc in each stitch.

(20) *Sc next 8 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(21)   sc in each stitch.

(22) *Sc next 9 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(23 – 25)   sc in each stitch.

(26) *Sc next 10 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(27)  sc in each stitch.

(28) *Sc next 11 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times.

(29-30) sc in each stitch.

Sew on 10 rows from base.

Nostrils – make 2

(1) Ch 4, join into ring. Make 8 sc into ring.

(2)  2dc into each stitch.

(3) fold in half and joing edges using slip stitch. Sew above row 6.

Bottom Legs

(1)  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

(2) 2sc in each stitch.

(3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 6 times.

(5) *Hdc in next 2 stitches, 2hdc. In next stitch* 6 times.

(6-9) Sc in each stitch. CHANGE COLOUR

(10-12)  Sc in each stitch.

(13)*Sc in next 6 stitches, sc 2 tog* 6 times.

(14) Sc in each stitch.

(15) *sc in next 5 stitches , sc 2 tog* 6 times.

(16-18)  sc in each stitch.

(19)*Sc in next 2 stitches, 2 tog* 6 times.

(20)  sc in each stitch.

Sew Lower legs between rows 10 and 15.

Top Legs

(1)  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 5 sc into ring.

(2) 2sc in each stitch.

(3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 5 times.

(4) * sc next 2 stitches, 2sc into next stitch * 5 times.

(5) *Sc next 4 stitchs, sc into next stitch* 4 times.

(6 – 9) sc in each stitch.

(10) *Sc in next 6 stitches, 2 tog* 3 times.

(11) sc in each stitch.

(12) *Sc in next 6 stitches, 2 tog* 3 times.

(13-15) sc in each stitch.

(16) *Sc in next 4 stitches, 2 tog* 3 times.

(17-18) sc in each stitch.

Sew top legs 4 rows below the head.

Wings

(1) chain 8, join to make a ring.

(2) sc in each stitch.

(3)  *Sc next 3 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(4) sc in each stitch.

(5)*Sc next 4 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(6)sc in each stitch.

(7)*Sc next 5 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(8) sc in each stitch.

(9)*Sc next 6 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(10) *Sc next 7 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(11) *Sc next 8 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(12) *Sc next 9 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(13) *Sc next 10 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(14) *Sc next 11 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(15) *Sc next 12 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(16) *Sc next 13 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(17) *Sc next 14 stitchs, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times.

(18-21) sc in each stitch. Slip st to join.

(22) *skip 1 stitch, 2dc, 2tc, 2dc into 2nd  stitch to make a shell, skip 1 stich , slip stitch into next stitch* 8 times.

(23) Hold the wing flat and  line the shells  up so you have four humps at the top of the wing. For each stitch in this row insert the hook through the stitchs of the matching front and back shell (in effect you are using this row to stitch the top of the wing together. * In the first pair of shells sc the first two stitches, dc into next  stitch chain 3 and slip stitch into the back of the 1st chain (picot stitch) dc into next stitch, sc into next 2 stitches*   repeat for all four pairs of shells.

Sew the ends of the two wings together to make a single piece. Attatch four rows down from where the head and body are joined. Join to body along the edge of the middle 18 rows of the top  and bottom of the wings. Fold the remaining wings on each side back on themselves and sew the wings to the body along the edge you have made.  To make the wings stay back, sew 3 or 4 stitches along the top and bottom edges of the fold.

Stitch Tip.

For a tidier look to your work you can use an invisible 2 sc together stitch. Insert the hook in the front loop of the first stitch  and then the front loop of the second stitch. Yarn over hook and pull through both front loops, yarn over hook again and through both loops on hook.

I hope you enjoy making your own dragons. If you are not a crocheter or simply do not  have the time or inclination to make your own but would still like to own one, this is one of the range of items I have available to make on order. Please contact me if you would like one.

Scientific Fact* Anxious Dragons feed on blog comments. Please help keep this dragon well fed. Thank you Xxxx

*Possibly not true

…The serious bit..

I am sharing this pattern for fellow crafters to make dragons. Please do not distribute, sell, reprint or otherwise give away the pattern. You can sell finished products made using this pattern, but please link back to this post and give proper credit in your listing.

12 Comments

  1. Intrepid Bebe

    April 10, 2017 at 5:30 am

    They look fab-aren’t you clever! #marmondays

  2. franbackwithabump

    April 10, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I’m sure I couldn’t crochet for toffee but you’re fab!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

  3. Aleena Brown

    April 10, 2017 at 8:08 am

    These are uber cute! I can knit and cross stitch, by every attempt I have made at crochet has epically failed!! You’ve inspired me to try again though! #bigpinklink

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      April 10, 2017 at 8:09 am

      It is funny how so manu people seam to either be able to knit or crochet but not both. I am a hopeless knitter xx

  4. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    April 10, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    This is amazing! I wish I could crochet 🙁 I’ll pin this and see if anyone can make it for me 🙂 #marvmondays

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      April 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      I do make them for people too if you would like to order one xx

  5. stressymama

    April 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Oh wow these are so cute. I have never tried crocheting anything but I’m really tempted to have a go now. #marvmondays

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      April 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Crochet is a good stress buster 😊

  6. Amy - Mama Loves Lochy

    April 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Love this! Great tip for keeping things tidy too!! #BigPinkLink x

    1. Hooks and Dragons

      April 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Yes, I found that tip on a different pattern but it makes a big difference when your decreasing xx

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