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
members who have joined.

Dates of the CAL,
Part 1: July 2-6 Gather supplies.
Part 2: July 7-10  Belly patch, body and assembly.
Part 3: July 11-14 Tail and tail decoration, sew to body.
Part 4: July 15-18 Legs, feet, toenails, assembly. Sew to body.
Part 5: July 19-22  Arms, hands, fingernails. Sew to body.
Part 6: July 23-26  Head, parts for head, horns, spikes, assembly. Sew to body.
Part 7: July 27-31 Wings, claw for wings, assembly. Sew to body.
Instructions for the fire is here
Bonus post: How To Name Your Dragon

Meet your hosts,

Sharon Ojala ~ Pattern designer. That's me, the one writing to you now.
Christina Stjernholm ~ Danish translator. She has translated this pattern so our Danish speaking friends can join us! She has a group on facebook where she will be answering your questions and giving the instructions for this pattern in Danish. Join Christina's group here.


Everyone who joins in this CAL, 

Every time a new part of the pattern is released, I will pin a post to the top of my facebook page, Amigurumi Freely. In the comments under that post, you shall add the picture of your finished part.

Will there be a video?

Yes, I will be posting helpful videos along the way. I will fully explain anything that is out of the ordinary. Of course, I never want to leave anyone behind so I will include some basic stuff for the beginner, like how to do a magic ring and how to work across a chain.
Update: Click this for the playlist on youtube.

Gather your supplies:
worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart Comfort yarn, it is a 10ply acrylic.
For you, my Friends in the UK, the yarn closest to this is Aran.
I used less than 364 yards to make one dragon.
Make your dragon any color you wish. I made the main parts using 3 different colors of yarn
One color for the body, head, tail, limbs, wing outline, eyelids 
An alternate color for belly patch, wings,  tail decoration 
White to make claws and horns.
Yellow or any color yarn or embroidery thread for the eyes and a strand of black yarn for the pupils
4mm hook
Optional: a smaller hook to make the horns anywhere from a 2.5mm to a 3.5mm
Optional: wire or pipe cleaner for the longer horns
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
Optional: a sharper end needle for embroidering the eyes 
Optional: regular felt pens to add a bit of color to the eyes
scissors
stick pins
polyester stuffing. This is a small dragon under 8 inches tall, you don't need much. Choose a soft stuffing. The brand I use is called Eversoft and also Poly-fil. Both of these say "ideal for toys and dolls" on the package. It is a very soft and springy polyester stuffing that allows me to sew through amigurumis with no clumping.


Color codes:
Please feel free to use any color combination and any brand of yarn you like.
A lot of you fell in love with Anarya. She is my, Small But Mighty, pink dragon.
I used Red Heart Comfort yarn to make her.
The darker pink is ~ Shocking Pink 3194
The lighter pink is ~ Light Pink 3133
White for her horns and claws
Pale yellow for her eyes ~ Butter 3198



Once you have gathered your supplies, go here. Post a photo of the yarn you will use to make your Small But Mighty Dragon in the comments and say you're in!
Have fun and feel free to ask questions.


This pattern is 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.


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