Scale Mail Dragon by CraftyMutt
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Scale Mail Dragon

Knitting
May 2014
any DK yarn
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch using chunky on 3.5mm needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
60 - 80 yards (55 - 73 m)
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A knitting patten to make a hand-sized baby dragon with either one or two colours of scales. The dragon has a wingspan of around 8 inches and measures 12 inches from nose to tail

The pattern includes written instructions for every part and stitch charts for the scaled parts. The making up of the dragon is explained in clear steps with photos of all major stages to make it as simple as possible. This pattern is 10 pages in total, including two pages of the free online scale knitting tutorials for easy reference.
This pattern is at least intermediate difficulty, and is somewhat a combination between the scale mail pouch and the mini dragon palm pal; if you want to work up to this I recommend those as intermediate projects.
The dragon is worked entirely in garter stitch, which includes the i-cord and sections knit in the round; the entire pattern is specifically defined with as little room for mistakes as possible.
This pattern uses both knit and purl versions of the knitting with scales stitch (photo tutorial for these techniques included)
A fairly confident knitter could make a dragon in about a day.

Required
148 small scales total
For default dual colour; 87 in main colour (back and wing bars) and 61 in contrasting colour (tummy and between the wing bars).
It is also possible to combine any colours of scales in any arrangement you like to create custom dragon colour arrangements.
Any small scale from TheRingLord.com is suitable (any approx 9/16” by 7/8”leaf shaped scale with 5mm hole should also do)
Large scales will not work for this pattern.

Yarn - 50g of chunky/bulky yarns work best with the scales for this pattern, aran or worsted is also suitable (adjust the needle size to achieve gauge) plus a small quantity of DK yarn for the claws, horns, and eyes in your preferred colours