A Flight of Dragons to Knit or Crochet

For a long time now, I’ve been thinking about knitting myself a dragon. While I love the body shape of the knit Nessie I made a few years ago, I have yet to figure out how to adapt it to make a dragon. So I looked online for patterns to see if someone else has already come up with a design I would like. I found more cutesy dragons than realistic ones, but perhaps that’s not so surprising when you consider they are all made from friendly, fluffy yarn.

The crochet projects are particularly cute. Darby the Dragon (Dragons Don’t Knit) has a sweet baby dragon look that would make it a great child’s companion.

Darby the Dragon by Dragons Don't Knit
Darby the Dragon, designed by Dragons Don’t Knit

A more complex crocheted dragon is Smaug the African Flower Dragon which is made using colorful pentagonal sections that look like fancy five-sided granny squares.

Smaug the African Flower Dragon by Heidi Bears
Smaug the African Flower Dragon by Heidi Bears

For How to Train Your Dragon fans, there is this adorable Toothless crocheted hat designed by Alexandra Britt.

Alexandra Britt's crocheted Toothless beanie
Alexandra Britt’s crocheted Toothless beanie

The knit dragons are a little more realistic in appearance. Crafty Mutt’s scaly dragon uses elaborate metal sequins to add hard scales to the dragon’s soft body.

Scale Mail Dragon by Crafty Mutt

But you don’t have to knit your dragon in three dimensions. A beautiful flat dragon knit is Kathleen Taylor’s Dragon Ride Shawl.

Dragon Ride Shawl by Kathleen Taylor
Dragon Ride Shawl by Kathleen Taylor

I still haven’t decided which, if any, of these to make. I may have to try my hand at designing my own after all.

Do you have a favorite pattern for knitting or crocheting a dragon? If so, please share it with me!


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

2 thoughts on “A Flight of Dragons to Knit or Crochet”

    1. *Puts down one vote for the shawl* I really like it, too! And the link you posted is also an awesome project. What a great design idea. I don’t know how I missed it! Thanks for sharing it with me!


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