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I'm pretty excited about the upcoming movie The Hobbit, but it's still a few months away.  So in the meantime, I crocheted my own Smaug.   He is known as Smaug The Magnificent, Smaug the Golden, the Dragon of Erebor, and Bilbo also calls him Smaug the Tremendous.  Unfortunately, I don't know yet what he will look like in Peter Jackson's movie so I based my crochet Smaug on J.R..R Tolkien's watercolour Conversations with Smaug.

While I was crocheting my dragon, I noticed that he started to look too cute, and Smaug the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities is not cute.  To make him look more fearsome I added some extreme elements (well extreme as far as crochet goes).  I used red LEDs for the eyes and smoke and sparks rising from his nostrils.

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Step 1: What you will need

Picture of What you will need
  • Yarn: yellow and two shades of red (the yarn for the spikes is weight class 4 and the primary red and yellow yarns are weight class 3 -though I'm guessing about the 3 since it is not listed on the package, it is slightly thinner than the other red)
  • crochet hook (2.5mm)
  • stitch marker
  • fibrefill
  • felt
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • glitter glue
  • cotton ball
For the electronics:
  • LEDs: two red -I bought a bunch of different colour LEDs on eBay
  • LED tealight - you can find these at a dollar store
  • needle nose pliers
  • conductive thread - I bought mine online at Soft Circuit, you can also get it at Spark Fun,  Aniomagic, or if you live in Canada there is this place.
  • optical fibres  - I found a dollar store toy that had optical fibre ( you can also find some on eBay)
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StephPan made it!8 months ago

This is a really awesome pattern!! I made this for my mom, a huge LoTR-fan, and she loved it! I didn't do the LED lights or the cotton, but he still turned out pretty well!

(In the second and third pics: Smaug is guarding his gold-en retriever )

ChrysN (author)  StephPan8 months ago

I love it, thanks for posting!

lucia.chiarenza made it!2 months ago

Hi!!! Awesome design. I linked your page in my blog entrie - - Also, I wonder If I can translate your pattern to spanish? I would put it on my site with links to you original pattern. As you may noticce, I did different wings, as I wanted it to look more like a Game of Thrones dragon. Hope you like it!!! Plese let me know about the translation.

ChrysN (author)  lucia.chiarenza2 months ago

It looks great with the black wings! Sure it is okay to translate into Spanish as long as there is a link back to here. Thanks!

Thank you for making this, and making it free! I'm planning on tweaking it a little, making the body hollow, so I can stuff it full of candy and make it a pooping (duck) dragon for my husband for V-day. Partially done with the head now...

ChrysN (author)  CrochetsbyAmanda1 year ago

Sounds great, feel free to post an image when you are done!

I decided to make this all in one color, and made the wings a little different, but here it is! The head, feet and tail are stuffed with pillow stuffing, but I left the body empty, and filled it with Starburst... my hubby's favorite. I also gave the dragon a name, and story on a piece of paper with coffee stains and burned edges. I also made the eyes out of Sculpty.


The Starburst is such a cute idea!! Who knew that a dragon's droppings could be so fruity and delicious? ;)

Thanks. I made one for my friend too, and he likes Boston Baked Beans, which looked more like poo than the Starbursts did...

ChrysN (author)  CrochetsbyAmanda1 year ago

I love it! I like the Sculpty eyes.

My husband draws dragons, so I wanted it to look similar to his designs...

For the wings, in round 11-12, how does the stitch count drop from 15 to 10? I realize that there are 3 sl sts near here, but those bring the count down to 15 from the previous row's 18. (Not from 15 to 12 or something.)

One is used up because there is no ch1 when turning, but where did the other 4 go?

ChrysN (author)  PerfectlyNormalBeast9 months ago

I fixed the mistake in Row 12, there should be 4 sl sts at the beginning of the row.

MaDaYoMaJe9 months ago

I LOVE IT! I'm a Hobbit lover to, and I wanted to make Smaug but I didn't know how, now I do. THANKS!

I'm new to crocheting, and I'm wondering how exactly you work the color change on the torso. On my torso, every round starts one stitch over from the round before (pictured on the left). So by the time I finish the red and reach the yellow belly, my last red stitch overlaps with the first yellow from the previous row. Yours doesn't look nearly as shifted over as mine does, if at all.

At first I was thinking of joined rounds, but it specifically says it's worked in spirals. I even tried changing colors during the last yarn-over of the preceding red stitch (pictured on the right), but this only affects the stitch pattern on the red/yellow border and not whether the border is slanted.

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ChrysN (author)  PerfectlyNormalBeast9 months ago

I would just look at the total number of stitches and the number of red and yellow stitches in each round. For example, starting in rnd 6 the 8th stitch is yellow the rest is red and work your way from there by eye, the next rnd will be the same, the following rnd will have 3 yellow (one additional yellow on either side of the yellow in the previous rnd). This is how I made it and then latter went back to try and figure out and document what I did -which is probably why people are having trouble with my instructions. If you are finding this too frustrating I have seen people do the whole abdomen in red and stitch on yellow thread later, also I saw someone do it all in red and stitch coloured beads onto the belly which looked really cool.

As a knitter, I may have simply been thinking about crochet rounds the
wrong way. Every crochet stitch worked into a stitch directly below the
hook actually creates the new stitch to the left of the one below. But
in knitting, there is no horizontal shift; a new stitch worked above an
old one stays above it.

In this case, I kept wanting to move my stitch marker "up" directly into
the new stitch, but that was really both up and left. Over many rows,
the marker migrates from the orange one's position to the blue's with
this mistake. Counting backwards from the yellow (9 sts in rnd 12, 8 sts in rnd 11, etc), I realized that a marker can consistently stay where this orange one is.

Is there any way you can please make a step by step tutorial on YouTube?
playadel2 years ago
Thank you so much for this pattern. It is turning out nicely. I have a question about the Conductive Thread. I looked on the sites you recommended and there are so many different kinds. Can you be more specific as to what kind of thread and how much I need? Thank you.
ChrysN (author)  playadel2 years ago
I bought the one from the Soft Circuit site. All of the ones listed should work about the same. Soft Circuit has a nice sample size for $4.50 which is all that you would need for this project. You wouldn't need more than a foot of thread here.
craftygater2 years ago
I am having trouble downloading the PDF. Every time I click on download it opens the log in box. I fill out and click log in and it will not log me in. I logged in thru facebook and every time I click on download the log in box comes back up. I haven't had any problems like this on any other sites. Is there a glitch in your log in box or download box? My daughter sent me your site to make Smaug for my 2 yr old grandson. He is really into dragons.
ChrysN (author)  craftygater2 years ago
Hi, unfortunately you need to be a Pro member to download pdf files
playadel2 years ago
ChrysN, I will try that, it sounds like it makes sense. Thanks
playadel2 years ago
Hi again, Thank you for your patience, On the torso did you carry both red and yellow together hiding one behind the other? Each color seems to show thru the other color a little. I've been on youtube re changing colors. Still a little confused. Thanks
ChrysN (author)  playadel2 years ago
Hi, I actually didn't carry the two yarns together, I just stitched with red, then dropped it, then started with yellow, then switched again to red as the pattern required. I didn't tie off and cut the thread when I stitched with the other colour, the red and yellow threads just spanned across.

Does that make sense, I guess that is not the common way of crocheting with 2 colours by carrying them along. I tried to find instructions demonstrating this, but only found this link : under
Dropping First Color Yarn to Pick Up Later, steps 7-9
playadel2 years ago

I have another question, I'm doing the torso and on round 13 it ends with 24sc which comes out find. Then I do the 14th round , if I'm reading it right there are three increases but the outcome is supose to be 28sc. Not. I't comes out to 27sc. How do I adjust this because the rest of the pattern seems to work out fine. Thank you so much. My 7yr grandson is going to love this. Being a boy though I hope he does'nt want to take it apart to see how it works. You are very talented and I'm glad you won 1st prize. Thanks again.

ChrysN (author)  playadel2 years ago
It looks like both row 14 and row 15 seem off, with only 3 increases but the stitch count going up by for. I can't find my original note, so I either typed it out wrong or didn't record it properly, sorry about that. I remember having trouble in that part.

To solve the problem, in row 14: there should be a second increase in the yellow portion, you can spread it out so that the first increase is in the beginning of the yellow part and the second increase is in the last stitch of the yellow part.

In row 15, when I look closely at my dragon there only appears to be one increase in the yellow portion so the additional increase must have occurred in the red portion after the yellow. Again you can spread the two increases in that section out a bit.

I hope that helps.

Between row 13 and 15 happens to be where I placed the legs, so if there were any inconsistencies they are covered by the legs.

I hope your grandson enjoys it!
playadel2 years ago
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ChrysN (author)  playadel2 years ago
If you want to include the electrical parts it needs to be wider just do18st in the last row (same as the previous row), if you weren't going to add the electrical decrease the last row to 16st. The first row of the torso is 16st around and I was able to stuff the battery part in there. If it is too narrow you can start the row with 18st. When connecting the head and torso the difference in the size of the openings isn't too noticeable
playadel ChrysN2 years ago
Thank you so much for your timely response. I understand what your saying so I'll let you know how it came out. Thanks!
cryptex2 years ago
this ok
ChrysN (author)  cryptex2 years ago
Nice, I haven't seen that image before.
cryptex ChrysN2 years ago
what do you mean you havent seen this its the artwork for the audio book
piratekat2 years ago
is there any way the crochet hook could be a size or 2 bigger than stated?
ChrysN (author)  piratekat2 years ago
That is fine, it will just turn out slightly larger. You may also see a bit of the stuffing through the holes, but it probably won't be too bad.
laxap2 years ago
Very nice! Even before I read the title, I thought "it's Smaug!"

PS: Did you already get your camera? I'm owner of a Canon G9 and totally fan of these compact cameras. Can't wait to hear about the Olympus E-P2!
ChrysN (author)  laxap2 years ago
They've just sent it in the mail, so I'm really looking forward to getting. I've been using a old Sony point and shot (it has glue and other stuff on it). Hopefully you'll see an improvement in future instructable photos..
eechupa2 years ago
Brilliant - just brilliant!
ChrysN (author)  eechupa2 years ago
theagan2 years ago
I am excited about the release of the Hobbit and I love this pattern!!!

I completed the head, body, tail, but I have been struggling with the legs.
Front legs Row 6. I cannot figure out how to get to 5s. First stitch get 2 stitches, then reduce (2nd & 3rd sts), then add (4th stitch). What happens to the 5th and 6th stitches? I have the same question for the back legs round 4.

I am new to crocheting. If anyone can please help, I will be grealty appreciative.

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