Crochet Dragon Patterns

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter, practicing your crochet techniques with these free crochet dragon patterns will guarantee some fun and a conversation starter in your home or office. These 20 dragon crochet patterns are great to make for yourself or as a present for someone special!

Crochet dragons make fun toys and great items for collectors looking to fill up all corners of their houses and office. Decorate your home or your kid’s room with a fierce yet snuggly new friend to watch over them at night.

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Definition of Amigurumi

The Japanese art of crocheting tiny plush animals, dolls, or food is known as amigurumi. Though crocheting is by far the most popular technique, amigurumi can be made by crocheting or knitting. 

In general, all of these free crochet dragon patterns can be considered amigurumi, but they are usually on the smaller side.

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Best Yarn for a Crochet Dragon

In most cases, cotton yarn is the best choice for making amigurumi as it has the ability to maintain its shape well and can be easily washed when needed. Cotton yarn makes firm stitches, which are great for these kinds of projects.

Acrylic yarn is also a common choice for amigurumi patterns because it is versatile, comes in many colors, and is hard-wearing. When making toys for babies or children, premium acrylic blends can give off a nice, soft, and smooth feel. Most acrylic yarn is also very affordable, so it won’t cost you a lot to get all the colors you need for your project. 

Safe Practices with Amigurumi

If you are making amigurumi or other toys for children, there are some things to keep in mind. For babies and toddlers, you should embroider eyes and other facial features on the doll instead of using safety eyes. 

Despite the name, safety eyes can come loose from the project and pose a choking hazard. Safety eyes can be swapped out for embroidered elements created with basic stitching. French knots, back stitches, embroidery needles, floss, and contrasting or dark yarn can be used to create eyes and a mouth if desired. Or make sleepy eyes with simple straight stitches.

Useful Tips for Crocheting Dragon Amigurumi

Dragons may be worked in different directions and pieces, sometimes flat and sometimes in the round. For parts worked in the round, you will often need to make a magic ring (also known as a “magic circle”). This helps keep the top stitches of each part of your dragon tight.

For the most part, single crochet (or sc) is used to complete dragons and other amigurumi creatures. Other fundamental stitches like half double crochet (hdc) and double crochet (dc) as well as unique stitches are occasionally used to sculpt various parts of the dragon. You should also be familiar with the chain stitch (ch) and the slip stitch (sl st). 

It helps to be comfortable with how to increase and decrease in crochet as well since the pieces often get progressively bigger or smaller as you stitch them. 

Use stitch markers to help note where the end of the round is if you are working in continuous rounds. 

Supplies Needed to Make an Amigurumi Dragon

Most of the time, amigurumi patterns use a smaller crochet hook than would normally be used with the weight of yarn the pattern calls for. This is so the stitches will be tighter, which will make the finished item look cleaner and prevent any holes from allowing the stuffing to show through.

As mentioned above, using a stitch marker can help you see where each round ends so you know when to move on to the next round or section of the pattern instructions. You’ll also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle (aka yarn needle) for trimming yarn, weaving in ends, and sewing parts of your dragon together. 

If you are using safety eyes, you will need those as well (or use embroidery as mentioned above). You’ll also need stuffing for your doll. A Popsicle stick, pencil, or knitting needle can be helpful in getting the stuffing where you need it to be in small spaces. 

Now that you know what you need to get started, we’re ready to craft our own crochet dragons!

20 Free Crochet Dragon Patterns

Mini Crochet Dragons

woman holding mini crochet dragon

Free Crochet Dragon Pattern

Designer: All About Ami
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Patons Grace

First off is this super adorable mini crochet dragon that was designed to celebrate the Year of the Dragon! Crochet your own little cutie for the lunar new year or any other time.

person holding crochet tiny dragon amigurumi

Free Crochet Tiny Dragon

Designer: Amigurumi Today
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Suggested yarn: DROPS Safran

Here's another tiny dragon crochet pattern you can carry around in your pocket. Everyone needs a companion, and this little guy could be the perfect match. It also makes a fantastic gift for your kids or friends.

blue crochet dragon amigurumi

Blue Amigurumi Crochet Dragon Pattern

Designer: Supergurumi
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Suggested yarn: Schachenmayr Catania

This crochet dragon is simple and easy to work with. Each part, from the wings to the spikes to the tail, is thoroughly explained in the tutorial to help you conjure up your own sky-loving companion. All you need to know are the basic crochet stitches and how to crochet in spiral rounds, and you're good to go!

woman holding crochet dragon amigurumi based on the dragons in chinese zodiac

Amigurumi Crochet Dragon

Designer: Knitted Story Bears
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Suggested yarn: Schachenmayr Catania

This crochet pattern was based on the dragons in the Chinese zodiac. For this pattern, there are step-by-step pictures to help guide even the novice crocheter. Super easy!

crochet dragon amigurumi with fire shooting out of its mouth

Baby Dragon Amigurumi Pattern

Designer: Ami Amour
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver

Here's a fun mini-dragon pattern that includes fire shooting out of its little mouth. The fire is optional but super cute. The same designer has crochet dragon eggs if you want to make an egg for your baby dragon to hatch from.

person holding zodiac crochet dragon amigurumi

Zodiac Amigurumi Dragon Pattern

Designer: Anvi’s Granny
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

This mini crochet dragon is so cute and squishy and doesn't take too much time to finish. The free version of the pattern uses plain text abbreviations to explain what to do, while you can purchase a PDF version that includes instructional photos if you need more help. There’s also a video tutorial but it doesn’t explain the stitches it just shows how the animal comes together.

Larger Dragon Crochet Patterns

charlie the crochet celestial dragon

Charlie the Celestial Dragon

Designer: Hooked by Kati
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart With Love

Charlie the Celestial Dragon is a fun amigurumi pattern for the dragon-lover to make. Her body is able to twist around which allows her to stand up or wrap around your arm. As noted, this is an advanced crochet pattern but well worth the effort to make.

crochet dragons patterned amigurumi

Dragon Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern

Designer: Stringy Dingding
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Here's another cute dragon pattern that lets you play around with the color, resulting in so many fun combinations! There are many pictures included in the pattern to help guide you from start to finish on this sweet pattern.

philip the crochet dragon

Philip the Dragon

Designer: Left Handed Crocheter
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

This adorable dragon pattern is part of a whimsical amigurumi set and each and every one of them is super cute! For Philip the Dragon, you'll mostly be using single crochets and some double crochet stitches, which make him a good choice for the beginner and intermediate crafter.

3 different types of crochet dragon in the kitchen

Dragons in My Kitchen Free Pattern

Designer: Amigurumi To Go
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Comfort

This dragon pattern is a set of three different types that each measure 16 to 18 inches tall. The pattern includes detailed instructions for how to put the dragons together, too.

crochet mermaid dragon amigurumi

Mermaid Dragon

Designer: Sweet Softies
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Check out this unique dragon whose body shape is quite different from what we've seen so far. It's long and slender and even has a mermaid tail! And look at that face. Such a cute little thing!

different angles of crochet magic dragon

Poof Magic Dragon Pattern

Designer: Tretroll
Yarn weight: (1) Super fine
Suggested yarn: Scheepjes Catona

Here's a dragon crochet pattern that will make a perfect companion or gift for any dragon-loving child. It's just the right huggable size and uses basic crochet stitches.

crochet baby dragons amigurumi

BB Dragon

Designer: Vanja Grundmann, via Ravelry
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

This sweet pattern is a great stash buster because you only need a tiny amount of yarn for the tummy. The original pattern was worked in crochet thread, but you can use any weight you like to make dragons of different sizes.

vincent the crochet dragon

Vincent the Dragon Free Crochet Pattern

Designer: Hooked by Kati
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart With Love

This large crochet dragon pattern is big enough to sit on your shoulders! You need a bit of experience for this project, but you will definitely love how it turns out, no matter how long it takes you to make it.

dewi the crochet dragon

Dewi the Amigurumi Dragon

Designer: Amy’s Crochet Cave
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Hayfield Bonus DK

This crochet dragon pattern is very straightforward and simple. Each dragon body part uses basic crochet stitches and some decorative stitches like the puff stitch. Nothing too hard to handle, even if you’re new to crochet.

drake the crochet dragon amigurumi

Amigurumi Dragon Drake Free Crochet Pattern

Designer: Crochet Pic2re
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart With Love

This tubby little guy has a long tail and cute little wings that make it a fun pattern to try. You will need to sew each part together to the main body to complete your dragon in the end. But don’t worry! Sewing the parts together is explained thoroughly at the end of the pattern.

crochet dragon amigurumi

Crochet Dragon Pattern

Designer: Lucy Kate Crochet
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Patons Astra

This little guy isn't going to be breathing fire anytime soon, so he'll make a great companion to sit on your desk or a pal for your kid to snuggle with. Each body part is explained and there are also instructions on how to assemble your dragon once all the parts are stitched up.

dexter the crochet dragon

Dexter Dragon

Designer: Irene Strange, via Top Crochet Patterns
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Berroco Vintage DK

Dexter is the happiest dragon in town, as seen by his bright eyes and wide smile – as long as he receives his daily hug, of course! His body and head are worked in the round, while the nose, tummy, limbs, ears, wings, and horns are worked separately and attached later. Dexter dragon makes a great gift for any little one.

yellow crochet dragon amigurumi

Crochet Dragon Amigurumi Pattern

Designer: Amigurumi Day
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Here's a cute amigurumi dragon pattern that may be the perfect snuggle buddy for your toddler or for yourself! This crochet pattern is super easy and perfect for beginners.

toby the newborn crochet dragon

Toby the Newborn Dragon Pattern

Designer: Hooked by Kati
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver

This adorable little dragon is as fun to make as he is to hug and snuggle with. The body and tail for this dragon are crocheted as one piece, making this a little quicker than some of the others, at least in terms of finishing.

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