Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

How To Make Your Dragon

How To Make Your Dragon
Have you fallen in love with dragons too? Of course I couldn't resist trying to make my own dragon which meant I needed to up my amigurumi game.

I hunted down the original pattern for the cutest little dragon, a FREE pattern  so don't feel the need to go buying the rip-offs you see popping up around the place.

Crochet Mini Dragon

How To Make Your Crochet Dragon

To make this pretty little dragon, who surely must be related to those Furious Dragons we've all fallen for, I used a mystery crochet cotton from my stash with a WPI of 24, equivalent to 3 ply. Unfortunately I didn't record which hook I used, most likely 2 mm hook.  I also used darning needle and some stuffing.

The companion tutorial by Rachchua to the pattern by Sarselgurumi was invaluable for the construction phase of Dragon making.  *Long Pins were very helpful for temporarily securing each part to decide just where to place them.

Dragons are made of lots of parts

Working with the thinner yarn made for some tiny pieces to stitch together.

The toes on the feet are too adorable for words and were my favourite part to make.

The ears - or big horns - were a little too big for my liking so I remade them on the fly. In the end I only used two of the mini horns even though I made them all.

The tail went a little awry but I was happy enough with the shape and used it anyway. I made both sets of tail-fins but ended up only using the larger ones. The smaller tail-fins made for some hilarious - but not permanently attached - eyebrows.

Do Dragons Have Eyebrows?

As this little dragon was a gift for one of my adult crafting buddies I didn't have to worry about safety eyes and glued on felt would be fine but I couldn't decide where to place them. I stuck a couple of pins in them so my friend could decide for herself.  We had loads of fun swinging the eyes around making all sorts of expressions.

Dragon toes are the cutest!

The wings were a crowd favourite amongst our crafting group.

And that's how you make your Dragon!

How To Make Your Crochet Dragon

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