Make your own Oriental Dragon! This pattern is best suited to an intermediate crocheter, but the instructions are very clear so if you are an adventurous beginner I’m sure you would be able to make one and learn a few new crochet moves along the way.
Pattern is fully illustrated with a photo tutorial on the method I use for getting the curves. It is written out very clearly with suggestions and notes gleaned from my testers as well as my own numerous test dragons.
You’ll need to know sc, hdc, dc, inc, sc2tog, slip st, and crochet in the round. There is a bit of surface crochet (it’s not hard, I promise!) and, of course, sewing the pieces together.
The choice of yarn and hooks will determine the finished size of your dragon. With worsted weight and a size 4.5mm hook, the finished size is about 18” long (coiled up). Some of my local testers made dragons in sport and fingering weight, with sizes ranging from 7” to 12” long (coiled up).
Edits for clarification of most commonly asked questions:
Crochet terms used are in American crochet terms. You can find a handy conversion chart for British vs. American terms here.
The dragon begins with a magic loop/magic circle, video here.
The fine print: Please respect my copyright - do not make copies of this pattern for others, do not post this pattern for free or sell it as your own. You are more than welcome to sell the dragons you make from this pattern at craft fairs, church bazaars, etc. but if you should wish to mass produce dragons for sale you must contact me for further selling rights. Thank you.