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Dragon Easter Basket Free Crochet Pattern from Hooked by Kati
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Dragon Easter Basket | Free Crochet Pattern

This crochet basket pattern uses amigurumi to upcycle a dollar store basket into an adorable easter basket with a plushy attached.

Easter baskets with stuffed toys attached are always a hit with my kids. They add some funk to their basket and make the egg hunt that much more fun.

Dragon Easter Basket Free Crochet Pattern from Hooked by Kati. A perfect Spring decoration or amigurumi to protect your chocolate bunnies. Add a sleepy dragon to any basket to add a little fantasy to any decor.

A matching set of these fellows will be waiting for my boys on Easter morning. Then I plan to fill the basket with moss and some fake flowers to remain a centerpiece on my coffee table all Spring.

Construction

The Basket Dragon is done with many of the same techniques as Vincent the Dragon. His claws are worked individually and then attached on the last round before sewing to the basket. And his tail uses the same short rounds I often use to add curves to amigurumi.

If you’ve done Vincent already, you will find this to be a fast, fun project with a sweet, kissable nose. *Smooch* Love this guy!

This pattern can also be purchased as a Premium Pattern for only $4.00 (printable, ad-free, downloadable .pdf file with extra assembly photos) HERE.  It can also be found on Etsy or Ravelry.  

Easter Basket Dragon

All patterns are written in English, in US terms, using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.

Advanced. Knowledge needed of chains (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), Right side (RS), Wrong side (WS), increases and decreases. Knowledge of amigurumi part attachment is recommended. Pattern uses short rounds for shaping.

Supplies

  • Caron One Pound yarn, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, 454g/16 oz/812 yds, Limeade (LIME), < 1 ball.
  • Red Heart With Love yarn, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, 370 yds/7 oz/198 g, Aran (ARAN), < 1 ball.
  • Furls Odyssey G (4.00 mm) hook
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Tapestry needle
  • Straight pins (optional)

Measurements

Head: 7” long from nose to end of horns

Tail: 5” long

Gauge

2” x 2” = 7 sts x 7 rows

Pattern Notes

  • 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 piece require repositioning.
  • Ch-2 at beginning of row counts as dc.
  • 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. This will create the curve of the tail. (For more on how short rounds work, check out this video tutorial.)
  • When instructed, an additional stitches will be added at the end of a round to move the starting stitch of the next round to the left.

Pattern Stitches

  • Bobble-st – Bobble stitch: [Yo, insert hook into st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] 5 times in same st, yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook.
  • Surface sl st — Surface Slip Stitch: With loop on hook, insert hook around post or between stitches of finished work, pull up a loop, pull through loop on hook.
  • Surface sc – Surface single crochet: With loop on hook, insert hook around post or between stitches of finished work, pull up a loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook. Work single crochets on top of finished work.

Instructions

Loose Claws

(Make 4)

With ARAN, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in second ch from hook. (4)

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

Rnd 3: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 4: Change to LIME, [2 sc, inc] twice. (8)

Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.

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

Rnds 7-9: Sc evenly around.

Stuff.

Bind off.

Last Claw

(Make 2)

With ARAN, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in second ch from hook. (4)

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

Rnd 3: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 4: Change to LIME, [2 sc, inc] twice. (8)

Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.

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

Rnds 7-9: Sc evenly around.

Stuff.

Do not break yarn. You will now be working around the last round of this toe and two loose toes.

Rnd 10: 3 sc, 3 sc on first loose claw, 6 sc second loose claw, 3 sc on other side of first loose claw, 3 sc on starting claw. (18)

Bind off. Press flat and sew through both layers of last round. Leave long tail for sewing.

Stuff lightly.

Using tail, sew claws to basket about 2” apart. Bend claws to curve.  

Head

With LIME, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 5 sc in second ch from hook. (5)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (10)

Rnd 3: [Sc, inc] 5 times. (15)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 5 times. (20)

Rnd 5: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 6: Bobble-st (see Pattern Stitches), 4 sc, bobble-st, 14 sc. (18 sc, 2 bobbles)

Rnd 7: Sc evenly around. (20)

Press bobbles inward to form nostrils.

Rnd 8: [2 sc, dec] 5 times. (15)

Rnds 9-11: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 12: [2 sc, inc] 5 times. (20)

Rnd 13: [3 sc, inc] 5 times. (25)

Rnd 14: [4 sc, inc] 5 times. (30)

Rnd 15: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 16: [5 sc, inc] 5 times. (35)

Rnd 17-19: Sc evenly around.

Stuff snout.

Rnd 20: [5 sc, dec] 5 times. (30)

Rnd 21: [4 sc, dec] 5 times. (25)

Rnd 22: [3 sc, dec] 5 times. (20)

Rnd 23: [2 sc, dec] 5 times. (15)

Finish stuffing.

Rnd 24: [Sc, dec] 5 times. (10)

Rnd 25: Dec 5 times. (5)

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing. Thread yarn through front loops of remaining 5 sts. Pull tight to close.

Eyelids

(Make 2)

With LIME, ch 4.

Row 1: 6 dc in 4th ch from hook (see Pattern Notes), turn. (7)

Row 2: Ch 1, 7 sc. (7)

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.

Attach to head along back edge (dc edge), sc row facing down. Sew at a slight angle with inside corner of eyelids touching Rnd 15, 6 sts apart, outside corner of eyelid touching Rnd 16.  

Nostril Flairs

With LIME, surface sl st (see Pattern Stitches) in stitch on outside of nostril on Rnd 5, 5 surface sc (see Pattern Stitches) around upper edge of nostril, surface sl st at Rnd 5. 

Repeat on other nostril.

Bind off and weave in ends.

Horns

(Make 2)

With ARAN, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in second ch from hook. (4)

Rnd 2: [Sc, inc] twice. (6)

Rnd 3: [2 sc, inc] twice. (8)

Rnd 4: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 5: 2 inc, sc, 2 dec, sc. (8)

Rnd 6: 2 sc to move starting st, 2 inc, sc, 2 dec, sc. (8)

Start stuffing.

Rnds 7-12: Repeat Rnd 6.

Finish stuffing.

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.

Twist horns to your desired angle. Pin a 2 st x 2 st square for each horn, with horns 2 sts apart. Working from pin to pin, sew horns to head as marked.

Attaching Head to Basket

Dragon Easter Basket Free Crochet Pattern from Hooked by Kati

Position head at an angle on basket with nose overlapping one set of claws.

Mark with pins where the basket touches the head.

Using the tail left on the head, sew the head to the edge of the basket, making sure to sew through two stitches on the head to reinforce the attachment.

Tail

With LIME, ch 2.

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

Rnds 2-3: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] twice, turn. (8)

Rnd 5: (WS)(Short rnd) (see Pattern Notes) Do not chain, 4 sc, leave remaining 4 sts unworked, turn. (4)

Rnd 6: (RS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 4 sc. (4)

Rnd 7: (RS) Continuing on unworked sts from two rnds back, 8 sc. (8)

Having trouble with the short rounds? Here is a tutorial.

Rnd 8: [3 sc, inc] twice, turn. (10)

Rnd 9: (WS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 5 sc, leave remaining 5 sts unworked, turn. (5)

Rnd 10: (RS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 5 sc. (5)

Rnd 11: (RS) Continuing on unworked sts from two rnds back, 10 sc. (10)

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

Rnd 13: (WS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 6 sc, leave remaining 6 sts unworked, turn. (6)

Rnd 14: (RS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 6 sc. (6)

Rnd 15: (RS) Continuing on unworked sts from two rnds back, 12 sc. (12)

Rnd 16: [5 sc, inc] twice, turn. (14)

Rnd 17: (WS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 7 sc, leave remaining 6 sts unworked, turn. (7)

Rnd 18: (RS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 7 sc. (7)

Rnd 19: (RS) Continuing on unworked sts from two rnds back, 14 sc. (14)

Rnd 20: [6 sc, inc] twice. (16)

Rnd 21: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 22: [7 sc, inc] twice, 9 sc to move starting st to other side of rnd (see Pattern Notes), turn. (18)

Rnd 23: (WS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 9 sc, leave remaining 9 sts unworked, turn. (9)

Rnd 24: (RS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 9 sc. (9)

Rnd 25: (RS) Continuing on unworked sts from two rnds back, 18 sc. (18)

Rnd 26: [8 sc, inc] twice, turn. (20)

Rnd 27: (WS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 10 sc, leave remaining 10 sts unworked, turn. (10)

Rnd 28: (RS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 10 sc. (10)

Rnd 29: (RS) Continuing on unworked sts from two rnds back, 20 sc. (20)

Rnd 30: [9 sc, inc] twice, turn. (22)

Rnd 31: (WS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 11 sc, leave remaining 11 sts unworked, turn. (11)

Rnd 32: (RS)(Short rnd) Do not chain, 11 sc. (11)

Rnd 33: (RS) Continuing on unworked sts from two rnds back, 22 sc. (22)

Rnds 34-35: Sc evenly around.

Stuff.

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.

Press last rnd flat and sew through both layers of last rnd to close.

Using long tail, sew flat end of tail to basket opposite the head with the curve of the tail pointing away from the basket.  

Weave in all attachment ends when parts are positioned as desired.


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If you like this, you might also like: 

Vincent the Dragon

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Dragon Easter Basket Free Crochet Pattern from Hooked by Kati. A perfect Spring decoration or amigurumi to protect your chocolate bunnies. Add a sleepy dragon to any basket to add a little fantasy to any decor.
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