Sunday, July 15, 2018

Part 4 Of the Small Dragon CAL Videos On Youtube


Videos for part 4 of the CAL are now on youtube!

There are 5 videos for this part of the crochet-along (including the introduction video). Please bookmark this playlist for easy finding later. Each time a new part of the pattern is released there will be more videos added.

The written pattern for part 4 of the CAL is here

Ravelry members:
To add your projects, go here









These videos along with the written pattern are free with the option to donate. Read more about donating or other ways you can help support my blog here



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Small But Mighty Dragon CAL P4 Legs and Feet


This is part four of the Small But Mighty Dragon crochet-along. In this part we will be making the legs, the feet and sewing them together. You have 2 options for the legs, you can joint them or sew them in a permanent standing position.
Hvis du vil have mulighed, for at lave CAL'en på Dansk, så er det i denne gruppe.

There are 4 videos for this part of the CAL. Video links are given in the pattern below.
Links to previous parts of the dragon are in the schedule here.



Abbreviations:
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
ch1 = chain one
sl st = slip stitch
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off

How to read the rows:

When working in the round, mark off the last st of row 2 and move that marker at the end of each row. Each row has a sequence. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.

This video shows how to stuff the leg and finish it off. It also shows how to sew the feet to the legs.

Legs: with body color
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (15)
4-5) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
6) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (12)
7-8) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
9) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (10)
10) 1sc in each st for 1 row
stuff the leg
f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave in and out of the remaining stitches, pull lightly to close up the gap. knot off. 
Now bring the yarn tail through the leg and out  between the 5th and 6th row. knot off and leave the yarn tails hanging. You will use these for sewing the leg to the body. Set aside and make the feet.


This video shows how to crochet the bobble toes and add the toenails. It also shows how to stuff, shape and close up the foot.

Feet: with body color

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc in each st for 1 row
4) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (10)
5) 1sc in each st for 1 row
6) 1sc then 2sc in next st (15)
7) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (18)
8) 1sc in each st for 1 row *keep your hook here, move (rotate) the piece so the last stitch you did is on the side.
9) Make a bobble using 4dc's then sl st next st from behind, (doing this from behind will pull the bobble in the right direction), make a bobble in next st then sl st the next st from behind, repeat until you have made 4 bobble toes.  f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. You will use this yarn tail to close up the foot and sew the foot to the leg.


Toenails or claws: using white.

Bring the yarn through the tip of first bobble, going from the inside to the outside. Make a french knot by wrapping the yarn around the tip of the needle 3 times then go back through the bobble. Pull both yarn tails to get the knot into the right place.
Bring the yarn through the next bobble and repeat until you have all 4 toes done. Knot off the 2 white yarn tails then trim the tails.
Stuff the foot, lightly stuff the top of the foot that gets sewn closed.
Sew the foot closed going back and forth just under the bobbles.

Left and Right Foot,
I made indents on the side of each foot that makes it look like there is a right and left foot.

1) Bring the yarn tail out one side where the indent will go.
2) wrap over a row, go back into the foot and come out anywhere away from the area.
3) Pull the yarn tail and at the same time push the indent in with your other finger.
Once you have the shape you want, knot off the yarn tail and leave it. You will use it to sew the foot to the leg. Do the opposite side for the next foot. If unsure, watch the video.


Sew the feet to the legs,
If you need help with this part, watch this video.
The side where we sewed the foot closed is the wrong side. Sew the wrong side of the foot to the leg. The bottom of the leg should be sewn in between the 4th and 6th row.
Once the leg and foot are sewn together, knot off and hide yarn tail inside foot.


This video shows how to joint the legs so they move.

Sew the legs to the body. Option 1: Jointed (see option 2 below)
I have shown how I jointed the legs in the video and also did my best to explain it here. Please keep in mind I am no expert at jointing but it seems to work out just fine the way I've been doing it.

1-2) Thread the leg yarn tail and bring your yarn needle in between the 9th and 10th row of the body and through to the other side of the body.
Pull tight. Adjust the leg so it is sitting in the right place. Pull the yarn tail tight again. Go over a stitch and back into the body.
3-4)
Come back through where you first went in. Bring the yarn needle through the inside of the leg to the other side, going over a little ways so the yarn has something to hang onto.
5)
Bring the yarn needle through the body again, going through the same space you have been going in and out of, to the other side of the body. Pull tight and knot off. Hide yarn tail inside the body.
6) Repeat the same steps for the other leg. You will have to go behind the first leg when bringing the yarn through the body.


This video shows how to sew the legs to the body in a permanent standing position.

Sew the legs to the body. Option 2: Permanently standing

1) Thread the needle with the leg yarn tail. Place the top of the leg in line with row 12 of the body.
2) Sew the inside of the leg to the body, weaving side to side, going through the leg and then through the body. Sew from the top arrow to the bottom arrow on both sides of the leg. Knot off when done and hide yarn tail inside body.






Congratulations to us all! We are now finished part four of the schedule. You can post your photos on facebook in the comments of this post.

See you soon for part five!





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Part 3 Of the Small Dragon Now On Youtube



Videos for part 3 of the CAL are now on youtube!

There are 4 videos for this part of the crochet-along. Please bookmark this playlist for easy finding later. Each time a new part of the pattern is released there will be more videos added.

The written pattern for part 3 of the CAL is here

Ravelry members:
To add your projects, go here






These videos along with the written pattern are free with the option to donate. Read more about donating or other ways you can help support my blog here



Copyright 2018 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved
 You may sell finished products.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Small But Mighty Dragon CAL Part 3 Tail and Spikes on Tail


This is part three of the Small But Mighty Dragon crochet-along. In this part we will be making the tail, decorating it, and sewing the tail to the body.
Hvis du vil have mulighed, for at lave CAL'en på Dansk, så er det i denne gruppe

There are 3 videos for this part of the CAL. Video links are given in the pattern below.
Links to previous parts of the dragon are in the schedule here.

Abbreviations:
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
ch1 = chain one
sl st = slip stitch
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off

How to read the rows:

When working in the round, mark off the last st of row 2 and move that marker at the end of each row. Each row has a sequence. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.

This video shows how to crochet the first 4 rows of the tail and how to sew the end of the tail’s edges closed. 

Tail: using body color
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2-3) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
4) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
5-6) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
7) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (12)
8-9) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
10) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (15)
11) 1sc in each st for 1 row
12) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (18)
13) 1sc in each st for 1 row
14) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
15) 1sc in each st for 1 row
16) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (28)
17-18) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing


End of tail: using body color
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 1sc in each st for 1 row
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (12)
5) 1sc in each st for 1 row
sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Sew the edges closed, sew just on the inside of the V's of the last row, this will give a clean edge. Bring the yarn tail to the middle of the last row when done. You will use this yarn tail to sew the End to the tail. 
I added a little decoration to the surface of the End, see photos. This part is optional.
Pull the alternate color through, ch1 then add 1sc in the same space, 1hdc in the next space then sl st and f/o. Weave in yarn tails. Set aside until you have decorated the tail.


Decorate the tail:

This video shows how to crochet the raised ridge and how to crochet the decoration (spikes) on the tail. 




Options for decoration:

Feel free to get creative with this part.  You could play around with different stitches and combination of stitches. You can sew the tail onto the dragon before adding any decoration or after you add the decoration. Do what is easiest for you. 

Taller spikes:
Adding a ridge (I talk about that in the next section) and then crocheting on top of that ridge gives you extra tall spikes, like on the Green Dragon. If you don't care about the height then you can crochet a simple line of hdc's or dc's, with a sl st or a sc between them, right onto the tail like I did for Anarya the Pink Dragon. The way I did the tail decoration for the Green Dragon is a bit more work with extra sewing.


This is how I did the decoration for the Green Dragon.
We crochet up the tail using sc, hdc and dc and then add spikes on top:
First, create a raised ridge to work on. Pull the same color through the end of the tail, ch1 and 1sc in each space up the tail. You should have about 17st going up the tail when you're done.  Weave in yarn tails.
Pull the alternate color through the first st at end of the tail, ch1 then in the next st add 2hdc then sl st the next 2st. *ch2, in the next st put 2dc then sl st the next 2st. Repeat steps after *  to the last st.  If you had 17st like I did then you should only be able to sl st once after the last dc. Weave in yarn tails.
Sew the End to the Tail now.


You could leave the tail decoration as is or take it one step further and add Picot stitches across the tops of the dc's. I actually forgot I was going to add these and I sewed the tail to the body. It made it more difficult for me to hang onto so now is the time to add them!
Pull the yarn through the beginning of the decoration, ch1 then 1sc in the next space, ch3 then 1sc into the bottom of the chain (the first ch). I believe a true Picot calls for a sl st into the bottom of the ch but a sc works well. Skip the next st, sl st the next st, skip the next st, 1sc into then next then ch3 and repeat until you have picots on top of all the dc's. f/o and weave in the yarn tails. After I was done that, I decided the End of the tail needed a Picot too, so I added one then connected it to  the beginning of the tail's decoration using 1sc.


Stuff the tail up to the last 2 or 3 rows. Do not stuff to the edge. You need a bit of space between the stuffing and the body.


This video shows how to sew the tail to the body and how to crochet the decoration (spikes) up the back of the dragon.


Sew the tail to the back of the body,
Pin the tail in place, the top edge, not the ridge, should be on or about row 13. The bottom on or about row 2.
*Make sure the tail is centered. The first time I sewed mine on, it was all wonky and I had to cut it free. Save yourself the trouble of going through that by ensuring it is centered now.
Whip stitch around. Keep the stitches close together so the seam is neat and clean looking between the body and the tail.


Continue with the decoration,
Once the tail is sewn on, continue the decoration up the back. Create a raised ridge to work on, just as we did for the tail. Pull the same color through, ch1 then 1sc in the next 5 or 6 spaces. Weave in yarn tails. Pull alternate color through the start of the raised ridge, ch2 then add 2dc in the next 4 or 5 st, finish the row off with a sl st.  f/o and weave in yarn tails.
Now connect the tail decoration to the back by pulling yarn through the tail decoration, ch1 and 1sc into a st of the back decoration, 1sc in the next st the ch3 and 1sc into the bottom of the chain then sl st the next few st. f/o and weave in yarn tails.


Congratulations to us all! We are now finished Part three of the schedule. You can post your photos on facebook in the comments of this post.

See you soon for part four!





Saturday, July 7, 2018

Part 2 Of the Small Dragon Now On Youtube


Videos for part 2 of the CAL are now on youtube!

There are 4 videos for this part of the crochet-along. Please bookmark this playlist for easy finding later. Each time a new part of the pattern is released there will be more videos added.

The written pattern for part 2 of the CAL is here

Ravelry members:
To add your projects, go here










These videos along with the written pattern are free with the option to donate. Read more about donating or other ways you can help support my blog here



Copyright 2018 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved
 You may sell finished products.


Small But Mighty Dragon CAL Part 2 Belly Patch and Body


This is part two of the Small But Mighty Dragon crochet-along. In this part we are making the body, the belly patch and sewing them together.
Hvis du vil have mulighed, for at lave CAL'en på Dansk, så er det i denne gruppe


There are 3 videos for this part of the CAL. Video links are given in the pattern below.
Links to previous parts of the dragon are in the schedule here.


Abbreviations:
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
ch1 = chain one
sl st = slip stitch
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
f/o = finish off

How to read the rows:

When working in the round, mark off the last st of row 2 and move that marker at the end of each row. Each row has a sequence. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.

This video shows how to work across row 1 of the belly patch, how to end and start each row, how to decrease the rows, and how to finish off.

Belly Patch: using alternate color
1) ch13
2) starting in 2nd ch, 1sc in each ch (12) ch1 turn
*to save repeating the same instruction over and over, ch1 and turn at the end of

Monday, July 2, 2018

Small But Mighty Dragon Crochet-Along Part 1 Supplies and Dates


Welcome to Amigurumi To Go's first ever Crochet-Along!

I recently presented a fun idea on my facebook page asking members of Amigurumi Freely if they would be interested in a CAL. There was a great response with a lot of excitement so here we are. This crochet-along will be available to you in both English and Danish. We will be making a Small But Mighty Dragon! Hvis du vil have mulighed, for at lave CAL'en på Dansk, så er det i denne gruppe

The Small But Mighty Dragon,

Date of Creation: June 2018
Height: 7 1/2 inches (19cm)
Wing Span: 7 3/4 inches  (19.6cm)
Moveable: Legs are jointed. Arms and head will move
Color: Variety
Fire Breathing: Yes


What is a CAL,
A CAL, (crochet-along),  means the pattern will be released in parts according to a schedule. If you join in, you will post a photo of the part you have finished then wait for the next part to be released. We all finish the pattern together around the same time.
You can ask questions along the way and get  pattern support from other

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Wizard Keeps His Promise


Do you remember?
Do you remember when the Grey Wizard met the Dragon for the first time?
No? Well, you have to go here and read that first! While you're at it, read this one too, A Girl and Her Dragon, because it has a lot to do with everything. Then come back here to see what happens next.

And now the story continues...

This morning Ari the Dragon found himself there again on my table. This time it was different. He felt stronger and a bit taller. He had changed.

A baby no more,
It wasn't long ago he still had his baby spikes on top of his head. Those fell off just the other day and  couple of strong horns are growing in their place. His skin has gotten tougher, it's not so soft now. He noticed his wings could carry him much further than ever before. He knew he was a baby no more, he was becoming the Dragon he was meant to be.

Ari remembered the Grey Wizard's promise, that once he was fully formed the Wizard would return and teach him how to breath fire. And just like that, before

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Anarya the Dragon


Meet Anarya,
Born on Sunday, June the 17th.

Anarya ~ Elvish day of the week. more info

The pattern,
It's not published yet. I have been going through the pattern for you, making it better here and there, adding a few more features. Anarya's wings have one more feature to be added yet but she was done enough to show her off to the world today. I might be releasing this pattern first as a CAL. I haven't totally decided yet but if I do, don't worry, once the CAL is over the pattern will be all on one page that can be printed off.

People are coming over!
I have to put the yarn away now and get ready for our Father's Day dinner. The family is coming to my house in just 2hrs and right now it looks like a yarny bomb went off in here, yikes! lol


Who is pictured with Anarya?
I introduced the Blue Dragon a few days ago with a story here. I have to name him yet! And that is Daenerys, she loves dragons! Pattern yet to be released. Lots coming your way but...

gotta go clean my house now! See you soon...


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Girl and Her Dragon


The Dragon,
A few days ago I introduced you to the Baby Dragon. He met the Grey Wizard who promised to teach him how to breath fire. If you missed that, go here. The Wizard pattern is already available for free.

Ever since that day the Dragon has been excited, waiting for the Wizard to return. He kept himself busy flying about looking for things to do and then he saw her!

The Girl,
She was daydreaming in a field of daisies. She had the most beautiful hair he had ever saw but more than that she had a way about her. 
The Dragon knew instantly she was the one. The one he would protect. She was everything to him.
He landed beside her and the ground shook. 
The girl lost her voice for a moment while she took in this magnificent beast standing in front of her. Was this a dream? Is there really a Dragon right there? The excitement grew inside her belly and she  let out a laugh. She knew right away that he was her friend.

She found her voice and asked him, "Do you breath fire?"
The Dragon said he did not, yet, but the Grey Wizard was coming soon to teach him how. "I will be a mighty Dragon then and I will protect you forever!"

A Knight in Shining Armor,
Before the girl could answer they both saw him. He was running towards them with sword and shield. He was yelling, "Get back, Dragon! Get away from that girl! I have come to save her. Here I am, girl! Your Knight in Shining Armor has come to save you!"
He was a brave boy indeed.

No Thank you,
The girl said, "Stop right there, Knight! I don't need you to save me. You stay away from my Dragon. He is my friend!"
With that said she jumped on the Dragon's back. They flew away together leaving that brave boy standing there with his sword and shield and nobody to save.


 Poor boy, he really did mean well but this was not his girl to save nor his dragon to slay.

 To be continued.

Patterns coming for the Dragon, the Girl, and the Knight!





See you soon...

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