Dragon Scale Gloves – Crochet

What do you think of this stitch? The crocodile stitch? Proof positive that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or perhaps if you love dragons, you’ll love these dragon scale gloves in crochet!

Why Did I Use a Stitch I Thought Ugly?

Back to how I got started with creating this pattern. I hated it the crocodile stitch, thought it was positively ugly. Until my daughter-in-law, Sleepy, showed me a picture of some gloves she wanted me to make her for Christmas! I thought to myself, ‘Wow, this is pretty cool! Dragon scale gloves!’

dragon scale gloves yarnNot only was it a great excuse for a trip to…. Michaels! While there, I found the perfect yarn to use. It’s so soft to the touch. It’s thin enough to use two strands in order for me to get the variegated effect that made the gloves amazing. And finally, it is in a number of gorgeous colors that work well for the color blending, as well!dragon scale gloves mum

The gloves, in my opinion, turned out amazing! Sleepy loved them. I loved them so much, I’ve made several more pairs. One such pair is residing in Launceston, Australia as they were a gift to my wonderful Mum (Papa’s mum).

Again, where’s the pattern?

And the search for a free Dragon Scale Glove crocheted pattern was on. To no avail. I found some that were similar, but not near as cool. Since I’d been doing a fair bit of crocheting for gift giving I thought I could do it myself. The scales weren’t too tough, I found a great video to watch that showed me how to do them. Although trying to make them wider as the pattern took in the wider part of the hand was tough.

The granny stitch style was obvious. But how to make it smaller for the wrist area? I could NOT find any way to decrease a granny square. I saw a tip, or two, that suggested using a smaller hook. What a stupid suggestion, I had thought, but after no luck otherwise, I gave it a shot. Not so stupid. I also discovered it was great for the widening of the dragon scales.

Please, enjoy the pattern below. And if you decide to make some, please post some pics on Facebook for me!

Dragon Scale Gloves

Tools needed for making these dragon scale gloves

3 different colors of 4 ply yarn
3 different size hooks, I tend to crochet a little loose in comparison to some, and I used hooks F, G, and H

Some helpful links for making the Dragon Scale Gloves

Fisherman’s knot to join two colors with no ends to weave in
How to do the crocodile stitch

Stitch abbreviations used:

Sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
ch = chain
st = stitch
sk = skip

Dragon Scale Gloves Crocheted Directions:

To start, using hook G and two strands of color A ch 30 join with sl,
1: Ch 3, dc same st, ch 2, sk 2 ch, (dc, ch 2 sk 2, 2 dc same st, ch 2) 4 times sl to join top of ch 3
2: crochet 5 crocodile scales
3: repeat rd 1 hook G/color A
4: repeat rd 2 hook G/color A
5: repeat rd 1 hook G/color A
6: repeat rd 2 hook G/color A
7: same hook, switch to one strand each of color A and B. Repeat rd 1 hook G/color AB
8: repeat rd 2 hook G/color A/B
9: repeat rd 1 Change to hook H/color A/B
10: repeat rd 2 hook H/color A/B
11: repeat rd 1 hook H/color A/B
12: repeat rd 2 hook H/color A/B
13: Still using hook H, switch yarn to using two strands of color B and sc evenly around (30 sc) join w/sl
14: Ch 3 dc two times in same st, sk 2 st (3dc same st, sk 2 st) 6 times, 3 dc, ch 6, join with sl top of ch 3 – hook H/color B
15: Sl st 2 sts, ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 6 times, 3dc, 6 sc across chain, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook H/color B
16: Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook H/color B
17: Switch to hook G, Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook G/color B
18: Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook G/color B
19: Switch to hook F. Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook F/color B
20: Switch to 1 strand each of color B and C. Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st,, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook F/color BC
21: Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (2 dc same st, sk 2 st, 3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 4 times, 2 dc same st, sk 2 st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook F/color BC
22: Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook F/color BC
23: Switch to hook G. Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook G/color BC
24-27: Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook G/color BC
28: Switch to 2 strands of color C. Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook G/color C
29-30: Switch to 2 strands of color C. Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook G/color C
31-36: Switch to hook H. Ch 3, 2 dc same st sk 2 st (3 dc same st, sk 2 st) 8 times, 3 dc same st, join w/ sl top ch3 – hook H/color C

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