What happens when you ask eleven year olds what they think you should write a blog about?
In my case they don’t say a new jumper, or hats, or knitting kit, or socks, or anything like that, nothing that would be relevant to a yarn related blog, nope, just dragons. Dragons!
So, I thought about dragons. And then I remembered that a few months ago I did actually crochet some dragons for my girls. How could I have forgotten! Then naturally I thought that maybe I could write about dragons. Well, dragon patterns to be more precise.
My personal dragon making saga began back in the summer when my eldest asked me to make her a dragon. I have to be totally honest with you, that crocheting small, fiddly creatures is not my favourite past time. I prefer making large items, such as blankets or sweaters. But, it is impossible to say no to your children, so I went on the hunt to find a pattern. I have just had to re-hunt for the pattern that I used, as I couldn’t remember where I got it from and whilst I have probably saved it somewhere, could I find it? Of course not. It’s taken me hours to find it again. It wouldn’t be right to show you the dragons I made without telling you where to find the pattern though would it!
Anyway, here is dragon number one… (the blue one)
Of course, as soon as her sister saw it then she wanted one too. Hence the orange one was made shortly after. I believe they named them Watermelon and Squidge. At this point I would like to mention that the naming of them has absolutely nothing to do with me.
They aren’t perfect, I know, but they were good enough to entertain my kids. I find this kind of work very fiddly. I have the beginnings of arthritis in my hands and they seem to cramp quite easily doing small pieces of work. Work which involves trying to hold very small things whilst crocheting said small thing at the same time. It’s not good for my knuckles.
They were quite quick though, and fairly easy. The pattern was pretty straightforward. They are very cute too, so worth a little bit of pain.
Here is the link to the website where I got the pattern. It is a free download.
You might think that was the end of it. But no, my dragon saga continued.
The girls played with their baby dragon for a while and then decided to gang up on me and demand a new pair of dragons. They insisted that they were twins this time and should be cousins of the ones they already had. I have no idea why they needed to be cousins, but who am I to question the minds of my little people. So, of course, off I went again in search of a different baby dragon pattern.
Here they are, Purpleed and Pinupple. (Don’t ask!)
These two ended up slightly larger than the others and took a little bit more work, but now we do have a whole host of dragons in the house. I did stipulate however, that I wasn’t making any more after these two. I know what my kids are like and they would have me making dragons forever if I let them.
The pattern for this one is called ‘Philip the Dragon’ and the link for it is below. This is another free pattern by the ‘Left Handed Crocheter’. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be left handed to do the pattern. There are lots of lovely patterns on her website though, so you should definitely take a look if you like this kind of thing.
Anyway, all that hunting around on the internet for the patterns that I used meant that I also found lots of other patterns too that I thought you might like.
Here are a few links to some more crochet dragon patterns:
This first one is from Stringy Ding Ding. It’s free and cute. I don’t remember seeing this one back in the summer when I was looking, otherwise I might have made this one instead.
This next one I love. They are so very dragonly! This pattern is a bit more complex and involved but looks to be well written. There are also videos you can watch which explain how to do all the different aspects of the dragon if you need help. They are called ‘Dragons in my Kitchen’, by Amigurumi to Go.
This next one is quite sweet and not too complicated. The eyes are embroidered on, so I am pretty sure they would be terrible if I did them, but you might be better at it than me. It is also free and called ‘Baby Dragon’ on Amigurumibb by Che Che.
This next one you can cheat with a bit. There is a bit of felt and glue involved, so no where near as much fiddly crochet to do. It is from All About Ami.
Then there is the very sad looking dragon, but cute anyway so I’ve included it. I believe it has been modified by Lucia Lanukas from a Russian pattern. This is a free download available on Ravelry, so you do have to have a Ravelry login for this one. If you haven’t used Ravelry before it’s a bit like a giant database for knitting and crochet, with thousands of patterns on there. Some free, some paid. You can sign up for free though and there is no spam or marketing attached to it. It is worth a visit!
This one is a bit bigger than some. So, maybe not quite as fiddly to create. I think he is a very serious looking chap. This is by Lucy Kate Crochet.
There are many, many more patterns out there. Some of the more complex and involved than others and some are paid patterns. I have included as many as I could in the gallery below. I like flicking through the images and seeing how creative people can be. If you are interested in any of them then click on the image and it will take you to the place where you can buy the pattern. (These are all crochet patterns – the knitting patterns are further down the page).
Don’t think that I have forgotten about the knitters amongst you. There are an abundance of knitting patterns for dragons out there too.
This is one of my favourites, it’s the Soup Dragon from the Clangers – maybe some of you would remember him?
The link to the pattern is in the gallery below – which is full of knitting patterns for dragons. Some of them are truly fab!
I hope you have enjoyed this little fantasy journey with me. I do love dragons still even though I am not exactly a little girl anymore. What is more, most kids love them, boys and girls, so you should always be able to find a home for one if you fancy making one.
Maybe unicorns next…?