Dante the Dragon – Free Crochet Pattern

Unleash your creativity and enter the realm of the dragon. This amigurumi dragon stands 11.5 inches tall when crocheted with worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm hook.

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Dragon Amigurumi - Free Pattern

Get ready to take your amigurumi skills to a whole new level

Meet Dante the Dragon, the newest “Huffy” to join my collection of free amigurumi patterns.

This is my most intricate crochet pattern to date. It requires more pieces and assembly than my typical designs, but fear not—the reward is truly legendary. 🔥

amigurumi dragon - pink version

I’ll be your sidekick throughout this epic crochet quest

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll be able to expertly craft claws, spikes, and wings with my comprehensive video tutorials.

They will guide you through all the tricky parts of the pattern, ensuring you’ll conquer this dragon with ease.

crochet dragon - dinosaur alternative

Not into dragons? Use this pattern to make a dinosaur instead!

To transform Dante from a dragon into a dinosaur, simply leave off the flames, bottom lip, wings, ears and horns.

This dragon is a sister (brother?) pattern to Dan the Dinosaur. They work up to be the same height, and use the same legs and tail.

A great challenge awaits you, crocheter. Are you ready to prove your mettle?

Grab your hook, pick out your favorite yarn colors, and let’s embark on this journey together. For even more mythical magic, check out my pattern for Jazzy the Unicorn.

Now venture forth, courageous crafter—we’re entering uncharted territory. Here be dragons! 🐲


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    Dante the Dragon

    Height: 11.5″ standing
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Terms: US 🇺🇸
    His scales shimmer like stardust, and flames dance in his eyes. Dante will ignite your imagination and breathe warmth into every adventure.

    Notes

    Video Tutorials
    I’ve created several video tutorials to guide you through the tricky parts of making this dragon. I’ve referenced those videos throughout the pattern.
    In addition to the dragon-specific videos, I’ve also included a list of general amigurumi tutorials that apply to this pattern.
    You can view the links to all the video tutorials on the pattern web page:
    Website: jhuff.co/dragon

    Abbreviations
    • ch – chain
    • slst – slip stitch
    • sc – single crochet
    • hdc – half double crochet
    • dc – double crochet
    • Bobble – 5 incomplete double crochets worked in the same st, then yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on your hook.
    • inc – complete two single crochets within the same stitch
    • dec – combine two stitches into one with an invisible decrease
    • *sc x* – repeat the instructions between asterisks(*) the indicated number of times.
    • (sc x) – attach a body part while completing the stitches inside parentheses as instructed by the pattern.

    General Instructions
    • This pattern is worked in one continuous spiral.
    • Use a stitch marker to keep track of where one round ends and the next begins. I prefer to place my stitch marker in the last stitch of the round.

    Recommended Sequence
    Here are the steps to create your dragon, in order:
    1. Crochet the flames (optional)
    2. Crochet the bottom lip (optional)
    3. Crochet the ears
    4. Crochet the head
    5. Sew the ears to the head
    6. Add the nostrils to the head
    7. Crochet the arms
    8. Crochet the legs
    9. Crochet the body
    10. Sew the head to the body
    11. Crochet the tail
    12. Sew the tail to the body
    13. Crochet the belly
    14. Sew the belly to the body
    15. Crochet the spikes
    16. Sew the spikes to the body
    17. Crochet the wings
    18. Sew the wings to the body
    19. Crochet the horns
    20. Sew the horns to the head

    Crochet Dragon Tutorial (Photo 1 - Where to Place the Eyes)
    Figure 1: Shows two strands of yarn spaced 18 stitches apart between rounds 15 & 16 of the head, centered above the chain 5 start. They indicate where to place your safety eyes.
    Crochet Dragon Tutorial (Photo 2 - Where to Place the Ears)
    Figure 2: Shows two strands of yarn spaced 24 stitches apart between rounds 22 & 23 of the head, centered above the eye markers. They indicate where to sew on the ears.
    Crochet Dragon Tutorial (Photo 3 - Where to Place the Nostrils)
    Figure 3: Shows where to add the dragon’s nostrils. They should be crocheted over rounds 5 & 6 of the head, spaced 7 stitches apart.
    Crochet Dragon Tutorial (Photo 4 - Where to Place the Horns)
    Figure 4: Shows where to sew on the dragon’s horns relative to the spikes and ears. The back of the horn should overlap the same round as the front of the ear.
     

    Instructions

    Flames (optional) – Orange Layer


    • To view a video tutorial, click the "Dragon Flames" image thumbnail on the pattern web page.

      Create a slip knot on your hook with orange yarn, leaving an 8-inch yarn tail:

      01. ch 8, sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 5 ch. In the last chain, we’ll make 3 flame tendrils:

      Tendril 1: sc in the last chain of the original chain base, ch 4, slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in last 2 ch.

      Tendril 2: sc in the last chain of the original chain base, ch 6, slst in 2nd ch from hook, slst in next ch, sc in last 3 ch.

      Tendril 3: sc in the last chain of the original chain base, ch 5, slst in 2nd ch from hook, slst in next ch, sc in last 2 ch, sc in the last chain of the original chain base to secure.

      On the other side of the original chain base, sc in the next 6 ch.

      Fasten off, leaving a 6-inch yarn tail. Create an invisible finish, then hide the starting and ending yarn tails inside the work.

    Flames (optional) – Red Layer


    • To view a video tutorial, click the "Dragon Flames" image thumbnail on the pattern web page.

      Create a slip knot on your hook with red yarn, leaving an 8-inch yarn tail:

      01. ch 9, dc in the 3rd ch from hook, dc in the next 6 ch. In the last chain, we’ll make 3 flame tendrils:

      Tendril 1: hdc in the last chain of the original chain base, ch 6, slst in 2nd ch from hook, slst in the next ch, sc in the next 2 ch, hdc in the last ch.

      Tendril 2: sc in the last chain of the original chain base, ch 8, slst in 2nd ch from hook, slst in next 2 ch, sc in the next 2 ch, hdc in the last 2 ch.

      Tendril 3: sc in the last chain of the original chain base, ch 7, slst in 2nd ch from hook, slst in next 2 ch, sc in the remaining 3 ch. hdc a final time in the original chain base.

      On the other side of the original chain base, dc in the final 7 ch.

      Without fastening off, we will crochet the orange and red layers together, across the top-flat edges:

      02. ch 1, do not turn, through the red layer only: sc, through the orange + red layers: sc 2, through the red layer only: sc.

      Fasten off, leaving a 6-inch yarn tail. Create an invisible finish, then hide the starting and ending yarn tails inside the work.

      While/after creating the head, you have two options for attaching the flames in the mouth:

      Option 1: Attach the flames while crocheting the bottom lip onto the head. Using this method, the flames are permanently installed and cannot be removed.

      Option 2: Use velcro to attach the flames. This will allow you to add and remove the flames from the mouth as desired.

    Bottom Lip (optional)


    • With green yarn:

      01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
      02. inc in each st around [12]
      03. *sc, inc* 6 times [18]
      04. *sc 8, inc* 2 times [20]
      05 – 06. sc in each st around [20]

      Fasten off, leaving a 12-inch yarn tail. Fold the circle in half and slip stitched closed. Hide the remaining yarn tail inside the work.

      To view a video tutorial, click the "Attaching Bottom Lip" image thumbnail on the pattern web page. The first part of the video covers how to fasten off and slip stitch closed.

      The bottom lip is now ready to attach as you crochet the head at a later step.

    Ears (make 2)


    • With green yarn:

      01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
      02. *sc, inc* 3 times [9]
      03. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 2 times, sc [12]
      04. *sc 3, inc* 3 times [15]
      05. sc in each st around [15]
      06. *sc 3, dec* 3 times [12]
      07 – 09. sc in each st around [12]

      Fasten off, leaving an 18-inch yarn tail for sewing the ear to the head at a later step.

      Pinch the final round together and slip stitch closed.

      Prep the ear for attaching to the head by creating a round base (to view a video tutorial, watch the beginning of "How to Attach Ears" linked on the pattern web page):

      Thread the remaining yarn tail through a yarn needle. Pass it through the first slip stitch to create a round base for the ear. Fasten off with a knot, keeping the remaining yarn tail intact.

      Your ear is now ready to attach to the head at a later step.

    Head


    • With green yarn:

      01. Chain 5 start: ch5, inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2, 5sc in the last ch. Continue on the other side of the chain base, sc 2, 3sc in the last ch [14]
      02. inc, sc 4, *inc* 3 times, sc 4, *inc* 2 times [20]
      03. inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc, inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc [26]
      04. inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times, inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times [32]
      05. *inc, sc 10, inc, sc 2, inc, sc* 2 times [38]
      06. inc, sc 12, *inc, sc 2* 2 times, inc, sc 12, *inc, sc 2* 2 times [44]
      07. *sc 10, inc* 4 times [48]
      08. sc 3, dec, *sc 6, dec* 5 times, sc 3 [42]
      09. *sc 5, dec* 6 times [36]
      10. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 5 times, sc 2 [30]

      Attaching the bottom lip and flames: The instructions for round 11 will depend on whether or not you want to include a bottom lip and flames.

      To view a video tutorial, click the "Attaching Bottom Lip" image thumbnail on the pattern web page.

      No bottom lip or flames: 11. sc in each st around [30]

      Bottom lip without crocheted-in flames: 11. sc 17, Attach the bottom lip: (sc 10), sc 3 [30]

      Bottom lip with crocheted-in flames: 11. sc 17, Start attaching the bottom lip: (sc 3), Attach the flames + bottom lip: (sc 4), Finish attaching the bottom lip: (sc 3), sc 3 [30]

      At the end of round 11, the bottom lip (with or without flames) should appear centered on the chain 5 start. If the bottom lip is off-center, redo the round and adjust the placement as necessary.

      12. sc in each st around [30]
      13. sc 2, inc, *sc 4, inc* 5 times, sc 2 [36]
      14. *sc 5, inc* 6 times [42]
      15. sc 3, inc, *sc 6, inc* 5 times, sc 3 [48]
      16. *sc 7, inc* 6 times [54]

      Marking stitches for the eyes: Insert two markers 18 stitches apart between rounds 15 & 16, centered above the snout. These markers will show you where to place your safety eyes at a later step.

      To view a photo of this step, see Figure 1 in the Notes section of the pattern.

      17. sc 4, inc, *sc 8, inc* 5 times, sc 4 [60]
      18 – 23. sc in each st around [60]

      Marking stitches for the ears: Insert two markers 24 stitches apart between rounds 22 & 23, centered above the snout & eye markers. These markers will show you where to attach the ears at a later step.

      To view a photo of this step, see Figure 2 in the Notes section of the pattern.

      24 – 27. sc in each st around [60]
      28. sc 4, dec, *sc 8, dec* 5 times, sc 4 [54]
      29. *sc 7, dec* 6 times [48]
      30. sc 3, dec, *sc 6, dec* 5 times, sc 3 [42]
      31. *sc 5, dec* 6 times [36]
      32. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 5 times, sc 2 [30]

      Stuff the head ¾ full and create indents for the eyes. Insert your safety eyes and secure the backings. To view a video tutorial, see "How to Indent Amigurumi Eyes" on the pattern web page.

      33. *sc 3, dec* 6 times [24]
      34. sc, dec, *sc 2, dec* 5 times, sc [18]
      35. *sc, dec* 6 times [12]

      Finish stuffing.

      36. *dec* 6 times [6]

      Close with an ultimate finish.

      Attaching the ears: Attach the ears where marked. To view a video tutorial, see "How to Attach Ears" on the pattern web page.

    Nostrils (add 2)

    • Using a disappearing ink marker, trace out two "U" shapes on the snout. To view a photo of the recommended placement, see Figure 3 in the Notes section of the pattern.

      Before you start crocheting, turn the head upside down, so the top of the head is facing you.

      Create a slip knot on your hook with green yarn, leaving a 6-inch yarn tail:

      01. slst into one end of the "U" shape, 2hdc into the next 3 st, slst into the other end of the "U" shape [8]

      Fasten off. Hide the beginning and ending yarn tails inside the work, then repeat for the other nostril. To view a video tutorial, see "How to Add Nostrils to Amigurumi" on the pattern web page.

    Arms (make 2)


    • With green yarn:

      01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
      02. inc in each st around [12]
      03. *sc, inc* 6 times [18]
      04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
      05. *sc 3, inc* 6 times [30]

      Adding the claws: In the next round, we'll be adding claws. To view a video tutorial, see "How to Add Claws to Amigurumi" on the pattern web page.

      06. sc 11, *switch to white yarn: bobble, switch back to green yarn: sc 3* 3 times, sc 7 [30]

      07. sc 5, dec, sc 6, dec, sc 5, dec, sc 6, dec [26]
      08. sc 2, dec, sc 5, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 5, dec, sc 2 [22]
      09. *sc 9, dec* 2 times [20]
      10. sc 5, dec, sc 13 [19]
      11. sc 10, dec, sc 7 [18]
      12. sc 16, dec [17]

      Stuff the base.

      13. sc 5, dec, sc 10 [16]
      14. sc in each st around [16]
      15. sc 3, dec, sc 6, dec, sc 3 [14]
      16. *sc 5, dec* 2 times [12]
      17. sc in each st around [12]

      Fasten off, leaving a 12-inch tail. Finish stuffing the arm. Pinch the final round together and slip stitch closed. Hide the remaining yarn tail inside the work.

      Your arm is now ready to attach while crocheting the body at a later step.

    Legs (make 2)


    • With green yarn:

      01. ch 3, inc in 2nd ch from hook, 5sc in the last ch. Continue on the other side of the chain base, 3sc in the last ch [10]
      02. inc, sc 2, *inc* 3 times, sc 2, *inc* 2 times [16]
      03. inc, sc 4, *inc* 2 times, sc, inc, sc 4, *inc* 2 times, sc [22]
      04. inc, sc 6, *inc, sc* 2 times, inc, sc 6, *inc, sc* 2 times [28]
      05. inc, sc 8, inc, sc 2, inc, sc, inc, sc 8, inc, sc 2, inc, sc [34]

      Adding the claws: In the next round, we'll be adding claws. To view a video tutorial, see "How to Add Claws to Amigurumi" on the pattern web page.

      06. sc 9, *switch to white yarn: bobble, switch back to green yarn: sc 3* 3 times, sc 13 [34]

      07. sc in each st around [34]
      08. sc 12, *dec* 3 times, sc 16 [31]
      09. sc 7, *dec* 6 times, sc 12 [25]
      10. sc 4, *dec* 6 times, sc 9 [19]
      11. sc 4, *dec* 3 times, sc 9 [16]
      12 – 14. sc in each st around [16]

      Stuff the foot.

      15. sc 5, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 7 [18]
      16. sc 4, *sc, inc, sc* 3 times, sc 5 [21]
      17. *sc 6, inc* 3 times [24]
      18. *sc 3, inc* 6 times [30]
      19 – 20. sc in each st around [30]
      21. *sc 3, dec* 6 times [24]
      22. sc, dec, *sc 2, dec* 5 times, sc [18]
      23. *sc, dec* 6 times [12]

      Fasten off, leaving a 12-inch tail. Finish stuffing the leg. Pinch the final round together and slip stitch closed. Hide the remaining yarn tail inside the work.

      Your leg is now ready to attach while crocheting the body at a later step.

    Body


    • With green yarn:

      01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
      02. inc in each st around [12]
      03. *sc, inc* 6 times [18]
      04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
      05. *sc 3, inc* 6 times [30]
      06. sc 2, inc, *sc 4, inc* 5 times, sc 2 [36]
      07. *sc 5, inc* 6 times [42]
      08. sc 3, inc, *sc 6, inc* 5 times, sc 3 [48]
      09. *sc 7, inc* 6 times [54]
      10. sc 4, inc, *sc 8, inc* 5 times, sc 4 [60]
      11 – 17. sc in each st around [60]
      18. sc 4, dec, *sc 8, dec* 5 times, sc 4 [54]

      Attaching the legs: Attach the legs where instructed while crocheting the next round. To view a video tutorial, see "How to Attach Legs | No-Sew Method" on the pattern web page.

      Right-handed crocheters: 19. Attach the first leg (toes pointed to your left): (sc 6), sc 24, Attach the second leg (toes pointed to your right): (sc 6), sc 18 [54]

      Left-handed crocheters: 19. Attach the first leg (toes pointed to your right): (sc 6), sc 24, Attach the second leg (toes pointed to your left): (sc 6), sc 18 [54]

      20. *sc 7, dec* 6 times [48]
      21. sc in each st around [48]
      22. sc 3, dec, *sc 6, dec* 5 times, sc 3 [42]
      23 – 24. sc in each st around [42]
      25. *sc 5, dec* 6 times [36]
      26 – 27. sc in each st around [36]
      28. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 5 times, sc 2 [30]
      29. sc in each st around [30]

      Attaching the arms: Attach the arms where instructed while crocheting the next round. To view a video tutorial, see "How to Attach Arms | No-Sew Method" on the pattern web page.

      30. sc, Attach the first arm: (sc 6), sc 11, Attach the second arm: (sc 6), sc 6 [30]

      At the end of round 30, each arm should be centered above the top of each leg. If the arms appear off-center, redo the round and adjust the placement of the arms as necessary.

      Stuff the body.

      31. *sc 3, dec* 6 times [24]

      Fasten off and leave a tail the length of your arm span (5+ feet).

      Sew the head to the body: To view a video tutorial, see "How to Sew Head to Body" on the pattern web page.

      Tack down the legs: To view a video tutorial, click the "Tack Down Legs" image thumbnail on the pattern web page.

    Tail


    • With green yarn:

      01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
      02. *sc, inc* 3 times [9]
      03. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 2 times, sc [12]
      04. *sc 3, inc* 3 times [15]
      05. sc in each st around [15]
      06. sc 2, inc, *sc 4, inc* 2 times, sc 2 [18]
      07. *sc 2, inc* 3 times, *sc, dec* 3 times [18]
      08. *sc 5, inc* 3 times [21]
      09. sc in each st around [21]
      10. sc 3, inc, *sc 6, inc* 2 times, sc 3 [24]
      11. sc, dec, *sc 2, inc* 4 times, *sc, dec* 3 times [24]
      12. *sc 7, inc* 3 times [27]
      13. sc in each st around [27]
      14. sc 4, inc, *sc 8, inc* 2 times, sc 4 [30]
      15. *sc, dec* 2 times, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, *sc, dec* 3 times [30]
      16. *sc 9, inc* 3 times [33]
      17. sc in each st around [33]
      18. sc 5, inc, *sc 10, inc* 2 times, sc 5 [36]
      19. sc in each st around [36]

      Attach the tail to the body: Fasten off, leaving a 3-foot yarn tail. Stuff the tail ¾ full, then sew it to the body. The top of the tail should be level with the top of the legs.

      When you've attached the tail ¾ of the way around, finish stuffing. Complete the remainder of the sewing, then hide the yarn tail inside the work.

      To view a video tutorial, click the "Attach Tail" image thumbnail on the pattern web page.

    Belly


    • With yellow yarn:

      01. Chain 5 start: ch5, inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2, 5sc in the last ch. Continue on the other side of the chain base, sc 2, 3sc in the last ch [14]
      02. inc, sc 4, *inc* 3 times, sc 4, *inc* 2 times [20]
      03. inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc, inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc [26]
      04. inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times, inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times [32]
      05. inc, sc 10, inc, sc 2, inc, sc, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 2, inc, sc [38]
      06. inc, sc 12, *inc, sc 2* 2 times, inc, sc 12, *inc, sc 2* 2 times [44]
      07. inc, sc 14, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 14, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 2 [50]

      Sew the belly to the body: Fasten off, leaving a 3-foot tail. Create an invisible finish. Use the remainder of the yarn tail to sew the belly to the body.

      To view a video tutorial, see "How to Sew the Belly to the Body" on the pattern web page.

    Spikes (make 10)


    • With blue yarn:

      01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
      02. *sc, inc* 3 times [9]
      03. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 2 times, sc [12]
      04. sc in each st around [12]

      Fasten off, leaving a 6-inch yarn tail. Create an invisible finish, then hide the remaining yarn tail inside the work.

      Now we will crochet the spikes together into two groups of five.

      Create a slip knot on your hook with blue yarn, leaving a 6-inch yarn tail:

      01. sc 6 across the flat edge of 5 spikes [30]

      Fasten off, leaving a 3-foot tail for sewing. Hide the initial 6-inch yarn tail inside the work. Repeat this process for the remaining 5 spikes.

      Sew the spikes to the body: One group of 5 should go from the tip of the tail to the base of the neck. The other group of 5 should go from the base of the neck to the forehead.

      To view a video tutorial, click the "Dinosaur & Dragon Spikes" image thumbnail on the pattern web page.

    Wings (make 2)


    • With blue yarn:

      01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
      02. *inc, sc, inc* 2 times [10]
      03. *sc, inc, sc, inc, sc* 2 times [14]
      04. *sc 2, inc, sc 3, inc* 2 times [18]
      05. sc 2, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 4, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 2 [22]
      06. *sc 4, inc, sc 5, inc* 2 times [26]
      07. sc 3, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 3 [30]
      08. *sc 6, inc, sc 7, inc* 2 times [34]
      09. sc 4, inc, sc 7, inc, sc 8, inc, sc 7, inc, sc 4 [38]
      10. *sc 18, inc* 2 times [40]

      Do not fasten off. The next "round" will be worked as a row. Pinch the final round together and work through both layers to create a scalloped edge.

      11. ch 1, *hdc, dc, dc, hdc, slst* 4 times [20]

      Sew the wings to the body: Fasten off, leaving a 24-inch tail. Once you've completed both wings, use the yarn tails to sew the wings to the back of the dragon's body.

      To view a video tutorial, click on the "Dragon Wings" image thumbnail on the pattern web page.

    Horns (make 2)


    • With white yarn:

      01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
      02. sc in each st around [6]
      03. sc 2, *inc* 2 times, sc 2 [8]
      04. sc in each st around [8]
      05. sc 3, *inc* 2 times, sc 3 [10]
      06. sc in each st around [10]
      07. sc 5, *inc* 2 times, sc 3 [12]
      08. sc in each st around [12]

      Fasten off, leaving an 18-inch yarn tail for sewing the horn to the head at a later step.

      I filled my horns with hot glue so they would keep their shape. If you don't want to use hot glue, you can stuff them with fiber fill.

      Sew the horns to the head: To view a photo of the recommended placement, see Figure 4 in the Notes section of the pattern.