January 31, 2012

Fool's Dragon: A Free Knitting Pattern




Here we have Zeb the Dalmatian Dragon, one of my more surprising attempts at improvising my own  stuffed animal. For some reason I just felt like knitting my own winged hexaped lizard in honor of the Chinese Year of the Dragon (It only comes once every 12 years! It's extra-special!), not to mention the promise of a new season of Game of Thrones this coming April.

This is my first actual attempt at posting a knitting pattern, so please be gentle.




You will need:
1 skein of worsted or DK-weight yarn
3.5mm double-pointed knitting needles, or any needle size that will give you a tight fabric
toy stuffing
a yarn needle

Guide:
kf&b - knit front and back (see here)
m1 - make 1 (see here)
k2tog - knit 2 together (see here)
ssk - slip, slip, knit (see here)
wrap and turn - helps prevent holes in short-row shaping; see here

Zeb's little-known "Brontosaurus mode."

Pattern:
The body is worked in the round in one piece, from head to tail. The legs (worked in the round) and the wings (worked flat in garter stitch) are sewn on separately. The head and the breast are shaped with short rows; just imagine you're knitting an itty-bitty sock heel.

Feel free to add any other embellishments like eyes, spines, horns and frills to your dragon.

Head and neck

cast on 6, join in the round.

knit.

kf&b to end. (12 stitches)

knit.

*knit 3, kf&b* OR *knit 4, m1* 3 times. (15)

knit.

*knit 4, kf&b* OR *knit 5, m1* 3 times. (18)

knit 6, begin short row shaping [stay on current round. short rows are worked back and forth].

knit 6, wrap and turn.

purl 6, wrap and turn.

knit 4, wrap and turn.

purl 2, wrap and turn.

At the end of the succeeding 4 rows, pick up the wrap and knit it together with the last stitch.

knit 3, turn.

slip 1, purl 3, turn.

slip 1, knit 5, turn.

slip 1, purl 7, turn.

slip 1, knit 12. [You are now back to working in the round.]

knit 4, ssk, knit 6, k2tog, knit 4. (16)

knit 3, ssk, knit 6, k2tog, knit 3. (14)

knit 2, ssk, knit 6, k2tog, knit 2. (12)

knit 20 rounds. [Stuff head and neck as you go.]


Body

knit 4, m1, knit 4, m1, knit 4. (14)

knit.

knit 4, m1, knit 6, m1, knit 4. (16)

knit.

knit 4, m1, knit 8, m1, knit 4. (18)

knit.

knit 4, m1, knit 10, m1, knit 4. (20)

knit.

knit 4, m1, knit 12, m1, knit 4. (22)

knit.

knit 4, m1, knit 14, m1, knit 4. (24)

knit. 

knit 4, mark new beginning of round.


knit 16, begin short row shaping [stay on current round. short rows are worked back and forth].

knit 8, wrap and turn.

purl 8, wrap and turn.

knit 6, wrap and turn.

purl 4, wrap and turn.

At the end of the succeeding 4 rows, pick up the wrap and knit it together with the last stitch.

knit 5, turn.

slip 1, purl 5, turn.

slip 1, knit 7, turn.

slip 1, purl 9, turn.

slip 1, knit 8. [You are now back to working in the round.]

knit 20 rounds. [Stuff body as you go.]


Tail

ssk, knit 12, k2tog, ssk, knit 4, k2tog. (20)

ssk, knit 10, k2tog, ssk, knit 2, k2tog. (16)

ssk, knit 8, k2tog, knit 4. (14)

ssk, knit 6, k2tog, knit 4. (12)

knit 4 rounds.

ssk, knit 4, k2tog, knit 4. (10)

knit 4 rounds.

ssk, knit 2, k2tog, knit 4. (8)

knit 6 rounds.

knit 4, ssk, k2tog. (6)

knit 6 rounds.

ssk, k2tog, knit 2. (4)

knit 6 rounds. Cut yarn and draw tightly through last 4 stitches twice to bind off.


Legs (make 4)

cast on 6, leaving a long tail.

join in the round.

knit 9 rounds.

k2tog to end. (3)

Cut yarn and draw through stitches twice to bind off. Use tail from cast-on to sew legs to body.


Wings (make 2)


cast on 36.

knit 1 row.

*knit 10, k2tog* 3 times. (33)

knit 1 row.

*knit 9, k2tog* 3 times. (30)

knit 1 row.

*knit 8, k2tog* 3 times. (27)

knit 1 row.

*knit 7, k2tog* 3 times. (24)

knit 1 row.

*knit 6, k2tog* 3 times. (21)

knit 1 row.

*knit 5, k2tog* 3 times. (18)

knit 1 row.

*knit 4, k2tog* 3 times. (15)

knit 1 row.

*knit 3, k2tog* 3 times. (12)

knit 1 row.

*knit 2, k2tog* 3 times. (9)

knit 1 row.

*knit 1, k2tog* 3 times. (6)

bind off, leaving long tail for sewing wing to body.


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6 comments:

  1. SO cute! I am making it right now! My son asked me for a dragon and I thought, hey I saw a really cute one I think I could actually make! How did you make the little ears/thingies on his head? Thank you for this great pattern!

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  2. Much appreciated! The ears/gills are just one way you can customize the dragon. They were worked flat in a sort of mini-ribbing pattern then decreased into a tapered shape, though the ribbing pattern isn't that obvious because of the yarn I used.

    If I remember correctly, these are how I did them:

    -cast on 7 stitches
    -purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1
    -knit 1, p2tog, knit 1, p2tog, knit 1 (5 stitches)
    -purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1
    -ssk, knit 1, k2tog (3 stitches)
    -purl 3
    -knit 3

    Simplified intructions: Bind off, leaving a long tail. Sew the ears to the head using mattress stitch.

    How I actually sewed on the ears was a bit trickier; I didn't bind off, but I left a tail long enough to graft the live stitches to the head in a sort of kitchener/mattress stitch hybrid.

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  3. i have made three dragons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love this pattern. thank you

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  4. Looks cool! Sounds like funn!

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  5. Is it possible to download this pattern, as I travel a lot and need to be able to print it off thank you ::-)

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