In my quest for continuous finger puppet pattern, I’ve found this lovely one for a dragon and a phoenix.
They’re not completely what I was looking for – and I decided to use cotton (4ply in this case) so I have done minor modifications:
leave 40cm tail, pull stitches together and come out with the yarn tail at the snout area
pick up 6 stitches from the snout area and (using the tail yarn) and start knitting in th round
split stitches onto two needles (top 3 and bottom 3)
work on the top side – depending on the side where the yarn is, knit or purl the row (to do the st st) and then bind off. with tapestry needle move the yarn close to the bottom set and repeat.
do the wings as described on the original pattern page (link above) – still use 3.25 needles
tail – pick up 4 stitches on the end of the back and continue working on the tail as original pattern
decorate with scrap yarn