Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Crochet Dinosaur Series - Liam the Liopleurodon

 Last week we finished the land dinosaurs, and this week marks the start of the sea dinosaurs, starting with Liam the Liopleurodon.

Liam has been made in blue and sea green and personally I prefer him in the sea green colour.  He looks great in the water effect pictures and its a shame he couldn't really go in the water!   Liam's flippers are made first and are sewn in as you go, but his body is one continuous piece of crochet.  He is very easy to make, in fact I think his mouth gave me more trouble than Liam himself!



The flippers are made in the round and then folded flat, sewing round the top and pulling it shut makes it tapper in at the ends to give a more effective shape.   I also thinks it makes them more rigid and less work than making multiple pieces and sewing them together.

You can find the pattern for Liam the Liopleurodon below.

I hope you enjoy adding Liam to your growing collection.   See you next week for the final dinosaur pattern of the series, Isla the Ichthyosaurus.

Vicky x


Liam Liopleurodon

 

Liam is  11” long and 7” wide when made for the playmat in DK yarn.

If you make Liam in Aran/worsted weight yarn he will be 14” long and 8” wide.

 

 1.  Materials and Resources

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

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

o   Sea Green

·        Small bits of black double knit yarn (for mouths)

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

·        2.5

·        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.

 

Flippers – make 4 in Sea Green

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in magic circle

4

2

( sc, sc inc) x 2

6

3

Sc around

6

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

5

Sc around

8

6

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

10

7

Sc around

10

8

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

9

Sc around

12

10

(5 sc, sc inc) x 2

14

11

Sc around

14

12

(6 sc, sc inc) x 2

16

13

Sc around

16

14

(7 sc, sc inc) x 2

18

15

Sc around

18

 

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

 

 

Weave tail end between stitches in the last row and pull shut

 

 Head – in Sea green

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in magic circle

4

2

( sc, sc inc) x 2

6

3

Sc around

6

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

5

Sc around

8

6

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

10

7

Sc around

10

8

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

9

Sc around

12

10

(5 sc, sc inc) x 2

14

11

Sc around

14

12

(6 sc, sc inc) x 2

16

13

Sc around

16

14

(7 sc, sc inc) x 2

18

15

Sc around

18

16

(8 sc, sc inc) x 2

20

17

(sc around

20

18

(9 sc, sc inc) x 2

22

19

Sc around

22

20

(10 sc, sc inc) x 2

24

21

Sc around

24

 

Add eyes between rows 19 and 20, 7 stitches apart

 

22

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

23-26

Sc around

18

 

Stuff head do not cast off and continue to body

 

 

Body – in sea green continuing on from head

Row

Instruction

Stitches

27

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

28

( 3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

29-31

Sc around

30

 

Sew first two flippers along the last 3 rows, place them 4 stitches below the eyes

 

32

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

33-42

Sc around

36

43

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

44-46

Sc around

30

 

Place second set of flippers along last 3 rows, level with first set

 

47

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

48

Sc around

24

49

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Stuff body, do not cast off and continue to tail

 

 

Tail – in sea green continuing on from body

Row

Instruction

Stitches

50-55

Sc around

18

56

(7 sc, sc dec) x 2

16

57-60

Sc around

16

61

(6 sc, sc dec) x 2

14

62-63

Sc around

14

64

(5 sc, sc dec) x 2

12

 

Stuff tail and continue to stuff as you go from this point

 

65

(sc dec) x 6

6

66

(sc inc) x 6

12

67

3 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 3 sc, (sc inc) x 3

18

68

6sc, (sc inc) x 4, 5 sc, (sc inc) x 4

27

69-71

Sc around

27

72

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6, sc, sc dec

20

73

(sc, sc dec) x 6, 2 sc

14

74

(sc dec) x 7

7

 

Sl st and sew tail shut, sew in ends

 

 


  

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