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How to Crochet an Amigurumi Dinosaur
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How to Crochet an Amigurumi Dinosaur

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1/2 day +

Week 2 of Amigurumi April features this great design from @irenestrange. You will love crocheting this cute T rex and it will make a great addition to your amigurumi collection. 

 

 

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Small amount of 4-ply white cotton

Abbreviations 

ch(s) = chain or chain stitches

dc = double crochet

dc2tog = double crochet 2 sts together to decrease 1 stitch: * insert hook into next st, yarn over and pull a loop through, rep from * once more into next st, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook

htr = half treble crochet

sts = stitch or stitches

rep = repeat

slst = slip stitch

(  ) = repeat instructions within brackets as many times as stated

* = repeat instructions following the asterisks, as stated

Head and Body 

Make 1 in Lilac yarn with 4.5mm hook.

Start with a magic ring and work in a spiral (this will be the top of the head).

Rnd 1: Ch1 (does not count as a st), 4dc into ring. (4 sts)

Rnd 2: 3dc in each st. (12 sts)

Rnd 3: [1dc, 3dc in next st, 1dc] 4 times. (20 sts)

Rnd 4: [3dc, 3dc in next st, 2dc, 3dc in next st, 3dc] 2 times. (28 sts)

Rnd 5: [4dc, 3dc in next st, 4dc, 3dc in next st, 4dc] 2 times. (36 sts)

Rnd 6: [2dc in next st, 5dc] 6 times. ((42 sts)

Rnd 7: [2dc in next st, 6dc] 6 times. (48 sts)

Rnd 8: [2dc in next st, 7dc] 6 times. (54 sts)

Rnd 9: [2dc in next st, 8dc] 6 times. (60 sts)

Rnds 10-19: Dc in all 60 sts for 10 rounds.

Start decreases in the front to create the shape.

Rnd 20: 12dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, 6dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, dc to end. (56 sts)

Rnd 21: 11dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, 4dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, dc to end. (52 sts)

Rnd 22: 9dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, 4dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, dc to end. (48 sts)

Rnd 23: 8dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, 2dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, dc to end. (44 sts)

Rnd 24: 6dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, 2dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, dc to end. (40 sts)

Rnd 25: 5dc, [dc2tog] 4 times, dc to end. (36 sts)

Rnd 26: 3dc, [dc2tog] 4 times, dc to end. (32 sts)

Rnd 27: Dc in each st. (32 sts)

Rnd 28: [2dc, 2dc in next st] 3 times, 23dc. (35 sts)

Rnd 29: [3dc, 2dc in next st] 3 times, 23dc. (38 sts)

Rnds 30-31: Dc in each st. (38 sts)

Rnd 32: [4dc, 2dc in next st] 3 times, 23dc. (41 sts)

Rnds 33-34: Dc in each st. (41 sts)

Rnd 35: [5dc, 2dc in next st] 3 times, 23dc (44 sts)

Rnds 36-37: Dc in each st (44 sts)

Rnd 38: [2dc in next st, 10dc] 4 times. (48 sts)

Rnds 39-40: Dc in each st. (48 sts)

Rnd 41: [2dc in next st, 15dc] 3 times. (51 sts)

Rnds 42-43: Dc in each st. (51 sts)

Rnd 44: [2dc in next st, 16dc] 3 times. (54 sts)

Add stuffing to the head and add safety eyes between Rnd 15-16, position the eyes on sides of head, about 22 sts apart when counting along the back. 

Rnds 45-49: Dc in all 54 st for 5 rounds.

Rnd 50: [Dc2tog, 7dc] 6 times. (48 sts)

Rnd 51: [Dc2tog, 6dc] 6 times. (42 sts)

Rnd 52: [Dc2tog, 5dc] 6 times. (36 sts)

Rnd 53: [Dc2tog, 4dc] 6 times. (30 sts)

Rnd 54: [Dc2tog, 3dc] 6 times. (24 sts)

Add stuffing to the body, top up stuffing as you go.

Rnd 55: [Dc2tog, 2dc] 6 times. (18 sts)

Rnd 56: [Dc2tog, 1dc] 6 times. (12 sts)

Rnd 57: [Dc2tog] 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off, pick up all the front loops with a tapestry needle and pull tight to close.

Tail 

Make 1 in Lilac yarn with 4.5mm hook.

Start with a magic ring and work in a spiral (this will be the tip of the tail).

Rnd 1: Ch1 (does not count as a st), 6dc into ring. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: 2dc in next st, dc to end. (7 sts)

Rnd 3: 1dc in each st around. (7 sts)

Rnd 4: 2dc in next st, dc to end. (8 sts)

Rnd 5: 1dc in each st around. (8 sts)

Rnd 6: 2dc in next st, dc to end. (9 sts)

Rnds 7-21: work as Rnd 6. (24 sts)

Fasten off, leave a tail for sewing.

Tummy (Optional)

Make 1 in Yellow yarn with 4.5mm hook. 

Start with a magic ring and work in a spiral.

Rnd 1: Ch1 (does not count as a st), 6dc into ring. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: 2dc in each st. (12 sts)

Rnd 3: [2dc in next st, 1dc] 6 times. (18 sts)

Rnd 4: [2dc in next st, 2dc] 6 times. (24 sts)

Rnd 5: [2dc in next st, 3dc] 6 times. (30 sts)

Rnd 6: [2dc in next st, 4dc] 6 times. (36 sts)

Rnd 7: [2dc in next st, 5dc] 6 times. (42 sts)

Rnd 8: 1dc in each st. (42 sts)

Rnd 9: [2dc in next st, 6dc, 2dc in next st, 13dc] 2 times. (46 sts)

Rnd 10: [1dc, 2dc in next st, 6dc, 2dc in next st, 14dc] 2 times. (50 sts)

Rnd 11: [2dc, 2dc in next st, 6dc, 2dc in next st, 15dc] 2 times. (54 sts)

Rnd 12: [3dc, 2dc in next st, 6dc, 2dc in next st, 16dc] 2 times. (58 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Pull on the short sides to shape into an oval.

Arms

Make 2 in Lilac yarn with 4.5mm hook. 

Start with a magic ring and work in a spiral.

Rnd 1: Ch1 (does not count as a st), 6dc into ring. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: Dc in each st around. (6 sts)

Rnd 3: 3slst, 3htr. (6 sts)

Rnds 4-7: Dc in each st around. (6 sts)

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Feet

Make 2 in Lilac yarn with 4.5mm hook.

Start with a magic ring and work in a spiral.

Rnd 1: Ch1 (does not count as a st), 6dc into ring. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: [1dc, 3dc in next st, 1dc] 2 times. (10 sts)

Rnd 3: [2dc, 3dc in next st, 2dc] 2 times. (14 sts)

Rnds 4-12: 1dc in each st for 9 rounds.

Rnd 13: [5dc, dc2tog] 2 times. (12 sts)

Rnd 14: [4dc, dc2tog] 2 times. (10 sts)

Rnd 15: [3dc, dc2tog] 2 times. (8 sts)

Add toy stuffing.

Rnd 16: [2dc, dc2tog] 2 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off, pick up all the front loops with a tapestry needle and pull tight to close.

Tops of Legs (Optional)

Make 2 in Lilac yarn with 4.5mm hook.

Work same as tummy rows 1-8.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Teeth

Make in White 4-ply yarn and 2.5mm hook.

Row 1: *Ch3, 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in next ch (1 tooth complete); rep from *until there are 19 teeth.

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Claws (Optional)

Make in Yellow with 4.5mm hook.

Row 1: [Ch3, 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1htr in next ch] 3 times.

Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Spine Spikes (Optional)

Make in Yellow with 4.5mm hook.

Work same as teeth.

Assembly

1. Start by pinning the tummy to the front of the body. Carefully sew in place, keeping it as flat against the body as possible. 

2. Add stuffing to the tail. Pin the tail to the back of the body and sew in place.

3. Next sew the arms either side of the tummy, close to the head.

4. Pin the feet to the base of the body and sew in place.

5. To add more detail pin the tops of legs above the feet so they overlap onto the tummy a little. When almost sewn-on add a bit of stuffing to puff them out.

6. Sew the teeth along Rounds 18-19, catching them along the top line between the triangles.

7. Sew the claws to the feet and the spine spikes along the back.

8. To finish embroider two nostrils onto the top of the head - make a vertical stitch to mark the base of the nostril, work another stitch over the first in same direction. Then wrap the yarn around those two threads to bulk out the shape.

9. Weave in loose ends to finish! 

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