Baby T-Rex

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This baby T-Rex (Mama T-Rex pattern coming later!) is really fun to make. I love his big head and round little belly! It's cute and petit, standing about four inches tall, and measuring about six inches from nose to tail. The head and body are made in one piece, so you only need to sew the arms and legs.  

My little guys loves his dinosaurs. It's really rewarding to see how often they get played with. I appreciate that he can explore rough roaring carnivore play without smashing his and his friends fingers. If you've ever played plastic dinosaurs with a little kid, you'll know what I'm talking about! They're sturdy enough for play, but also cute and snuggly enough to make an excellent nap time partner. I hope you enjoy making your own Baby T-Rex! 

For those of you who love dinosaurs but can't crochet, I also sell them in our etsy shop! Click here to check it out!

xo, Laura

Baby T-Rex Pattern


Notes:

-I start out this pattern with rows, but it quickly starts being measured by a stitch marker. *Always place the stitch marker in the first stitch of that row.*

- The rows of "place stitch marker" are numbered for reference. I use one stitch marker and move it every time. I reference the "rows" in the picture tutorials as "#PSM." 

-Each row (unless the instruction is “turn,” or in one special case “remove stitch marker”) should end in the last stitch before the stitch marker.  

Supplies:
Size 3.0 hook
Medium Level 4 Yarn

Abbreviations:
SC = single crochet
2 SC = two single crochets into same stitch
SC DEC = single crochet decrease

Pattern:

Chain 4.

Row 1: SC into second stitch from hook, SC to end (3 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 1, turn, SC to end (3 stitches)

Row 3: Chain 1, turn, SC into first 2 stitches, 3 SC into last to round the corner. 

Row 4: SC into next stitch, 3 SC into corner stitch, SC into next stitch, 3 SC into corner, SC into next stitch

1 Place Stitch Marker: *Remember from now on to insert the stitch marker into the FIRST stitch of that row* 3 SC into first stitch (corner), SC each stitch around (16 stitches)

2 Place Stitch Marker: SC into the  into each stitch around (16 stitches) Invert so the good side is facing out.  

3 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next six stitches. 
Chain 1, turn, SC into next four stitches.
Chain 1, turn, SC into next four stitches.

4 Place Stitch Marker: Now to SC around, SC into each of the sides of the two horizontal rows of SC’s, SC next 14 stitches as usual, SC into the side of each of the two horizontal rows, SC the four stitches across the top (22 stitches) 

You can click on the images below to enlarge the pictures if you want some help.

5 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next 18 stitches, SC DEC, SC DEC (20 stitches)

6 Place Stitch Marker: SC in each stitch around (20 stitches) x2

7 Place Stitch Marker: SC around (20 SC’s), remove stitch marker and SC in next five stitches.

Turn. Starting in second stitch from hook, do four SC DEC. {Place safety eyes}

8 Place Stitch Marker: SC in each stitch around (16 stitches) 


9 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next four stitches, 2 SC into the next four stitches, SC into next four stitches, SC DEC, SC DEC (18 stitches)

Stuff the head with some stuffing

10 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next 16 stitches, SC DEC (17 stitches)

11 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next seven stitches, 2 SC, 2 SC, SC into next seven stitches, remove stitch marker and SC DEC, (18 stitches)

12 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next eight stitches, 2 SC, 2 SC, SC into following eight stitches (20 stitches) 

13 Place Stitch Marker:  SC into each stitch around (20 stitches)

14 Place Stitch Marker:  SC into next eight stitches, 2 SC, SC into next two stitches, 2 SC, SC into next eight stitches (22 stitches)

15 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next 18 stitches, turn, (do not skip a stitch) SC DEC, SC next eight stitches, SC DEC. Turn, (do not skip a stitch) SC DEC, SC next six stitches, SC DEC. Turn.

16 Place Stitch Marker: (do not skip a stitch), SC DEC, SC into next 4 stitches, SC DEC, SC next sixteen stitches back to stitch marker (22 stitches)

17 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next two stitches, SC DEC, SC into next nine stitches, SC DEC, SC into next seven stitches (20 stitches)

18 Place Stitch Marker: SC into first two stitches, SC DEC, SC into next eight stitches, SC DEC, SC into next six stitches (18 stitches)       

Add some stuffing to the body. Take a breath, this is the home stretch!

19 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next ten stitches, SC DEC, SC into next six stitches (17 stitches)

20 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next ten stitches, SC DEC, SC into next five stitches (16 stitches)

21 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next ten stitches, SC DEC, SC into next four stitches (15 stitches)                                                    

Add some more stuffing.

22 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next ten stitches, SC DEC, SC into next three stitches (14 stitches)

23 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next ten stitches, SC DEC, SC into next two stitches (13 stitches)

24 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next ten stitches, SC DEC, SC next stitch (12 stitches)

25 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next ten stitches, SC DEC (11 stitches)                                                

Really pack the stuffing in now. I like to fill it full, and pack it down, and then insert my hook to pull and adjust the stuffing to the tip of the tail once it's complete. Also, do what works, but I stop using a stitch marker at this point because it gets cumbersome. 

26 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next nine stitches, SC DEC (10 stitches)

27 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next eight stitches, SC DEC (9 stitches)

28 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next seven stitches, SC DEC (8 stitches)                                          

Pack a bit more stuffing in!

29 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next six stitches, SC DEC (seven stitches)

30 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next five stitches, SC DEC (six stitches)

31 Place Stitch Marker: SC into next four stitches, SC DEC, SC DEC, SC, tie off

Use a yarn needle to draw the tail of the yarn back into the tip of the tail and out the side on the belly. Pull and snip so that the end of yarn is hidden inside the belly. 

Use your hook to maneuver some of the stuffing from the tail further up the tip to make it consistent.


Arms:

Chain 3, join and 3 SC into the first chain. 

SC around (5 stitches) x 3, inverting after the first round. 

Tie off, leaving a long tail of yarn for sewing, repeat for second arm.

Right Leg:

Chain 5, turn.

SC into second stitch from hook. SC into next two stitches, 3 SC in last to round the corner.

SC into next three stitches, 3 SC into next. 

SC around (12 stitches) into back loop only.

SC into next four stitches, SC DEC, SC next three stitches, SC DEC, SC DEC. 

SC 23 stitches in the round. Tie off, leaving a long tail of yarn for sewing.

Left Leg:

Chain 5, turn.
SC into stitch next to hook. SC into next two stitches, 3 SC in last to round the corner.
SC into next three stitches, 3 SC into next. 
SC around (12 stitches) into back loop only.
SC into next three stitches, SC DEC, SC DEC, SC into next three stitches, SC DEC.
SC 23 stitches in the round. Tie off, leaving a long tail of yarn for sewing.

Each of the two legs has one side that goes higher than the other. After adding some stuffing, make sure the higher side is facing out when sewing the legs onto the dinosaur.

The arms don't need any stuffing. After sewing the limbs into place, thread the yarn through the same way you did the tail, pulling securely and cutting with scissors so the extra yarn stay hidden within your dinosaur. 

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