Crochet dinosaur | Free Pattern for baby dino in an egg

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Cute’osaurus Rex

I made this crochet dinosaur for my neighbor’s daughter as she is absolutely fascinated by dinosaurs. She already has quite a large collection of various dino toys and figurines, but she wanted to have a newly born baby dino. After a little bit of research, I took the challenge and here it is – dinosaur pattern for Cute’osaurus Rex.

This post consists of three sections:

  • Supplies needed for completion of my crochet dinosaur.
  • Additional information.
  • Crochet dinosaur pattern and assembly instructions.
Crochet dinosaur by CottonNutty

If at any stage you have any questions please feel free to shoot me a note at cogito@cottonnutty.com, or simply leave a note in a comments section below.

Enjoy!


CROCHET DINOSAUR SUPPLIES

YARN

For this project I decided to use Hobbii Baby Cotton Midi (for crochet dinosaur body) and Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/8 yarn (for eggshells). I did this for two reasons. Firstly, the toys were meant for a little girl so I needed yarn that would be child safe. Both yarns are OEKO-TEX certified and made of natural fibers so it’s a perfect choice in this case. Secondly, I’d never used it before and wanted to try how it behaves and looks. I must say I am really happy with both, especially with the Baby Cotton Midi – superb and really great to work with.

I used following colors and quantities:

GREEN Crochet Dino

Baby Cotton Midi:

  • 10 Eucalyptus (I will call it ‘green’) – 1 skein
  • 07 Sky Blue (I will call it ‘blue’) – few meters

Rainbow Cotton 8/8:

053 Pastel Yellow (I will call it ‘yellow’) – 1.5 skeins

PINK Crochet Dino

Baby Cotton Midi:

  • 11 Light Rose (I will call it ‘pink’) – 1 skein
  • 10 Eucalyptus (I will call it ‘green’) – few meters

Rainbow Cotton 8/8:

038 Lavender (I will call it ‘violet’) – 1.5 skeins

YARN SUBSTITUTES

If you are not able to obtain Hobbii Yarn or for whatever reason you’d like to use something else, then you can try Gazzal Organic Baby Cotton, Babytoly Organic Cotton, Bernat Softee Baby Cotton. All of those yarns are similar in terms of composition and weight, but also they are certified for safety. If you don’t necessarily need the yarn to be certified then you can also try HAC DIY Milk Cotton yarn or Lionbrand 24/7 Cotton.

Lastly, if you’d like to search for yarn substitutes yourself and need a hand with assessing what type of yarn to use then you may want to read my blog post on yarn weights.

CROCHET DINO ACCESSORIES

In order to complete the dino amigurumi project you will also need following accessories:

Want to spice up your toy? Add remarkable amigurumi accessories to make your plushie stand out!

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NEEDED FOR COMPLETION OF CROCHET DINOSAUR

TENSION/GAUGE

18 sts/20 rows = 10cm/4 inches square in single crochet

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (egg with crochet dinosaur inside)

  • 21 cm (~ 8.5 inches) tall
  • 12 cm (~ 5 inches) wide
  • 12 cm (~ 5 inches) deep

ABBREVIATIONS

  • Mr – magic ring
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Inc – 2 in one
  • Decr – 2 together
  • Ch – chain
  • Slpst – slip stitch
  • BLO – back loop only
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Trbl – trebble crochet

NOTES

  • When working in rounds work continuously unless instructed otherwise.
  • For assembly utilize seamless joining method to make the toy look neater.
  • At the end of each row, in brackets, I included a number which represents the total number of stitches in a given row. It should help tracking if instructions are followed.

Please do not copy, share, download or publicly display the pattern without permission of the author (CottonNutty).
Should you wish to reuse it then please contact me at cogito@cottonnutty.com to obtain permission.

CROCHET DINOSAUR PATTERN

We start making our crochet dino with making its head and body. Then we create arms and feet and attach them to the body. Subsequently, we add some face details and spikes. Lastly, we crochet the egg and place amigurumi dinosaur inside.


HEAD & BODY

Use green yarn for Green Crochet Dinosaur and pink yarn for the Pink one.

  • 6 sc in mr
  • Row 1:  * inc * repeat 6 times (12)
  • Row 2:  * 1 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (18)
  • Row 3:  * 2 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (24)
  • Row 4: 3 sc, 4 inc, 4 sc, inc, * 3 sc, inc * repeat 3 times (32)
  • Row 5: 5 sc, 2 inc, 1 sc, 2 inc, 11 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 6 sc (38)
  • Row 6: 8 sc, 3 inc, 27 sc (41)
  • Row 7: 8 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 27 sc (43)
  • Row 8: 11 sc, 2 inc, 30 sc (45)
  • Rows 9 through 16: 45 sc (45)
  • Row 17: 10 sc, * decr, 1 sc * repeat 4 times, 10 sc, * decr, 2 sc * repeat 3 times, 1 sc (38)
  • Row 18: 8 sc, * decr, 1 sc * repeat 4 times, 9 sc, * decr, 1 sc * repeat 3 times (31)
  • Row 19: 6 sc, * decr, 1 * repeat 4 times, 8 sc, decr, 3 sc (26)
  • Row 20: 3 sc, * decr, 1 sc * repeat 4 times, 6 sc, decr, 3 sc (21)

This is where you need to attach eyes symmetrically somewhere at the level of row 10 or 11 and subsequently stuff the head.

  • Row 21: 4 sc, 4 decr, 6 sc, decr, 1 sc (16)
  • Row 22: 2 sc, 4 decr, 6 sc (12)
  • Row 23: * 1 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (18)
  • Row 24: 4 sc, * inc, 1 sc * repeat 3 times, 6 sc, inc, 1 sc (22)
  • Row 25: 4 sc, * inc, 1 sc * repeat 5 times, 5 sc, inc, 2 sc (28)
  • Row 26: 11 sc, inc, 13 sc, inc, 2 sc (30)
  • Row 27: 12 sc, inc, 17 sc (31)
  • Row 28: 12 sc, inc, 18 sc (32)
  • Row 29: 13 sc, inc, 18 sc (33)
  • Row 30: 14 sc, inc, 18 sc (34)
  • Row 31: 15 sc, inc, 18 sc (35)
  • Row 32: 15 sc, inc, 19 sc (36)
  • Row 33: * 5 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (42)
  • Row 34: * 6 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (48)
  • Row 35: 22 sc, inc, 22 sc, inc, 2 sc (50)
  • Row 36: 47 sc, inc, 2 sc (51)
  • Row 37: 48 sc, inc, 2 sc (52)
  • Row 38: 48 sc, inc, 3 sc (53)
  • Row 39: 49 sc, inc, 3 sc (54)
  • Row 40: 9 sc, * 3 sc, decr * repeat 3 times, * decr, 3 sc * repeat 3 times, 10 sc, 2 inc, 3 sc (50)
  • Row 41: 9 sc, * 2 sc, decr * repeat 3 times, * decr, 2 sc * repeat 3 times, 11 sc, 2 inc, 4 sc (46)
  • Row 42: 9 sc, * 1 sc, decr * repeat 3 times, * decr, 1 sc * repeat 3 times, 12 sc, 2 inc, 5 sc (42)
  • Row 43: 9 sc, 6 decr, 14 sc, 2 inc, 5 sc (38)
  • Row 44: 6 sc, 6 decr, 13 sc, inc, 6 sc (33)

Finish off and leave long tail for sewing. Then stuff the body and using tapestry needle sew up the bottom as shown on the images.


FEET

We make crochet dinosaur’s feet using same yarn color as head and body, make 2. Please note that until row 6 both feet are same, but then the pattern diverges. This in marked below.

  • 6 sc in mr
  • Row 1: * inc * repeat 6 times (12)
  • Row 2: 2 sc, 4 inc, 4 sc, inc, 1 sc (17)
  • Row 3: 4 sc, 2 inc, 1 sc, 2 inc, 6 sc, inc, 1 sc (22)
  • Row 4: 22 sc BLO (22)
  • Row 5: 22 sc (22)
  • Row 6: 5 sc, 5 decr, 5 sc, decr (16)

RIGHT FOOT:

  • Row 7: 4 sc, 4 dec, 4 sc (12), ch 1, turn
  • Row 8: 7 sc (7)

LEFT FOOT:

  • Row 7: 4 sc, 4 decr (8), ch 1, turn
  • Row 8: decr, 5 sc (6)

Stuff, fasten off and leave tail for sewing.


BELLY PATCH

For green crochet dino use blue yarn, for the pink one – use green yarn.

  • Ch 11
  • Row 1: Beginning from the second chain from the hook 10 sc (10), ch 1, turn
  • Row 2: inc, 8 sc, inc (12), ch 1, turn
  • Row 3: inc, 10 sc, inc (14), ch 1, turn
  • Rows 4 through 8: 14 sc (14), ch 1, turn
  • Row 9: decr, 12 sc (13), ch 1, turn
  • Row 10: decr, 11 sc (12), ch 1, turn
  • Row 11: decr, 8 sc, decr (10), ch 1, turn
  • Row 12: decr, 6 sc, decr (8), ch 1, turn
  • Row 13: decr, 4 sc, decr (6), ch 1, turn
  • Row 14: decr, 2 sc, decr (4), ch 1, turn

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.


CROCHET DINOSAUR ARMS

Make 2, use same yarn color as for the head and body. Do not stuff!

  • 6 sc in mr
  • Row 1: 3 inc, 3 sc (9)
  • Row 2: 2 sc, 3 inc, 4 sc (12)
  • Row 3: 5 sc, 2 inc, 5 sc (14)
  • Row 4: 5 sc, 3 decr, 3 sc (11)
  • Row 5: 2 sc, 3 decr, 3 sc (8)
  • Rows 6 and 7: 8 sc (8)
  • Row 8: 4 decr (4)

Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing. Now fold the arm to create ‘scoop’ like shape and sew along the edge, as shown on the image.


AMIGURUMI DINOSAUR ASSEMBLY

First, attach the feet onto the body. You may need to try different feet positions because depending on how you stuff the belly, the toy may balance slightly differently. Using pins check out which feet position allows your crochet dinosaur to balance (i.e. not fall). Then, attach belly path onto the belly. Again, you may want to pin it first to find best position. Lastly, sew in dino’s arms.

Also, if you’d like to add some character to crochet dino’s face then you may create a wrinkle in the nasal area. In order to do it just pinch the toy as shown in the image to create the shape and the using yarn in the color of the body and tapestry needle sew around (don’t sew very tightly).


SPIKES

We make 4 different spike sizes – XS, S, M and L. For green dinosaur use blue yarn, for the pink one use green yarn.

XS size spike (make 7):

  • Ch 2
  • Row 1: beginning from the second chain from the hook 1 sc (1), ch 1, turn
  • Row 2: inc (2)
  • Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

S size spike (make 6):

  • Ch 2
  • Row 1: beginning from the second chain from the hook 1 sc (1), ch 1, turn
  • Row 2: inc (2), ch 1, turn
  • Row 3: inc, 1 sc (3)
  • Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

M size spike (make 2):

  • Ch 2
  • Row 1: beginning from the second chain from the hook 1 sc (1), ch 1, turn
  • Row 2: inc (2), ch 1, turn
  • Row 3: inc, 1 sc (3), ch 1, turn
  • Row 4: inc, 2 sc (4)
  • Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

L size spike (make 2):

  • Ch 2
  • Row 1: beginning from the second chain from the hook 1 sc (1), ch 1, turn
  • Row 2: inc (2), ch 1, turn
  • Row 3: inc, 1 sc (3), ch 1, turn
  • Row 4: inc, 2 sc (4), ch 1, turn
  • Row 5: inc, 3 sc (5)
  • Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

Attach spikes to the body, starting from the top of the head in the following order: S, M, 2 times L, M, S, 3 times XS, 4 times S, 4 times XS.


Crochet Dinosaur Egg

The egg consists of two separate parts – the top and the bottom. Additionally, for green crochet dinosaur use yellow yarn, for the pink one use violet color.

EGG BOTTOM

  • 6 sc in mr
  • Row 1: * inc * repeat 6 times (12)
  • Row 2: * 1 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (18)
  • Row 3: * 2 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (24)
  • Row 4: * 3 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (30)
  • Row 5: * 4 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (36)
  • Row 6: * 5 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (42)
  • Row 7: * 6 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (48)
  • Row 8: * 11 sc, inc * repeat 4 times (52)
  • Row 9: * 12 sc, inc * repeat 4 times (56)
  • Row 10: * 13 sc, inc * repeat 4 times (60)
  • Rows 11 through 15: 60 sc (60)
  • Row 16: * 13 sc, decr * repeat 4 times (56)
  • Rows 17 and 18: 56 sc (56)
  • Row 19: * 12 sc, decr * repeat 4 times (52)
  • Rows 20 and 21: 52 sc (52)
  • Row 22: * 11 sc, decr * repeat 4 times (48)
  • Rows 23 and 24: 48 sc (48)
  • Row 25: * 2 slpst, hdc, dc, 2 trbl, dc, hdc * repeat 6 times
  • Fasten off and weave in yarn end.

EGG TOP

  • 6 sc in mr
  • Row 1: * inc * repeat 6 times (12)
  • Row 2: * 1 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (18)
  • Row 3: * 2 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (24)
  • Row 4: * 3 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (30)
  • Row 5: * 4 sc, inc * repeat 6 times (36)
  • Row 6: * 11 sc, inc * repeat 3 times (39)
  • Row 7: * 12 sc, inc * repeat 3 times (42)
  • Row 8: 42 sc (42)
  • Row 9: * 13 sc, inc * repeat 3 times (45)
  • Row 10: 45 sc (45)
  • Row 11: * 14 sc, inc * repeat 3 times (48)
  • Rows 12 through 20: 48 sc (48)
  • Fasten off and weave in yarn end.

Place the crochet dino inside the egg bottom and cover with the top. Then using tapestry needle and pieces of yarn join edges here and there and tie a bow.

Crochet dinosaur by cottonnutty

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