Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Free pattern - Soren the baby dragon

A while ago, I wrote a pattern for an amigurumi dragon...and I've decided to share it with everyone for free! So much of what I crochet is based on free patterns so I figured it was my turn to give something back. Enjoy!




Head:
Using yarn colour A
Row 1: ch 2, then 6 sc into the first chain.
Row 2: 2sc into each of the sc (12 stitches)
Row 3: [2sc into the first sc, sc into next sc] repeat around (18 stitches)
Row 4: [2sc into the first sc, sc into the next 2 sc] repeat around (24 stitches)
Row 5: [2sc into the first sc, sc into the next 3 sc] repeat around (30 stitches)
Row 6 to Row 10: sc into each sc around (30 stitches)
Row 11: [sc2tog, then sc into the next 3 sc] around (24 stitches)
Row 12: [sc2tog, then sc into the next 2 sc] around (18 stitches)
Row 13: [sc2tog, then sc into next sc] around (12 stitches)
Start stuffing the head as firmly as you can, you're just making a basic ball as the face and eyes will be attached later.
Row 14: sc2tog around, cut and finish off leaving enough yarn to sew the hole shut. Weave in loose end.
It should look like a perfect little round ball.

Snout/face:
Row 1: ch 3, then 3 sc into the first chain from hook, sc into the next sc, 6 sc into the next sc. Turn
work around 180 degrees so that the bottom of the row now becomes the top row, and sc in the next sc, and 4 sc into the next sc (14 stitches)
Row 2: sc into the back loops of each sc (14 stitches)
Row 3 and Row 4: sc into each sc (14 stitches)
Row 5: [2 sc into the first sc, sc into the next sc] repeat around (21 stitches)
Row 6: [2 sc into the first sc, then sc into the next 2 sc] repeat around (28 stitches)
Row 7: [2 sc into the first sc, then sc into the next 3 sc] repeat around (35 stitches)
Row 8: sc into each sc around (35 stitches)
Row 9: [2 sc into each sc] for the first 15 sc, then sc2tog around (40 stitches)
The face should have a flatter, broader side on the top half and a curved rounded part on the bottom half.

Eyebrows:
Make two of these! Use yarn colour A. Alternatively, you could use yarn colour B for an interesting contrast.
Row 1: ch 2, then 6 sc into the first chain. Join with a sl st, then finish off and weave in all the ends.
They should look like 2 tiny flowers. The safety eyes will go through the little hole in the middle. Next, the eyes are attached onto the snout/face and the backs of the safety eyes are then attached onto the back of the snout/face. So it should be layered, from the outside in it will go: safety eyes, eyebrows, snout/face, then safety eye backing. If you aim to have the centres of the eyes line up with the outer edge of the nostrils, it should be about right, but you can play with this depending on how you want your little guy to look.

Body:
Using yarn colour A
Row 1: ch 2, then 6 sc into the first chain.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 stitches)
Row 3: [2 sc into first sc, then sc into the next sc] repeat around (18 stitches)
Row 4: [2 sc into the first sc, then sc into the next 2 sc] repeat around (24 stitches)
Row 5: [2 sc into the first sc, then sc into the next 3 sc] repeat around (30 stitches)
Row 6 to Row 8: sc into each sc around (30 stitches)
Row 9: [sc2tog, then sc into the next 3 sc] repeat around (24 stitches)
Row 10 and Row 11: sc in each sc around (24 stitches)
Row 12: [sc2tog, then sc into the next 2 sc] repeat around (18 stitches)
Start adding stuffing at this point, make sure it's packed in as firm as possible.
Row 13 to Row 15: sc into each sc around. (18 stitches)
Row 16: [sc2tog, then sc into the next sc] repeat around (12 stitches)
Row 17: sc into each sc around.
Finish off, making sure you leave a long enough piece of yarn so you can attach the head later. Add more stuffing and shape the body in your hand so there's no lumps or ridges.

Legs:
Make 2 of these!
Starting with yarn colour B (the contrasting colour)
Row 1: ch 2, then 6 sc into the first chain.
Row 2: 2 sc into each sc around (12 stitches)
Row 3: sc in each sc around, break off yarn colour B (12 stitches)
Row 4 to Row 5: Join yarn colour A, then sc in each sc around. (12 stitches)
You'll need to add a little bit of stuffing at this point, the little legs get narrow and it gets too hard to
poke it down into the foot part.
Row 6: sc2tog around (6 stitches)
Row 7 to Row 8: sc into each sc around. (6 stitches)

Arms:
He'll need 2 of these, too, in yarn colour A.
Row 1: ch 2, then 6 sc into the first ch.
Row 2: sc in each back loop only (6 stitches)
Row 3 to Row 6: sc in each sc around (6 stitches)
Cut and finish off, making sure you leave enough yarn to sew them onto the body.

Tail:
Use yarn colour A.
Row 1: ch 2, then 4 sc into the first ch.
Row 2: sc into each sc around (4 stitches)
Row 3: 2 sc into the first sc, then sc into the next sc, repeat. (6 stitches)
Row 4 to Row 6: sc into each sc around (6 stitches)
Row 7: [2 sc into the first sc, then sc into the next sc] repeat around (9 stitches)
Row 8: sc into each sc around (9 stitches)
Row 9 to Row 10: [2 sc into the first sc, then sc into the next 2 sc] repeat around (16 stitches)
Row 11: sc into each sc around (16 stitches)
Cut and finish off, leaving lots of yarn to attach it to the body. Weave in the loose end from the tip of the tail. Stuff with polyester filling, making it fat at the open end. The narrow tip of the tail
should be left unfilled, so you can pinch it and shape it as you like.


Assembly:

Start with the snout/face and head. The head should have one side that looks neater than the other side, so use the neater side as the back of the head (you'll see the back of the head but we're covering up the front with the face). So with the less neater side facing you, lay the snout/face over the ball like a mask. Stretch it and play with it until you're happy with the position of the face. Then stitch it onto the head using the yarn you left attached for this purpose! Weave in all loose ends.

Next, attach the head to the body using the length of yarn left on the body. You may need to play
with the angle of the head a bit and be careful when attaching the head, so that the face is straight and facing forward. Weave in any loose ends.

The tail goes on next. It should be placed low down in the very middle of his back so that it sits
level with what is essentially his bottom! Sew it on then weave in loose ends.
Next are the little legs. They should be attached low down on the front of the body, face forwards
and angle out a little bit. If you look at the bottom of the dragon, the feet and the tail should make a triangle shape – this balances him so that he can sit up on his own. Getting there! The arms are the last little appendages to attach, they should go on his body about 1cm (half an inch) under his neck. They should be on the same angle as the legs. Weave in all the ends.

All that's left now is his spines. These are stitched directly onto his body using contrasting colour
yarn B. To do this you will need to crochet a foundation chain from the tip of his tail up to the top of his head.

Row 1: Insert hook into a stitch on the tip of the tail. Yarn over and bring it through, chain 1 then sc along the length of the body. Try to space them fairly evenly, don't worry about an exact number of sc because you'll need to make the sc where ever they will fit!
Row 2: Turn him so you will now work back towards the tail. Ch 3 then sc back into the same place so it makes a little ridge.
[sl st into the next sc, sc into the next sc, ch 3 and then sc back into the same place] repeat the
length of the body.

Cut off and weave in loose ends. You should now have a completed dragon with little spines!





17 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. He's a cute little guy.

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  2. Adorable I can't wait till I can get my skills up enough to make this! Thank you!

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  3. He's adorable! I didn't make him, but I did use the spike pattern for an iguana, and it was way better than any other spike pattern!

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    1. Fantastic, I'm so glad I could be of help!

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    1. My apologies for the late reply - I used a 4mm (G) hook for this.

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  5. Hi, I just want to say thank you for sharing this pattern. He is really lovely! I made him and blogged about him here: www.ninashorna.blogspot.com, it´s in swedish but you can see the pictures. And he got wings. Love

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    1. How sweet! Thsnk you for sharing, I love seeing these little dragon babies :)

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  6. Adorable! My son's school mascot is the dragons and I've been wanting to make him one for a while. I'll be adding this to my project queue!

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing. I made the litle dragon and blogged sbout him at www.ganchitosamigurumiblogspot.com, but i think your dragon looks much better than mine!

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  8. Oh how lovely! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern

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  9. This lil guy is soooooo adorable!!! I'm making him NOW! Just got through with his head, having some confusion on the face part, but only because I'm new to crochet.. Hopefully I can figure it out!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  10. hi! Thanks for sharing your pattern. I am a bit confused about the snout. I am wondering if you can help me? I am on Row 3. I am wondering, if I am supposed to be going back and forth with the rows, or in a circle around the entire piece?? I think I got confused when asked to turn it 180 degrees.

    Thanks!!!

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  11. Hi Again! I have completed every part of this adorable baby dragon, but am still having a very difficult time with the snout. Are there any tips you can give me? Is the pattern accurate?

    Thanks again for your time.

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  12. I've seen this one before, but never with the name. My son's name. My son who had a mohawk at birth, HUGE nostrils, has always loved dragons, and is an August child. Guess I'm making this one.

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