I was making Nigel the dragon whilst in Scotland, so thought it only fair to make a Loch Ness monster to accompany him.

This follows the same basic head-body-tail pattern (available here), but the feet are replaced with flippers and the spikes, ears and wings are absent.

I may add ears….


Changes to the pattern:

In summary, the neck and body are longer, and the tail is shorter.  I also inserted a bit f wire into the neck to make it posable:

  • Add an extra 4 rounds of 1sc in each stitch around to rounds 13-17 (longer neck)
  • Rounds 18-35 of dragon pattern – add an extra 3 rounds of 1sc in each stitch around wherever there is a 1sc in each around row (longer body)
  • Rounds 41-50: cut that to just three rounds
  • Rounds 51+: just do a single sc in each around whenever there is a set of sc in each around.

….and the flippers (make 4):

start with a magic loop

  1. make 5sc in the magic loop, tighten and slip stitch to join (5 around)
  2. 2sc in each sc around (10sc)
  3. 1sc in each sc around
  4. 1sc in each sc around
  5. 1sc in each sc around [joint/stem part of flipper complete]
  6. 2sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc, ch 2, turn
  7. 1sc in each sc of this flap (7sc across, ch2 makes the first sc), ch2, turn
  8. Repeat row 7
  9. Repeat row 7
  10. 1sc in same sc as ch, sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in final sc, ch2, turn
  11. 1sc in each sc along (9sc), ch 2, turn
  12. 1 sc in each sc along, chain 1, turn
  13. sc2tog (ch1 counts as first part of this), sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, ch 2, turn
  14. sc in each stitch along (7st), ch 1, turn
  15. sc2tog, sc in next 3, sc2tog (5st), ch 1, turn
  16. sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn
  17. sc3tog
  18. Finish off [front side of flipper complete]
  19. Return to first sc of round 6 after the flap, slip stitch to that sc, leaving a long tail of yarn for use later
  20. ch 1 from the slip stitch, sc in same sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc, ch2, turn
  21. Repeat rows 7 to 18 [back side of flipper complete]
  22. Pick up long tail left and slip stitch around to join the flipper edges – stuff lightly before finishing off.

Here’s a close-up of a finished flipper for reference:

Nessie fin


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