Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Crochet Dinosaur Series - Tracey the Triceratops

 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.

Vicky x

Tracey Triceratops

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.

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make Tracey.

  • Double Knit Yarn – 100g balls in the following colours
    • White
    • Purple
  • 2 x 10mm safety eyes (or you can sew them on in black)
  • Stuffing
  • 5 mm hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • scissors

All dinosaurs can be made bigger by using Aran/worsted weight yarn and a 3mm hook.

  1. 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
  1. Notes

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.

 Other Notes

  • 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

RowInstructionStitch Count
1Ch 8 and sl st to form a circle8
2-4Sc around9
5(2 sc, sc inc) x 2, 2 sc10
6Sc around10
7(4 sc, sc inc) x 212
Sl st and cast off

Feet – Make 4 in white

16 sc in magic circle6
2Use (sc inc) in each stitch to attach foot to leg12
3Sl st, (ch2, sl) x 4 to make 4 toes4 ch 2 loops
Cast off, stuff legs and sew in ends

 Horns – make 3 in white

14 sc in magic circle4
2Sc around4
3(Sc, sc inc) x 26
4Sc around6
Sl st and cast off

Head – in purple

16 sc in magic circle6
2Sc around in b/l6
3Sc, attach horn with 3sc, 2 sc6
4Sc, sc inc, sc, sc inc, 2sc8
5Sc around8
63sc, (sc inc) x 3, 2sc11
73 sc, (sc inc) x 5, 3 sc16
8Sc around16
93 sc, (sc inc, sc) x 5, 3 sc21
10Sc around21
1112 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 6 sc24
1210 sc, attach horn with 3 sc, (sc inc) x 3, attach horn with 3 sc, 5sc27
139 sc, sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc, 4 sc , sc in, 8 sc30
1429 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 row26
Add eyes between row 10 and 11 to the outside of the horns
15Sc around26
16(sc dec) x 2, 22 sc24
17(2 sc, sc dec) x 618
18-19Sc around18
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)

1Sl 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 turn24
2HDC across, ch 1, turn24
3HDC across, ch 3, turn24
4DC 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 624
21(3sc, sc inc) x 630
22Attach leg with 4 sc, sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 21 sc30
23(4 sc, sc inc) x 636
24-26Sc around36
27(5 sc, sc inc) x 642
28-30Sc around42
31(5 sc, sc dec) x 636
32- 34Sc around36
35(4sc, sc dec) x 630
362 sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 2 sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 18 sc30
37(3 sc, sc dec) x 624
38(2 sc, sc dec) x 618
39-42Sc around18
Stuff body, do not cast off, continue on to tail

Tail – In purple

43(7 sc, sc dec) x 216
44Sc around16
45(6sc, sc dec) x 214
46Sc around14
47(5 sc, sc dec) x 212
48Sc around12
49(4sc, sc dec) x 210
50Sc around10
51(3 sc, sc dec) x 28
52Sc around8
Stuff tail
53(2 sc, sc dec) x 26
54(sc dec) x 33
Sl st and sew hole shut, sew in ends
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