This week marks the half way point in the dinosaur pattern portion of the Crochet Dinosaur Series, and here to join her friends is Tracey the Triceratops.
Whilst Terry the Pterodactyl was the first dinosaur I completed, I actually had made a portion of Tracey the Triceratops much earlier in the year, when I designed the Dinosaur Baby Comforter. I had to adapt the patterns size to make her a little larger to fit in with the sizes of the new dinosaurs, but her head is based on my original comforter.
Tracey, like Angie, has very little sewing, with her horns and legs made in advance and added as you go. Even then crest is crocheted directly onto her head, so you only have to sew in those dreaded ends! Tracey is also the smallest of the land dinosaur's as well as my favourite, although that may have something to do with her being purple!
Tracey the Triceratops is the same in her smaller and larger version and you can find all the instructions you need to make her below.
The Dinosaur eBook contains the patterns for the 4 dinosaur patterns that have so far been released. In addition, it contains the 4 dinosaur patterns which are coming over the next 4 weeks, plus the patterns for the playmats, trees, volcano and dinosaur storage bag. In addition it has the bonus patterns for the dinosaur comforter and baby blanket. If you are too impatient to wait for everything to be released, or would like all these patterns available in one convenient place then the eBook will be for you. The link to purchase this Ebook will be released on my Facebook page TOMORROW!
I hope you enjoy making Tracey the Triceratops, and look forward to seeing you next week for the release of another dinosaur pattern.
Tracey is 5” Tall (when standing) and 9,5” long when made for the playmat in DK yarn.
If you make Tracey in Aran/worsted weight yarn she will be 6” tall (standing) and 11” long.
You can find the video for Tracey at the end of this pattern.
- Materials and Resources
Below is a list of everything you will need to make Tracey.
- Double Knit Yarn – 100g balls in the following colours
- 2 x 10mm safety eyes (or you can sew them on in black)
- 5 mm hook
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch marker
All dinosaurs can be made bigger by using Aran/worsted weight yarn and a 3mm hook.
- Stitch List
Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns. All terms used are American.
- Sl st – slip stitch
- Sc – single crochet
- Hdc – Half double Crochet
- Dc – double crochet
- Sc inc – single crochet increase
- Sc dec – single crochet decrease
- Ch – chain
- b/l – back loops
- f/l – front loops
Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.
The dinosaurs have no specific gauge, however they need to be as tight as possible to prevent the stuffing from coming out.
- All these patterns are worked in continuous rounds, do not sl st at the end of each round. A stitch marker is essential for keeping track of the start of your rows.
- It is best to stuff as you go with these patterns. Most patterns indicate the best points to stuff, but incase you miss them, it is always best to stuff if you hit a row that gets to 12 stitches. Any less makes it much harder to stuff large areas.
Legs – Make 4 in purple
|1||Ch 8 and sl st to form a circle||8|
|5||(2 sc, sc inc) x 2, 2 sc||10|
|7||(4 sc, sc inc) x 2||12|
|Sl st and cast off|
Feet – Make 4 in white
|1||6 sc in magic circle||6|
|2||Use (sc inc) in each stitch to attach foot to leg||12|
|3||Sl st, (ch2, sl) x 4 to make 4 toes||4 ch 2 loops|
|Cast off, stuff legs and sew in ends|
Horns – make 3 in white
|1||4 sc in magic circle||4|
|3||(Sc, sc inc) x 2||6|
|Sl st and cast off|
Head – in purple
|1||6 sc in magic circle||6|
|2||Sc around in b/l||6|
|3||Sc, attach horn with 3sc, 2 sc||6|
|4||Sc, sc inc, sc, sc inc, 2sc||8|
|6||3sc, (sc inc) x 3, 2sc||11|
|7||3 sc, (sc inc) x 5, 3 sc||16|
|9||3 sc, (sc inc, sc) x 5, 3 sc||21|
|11||12 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 6 sc||24|
|12||10 sc, attach horn with 3 sc, (sc inc) x 3, attach horn with 3 sc, 5sc||27|
|13||9 sc, sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc, 4 sc , sc in, 8 sc||30|
|14||29 sc, sl st ch 1 turn|
|24 sc (ignore sl st), sl st, ch 1 turn|
|Working in b/l, 10 sc (ignore sl st), (sc dec) x 4, 8 sc, sc in base of sl st, sc (you should now be back to start of original row||26|
|Add eyes between row 10 and 11 to the outside of the horns|
|16||(sc dec) x 2, 22 sc||24|
|17||(2 sc, sc dec) x 6||18|
|Stuff head, do not cast off – work on crest at this point before continuing with body|
Crest – in white using 2 strands together (this helps it keep its shape)
|1||Sl st into 1st f/l stitch from last short row at round 14 (on the right of the head) then sc in each f/l across, ch 1 and turn||24|
|2||HDC across, ch 1, turn||24|
|3||HDC across, ch 3, turn||24|
|4||DC in Ch 3, (hdc & sc in the next st, sc & hdc in the next st, 2 dc in the next stitch) rep to pattern to the end and cast off. Sew in ends|
Body – in purple
|20||(2 sc, sc inc) x 6||24|
|21||(3sc, sc inc) x 6||30|
|22||Attach leg with 4 sc, sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 21 sc||30|
|23||(4 sc, sc inc) x 6||36|
|27||(5 sc, sc inc) x 6||42|
|31||(5 sc, sc dec) x 6||36|
|32- 34||Sc around||36|
|35||(4sc, sc dec) x 6||30|
|36||2 sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 2 sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 18 sc||30|
|37||(3 sc, sc dec) x 6||24|
|38||(2 sc, sc dec) x 6||18|
|Stuff body, do not cast off, continue on to tail|
Tail – In purple
|43||(7 sc, sc dec) x 2||16|
|45||(6sc, sc dec) x 2||14|
|47||(5 sc, sc dec) x 2||12|
|49||(4sc, sc dec) x 2||10|
|51||(3 sc, sc dec) x 2||8|
|53||(2 sc, sc dec) x 2||6|
|54||(sc dec) x 3||3|
|Sl st and sew hole shut, sew in ends|