Uneeda - Owner & Designer/ September 19, 2017/ Crochet, Free Crochet Patterns/ 24 comments

Last updated on March 15th, 2018 at 10:52 am

Dragon Scale Gloves Free Crochet Pattern

Post-Author: Uneeda “Danielle” Phipps
Pattern Inspiration: Dragon Scale Fingerless Gloves by Yolanda Oliver from Londie’s Handmade Crochet
Photos: © 2018 U-NEED-A Crafty Creation

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I had someone ask me if I could make them some Dragon Scale gloves.  The pattern they sent me was a paid one but I found a free one and then adapted it to what I wanted.  If you want to see the original pattern I adapted this from then click here.

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Materials Needed

Yarn Brand:  Lion Brand Mandala
Yarn Color:  Spirit
Hook Size: 3.5 mm

Size Chart


Foundation Chain # # of Scales in a Row
Teen/Women’s Small 36 6
Women’s Medium 42 7
Women’s Large 48 8
Women’s Extra Large 54 9

Stitch Counts per Row


Row #

Stitch Count

14 S (40), M (46), L (52)
15 S (37), M (43), L (49)
16 S (30), M (35), L (39)
17 S (27), M (31), L (35)
18 S (30), M (33), L (36)
19 – 29 S (29), M (32), L (38)

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Stitches & Abbreviations Used

DC = Double Crochet
DC INC = Double Crochet Increase
SCALE BEG = Front Post Double Crochet 4 times aound the same DC post
CROC ST = Crocodile Stitch (with your work turned sideways, FPDC 4 times around the 1st DC post of the DC pair, FPDC 4 times around the 2nd DC post of the DC pair, Sl St to the single DC)
FPDC INC = Front Post Double Crochet Increase
Sl St = Slip Stitch
Ch = Chain
ch-sp = Chain Space

The Pattern

Ch 36 and Sl St into the 1st ch to form a ring.

Round 1
Ch 3, DC, *Ch 2, skip 2,  DC, Ch 2, skip 2, DC INC,* Sl St to join (18 DC)

Round 2
Ch 3, SCALE BEG into 1st DC of the 1st DC Pair – Ch 3 & 1st DC from the previous row make up the 1st DC pair. This makes the 1st half of your 1st scale. – FPDC 5 times around the 2nd DC of the 1st pair,  Sl St into the next DC to secure your scale.  *CROC ST, CROC ST, Sl St*  Sl St to join (6 Scales)

Round 3
Ch 3, DC, *Ch 2, DC into the center of the 1st scale, Ch 2, DC INC into the stitch in-between scales.*  Sl St to join (18 DC)

Round 4-12
Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you have 6 rows of scales.

Round 13
Ch 3, DC INC, *Ch 1, DC 3 times into the center of the 1st scale, Ch 1, DC 3 times into the stitch in-between the scales,* Ch 7, Sl St to join – This makes your thumb hole.

Round 14
Ch 4, DC, *DC 3 times in the next ch-sp,*  repeat from * until you get to your ch 7,  *DC 3 times over the ch and Ch 1*,  repeat from * once more, DC 3 times into the same stitch as the 1st stitch, Sl St to join.  (40 DC)

Round 15
Ch 3, DC,  DC 3 times into the 2nd ch-sp,  *DC 3 times into the next ch-sp,*  repeat from *, Sl St into the 1st stitch.  (37 DC)

Round 16
Ch 3, DC, DC 3 times into the 1st ch-sp, *DC INC in the next 2 ch-sp –4 DC total– DC 3 times into the next,*  repeat from * 2 more times, DC INC in the next ch-sp, DC 3 times into the next ch-sp, Sl St to join.  (30 DC)

Round 17
Ch 3, DC, *DC INC* between the 2nd and 3rd DC, repeat from * in every ch-sp, Sl St to join.  (27 DC)

Round 18
Ch 3, DC, *Skip the next ch-sp, DC 3 times in the next 3 ch-sp,* repeat from * 2 more times, DC 3 times in the last 3 ch-sp, Sl St to join. (30)

Round 19
Ch 3, DC INC, *DC 3 times in the next ch-sp*, repeat from * in every ch-sp, Sl St to join.  (29 DC)

Round 20-26
Repeat Round 19

Round 27
Ch 3, *DC*  (29 DC)

Round 28-29
Ch 3, *FPDC,* FO  (29 BPDC)

*Repeat pattern for the second glove.*


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  1. Starting with row 14, are we supposed to chain 1 between each double crochet cluster? if not, I’m really confused. 🙂

    1. Hi Amanda! Thank you for asking! You will not chain 1 in-between the clusters on row 14. You will only do the double crochets. When you get to row 15 you will be crocheting in-between the clusters. I hope this helps!

  2. I am trying to make your gloves. You state to back post double crochet, but if i do that my scales are on the inside of my ring and not on the outside. So wouldn’t it be front post double crochet instead or do you flip them inside out? Just a little confused on your wording. Thanks

    1. You are inserting your hook under the back of the first post in the pair and then yarn over, pull through two, yarn over and pull through the last two. The double crochets should line up to the right of the post on the first post in the pair and the left of the second post. You have to turn your work to the side as you make the scales to get it to look right. I hope this helps.

  3. I’m trying to make the gloves but I get into trouble after the scales. In row 16 I have one chain space left after following the pattern. And I do have 37 stitches in the row bellow. What am I doing wrong?

  4. You should have 1 left so you’re doing it right :-).

  5. I think my grandchildren will love these

  6. Lovely pattern, takes a little working out,but not too difficult once I got the hang of it. Thank you very much.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I am thinking about trying to rewrite it and make it a little more descriptive. I’m hoping to add a video soon too.

  7. Hi! I love the pattern. Thank you.
    Im having a problem with row 14. No matter what i do, i come up with 41 not 40. HELP!

    1. This pattern is extremely forgiving. As long as you have the correct number of stitches in the row roughly where they should go then it will still come out just fine. You can just toss in that extra stitch you need right at the beginning or end.

  8. Are the shells right side up as you work them? Mine are, Im now in
    row 13 and it looks like I’m at the top of the glove but now I’m supposed to make a thumbhole?? I’m really confused.

    1. The pattern is worked from the top of the glove down. When you are making the scales you have to turn your work sideways to get the stitches to line up right. Basically you work down one DC post, turn it sideways, and work up the next DC post in the pair. The turn and swap from one post to the next is what makes the point of the scale.

  9. Is the bottom hem going to be flipped to the inside? Did you mean Front Post Double Crochet for round 29?

    1. No the bottom hem isn’t flipped and yes it’s all front post double crochet. Sorry for the confusion!

  10. I’m also confused about the last two rows. Do you bpdc for two rows or just one? Mine doesn’t look like yours.

    1. You Double Crochet for 1 row and fpdc for 2. Not bpdc. Sorry for the confusion.

  11. My glove looks upside down. The foundation row is going to show and the scales are going towards the wrist not the fingers. What have I done wrong? Definitely does not look like your picture at all. 🙁

    1. This pattern is worked from the opening for the fingers to the cuff.

  12. I apologize! I originally had the pattern say Front Post Double Crochet and someone told me I was wrong that it was called Back Post Double Crochet so I changed it. Someone else said that was wrong with another link to another video so I decided to consult Mikey haha. I had it right the first time and it was the Front Post Double Crochet. Again I apologize for the confusion and I hope this helps!

    Front Post Double Crochet

    Crocodile Stitch

  13. I also want to let everyone know that I will be updating this pattern soon. I am going to add a pdf printer friendly version available to purchase for $1.00 as well as create a video tutorial so I can show you hands on what to do. I’m not sure exactly how fast I will get it done but if you want to be alerted when I post the updates make sure to join my facebook groups, subscribe to my newsletter, or reply to this comment.

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