Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Crochet Dinosaur Series - Tyler the Tyrannosaurus Rex

 Tyler the Tyrannosaurus Rex is the last of the land dinosaur to be released in the Crochet Dinosaur Series.

Tyler is the only land carnivore on the playmat, but don't worry he's perfectly friendly and everyone will see him coming with his lovely shade of yellow.

Tyler uses Romanian Point Lace Cord (which I introduced in my Jewellery blog post) for his front arms, and it works perfectly.   His back legs were a little more complicated and although they are joined as you crochet, they do actually require a little more sewing to secure them in to the place they are needed.

Tyler is created in one go, except for his tail, a hole is left, through which you can stuff him, then the tail is created at the end.   However, this doesn't really create much more sewing work.   It's Tyler's toothy mouth which I think really gives him his personality and was also the only part that got me really frustrated.   It took me ages to get it just perfect.

Tyler the Tyrannosaurus Rex is the same to make big or small and you can find the instructions for him below.

I hope you enjoy adding Tyler the T-Rex to your collection.  Join me next week for the first of the water dinosaurs.

Vicky x

Tyler Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyler is  6” Tall (when standing) and 8” long when made for the playmat in DK yarn.

If you make Tyler in Aran/worsted weight yarn he will be 8” tall (standing) and 12” long.

  1. Materials and Resources

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

  • Double Knit Yarn – 100g balls in the following colours
    • Yellow
  • small bits of black double knit yarn (for mouths)
  • 2 x 10mm safety eyes (or you can sew them on in black)
  • Stuffing
  • 4 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
  • Sc inc – single crochet increase
  • Sc dec – single crochet decrease
  • Ch – chain
  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.

  • 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.

 Back legs – make 2 in yellow

1Ch 12, sl st to form a ring12
2-4Sc around12
5(Sc, sc dec) x 48
6-8Sc around8
9(sc inc) x 4, 4 sc12
107 sc, sl st, ch 1, turn
6 sc, sl st, ch 1, turn
6 sc, sc in base of sl st, 5 sc
11(sc, sc dec) x 48
12-13Sc around8
14(sc inc) x 2, 5 sc, sc inc11
15Sc around11
16Fold in half a close with 4 sc (make sc through both layers), sl st, ch 1, turn4
174 sc, ch 1, turn4
18(Ch 3, sl st) x 3 to make 3 toes3 ch 3 loops
Cast off, sew in ends and stuff legs

Front legs – make 2 in yellow

1Make Romanian point lace cord 1” long (2” if making in aran/worsted weight wool)
2(sl st, ch 2) x 3, sl st in original sl st (makes 3 claws)
Cast of a sew claw end through to starting end then tie both ends in a knot.   The ends will be hidden in the dinosaurs body later

Head – In yellow

18 sc in magic circle8
2(sc inc) x 816
3(sc inc) x 4, 4 sc, (sc inc) x 4, 4sc24
4-11Sc around24
12(sc inc) x 8, 16 sc32
13Sc around32
1416 sc, sl st, ch 1 turn
15 sc, sl st, ch 1 turn
15 sc, sl st in 1st sl st, ch 1 turn
15 sc, sl st in 1st sl st, ch 1 turn
15Sc around (don’t forget sl st base)32
165 sc, (sc dec) x 4, 5 sc, (sc dec) x 2. 5 sc, (sc dec) x 224
17Sc around24
Add eyes between rows 12 and 13 either side of the short row ridge
18(2 sc, sc dec) x 618
1911 sc, sl st, ch 1 turn
10 sc, sl st, ch 1 turn
10 sc, sc in sl st, 6 sc17
20Sc around18
21(8 sc, sc inc) x 220
22Sc around20
23sc, attach front leg with 2sc, 6sc, sc inc, 6sc, attach front leg with 2sc, sc, sc inc22
24Sc around22
25(10 sc, sc inc) x 224
26-28Sc around24
292 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 13sc, (sc inc) x 3, 4 sc30
302 sc, (sc inc) x 6, 13 sc, (sc inc) x 6, 4 sc42
31-32Sc around42
332 sc, (sc dec) x 6, 13 sc, (sc dec) x 6, 4  sc30
342 sc, attach leg with 6 sc, 13 sc, attach leg with 6sc, 4 sc30
352 sc, (sc dec) x 3, 13 sc, (sc dec) x 3, 4 sc24
268 sc, ch 8, skip 6, 10 sc18 + ch 6
272 sc, sc dec, 2 sc, sc dec, 6 sc in ch 6 gap, 2 sc, sc dec, sc, (sc dec) x 218
28( sc, sc dec) x 612
29(sc dec) x 66
30(sc dec ) x 33
Sl st cast off and sew in ends
Stuff head and body through tail hole

Use a few stitches to sew legs closer into the body 

Tail – in yellow

118 sc around the opening18
2-5Sc around18
6(7sc, sc dec) x 216
7-10Sc around16
11(6 sc, sc dec) x 214
12-14Sc around14
15(5sc, sc dec) x 212
16-18Sc around12
19(4 sc, sc dec) x 210
20-21Sc around10
Stuff tail and continue to stuff as you go
22(3 sc, sc dec) x 28
23-23Sc around8
24(2 sc, sc dec) x 26
25(sc, sc dec) x 24
Sl st, cast off and sew shut

Sew on mouth and nostrils


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