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The idea for this ami' came to me in a blur. I was browsing for reference pictures for the Espeon I recently made and happened upon a really cute Umbreon that completely inspired me. I have always wanted to make a dragon, but I was intimated by the sheer complexity of them. Here is my best shot.

Step 1: Needed Materials, Stitches Explination, and Other Notes

Materials:

  • worsted weight green yarn (I used impeccable in fern)
  • fiberfill
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue
  • yarn needle
  • black felt
  • white felt
  • needle
  • thread in matching colors to the felt
  • sewing pins

Stitches Used and Their Abbreviations:

  • magic ring (mr)
  • single crochet (sc)
  • increase (inc)
  • decrease (inc)
  • double crochet (dc)
  • chain (ch)

Other Notes:

  • If you use hot glue, you do not need the yarn needle, needle, and thread. Vice versa for if you prefer to use needle and thread. Some of the steps are easier with one or the other and were indicated as such, so if you want to use both, that is a rough guide. Much of it boils down to what you prefer to use.
  • This 'ami is slightly difficult.
  • It would be really cute made in different colors, if you do make it in a different color, I would love to see photos.
  • Anything in braces is a long stream of my personal commentary. Feel free to skip over them.

Step 2: Creating the Head

In a mr, sc 8.

  • round 1: *sc in 1 stitch, inc* repeat from * to * around (12)
  • round 2: *sc in 1 stitch, inc in 2 stitches* repeat from * to * around (20)
  • round 3: *sc in 2 stitches, inc in 2 stitches, *sc in 3 stitches, inc in 2 stitches* repeat from * to * 3 times, sc 1 (28)
  • rounds 4+5: sc in every stitch around 
  • round 6: sc in 4 stitches, *dec once, sc in 3 stitches, dec once* repeat * to * three times, sc in 3 stitches. (22)
  • round 7: sc 4, *sc in 1 stitches, dec once, sc in 2 stitches* repeat from * to * 3 times, sc in 3 stitches (19)
  • rounds 8-10: sc in every stitch around. 
This makes the snout of the dragon and is a good point to start stuffing. 
  • round 11: sc 4, *inc in 1 stitch, sc in 2 stitch* repeat * to * 4 times, sc in 4 stitches. (23)
  • round 12: sc in 11 stitches, inc in 2 stitches, sc in 10 stitched (25)
  • round 13: sc in 11 stitches, inc in 4 stitches, sc in 10 stitches (29)
  • round 14: sc in 13 stitches, inc in 3 stitches, sc in 13 stitches (32)
  • round 15: sc in 10 stitches * inc in 1 stitch, sc in 1 stitch* repeat * to * 5 times, sc 10 (37)
  • round 16: sc in 4 stitches, *sc in 12 stitches, inc in 2 stitches* repeat * to * twice, sc 4 (42)3rounds 17-24: sc in every stitch around
  • round 25: * sc in 5 stitches, dec* repeat from * to * around (36)
  • round 26: * sc in 4 stitches, dec* repeat from * to * around (30)
  • round 27: *sc in 3 stitches, dec* repeat from * to * around (24)
  • round 28: *sc in 2 stitches, dec* repeat from * to * around (18)
  • round 29 * sc in 1 stitch, dec* repeat from * to * around (12)
     Complete any stuffing you have to do and finish off, leaving a long tail. Thread the string through the stitches using the yarn needle and gently cinch it closed. Knot the tail as you would if you were finishing off a stitch while sewing. Hide the tail in the body, by gently working the needle through one of the small opening between stitches and pull it through. If there is still string sticking our through the body, tug lightly on the string and cut off the excess.

 

Step 3: Creating the Ears

Two ears are needed, obviously. It would be an odd looking dragon with one ear missing. If it was an actual dragon, it could be understood. I don't suggest it for an amigurumi though.


in a mr, sc 5
  • rounds 1+2: sc in every stitch
  • round 3: inc in every stitch (10)
  • round 4: *sc in 1 stitch, inc in 1 stitch* repeat from * to * around (15)
  • round 5: *sc in 2 stitches, inc in 1 stitch* repeat from * to * around (20)
  • round 6: * sc in 3 stitches, inc in 2 stitch* repeat from * to * around (25)
  • rounds 7+8: sc in every stitch around.
  • Finish off and weave in the ends.

Step 4: Creating the Whiskers

You will need to make two of each of these as well. Note that the longer ones will be folded in half to make two whiskers later, so be sure that they are the same size and such.

First and Third Whiskers:
ch 16

  • row 1: skip the first stitch, sc in every stitch

Finish off and weave in the ends.

Second Whisker:

ch 9

  • row 1: skip the first stitch, sc in every stitch

Finish off and weave in the ends.

Assembling the Whiskers:

On the large whisker count off 5 stitches from the left end and hold in place with your thumb, the shorter edge nestled into your palm. If you are using hot glue, place a dot of glue immediately next to your thumb. Press the shorter whisker into it and hold for several seconds to secure in place. Place another dot of glue on top of the whisker and fold the shorter edge over it to create the third whisker. If you are sewing, place the smaller whisker next to your thumb and fold the smaller portion over it. Secure in place with several stitches. I think hot glue is easier to use here. When you make the second set of whiskers, count off five stitches from the right end.

Wow, those were hard to make, huh?

Step 5: Creating the Nostrils

These are another chore too. (I kid, I kid). Again, make sure if you make two of them unless you decide that you want a deformed dragon.

In a mr, sc 6
  • round 1: ch 2, dc in 4 stitches, sc in 2 stitches
Finish off and weave in the ends.

Step 6: Creating the Eyes

There are two methods to make the eyes work. I ended up using the first one as it is simpler, but if you want a better picture about how it will look use step two or different colors of paper.
  • Method 1: to create the eyes, cut two oval patterns as shown in the first two pictures, the larger is the white of the eye and the smaller one is the pupil. Pin the pattern to the felt and cut out the felt. Line up the pieces as you like them and hot glue or sew them togther. I recommend using hot glue as the thread will be obvious on the felt.
  • Method 2: cut out an oval, the size you want the eye. Draw on the pupil and any shines that you desire. Pin the eye onto the white felt and cut out an eye base. Repeat once more. Cut out the pupil out of the white of the eye on your pattern. Pin it on the black felt and cut out two pupils. Cut out the shines, if you had any, and pin them on the white felt. Cut out pairs as you need to. Attach your eyes together using hot glue or by sewing the pieces together. I recommend hot glue as explained earlier.

Step 7: Creating the Body and Tail

Chain 31

  • round 1: sc in the last stitch of chain to join the two ends together, sc in every stitch around

To make the join less obvious, take the tail and weave it through the first stitch of the "jump" (see picture 1), then weave it in on the lower side of the jump to make it less obvious, as seen in picture 2.

  • round 2: sc in 10 stitches, *inc, sc in 2 stitches* repeat from * to * around. (38)
  • round 3: sc in every stitch around
  • round 4: sc in 10 stitch, *inc, sc in 3 stitches* repeat from * to * around. (46)
  • round 5: sc in 14 stitches, inc in 3 stitches, sc in 22 stitches, inc in 3 stitches, sc in 4 stitches. (52)
  • rounds 6-15: sc in every stitch around.
  • round 16: sc in 12 stitches *dec in 2 stitches, sc in 2 stitches* repeat from * to * around (42)
  • round 17: sc in 6 stitches *dec four times, sc 4* repeat from * to * around (36)
  • round 18: *sc in 10 stitches, dec once* repeat from * to * around (33)
  • round 19:* sc in 9 stitches, dec once* repeat from * to * around (30)
  • round 20: * sc in 8 stitches, dec once* repeat from * to * around (27)
  • round 21: sc in every stitch around
  • round 22: *dec once, sc in 7 stitches* repeat from * to * around (24)
  • round 23: * sc in 6 stitches, dec once* repeat from * to * around (21)
  • round 24: *dec once, sc in 5 stitches* repeat from * to * around (18)
  • round 25: * sc in 4 stitches, dec once* repeat from * to * around (15)
  • round 26: *dec once, sc in 3 stitches* repeat from * to * around (12)
  • rounds 27+28: sc in every stitch around.
  • round 29: *sc in 2 stitches, dec once* repeat from * to * around (9)
  • round 30: sc in every stitch around
  • round 31: *dec once, sc in 1 stitch* repeat from * to * around (6)
  • rounds 32+33: sc in every stitch around.

Complete stuffing the dragon, finish off, and weave in ends.

It is easy to mess up which side is the correct side down, so there is simple guide in the above pictures to tell what side is the correct bottom.

{The finished product really differed from what I had originally imagined. My first thought was to make it more flat, like a lizard. After working a few rounds, however, it really didn't match up with the shape of the head. I do have another dragon in mind now. This time really basing it off of a lizard and see what happens. Perhaps I will make an oriental dragon too someday. The possibilities are endless. :3}

Step 8: Creating the Wings

What do you know, more symmetrical pieces. The first section needs made twice, and the the second segment needs to be made four times, two for each wing. The wings easy to customize dependent on how you arrange the two triangle pieces.

First Section:
ch 11

  • row 1: skip the first stitch, sc in every stitch across, chain and turn (10)
  • row 2: sc across, chain and turn.
  • row 3: inc, sc 8, inc, chain and turn (12)
  • row 4: inc, sc 9, inc in 2 stitches, chain and turn (15)
  • row 5: inc, sc 13, inc, chain and turn (17)
  • row 6: sc in every stitch across, chain and turn
  • row 7: inc, sc 15, inc, chain and turn (19)
  • row 8: inc, sc in 17, inc, chain and turn (21)

Finish off and weave in the ends.

Second Section:

ch 24

  • Row 1: skip the first stitch, sc in 1 stitch, dec once, sc across, chain and turn (22)
  • Rows 2-16: sc in the first stitch, dec once, sc across, chain and turn. As there is an increase, each row will have one stitch less. These rows are all uniform and pretty self explanatory, but if you prefer to have it all typed out let me know and I will come in and edit it. At the end, there should be 7 stitches left. Finish off and weave in the ends.
  • Row 17 (optional): sc in every stitch across In the pictures, you may notice that my middle piece is slightly shorter than the others are. Personally, I like this look, but if you don't feel free to add in this row.

Sewing the Wings Together:

As you can see in the pictures above, there are many ways you can sew the wings together. I personally chose to do the last one, but feel free to experiment. Sew your chosen sides together. If you are unuse to sewing flat pieces together, I suggest doing #5. You have pictures of how it should look, and more importantly, each seam has a "finished" edge making it easier to sew (seen in the last two pictures)

{The wings are what really scared me about making a dragon, there are just so many options and methods. I am not as comfortable working with flat pieces either, after all of the bodies and tails and ears and legs that I have made. I think that they all have turned out pretty well.}



Step 9: Creating the Legs

Make two of each leg.

Hind-legs:

in a mm, sc 8

  • round 1: sc ini 5 stitches, inc in 3 stitches (11)
  • round 2: sc in 6 stitches, inc in 3 stitches, sc in 2 stitches (14)
  • round 3: sc in 7 stitches, inc in 3 stitches, sc in 4 stitches (17)
  • round 4: sc in 8 stitches, inc in 3 stitches, sc in 6 stitches (20)
  • round 5: sc in every stitch around
  • round 6: sc in 10 stitches, dec 5 times (15)
  • round 7: sc in 5 stitch, dec 5 times (10) (this round finishes the hindquarter)
  • rounds 8-11: sc in every stitch around
  • Finish off and stuff with a few shreds of fiberfill. You want to give a little shape to it but not so much that it bulges. To make the front of the foot flat, weave through your ends through both sides of the foot perpendicular to the hindquarter. That sounds rather confusing, but I think the pictures will help fill in any confusing parts.

Forelegs:

in mm, sc 6

  • round 1: inc in every stitch (12)
  • round 2: *sc in 1 stitch, inc* repeat * to * around (18)
  • rounds 3+4: sc in every stitch around
  • round 5: *sc in 2 stitches, dec once* repeat from * to * three times, sc 4, dec (14)
  • round 6: *sc in 1 stitch, dec once* repeat from * to * three times, dec once, sc in 1 stitch, dec once (9)

Lightly stuff the leg.

  • rounds 7-9: sc in every stitch around
  • round 10: *sc 1, dec once* repeat from * to * around (6)

Finish off and weave in the end as was done with the hind-legs. Also note stuffing is only present in the back part of the leg.

Step 10: Creating the Tail Spikes

First Tail Spike:

in a mm, sc 4

  • round 1: *sc in 1 stitch, inc in 1 stitch* repeat from * to * around (6)
  • round 2: *sc in 1 stitch, inc in 1 stitch* repeat from * to * around (9)

Finish off and weave in ends. Stuff the spike with a small amount of stuffing.

Second Tail Spike:

in mm, sc 4

  • round 1: *sc in 1 stitch, inc in 1 stitch* repeat from * to * around (6)
  • round 2: sc in 2 stitches, inc, sc in 3 stitches (7)

Finish off and weave in ends. Stuff the spike with a small amount of stuffing.

Third Tail Spike:

in mm, sc 4

  • round 1: *sc in 1 stitch, inc in 1 stitch* repeat from * to * around (6

Finish off and weave in ends.

Step 11: Assembling the Dragon

    Attaching the Ears:

    Play with the ears a bit, pinching them to give them a curved shape, deciding what positions you like best and such. I found it useful to pin one ear in place while I attached the other. Either hot glue or sew it into place, dependent on your preference. I do not think either one would be easier than the other here.

    Attaching the Whiskers:

    Hot glue or sew the whiskers besides the base of the ear. Using hot glue here will make it less noticeable.

    Attaching the Nostrils:

    If you are hot gluing them, run a crescent of glue on the narrowest section. Press against the muzzle. If you are sewing it, pin it in place (if you wish) with the narrowest part on the bottom. Stitch in place. I think sewing would be easier here.

    Attaching the eyes:

    Play with their positioning a bit, until they are about four stitches apart in the center. If you chose to place them farther or closer apart, that works just fine too, as long as you are happy with them.I think you would be better off to use hot glue to attach them here, as stitches in felt tend to show.

    Attaching the Tail Spikes:

    Start with the smallest spike, attaching it with your preferred method about three rows up. Continue attaching the other two spikes, about one row apart.I think it would be easier to use hot glue here, but it is almost the same.

    Attaching the Legs:

    Attach the hind-legs at the base of the tail, skip four rows and attach the forelegs. These attachments do not have to be of superb standards, as they will be covered with the wings in a bit. I suggest using hot glue here.

    Attaching the Head and Body:

    If you are hot gluing them together, run hot glue around the first row of the body and press the two pieces together to help set the glue. If you are sewing them, pin the head and body together. Sew the pieces together. Using hot glue here, I think. But then, I always have had trouble sewing heads and bodies together.

    Attaching the Wings:

    If you are hot gluing the wings, run glue along the edge of the first section and press into the center of the back, which equates to four rows back from the head and two from the exact middle. If you do not have an exact middle, make the wings about level with the ears. Attach the other wing in the same manner, four rows down, and four away from the edge of the wing from the head. If you desire to sew them on, position them on the back, four rows down from the back of the head and four rows back. Whether you use hot glue or sew them on here is simply a matter of preference.

    <p>Its ok :) I love this Dragon. I have everything ready to go so after I finish the body I can put together. My niece is going to love it too. Thank you so much for getting back to me. I will check back in a day or two. </p>
    <p>on the body what am I supposed to do after round 15</p>
    <p>Aaaa, I am so sorry, I must have accidentally deleted some of the text after typing it and didnt notice. Give me another day or two and I will figure out the pattern again by looking at my dragon. I am so sorry for taking this so long to reply to this bit, I havent been on for a few days.</p>
    This is REALLY good. I would buy this at a store! I'm going to put this in momo's shoutout Sunday
    <p>I am glad you like him. I am planning to start out up an Etsy where I can sell these guys and others that I have made. And thank you.</p>
    <p>He is so adorable! I just love the eyes! I see you have a picture of Toothless and like dragons. Do you think you will crochet a Toothless?</p>
    <p>I am glad you like him. I have about half of one made from someone's pattern (<a href="http://sarselgurumi.blogspot.com/2011/05/toothless-amigurumi-pattern.html" rel="nofollow">http://sarselgurumi.blogspot.com/2011/05/toothless-amigurumi-pattern.html</a>), and I must say, it is turning out quite well. I doubt I will design one for myself, as I have found such a good pattern. but I have been considering making the other dragons from the movie in the same style.</p>

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