A few weeks back, I started to knit a dragon. The pattern is called Doughty Dragon and it’s knit of Noro Kureyon Sock. I happened to have a ball of that in my stash, in a dark colourway (#233 – it’s the 10th one on the page linked above) that I thought particularly suitable for a dragon. This pattern is knit in pieces and then assembled. The dragon bits are stuffed as they’re seamed, and have pipe cleaners in them to give a bit of structure to the figure. Here are the dragon bits, so far:
I took this outside, and the tree is casting some interesting shadows.
The instructions in this pattern are excellent. It’s fiddly work, but very clearly described. This, however, is not a project for anyone who dislikes grafting! I find I’m working on it in spurts and stops. The problem with the dark choice of yarn is that it’s a bit tougher to see what I’m doing when picking up stitches and grafting, especially at night. I’ve also done a lot of winding back and forth in the ball of Kureyon Sock, trying to ensure that his left and right sides match.
He needs a head, back scales, head scales and his wings sewn on. I need to go digging for some red yarn (for the inside of his mouth) and some white (for his teeth). I’m quite happy with this project so far. I have a ball of Noro Silk Garden Sock (same gauge, less yardage) in a flashier colourway (#315 – it’s discontinued and isn’t displayed on the linked page), but we’ll have to see whether the Dark Dragon gets a Bright Brother or not.
What do you think?
Have you ever knit a dragon? A knitted toy or sculpture?