Dragons – knitted and otherwise

My latest knitted toy present for my granddaughter is this Welsh dragon that I made from a pattern by Debi Birkin.

Her dragon is so adorable but I knew that with our Welsh ancestry my granddaughter would want a ‘Welsh’ dragon.

The pattern was only £2.50 and you can get it HERE.  The dragon is so cute isn’t he /she? The pattern is for a green ‘Daisy Dragon’ but as you can see I have created a red dragon and replaced the daisies with a leek and a daffodil, the two botanical symbols of Wales.

I have always loved dragons and I have a few in my life.

There are six dragons on a brass bowl that is probably older than I am since it came from Singapore, where I was born, and I left when I was 10 weeks old, so it must have been bought before then.

This is a picture of one side and you can see there is a dragon in relief and also if you look closely an inscribed dragon below. This is repeated on the other side and then there are two other dragons on a sort of seal on underside of the base.

And here is another dragon on a red lacquer dish that I bought for myself: another Chinese dragon, pictured with the phoenix, symbols of good fortune in China.

And a baby Welsh dragon breaking out of the egg that I found in a garden shop. He lives on the simulation hearth in my modern house as in the end I was unwilling to subject him to the British weather.

All these dragons live in my sitting room.

I also have a Welsh dragon on a plaque hanging outside the front door in the porch..

And of course there is the dragon from my favourite T-shirt

But I’ll just leave you with a few more photos of the knitted dragon I started with:-

seen from the left
and the right

a leek – pattern HERE

a daffodil – pattern HERE

and a last look from behind.

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I am a retired mother of three and grandmother of four. I mostly knit and crochet while I watch television. I also love cooking and have dabbled in various other crafty things. I am crazy about: Rainbows, Butterflies, Flowers, Bees, Honey, Hexagons, Snowflakes, Symmetry, Mathematics and Dragons

10 thoughts on “Dragons – knitted and otherwise”

  1. Fantastic! I share your love of dragons eastern and western, although I too have to admit that Welsh are obviously the best dragons.

    Miles cooler than the dragons they sell at my local souvenir shop!

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  2. That dragon is adorable! My younger sister knits a lot, and her newest projects are out of a book called “Knit Your Own Cat” (She’s a cat person, too!). I’ll have to see if I can find a dragon pattern for her. Your dragon collection is fun, especially the little hatching one, but the knitted one is cutest. Very nice! :)

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    1. I too am a cat person as well. I have a few wooden cats and one my younger daughter made for me out of fur fabric. I have never knitted a cat, though I do have a pattern for an arumigami cat that you might see me making soon.

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  3. OMG, I have to send this pattern link to my sisters mother-in-law, she’s welsh and loves knitting – i’m sure she would agree that this would be the perfect presie for my niece!!

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  4. Hello, congratulations for your blog which is very well made.
    I am French and I live in France.
    I write you because I shall like buying the same dragon as the one that you have in your collection.
    It is the one who(which) goes out of some egg and whom(which) we put in a garden. I looked in the stores of garden in France but there is not any more. Where may I find one? Are you willing to sell me your? Thank you. Didier

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    1. I bought the dragon a few years ago at the local garden centre. I don’t know if you can still buy them: probably not. I love my baby dragon very much so I am afraid that I am not prepared to sell him. If I see anything similar in the next few weeks I will let you know but I expect they don’t make them anymore.

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