Author:
Erin Greene

Erin Greene's love for all things crochet, bizarrely began in college with her career ending basketball injury, and her desire to remain productive and continue challenging herself. She is now the crochet artist and owner behind ekayg, in Buffalo, New York, specializing in designing unique toy patterns for babies and children, thanks to the constant inspiration from her four young children. Among the crochet patterns, and the occasional craft or recipe, she also blogs weekly, sharing her faith, in the hopes of sharing the love of Jesus with her love handmade goodness!

Dragon Hand Puppet Crochet Pattern

Patterns/DIY
9/21/2018

I am Erin, the toy maker behind ekayg designs. I became inspired toward toy making when I began a family. We had a few hard years where Christmas and birthday presents were hard to come by. When I tried to find toy patterns online, at that time, there were far more hats, scarves, and accessories, than toy patterns. So I decided to start creating my own. Now I share them! My children have been my inspiration for years now, and I love inspiring creativity and imaginative play for them as well as other children all over the world! This is my third pattern for The Hook Nook, and I am so thrilled with the positive responses to the others, from all of you! Thank you! After the unicorn and princess puppets, I had so many people ask for a puppet geared toward boys, so I hope you will enjoy this dragon to add to your child's collection!  


Supply List:

  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Olive - approximately 118 yrds
  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Radiant Lime - approximately 25 yrds
  • Small amount of worsted weight white and black yarn for the eyes and nostrils.
  • Crochet hook size G - 4.25mm
  • Tapestry needle

Terms and abbreviations to know:

Magic ring

Rnd, rnds - round, rounds

St, sts - stitch, stitches

Sl st - slip stitch

Sk - skip

Sc - single crochet

Hdc - half double crochet

Dc - double crochet

Inc - increase, 2 sts in same st

BLO - back loop only

Dec over 3 sts - Decrease 3 sts into 1 st


  1. Insert hook into next st and pull up a loop.
  2. Sk next st
  3. Insert hook into next st and pull up a loop.
  4. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Invsc2tog - invisible single crochet 2 together; this is essentially a decrease, but done in such a way as to make the continuous stitching smoother, and the decrease not as noticeable.

  1. Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch, DO NOT yarn over.
  2. Insert hook into front loop of second stitch.
  3. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops.
  4. Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.

Notes: The body is worked from the top down, in the rnd, with no joining. The arms, snout, ears, horns, eyes, and wings are made separately and sewn on. The nostrils are embroidered on with black worsted weight yarn. Pictures below can give more details into the process.

Size: This is one size, fitting child through adult, but if you wish to make it smaller for a smaller child to play with, simply tighten gauge or go down a hook size.

Gauge: 7 sts across and 8 rnds down = approximately 2 inches


Dragon Hand Puppet Pattern


Body, in Olive

Begin with a magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts

Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st)6x; 18 sts

Rnd 4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts)6x; 24 sts

Rnd 5: (inc, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 30 sts

Rnds 6-9: sc in each st around; 30 sts

Rnd 10: (3 inc, sc in next 12 sts)2x; 36 sts

Rnds 11-14: sc in each st around; 36 sts

Rnd 15: (3 invsc2tog, sc in next 12 sts)2x; 30 sts

Rnd 16: (3 invsc2tog, sc in next 9 sts)2x; 24 sts

Rnd 17: sc in each st around; 24 sts

Rnd 18: (inc, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 30 sts

Rnd 19: sc in each st around; 30 sts

Rnd 20: ch 4, sk next 4 sts, inc in next st, (sc in next 4 sts, inc) 2x, ch 4, sk next 4 sts, inc in next st, (sc in next 4 sts, inc in next st)2x; 36 sts, counting the chs

Rnd 21: (sc into each of the 4 chs (using the back loop under the chs will create a neater look in the sts for sewing on the arms later), sc in next 14 sts)2x; 36 sts

Rnds 22-38: sc in each st around; 36 sts  

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Arms, make 2

Begin with magic ring, in Lime

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts

Rnd 3: BLO sc in each st around; 12 sts

Pull Olive through to complete the last st of rnd 3, and fasten off Lime

Continue in Olive.

Rnds 4-13: sc in each st around; 12 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the arm holes in the body. Turn the arms inside out, pushed them into the arm holes, and sew through the stitches. Then turn the arm right side out, and weave ends in on the inside of the body.



Belly, Lime

Ch 16

Row 1: turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch across; 15 sts

Row 2: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 6 sts, dec over next 3 sts, sc in next 6 sts; 13 sts

Rows 3-5: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 13 sts

Row 6: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 5 sts, dec over next 3 sts, sc in next 5 sts; 11 sts

Rows 7-9: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 11 sts

Row 10: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 4 sts, dec over next 3 sts, sc in next 4 sts; 9 sts

Rows 11-13: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 9 sts

Row 14: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 3 sts, dec over next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts; 7 sts

Row 15: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 2 sts, dec over next 3 sts, sc in next 2 sts; 5 sts

Do not turn. Sc around the outside of the piece. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing, and sew onto the front of the body.


Snout, Lime

The snout is worked in the rnd, but around a base ch to elongate and create an oval.

Ch 8

Rnd 1: turn and inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5 chs, 3 sc in last ch, turn work to crochet on the bottom side of the ch, sc in next 5 chs along the bottom, sc in last ch, do not join; 16 sts

Rnd 2: inc in next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts, inc in next 3 sts, sc in next 5 sts, inc in last st; 22 sts

Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st)2x, sc in next 5 sts, (inc, sc in next st)2x, sc in next st, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, sl st in next 7 sts, (hdc, dc, hdc) in the first st of the rnd, sl st in next st and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Embroider nostrils onto the snout with black yarn. Then sew the snout onto the center of the face.



Eyes, Make 2

Begin with magic ring, in Lime.

Rnd 1: sc 6 in magic ring, pulling White through to finish last st, DO NOT JOIN; 6 sts

Pull the beginning tail to close the bottom of the eye. Continue with white, fasten off Lime.

Rnd 2: ch 1 and turn, (sc, hdc) in first st, sc in next 4 sts, (hdc, sc) in last st, pulling Olive through to finish last st, DO NOT JOIN; 8 sts

Continue with Olive, fasten off White.

Rnd 3: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across, DO NOT JOIN; 8 sts

Rnd 4: ch 1 and turn, BLO, sc in each st across, DO NOT JOIN; 8 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Using your tapestry needle, sew a black speck into the Lime as the pupil. Knot off all extra ends EXCEPT for one long Olive, and one long White for sewing. Trim and use them as stuffing for the back of the eye. Fold the last rnd of the Olive over the eye like the eyelid, gently sew it down to the white of the eye, and then sew onto the face using the unused front loops of rnd 3. Sew the bottom side of the eye onto the face using the White end.



Horns, Lime, Make 2

Begin with magic ring.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring; 4 sts

Rnd 2: (inc, sc in next st)2x; 6 sts

Rnd 3: sc in each st around; 6 sts

Rnd 4: inc, sc in next 5 sts; 7 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing, sew on either side of the top of the head.


Ears, Olive, Make 2

Begin with magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: sc in each st around; 6 sts

Rnd 3: inc, sc in next 5 sts; 7 sts

Rnd 4: inc, sc in next 6 sts; 8 sts

Rnd 5: inc, sc in next 7 sts; 9 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing, sew on either side of the head, to the outside of the horns.


Wings, Olive, Make 2

*Note: Every even row will be decreasing by 1 st by skipping the last st, so the wing will get shorter as you work. Use back loops only each row.

Ch 18

Row 1: turn and sl st into 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts; 16 sts

Use BLO throughout.

Row 2: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in next 4 sts, ch 3; 14 sts, 3 chs

Row 3: turn and sl st into 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts; 15 sts

Row 4: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in next 3 sts, ch 3; 13 sts, 3 chs

Row 5: turn and sl st into 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts; 14 sts

Row 6: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 3; 12 sts, 3 chs

Row 7: turn and sl st into 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts; 13 sts

Row 8: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, dc in next st, ch 3; 11 sts, 3 chs

Row 9: turn and sl st into 3rd ch from hook, dc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts; 12 sts

Row 10: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, ch 3; 10 sts, 3 chs

Row 11: turn and sl st into 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 5 sts, sc in next 5 sts; 11 sts

Row 12: ch 1 and turn, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, ch 3; 9 sts, 3 chs

Row 13: turn and sl st into 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 5 sts; 10 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew to the center of the back, meeting up with the other wing, and up the top sides of the arms. Weave in ends.




I hope you have enjoyed this pattern! If you happen to make any one of my puppets featured here, I'd LOVE to see it. Find me on Instagram or Facebook!

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