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Daisy the Dangling Dragon | Free Crochet Pattern

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Daisy the Dangling Dragon is an adorable amigurumi project that works up quickly and easily. Wires allow her to hang in a variety of places, and this ami dragon makes a great gift.

Daisy is an amphitere, a type of dragon that has only wings and no legs. My dragon-loving son often suggested a little amphitere who could hang on a lamp, or (when made small enough to not be obtrusive) to hang from the rear view mirror of his first car. Since he just turned 16 and he is about to get his license, I decided a dangling dragon would be a great way to christen his first vehicle. I proudly remember decorating my first car with anything and everything that made it truly “mine.” I expect him to do the same, so a dragon is only fitting.

Free Hanging Dragon Crochet Pattern - Hooked by Kati

Construction

This little hanging dragon works up very quickly, and uses less than half a skein of Caron Simply Soft Party. In fact, two skeins – one in each color – can create two little dragons with easy.

She uses 2 strands of wire, one long to create an “M” shape for the wings, and one to wire the tail so it will bent and dangle from wherever you choose to hang your dragon. While it can be daunting to work with wire for the first time, I’ve made it as easy as possible. The Premium Pattern 2.0 has pictures of each step on wire insertion and how to bend it for best results with your wings.

You can get the Premium Pattern 2.0 on Ravelry or Etsy.

Daisy the Dangling Dragon | Free Crochet Pattern

Pattern is written in English, in US terms, using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.

You Need to Know

Chains (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), (dc), Right side (RS), Wrong side (WS), increases and decreases, mattress stitch sewing. Be eager to learn and ready to have fun!

You Will Practice Intermediate Techniques

  • How to shape amigurumi using short rounds
  • How to crochet on the surface of a 3D object
  • How to shape using increases and decreases
  • How to branch and merge amigurumi parts (no sew amigurumi technique)

Supplies

  • Caron Simply Soft Party, 99% acrylic 1% Metallic, worsted weight, 3 oz/85 g/164 yds/ 150 m; Royal Sparkle (MC), < 1 ball; Purple Sparkle (AC), < 1 ball.
  • F (3.75 mm) hook
  • Two 10mm solid black safety eyes
  • Two pieces of paper-wrapped 18 gauge floral wire, one 18” long, one 8” long
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Wire-cutting needle nosed plyers
  • Tapestry needle

Measurements

20” long x 12” wing span

Gauge

9 sts x 9 rows in sc = 2” x 2”

Pattern Notes

  • Checkboxes have been added for every row/round to help you track your progress. Checkboxes for duplicate parts are in red.
  • Work in continuous rounds. Do not slip stitch unless otherwise specified by the pattern.
  • For best results, assemble parts in order as directed.
  • Weave in attachment ends at very end of project in case pieces require repositioning.
  • Rounds labeled “Short round” are worked back and forth and will end before the round is complete, leaving stitches deliberately unworked to be worked in later rounds as instructed.
  • When instructed, an additional sc(s) will be added at the end of a round to move the starting stitch of the next round to the left (clockwise). This does not change the stitch count of the round. It only moves the starting point.
  • Standing sc at beginning of round counts as a dc.

Special Stitches

  • Sc join – Single crochet join: With long starting tail, make slip knot in yarn, loop slip knot over hook, insert hook through stitch, yo, pull through, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. Leave starting tail on outside of work.
  • Standing sc – Standing single crochet: Insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook, insert hook through left vertical post of completed sc, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook.
  • Surface sc – Surface single crochet: With loop on hook, insert hook around post or between stitches of finished work, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook. Work single crochets on top of finished work.

Instructions

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Body

(Starts at tip of snout)

With MC, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: [2 sc, inc] twice. (8)

Rnd 3: [3 sc, inc] twice. (10)

Rnd 4: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 5: [4 sc, inc] twice. (12)

Rnd 6: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 7: [5 sc, inc] twice. (14)

Rnd 8: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 9: [6 sc, inc] twice. (16)

Insert safety eyes between Rnd 6 and 7 in the holes under the increases.

Stuff head.

Rnd 10: Dec 8 times. (8)

Rnd 11: Sc evenly around, turn.

Rnd 12: (WS) (Short Rnd) (see Pattern Notes) Do not chain, 4 sc, turn, leave remaining 4 sts unworked. (4)

Rnd 13: (RS) (Short Rnd) Do not chain, 4 sc, do not turn. (4)

Rnd 14: (RS) Work around including unworked sts from previous rnds, 8 sc, turn. (8)

Rnd 15: (WS) (Short Rnd) Do not chain, 4 sc, turn, leave remaining 4 sts unworked. (4)

Rnd 16: (RS) (Short Rnd) Do not chain, 4 sc, do not turn. (4)

Rnd 17: (RS) Work around including unworked sts from previous rnds, 8 sc. (8)

Rnds 18-19: Sc evenly around.

Stuff.

Rnd 20: [Sc, inc] 4 times. (12)

Rnd 21: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 22: [2 sc, inc] 4 times. (16)

Rnd 23: [3 sc, inc] 4 times. (20)

Rnd 24: [4 sc, inc] 4 times. (24)

Rnd 25: [5 sc, inc] 4 times. Sc to move starting st. (See Pattern Notes) (28)

Rnd 26: Skip 8, 6 sc, skip 8, 6 sc. Leave skipped sts unworked for future use. (12)

Rnd 27: [3 sc, inc] 3 times. (15)

Rnd 28: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 29: [4 sc, inc] 3 times. (18)

Rnds 30-31: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 32: [4 sc, dec] 3 times. (15)

Rnd 33: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 34: [3 sc, dec] 3 times. (12)

Stuff torso.

Rnd 35: Sc evenly around, turn.

Rnd 36: (WS) (Short Rnd) Do not chain, 6 sc, leave remaining 6 sts unworked, turn. (6)

Rnd 37: (RS) (Short Rnd) Do not chain, 6 sc, do not turn. (6)

Rnd 38: (RS) Work around including unworked sts from previous rnds, 12 sc. (12)

Rnds 39-41: Sc evenly around.

Stuff. Stuff tail as you go.

Rnd 42: [4 sc, dec] twice. (10)

Rnds 43-45: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 46: (Short Rnd) 8 sc to move starting st, turn.

Rnd 47: (WS) (Short Rnd) Do not chain, 5 sc, leave remaining 5 sts unworked, turn. (5)

Rnd 48: (RS) (Short Rnd) Do not chain, 5 sc, do not turn. (5)

Rnd 49: (RS) Work around including unworked sts from previous rnds, 10 sc. (10)

Rnds 50-51: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 52: [3 sc, dec] twice. (8)

Rnds 53-88: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 89: [2 sc, dec] twice. (6)

Rnds 90-91: Sc evenly around.

Finish stuffing.

Rnd 92: [Sc, dec] twice. (4)

Working gently, curve short wire and thread short wire into the end of the tail until it can be completely covered within the tail.

Cut yarn. Thread needle through front loops of remaining 4 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends

Outside Wing Bone

(Make 2)

With MC, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnds 2-16: Sc evenly around.

Do not stuff. Pull up a large loop and place stitch marker in the loop. Cut yarn; leave enough yarn tail to create 24 sts and leave a tail for sewing.

Inside Wing Bone

(Make 2, one on each arm hole)

Rnd 1: Leave long starting tail for future use. With MC, Sc join (see Special Stitches) in 1st st of skipped stitches on Rnd 26 of the body, 7 sc around. Continue working in the round.

Stuff shoulders.

Rnd 2: Sc evenly around. (8)

Rnd 3: Dec, 6 sc. (7)

Rnd 4: Dec, 5 sc. (6)

Rnds 5-16: Sc evenly around.

Leave end open. Bind off and weave in ends.

Use starting tail to close hole created by sc join.

Thread long wire through open end of one Inside Wing Bone, through body between wings, and out the open end of the other wing bone. Bend wire so that Inside Wing Bones are in the shape of a ‘V’, the open end facing the tail. Fold wire at point where it comes out of the Inside Wing Bone. The wire should now look like an ‘M.’

The Premium Pattern 2.0 has photo tutorials for this section.

Hold Outside Wing Bone over exposed wire and cut each end of wire so that it will fit inside of the Outside Wing Bone without showing through the end. Insert exposed end of wire into Outside Wing Bone so the wing bones meet at the bend in the wire. Remaining rounds will close wing bones around the exposed corner of the wire.

Rnd 17: Insert hook into marked loop on Outside Wing Bone, 6 sc on last round of Inside Wing Bone, 6 sc on last round of Outside Wing Bone. (12)

Rnd 18: [Sc, dec] 4 times. (8)

Rnd 19: Dec 4 times. (4)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through front loops of remaining 4 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Wings

(Make 2)

With AC, ch 4.

Row 1: 3 dc in 4th ch from hook, turn. (see Pattern Notes) (4)

Row 2: Do not chain, standing sc in 1st st (see Special Stitches)(see Pattern Notes), (dc, ch 1, dc) in each of next 2 sts, dc in top of ch-3, turn. (6)

Row 3: Do not chain, standing sc in 1st st, dc, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, dc dec, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, 2 dc, turn. (9)

Row 4: Do not chain, standing sc in 1st st, 2 dc, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, dc dec, dc, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, 3 dc, turn. (12)

Row 5: Do not chain, standing sc in 1st st, 3 dc, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, dc dec, 2 dc, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, 4 dc, turn. (15)

Row 6: Do not chain, standing sc in 1st st, 4 dc, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, dc dec, 3 dc, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, 5 dc, turn. (18)

Row 7: Do not chain, standing sc in 1st st, 5 dc, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, dc dec, 4 dc, (dc, ch-1, dc) in ch-1 sp, 6 dc. (21)

Bind off leaving very long tail for sewing.

Veins

With MC, sc join in ch-1 space of last rnd of wing, ch 1, working up the center of the wing, [surface sc in the space between the dc increases in the previous row (see Special Stitches), ch 1] 6 times, sl st in starting st of wing.

Repeat on second column of ch-1 spaces.

Weave in ends.

Using tail from Wings, sew each Wing to Wing Bones along the long edges, with the first st of wings at the corner where the Wing Bones meet. Weave in ends.

Eyelids

 Using scrap of MC, sew at an angle to overlap the top edge of each safety eye. Repeat same st so that eyelid is two strands thick.

Weave in all ends.

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Free Hanging Dragon Crochet Pattern - Hooked by Kati

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