Pattern: Dragon


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It’s the Year of the Dragon this year!  To celebrate, crochet your own fire-breathing cuties in a rainbow of colours for yourself or for your friends!



Note: I worked in continuous rounds (vs. joined rounds).  ***PLEASE follow along with my blog post here to see step-by-step photos.


Using green yarn,  

Chain 7 (this is the foundation chain)

R1: Starting from second chain from hook, Sc 6 in back loops of foundation chain.  Turn and Sc 6 in front loops of the foundation chain [we are making an oval by crocheting around the chain].  (12 sts)

***To see a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet around a foundation chain, please see HERE!

R2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (18 sts)

R3: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times. (24 sts)

R4: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (30 sts)

R5: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (36 sts)

R6-8: Sc 36

R9: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (42 sts)

R10: *Sc 6, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (48 sts)

R11: *Sc 7, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 6 times (54 sts)

R12-R16: Sc 54

R17: *Sc 7, dec 1*, rep 6 times (48 sts)

R18: Sc 48

R19: *Sc 4, dec 1*, rep 8 times (40 sts)

R20: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 10 times (30 sts)

Position safety eyes and embroider mouth and fang.

R21: *Sc 1, dec 1*, rep 10 times (20 sts)

Stuff head firmly.

R22: *Dec 1*, rep 10 times (10 sts)

R23: *Dec 1*, rep 5 times (5 sts)

Fasten off and weave in end.  Cut two oval pieces of pink felt and glue onto face as cheeks.

WINGS (make 2)

– Cut out two isosceles triangles from beige felt.

– Using same yarn as head, cut 5 pieces of yarn for each wing and splay them outwards from the tip of the triangle.

– Using fabric glue, secure the yarn in place.

– Trim the felt cutting from one piece of yarn to the next and then scallop the edges between the yarn pieces.

– Secure wings onto the Dragon’s head using a glue gun.


HORNS (make 4: 2 small, 2 large)

Cut the following shapes out of dark brown felt.  Apply glue with a glue gun and roll into cone shapes (similar method here).  Make two larger cones for the back and two smaller cones for the front.  Glue them onto Dragon’s head.


LEGS (make 2) + BODY

Using green yarn,

R1: 6 Sc in magic ring (6 sts)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sts)

R3: Sc 12

For the first leg, fasten off (no need to leave long end for sewing).  For the second leg, do not cut off the yarn.  Chain 1 and join with slip stitch to any sc on first leg.  *Slip stitch in next sc around on same leg, Chain 1, then slip stitch to next sc on opposite leg*, rep 3 times.

The stitch count gets a little messy with these joins, so I single crocheted around the legs and joins for Row 4 as follows:


R4: Sc 22

R5-12: Sc 22

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Stuff body and sew to head.

ARMS (make 2)

Using green yarn,

R1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

R2-4: Sc 6

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Attach to sides of body.


Using green yarn,

R1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-3: Sc 4

R4: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 2 times (6 sc)

R5: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, rep 2 times (8 sc)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.  Attach to bottom-back of Dragon to help give him balance.  If you want your Dragon to appear like he is leaning back and about to give out a puff of fire, angle the tail upwards.

Adding scaled detailing to body:


– Cut out above shape from beige felt.  Wrap tan embroidery floss around felt piece applying glue dots on the back along the way to secure the floss in place.  Glue felt piece with embroidery floss onto body of Dragon when complete.

Have a very Happy Chinese New Year, and have fun making these legendary creatures 🙂  They would make extra special gifts for babies born this year or for people who are the Year of the Dragon.  Once again, please check out my full blog here to see close-up shots of all of Dragon’s details!  Happy crocheting!

*** Get the pattern in Brazilian Portuguese HERE!

Receita em Português Br disponível AQUI!

This pattern is an original pattern by Stephanie Lau of All About Ami (January 2012). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but you please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.


You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Stephanie Lau of All About Ami, and provide a link to my blog  Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!

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  • geestagal

    Lovely little dragon!!! Thanks so much for sharing SMILE Helen

  • Sarah Dao

    Wow! Looks so cute! Looking forward to making this! If I may ask, what are the dimensions?