Well the best laid plans… you probably know the rest! To sum it up, I just don’t seem to get as much crochet done as I would like at the moment but in between the distractions of the everyday I have managed to breathe life into a rather cuddly dragon for a fantasy creature themed competition being hosted at AmigurumiPatterns.net. I’ve had a yearning to make a dragon for a while and as there is nothing quite like a challenge and a deadline for focusing the mind so I thought I’d grab this opportunity and set my self to the task.
And Ta-dah! A pensive golden-eyed, frilly-winged, spiky-spined fella called Drake.
I started with few scrappy drawings, hastily scribbled down. I’m always in a mad rush to cut straight to the hook and yarn stage when I have a new idea but these rough sketches help to give me an idea of the amount of different pieces I’ll need to create the image sitting pretty in my head.
Seated or standing was the main question at this point.
In the end I plumped for seated as I preferred the way this would look from different angles.
There are quite a few separate components to this design but they sew together really easily. This dragon has a very chunky thing going on so it’s not as fiddly to assemble as it may look. There is a place for everything and when everything is sewn in place according to the pattern instructions it’s pretty much foolproof!
It really didn’t take too long before he was fully assembled and ready for a photoshoot.
It actually took longer to get the first photoshoot done as Minnie refused to move from the warmth of the bright lights and with this recent cold weather snap I can’t say I blame her! She did eventually get up and wander off, probably in search of food and I began clicking away with camera.
Now for a big smile 😀 Say ‘Cheese’ Drake 😀 (Do dragons even eat cheese I wonder?)
Drake’s a doddle to photograph and has a couple of good sides he wanted to show off for you all.
As a result I took quite a few snaps.
Including his magnificent rear view. When it come to dragons I like big butts and I cannot lie…
Of course one Dragon, or one of anything I ever crochet, is never enough so I got busy trying out another colour combination to keep things lively as I ran through the pattern again to test for mistakes.
I decided on blue eyes and a lilac dragon this time.
Another day, another mound of dragon bits ready to morph into another wooly pal.
Purple Drake and Green Drake enjoy a chin wag about dragonny things like what’s the best way to keep a fire stoked in the belly, or how to keep those wings in tip top condition.
I’m loving the effect of the big glass eyes on the first two but I’m well aware that not everyone will have these lovely shiny peepers in their stash and may not care to shell out on a pair either so I made a dragon with woolen eyes too. I feel this one needs a bit of tweaking yet but the green ring sets off the black plastic safety eyes very nicely.
Oh and I love these colours!
Now that I have three fire breathing babies I have officially named myself ‘Mother of Dragons’ just like Daenerys Targaryen. Well maybe not ‘just like’. That might be pushing things a bit far! For a start no-one calls me Khaleesi and thankfully I didn’t have to personally hatch my babies in a roasting funeral pyre. I much prefer the crochet method for that. But I’m proud to say my own brood are not quite as unruly as Daenearys’s overgrown hatchlings. In fact they’re extremely tame by comparison but that’s the way I prefer them, for sure!
If you fancy spending a little time away from the hassles of the everyday world and like the idea of getting lost in a wonderfully fantastical alternative universe where anything is possible and all sorts of mystical and magical creatures co-exist in perfect harmony then you can check out the other entries here and get busy voting for your favorites. You’ll be spoilt for choice between all the fairies, mermaids, unicorns, yetis, sprites, dragons and much, much more!
Voting will begin on December 1st and end on December 8th 2017. Good luck to all who entered. It’s going to be a tough contest this time, but may the best creature win!
November 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm
Hi, they are absolutely gorgeous !!! You are such a talented lady !!
November 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm
Thanks! I’ve been meaning to get a dragon made for a long while now so I’m glad he’s finally finished. One more thing to tick off the list. Christmas patterns next!
April 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Your dragons are absolutely adorable. Would you be willing to share your pattern? I have three grandkids (ages 1,2&3) that would this 😊
April 17, 2018 at 4:11 pm
The pattern is being published in a book by amigurumipatterns.net in August. The book is a compilation of about 15 fantasy creatures patterns by a variety of different designers. If you would prefer to buy the pattern as a single purchase I shall be able to list it in my Etsy shop in December 2018.
November 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm
Oh my these are absolutely wonderful. I would make them in a heartbeat and have some little grandchildren and big adults that would love to have one of these buddies. I would definitely buy this pattern. Great design and work.
December 1, 2017 at 6:19 pm
Yes, these would be fun for all ages… everybody should have a dragon to call their own! I’m still working on the pattern at the moment but I’ll let you know when it’s ready 🙂
December 14, 2017 at 12:19 am
Aloha! These are amazing! Do you have a pattern yet? I want to make one for a Christmas present, how long did it take about?
January 10, 2018 at 10:55 am
Thanks! Drake won’t be available until August 2018 as his pattern will now be published in a book alongside another bunch of fantasy animals. Maybe they will make great gifts in time for next Christmas though!
July 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm
How do I get the book with the patterns of the dragons
July 11, 2018 at 10:48 am
There is a pattern book out at the beginning of August sold by amiguruipatterns.net
I will be blogging about that with links to the pages closer to the time so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime you can check out their website and go to the books page for more up to the minute info 🙂
November 30, 2017 at 2:01 pm
These are absolutely adorable. My grandkids would love these. The colors are perfect.
November 30, 2017 at 4:04 pm
Drake looks pretty cool. I look forward to making at least a couple. How to choose the colors? This will be the tricky part. So many colors, so little time! Nice to see Minnie
November 30, 2017 at 4:21 pm
Your dragons are unbelievably cute and wonderful. They have so much charm.
I love your “sketches” also. I’d love to have a copy of your sketch book in my library.
Cute and uplifting post as always!! 😄
November 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm
I LOVE them! They are amazing!!
November 30, 2017 at 8:57 pm
Absolutely Dragonlicious. I’ll bet they have a great romp with Minnie while the humans are fast asleep. yYu captured so much character in them. Fantastic job as always. Thanks for sharing.
November 30, 2017 at 9:33 pm
November 30, 2017 at 11:28 pm
Your dragons are absolutely wonderful! 🙂
When will you be making the pattern available to buy, as I’m really anxious to give this one a go? 🙂
December 1, 2017 at 6:22 pm
I’m still ironing out the details and have a bunch of photos to do so I’ll be sure to keep you posted on progress as it happens. Just wanted to squeeze a couple of Christmas patterns in over the next few weeks as time flies so fast and Christmas will have come and gone before I know it!
December 1, 2017 at 6:40 pm
At least this means I’ve got a pattern release to look forward to! 🙂
I can’t wait to make that little feller, as there’s a poorly little boy I know who will love him 🙂 x
December 1, 2017 at 12:07 am
I’m in LOVE! Are you going to offer the pattern? I’m a long time fan and have a great love for your designs. I’ll be first in line to purchase the pattern.
They are absolutely adorable! I have about a dozen grandbabies… (Both biological and adopted) and I feel the need to make them all dragons.
Please let us know if you’re going to offer the pattern! 🙂
December 1, 2017 at 6:27 pm
I’ll be sure to let you know when the pattern becomes available so all those adorable grand babies of yours can have a cuddly dragon friend each. So many little ones must keep you really busy but I bet it’s so much fun with such a big family!
December 1, 2017 at 12:50 am
December 1, 2017 at 7:57 am
Hi, may I ask you for an advice? This dragon is absolutely amazing – my daughter loves it! Is it possible to download / buy the pattern anywhere? Â Thank you very much! Martina (TinaStar on Ravelry)
December 1, 2017 at 6:23 pm
This will definitely be available as a pattern at some point. I have a little way to go with it yet but I’ll let you know when its listed in my shops 🙂
December 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Please let me know when it’s available, he is wonderful
January 10, 2018 at 10:52 am
Glad you like him! Drake’s pattern will be published in a fantasy creatures book around August 2018.
December 1, 2017 at 1:48 pm
yours is the best one, especially the purple one, perhaps purple is my favourite colour and you’re a teacher as usual. i hope it will be one of your patterns on Ravelry
December 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm
It will be on Ravelry in a little while I promise!
December 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm
Love that pattern, would like the pattern
December 2, 2017 at 2:50 am
Will there be a pattern for this, sometime? I’d love to make this. (I made your nesting owls – which I love – as presents for my sister a couple of years ago, and one for myself. Keep meaning to buy one of your patterns.) Oh, and I’m smiling that you use the same fibre-tip pens as I do! (I love stabilo colours and flow).
December 2, 2017 at 9:12 am
Yes, I’ll be working on finalising the pattern over the Christmas break. The nesting owls are a handy little quick crochet project. Glad to hear you enjoyed making them! I do love my Stabilo pens, good quality and last for ages!
December 2, 2017 at 5:16 pm
That’s good to know, I’ll look out for it. 🙂
December 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm
They are so well done. I love your sketches-those would look wonderful in a children’s book or framed on a wall. Now I want to make a bunch of dragons.
January 10, 2018 at 10:48 am
Thank you! I do like to doodle and gives my hands a break from the crochet hook too, which is great when they start feeling a bit crabby! Drake the dragon came fifth in the competition in the end and has now been chosen to feature in an amigurumi book dedicated to fantasy creatures. The book will be published around August 2018 🙂
December 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm
A beautiful job! What a perfection! congratulations! Loved it. ♥
December 21, 2017 at 12:48 pm
I love love love dragons and this guy is sooooooo gorgeous! Am I able to get the pattern from you?
January 10, 2018 at 10:56 am
Drakes pattern will now be available in August 2018 as he did very well in the competition and has been chosen to star in a new book dedicated to fantasy animals, I hope you won’t mind waiting so long!
January 3, 2018 at 12:43 pm
Your dragons are FANTASTIC! Am going to keep any eye on your Ravelry Shop for sure! Happy New Year!
January 10, 2018 at 10:59 am
Thanks a lot! Glad to hear you like him. The pattern will be available in a book along with some other fantasy creatures by different designers. The book is being published around August 2018 and will be available for individual purchase a few months after that. I hope that’s not too long for you to wait!
January 7, 2018 at 1:04 am
Do you have a pattern available to buy for the dragon?
January 10, 2018 at 11:00 am
I don’t have a pattern right now as Drake ended up coming 5th in the competition and has since been chosen to feature in a compilation book dedicated to fantasy animals. The book is being published in August 2018. I will let you know when I have more specific details 🙂
January 8, 2018 at 8:03 pm
Hi! Where can i buy the dragon pattern?
January 10, 2018 at 11:02 am
The pattern for Drake is going to be available in August this year. He did very well in the competition and has now been picked to be in a book along with some other very cute fantasy creatures patterns. I will let you know when I have more info!
January 15, 2018 at 6:34 am
Please, please, please, I would like to buy Drake the Dragon pattern, but can find no way to access it. Ravelry don’t appear to have it either. Can you tell me where to get it please. Regards, Jill Holland
January 15, 2018 at 6:37 am
Thanks – it’s a long time to August though! And my fingers are fair itching. Jill
January 21, 2018 at 8:19 am
Fabulous 💕 I would love to buy this pattern when it’s available.
February 5, 2018 at 12:19 am
Count me in for the pattern as well. Please make the availability notice BIG. Thanks!
February 16, 2018 at 9:54 pm
Ok I will do!
March 8, 2018 at 1:15 am
so adorable. reminds me of Yoshi a little bit
April 5, 2018 at 2:54 am
These guys are so cute 🙂 Makes me want to break out the yarn and hooks! It’s been awhile.
April 17, 2018 at 7:52 pm
Any Idea when we will be able to purchase this pattern please
May 10, 2018 at 3:05 pm
There is a fantasy creatures themed book out in August 2018 featuring Drake. You will be able to buy it over at amigurumipatterns.net
I will also be selling his pattern in my Etsy shop four months after the book is launched. Hope that’s not too long for you to wait!
August 9, 2018 at 7:39 am
What a very cute dragon! I purchased the fantasy figures book specifically to be able to make one of these for my boyfriend who loves dragons, but I can’t find any information concerning how much yarn I’ll need. Will one 50g ball of each color be enough or do I need more? I can’t wait to get started 🙂
August 9, 2018 at 12:07 pm
Hi Saskia, thanks for buying the book. I hope you enjoy making Drake. You will need approximately 70 grams of the main colour and 30 grams of the accent colour.
November 27, 2018 at 2:18 pm
Hi, is this pattern available to buy yet? I’d love to make this for my granddaughter for Christmas.
December 18, 2018 at 1:37 pm
Hi Anne, the pattern is currently available in a compilation book over at amigurumipatterns.net (It’s called Unicorns, Dragons and More Fantasy Amigurumi_. It will be available as a single purchase pattern in my online shops at the beginning of February.
March 28, 2020 at 7:11 pm
Hello! This charming fellow is tempting me to try to make him be my very first stuffy! I can read patterns at a C+ level, I have never done amigurumi, so should I give this a try? I’m honestly better with videos, and pictures.
April 1, 2020 at 11:21 am
Hi Vanessa, I think you’ll be just fine with this pattern. Drake only uses basic crochet stitches and lots of parts of the process are explained with detailed photographs too. Amigurumi is easy peasy and so satisfying. I got addicted to it within minutes of picking up my hook to make a little fox about seven years ago. Maybe you will be the same?!