Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Crochet Dinosaur Series - Isla the Ichthyosaurus

 This week see the dinosaur pattern portion of the Crochet Dinosaur Series come to an end, with the final water dinosaur, Isla the Ichthyosaurus.

Isla is the smaller of the two water dinosaurs and is made in a very similar way to Liam.   Her flippers, fin and tail are all made in advance and then sewn to her body as you make her.  As she is one of the smaller ones, she is much quicker to make than some of the land dinosaurs.  In fact I actually managed to make both the water dinosaurs in one day!



I made Isla in white in the larger size and in grey for the smaller size.   I actually prefer her in the grey since, I think she is a predecessor of the dolphin and grey seems to be a more appropriate colour for her.

You can find the pattern for Isla the Ichthyosaurus below.

I hope you like adding Isla to the rest of her friends.  Join me next week for the start of the playmat section of this series.

Vicky x


Isla Ichthyosaurus


Isla is 9.5” long and 6” wide when made for the playmat in DK yarn.

If you make Isla in Aran/worsted weight yarn she will be 12” long and 7” wide.

 

 1.   Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make Isla

·        Double Knit Yarn – 100g balls in the following colours

o   Grey

·        2 x 10mm safety eyes (or you can sew them on in black)

·        Stuffing

·        2.5 mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Stitch marker

·        scissors

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

 

2.   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

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

Gauge

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.

·        Where there are fins or spikes to be attached that are sewn on, it is easiest to sew these as you go.   I will indicate the rows in the patterns that they will need to be attached at.   You can wait until the dinosaur is finished before you sew in on, but I found this harder to do.

 

Front Flippers – Make 2 in grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in magic circle

4

2

(sc, sc inc) x 2

6

3

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

4

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

10

5

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

6-12

Sc around

12

13

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st and cast off, leave a long tail for sewing

 

 

Back Flippers – make 2 in grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in magic circle

4

2

(sc, sc inc) x 2

6

3

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

4

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

10

5

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

6

Sc around

12

7

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st and cast off leaving a long tail for sewing

 

 

Top Fin – make 1 in grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in magic circle

4

2

(sc, sc inc) x 2

6

3

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

4

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

10

5

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

6

(5 sc, sc inc) x 2

14

7

(6 sc, sc inc) x 2

16

8

(7 sc, sc inc) x 2

18

 

Sl st and cast off leaving a long tail for sewing

 

 

Tail – Make 2 in grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 10, dc in 3rd ch from hook then, 2 dc, (dc inc) x 2, 2 dc, 5 dc in last ch

 

2

Working up back side of ch loops, dc, (dc dec) x 2, dc, 4 dc in last loop, then sl st to start of ch 3

 

 

Then hold 2 pieces next to each other and attach yarn in sl st you finished in and sc in same stitch

 

3

hdc inc, (dc inc) x 4, hdc inc, 2 sc, (hdc inc) x 2, 2 sc, (sc dec) x 2 , 2 sc, (hdc, dec) x 2, sc, sl st in starting sc

 

 

Cast off and sew in all ends

 

 Head – in grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2-10

Sc around

6

11

(sc inc) x 6

12

12

Sc around

12

13

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

14-15

Sc around

18

16

(sc, sc inc, sc inc) x 6

30

17-19

Sc around

30-

 

Attach eyes between rows 12 and 13 directly opposite each other

 

20

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

21-23

Sc around

36

 

Attach front flippers across past 3 rows in line with the base of the eyes

 

 

24-35

Sc around

36

 

Attach top fin in between the eyes on the back end of the last few rows

 

36-38

Sc around

36

 

Attach back flippers in line with front fins on last 3 rows

 

39

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

40

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

41

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

stuff body

 

42-44

Sc around

18

43

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

44-52

Sc around

12

 

Stuff tail

 

53

(fold tail in half and sc shut (through both layers) with 6 sc

6

 

Sl st and cast off with a long tail

 

 

Sew tail to the end of Isla and sew in any ends.

 

  

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