Crochet a dinosaur amigurumi: free pattern

Catch this crochet trend for cute mini animals

amigurumi dinosaur to crochet

Amigurumi are a hot new trend: originating in Japan, they are cute little creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words 'ami', meaning crocheted or knitted, and 'nuigurumi', meaning stuffed doll. What they all have in common is that they're small, and super-cute!

This little creature might look cross, but in reality he's as cuddly as a teddy bear. He's ideal for any little boy who secretly likes soft toys but wants something a bit more macho to play with.

Materials

● 100g Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran 100% merino wool (80m per 50g)
● 1 x 50g ball aqua (A)
● 1 x 50g ball lemon (B)
● 1 x 50g ball blue (C)
● 3.5mm crochet hook
● Black embroidery yarn
● Polyester stuffing
● Safety eyes or black beads

Special techniques

Magic circle (MC)

Double crochet (dc)

Increasing

Decreasing

Size

8in (20cm) tall

Head

Round 1: Using 3.5mm hook, A and MC, work 6 dc. 6 sts

Round 2: 2dc into each st. 12 sts

Round 3: (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) rep around. 18 sts

Round 4: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) rep around. 24 sts

Round 5: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc) rep around. 30 sts

Round 6: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) rep around. 36 sts

Round 7: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc) rep around. 42 sts

Rounds 8-20: Dc around. 42 sts

Round 21: (dc in next 5dc, dc2tog) rep around. 36 sts

Round 22: (dc in next 4dc, dc2tog) rep around. 30 sts

Attach eyes, embroider mouth, stuff.

Round 23: (dc in next 3dc, dc2tog) rep around. 24 sts

Round 24: (dc in next 2dc, dc2tog) rep around. 18 sts

Round 25: (dc in next dc, dc2tog) rep around. 12 sts

Round 26: (dc2tog) rep around. 6 sts

Work 2 sts into 1 until hole closes.

Fasten off and sew in yarn tail.

 

            Round             Stitches                Yarn

            1                      MC 6              A

            2                      12 (inc 6)       A

            3                      18 (inc 6)       A

            4                      24 (inc 6)       A

            5                      30 (inc 6)       A

            6                      36 (inc 6)       A

            7                      42 (inc 6)       A

            8-20                 42                 A

            21                    36 (dec 6)      A

            22                    30 (dec 6)      A

Attach eyes, embroider mouth and nose. Stuff.

            23                    24 (dec 6)      A

            24                    18 (dec 6)      A

            25                    12 (dec 6)      A

            26                    6 (dec 6)        A

 

Body

Round 1: Using A and MC, work 6 dc. 6 sts

Round 2: 2dc into each st. 12 sts

Round 3: (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) rep around. 18 sts

Round 4: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) rep around. 24 sts

Round 5: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc) rep around. 30 sts

Round 6: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) rep around. 36 sts

Round 7: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc) rep around. 42 sts

Rounds 8-19: Dc around. 42 sts

Change to B.

Rounds 20-25: Dc around. 42 sts

Round 26: (dc in next 5 dc, dc2tog) rep around. 36 sts

Rounds 27-28: Dc around. 36 sts

Round 29: (dc in next 4 dc, dc2tog) rep around. 30 sts

Rounds 30-31: Dc around. 30 sts

Change to A.

Round 32: Dc around. 30 sts

Break yarn, leaving a long tail.

Stuff body and sew to head.

 

Round                 Stitches           Yarn

1                      MC 6             A

2                      12 (inc 6)       A

3                      18 (inc 6)       A

4                      24 (inc 6)       A

5                      30 (inc 6)       A

6                      36 (inc 6)       A

7                      42 (inc 6)       A

8-19                 42                 A

20-25               42                 B

26                    36 (dec 6)      B

27-28               36                 B

29                    30 (dec 6)      B

30-31               30                 B

32                    30                 A

 

Tail

Round 1: Using A and MC, work 4 dc. 4 sts

Round 2: 2dc into each st. 8 sts

Round 3: Dc around. 8 sts

Round 4: (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) rep around. 12 sts

Round 5: Dc around. 12 sts

Round 6: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) rep around. 16 sts

Rounds 7-8: Dc around. 16 sts

Round 9: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 7 dc) rep around. 18 sts

Rounds 10-11: Dc around. 18 sts

Round 12: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc) rep around. 20 sts

Round 13-14: Dc around. 20 sts

Round 15: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 9 dc) rep around. 22 sts

Rounds 16-17: Dc around. 22 sts

Round 18: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 10 dc) rep around. 24 sts

Rounds 19-20: Dc around. 24 sts

Round 21: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 11 dc) rep around. 26 sts

Round 22: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 12 dc) rep around. 28 sts

Round 23: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 13 dc) rep around. 30 sts

Round 24: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 14 dc) rep around. 32 sts

Round 25: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 15 dc) rep around. 34 sts

Round 26: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 16 dc) rep around. 36 sts

Break yarn, leaving a long tail.

Stuff tail and sew to body.

 

Round             Stitches              Yarn

1                      MC 4               A

2                      8 (inc 4)          A

3                      8                    A

4                      12 (inc 4)        A

5                      12                  A

6                      16 (inc 4)        A

7-8                   16                  A

9                      18 (inc 2)       A

10-11               18                  A

12                    20 (inc 2)       A

13-14               20                  A

15                    22 (inc 2)       A

16-17               22                 A

18                    24 (inc 2)       A

19-20               24                  A

21                    26 (inc 2)       A

22                    28 (inc 2)       A

23                    30 (inc 2)       A

24                    32 (inc 2)       A

25                    34 (inc 2)       A

26                    36 (inc 2)       A

 

Spikes (make 7)

Round 1: Using C and MC, work 4 dc. 4 sts

Round 2: 2dc into each dc. 8 sts

Round 3: (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) rep around. 12 sts

Rounds 4-6: Dc around. 12 sts

Break yarn, leaving a long tail.

Attach spikes, evenly spaced, down head, body and tail.

Round             Stitches           Yarn

1                      MC 4               C

2                      8 (inc 4)          C

3                      12 (inc 4)        C

4-6                  12                   C

 

Arms (make 2)

Round 1: Using A and MC, work 5 dc. 5 sts

Round 2: 2dc into each st. 10 sts

Rounds 3-9: Dc around. 10 sts

Change to C.

Rounds 10-11: Dc around. 10 sts

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Stuff arms. Using black thread and blanket stitch, work fingers. Sew hole to close. Attach arms to body.

 

Round             Stitches             Yarn

1                      MC 5               A

2                      10 (inc 5)        A

3-9                   10                  A

10-11               10                  C

 

Legs (make 2)

Round 1: Using A and MC, work 6 dc. 6 sts

Round 2: 2dc into each st. 12 sts

Round 3: (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) rep around. 18 sts

Round 4: (2dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) rep around. 24 sts

Rounds 5-7: Dc around. 24 sts

Round 8: (dc in next 11 dc, dc2tog) rep around. 22 sts

Round 9: (dc in next 10 dc, dc2tog) rep around. 20 sts

Round 10: (dc in next 9 dc, dc2tog) rep around. 18 sts

Round 11: (dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog) rep around. 12 sts

Rounds 12-14: Dc around. 12 sts

Change to C.

Rounds 15-16: Dc around. 12 sts

Stuff leg.

Round 17: (dc2tog) rep around. 6 sts

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Using black, work blanket stitch to form toes. Close hole. Attach legs to body.

 

Round                 Stitches           Yarn

1                      MC 6              A

2                      12 (inc 6)       A

3                      18 (inc 6)       A

4                      24 (inc 6)       A

5-7                   24                 A

8                      22 (dec 2)      A

9                      20 (dec 2)      A

10                    18 (dec 2)      A

11                    12 (dec 6)      A

12-14               12                 A

Change to C

15-16               12                 C

Stuff

17                    6 (dec 6)       C

 

 

 

This pattern is taken from 'Amigurumi' by Lan-Anh Bui & Josephine Wan (GMC Books, £9.99). Click here to buy 'Amigurumi' for £6.99

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