Wednesday, 14 November 2018

30 Days of Cozy - Therizinosaurus

 A while back, Pam from Crochetpreneur sent out some forms to fill in an application to become a designer in a project she was launching in November called 30 days of Cozy.   I wasn't quite sure at this point exactly what it entailed, or whether I would be accepted, but it seemed like a great opportunity to have one of my patterns featured on her blog and so I applied.   At this point I had no idea what I would design.   A little while later I heard back from Pam and I was super excited that I had been selected.   After learning more about this program and knowing that my dinosaur patterns from last year were some of my best received patterns I decided I would design a dinosaur for the project.

If you have been following Cosy Crochet blog for a while you will know that my son Oliver is dinosaur mad.   For quite sometime now, he has been watching dinosaur documentaries, reading dinosaur books and playing with dinosaur toys and his favourite dinosaur, the Therizinosaurus is not the easiest of dinosaurs to find.   He had been asking me for ages to make a Therizinosaurus cuddly toy and this project seemed like the perfect opportunity to do this.



For those of you not familiar with this dinosaur (and I suspect that is most people!), it was discovered in the 1940's in the Gobi Dessert in Mongolia.   The discovery of this dinosaur was originally thought to be a giant turtle, however as more of it was uncovered they discovered it was a dinosaur with really long claws that were up to 1.5 meters in length.   This Giant dinosaur was actually a herbivore although part of the theripod family of dinosaurs and it lived in the cretaceous period.   I think its the claws that captured my sons imagination and he saved really well to buy his own model of this dinosaur.   It was this model I based my design  on.   I don't know how accurate this model is to the original dinosaur, but since they haven't found a complete skeleton yet I am not too worried.  Oliver loves it and recognises it as a Therizinosaurus so really that's all that matters.  (All information in this paragraph I learnt from Oliver!)

I created this dinosaur using mostly two colours and he is made in different sections.   The body, neck and tail is made in two panels and the limbs, claws, head and jaw are all made separately and

joined together, some with join as you go techniques and others are sewn.   I use pipe cleaners (or wire with a cork on the end for the larger dinosaur) to get the shape required for the legs, arms and

spines and these allow the dinosaur to keep his shape.   I really wanted this dinosaur to have an open mouth with visible teeth so he could pretend to eat.  At this point in Oliver's life, making his dinosaurs eat seems to be very important to him.   Both the Mummy & baby dinosaurs are created using this basic idea.   However, I wanted to do something a little more interesting rather than just a larger version of the same dinosaur, and so the Mummy dinosaur has a pouch underneath her which can store an egg.   This pouch can be opened so she can lay her egg.  Then the baby dinosaur can be curled up inside the egg and he can hatch out of the opening egg.   This really does make this dinosaur more interactive!   The video below shows the interactive nature of these dinosaurs.

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Oliver really loves these dinosaurs I created for him, he sleeps with them and plays with them and I am actually really pleased with how they have come out.   I am even more excited that they get to feature in the 30 Days of Cozy project.   If you are not familiar with this project yet, then basically throughout the month of November, a different designer is featured with a unique design on the Crochepreneur blog.    If you haven't already been following along, then there are some wearable's, home decor items and some amigurumi featured in the program.   My pattern for the baby Therizinosaurus hatching from his egg will be available on Pam's blog from tomorrow (November 15th) for free.   However, the really exciting part, is that the Therizinosaurus plus the premium versions of ALL the patterns featured in the 30 days of Cozy, and some additional bonus patterns are all being offered in one bundle for just $10!   That's over 40 patterns from lots of different designers for just $10.If you want to find more about this bundle or just purchase it (lets face it, it is an amazing deal) then you can use my affiliate link here, but don't delay as this offer is only around until then end of November.   After this time the patterns will still be available to purchase separately from each designers shops, but this is the only time they will be offered for this amazing price!   Every bundle you buy will support each of the designers, including myself and will allow us all to keep being able to bring you more of the designs you love!   If you only want to purchase my Therizinosaurus dinosaur patterns then you can get them on their own in my Etsy Shop here.

Edit: Baby Therizinosaurus pattern is free below, and Mummy Therizinosaurus is in my Etsy shop.



I hope that you have enjoyed this post about my Therizinosaurus dinosaurs and that you are as excited about the 30 days of Cozy project as I am!

See you next week,

Vicky x

Baby Therizinosaurus in Egg


 1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this dinosaur

·        Paintbox Simply Aran – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   Granite Grey (206)

o   Dusty Lilac (246)

o   Vanilla Cream (207)

o   Odd amounts of white, red and green (for teeth, eyes and tongue)

o   Aldi Chunky Vanilla Yarn (or equivalent weight) (for egg only)

·        3mm hook & 6mm (egg only)

·        Stuffing

·        6 pipe cleaners

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

 

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.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        s-sc – surface single crochet

·        s-sl st – surface slip stitch

·        fsc – foundation single crochet

·        3 dc tog – 3 double crochets together – yarn over, insert hook and pull up a loop, yarn over and through 2 loops, leave remaining 2 loops on the hook, repeat this 2 more times and then yarn over and pull through all loops.

  

3.  Notes

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

·        There is no specific gauge for this dinosaur, you will need to work as tightly as you can.

·        The dinosaur is made in separate parts, some are joined together as you crochet and others are sewn on.

·        Pipe cleaners are placed inside the limbs and down the spine to create support and shape for the dinosaur to allow him to stand up.

·        Do not ch 1 at the end of the rows, just turn and work next row, this creates a neater edge

·        Do not sl st and join when working in the round unless otherwise stated as this gives a neater look

·        The dinosaurs eyes are sewn on using a French knot, you could use 3mm safety eyes in green if you have them but sewn on works better for this size of dinosaur.

·        The finished dinosaur is 30cm long from tail to head when stretch out and 12 cm wide.

 

4.  Pattern

Therizinosaurus Back – work in lilac starting from the tail

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook,

1

2

3 sc in same stitch

3

3-7

Sc across

3

8

Sc inc, sc, sc inc

5

9-13

Sc across

5

14

Sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc

7

15-16

Sc across

7

17

Sc inc, 5 sc, sc inc

9

18-19

Sc across

9

20

Sc inc, 7 sc, sc inc

11

21-40

Sc across

11

41

Sc dec, 7 sc, sc dec

9

42-43

Sc across

9

44

Sc dc, 5 sc, sc dec

7

45-65

Sc across

7

 

Cast off

 

 

Attach yarn in middle of tail (row 1) and s-sc all the way down the back to create the spin

 

 

Turn the back over and fold 2 pipe cleaners in half and twist them, then sew down the back in line with the spine on the other side.

 

 

Therizinosaurus Under Body – work in granite grey starting from the tail

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook,

1

2

3 sc in same stitch

3

3-7

Sc across

3

8

Sc inc, sc, sc inc

5

9-13

Sc across

5

14

Sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc

7

15-16

Sc across

7

17

Sc inc, 5 sc, sc inc

9

18-19

Sc across

9

20

Sc inc, 7 sc, sc inc

11

21-26

Sc across

11

27

Sc inc, 9 sc, sc inc

13

28-29

Sc across

13

30

Sc inc, 11 sc, sc inc

15

31

Sc inc, 13 sc, sc inc

17

32

Sc inc, 15 sc, sc inc

19

33

Sc inc, 17 sc, sc inc

21

34-39

Sc across

21

40

Sc dec, 17 sc, sc dec

19

41

Sc dec, 15 sc, sc dec

17

42

Sc dec, 13 sc, sc dec

15

43

Sc dec, 11 sc, sc dec

13

44

Sc dec, 9 sc, sc dec

11

45

Sc dec, 7 sc, sc dec

9

46

Sc dec, 5 sc, sc dec

7

47-49

Sc across

7

50

Sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec

5

51-65

Sc across

5

 

Cast off

 

 

·        You now need to sc the back and body pieces together.   Position the pieces so the tails are together and the insides facing each other (make sure the pipe cleaners are on the inside).   Then hold the pieces so the back is towards you, starting at the neck and working round to the tail and back to the neck again single crochet the pieces together in granite grey.  Stuff tail and body as you go.

·        Shape the finished body so the neck bends in and the tail goes out (refer to the pictures for help)

 

Therizinosaurus Legs – work 2 in granite grey (starting at the ankle)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 6 and sl st to form a ring

6

2-4

Sc around

6

5

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

6-8

Sc around

8

9

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

10

10

Sc around

10

11

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

12

Sc around

12

13

(5 sc, sc inc) x 2

14

14

(6 sc, sc inc) x 2

16

15

(7 sc, sc inc) x 2

18

16

Sc around

18

 

Fold pipe cleaner into 4 and twist together, then insert it into the leg and stuff around it

 

17

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

18

Sc around

12

19

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st and cast off leaving a long tail

 

 

Sew leg to the body starting at the base of row 22 on the body, it leg should fit nicely under the belly portion rows of 30-44.   Use the pipe cleaners to shape the legs.

 

 

Therizinosaurus Front Toes – work 6 starting in vanilla cream

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in m/c

4

2-3

Sc around

4

 

Change to granite grey

 

4-5

Sc around

4

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Therizinosaurus Back Toes – work 3 starting in vanilla cream

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in m/c

4

2

Sc around

4

 

Change to granite grey

 

3

Sc around

4

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Therizinosaurus Feet – work 2 in Granite Grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

Sc around

6

3

Left Foot Only – attach back toe with 2 sc, 4 sc

6

3

Right Foot Only – 4 sc, attach back toe with 2 sc

6

4

Sc around

6

5

(Attach toe with 2 sc) x 3

6

 

Cast off and sew shut.   Sew a few stitches through the toes to help the sit right you should have the middle claw slightly higher than the other two.

 

 

Sew foot underneath legs with back toes pointing towards each other

 

 

Therizinosaurus Claws – work 6 starting in vanilla cream

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in m/c

4

2-7

Sc around

4

 

Change to granite grey

 

8-9

Sc around

4

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Therizinosaurus Arms – work 2 in Granite Grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3-4

Sc around

12

5

(4sc, sc dec) x 2

10

6-11

Sc around

10

12

(3 sc, sc dec) x 2

8

13

Sc around

8

14

(2 sc, sc dec) x 2

6

 

Fold a pipe cleaner in 4 and twist together, insert through arm and stuff around it

 

15

(attach claw with 2 sc) x 3

6

 

Cast off and sew shut, if the claws are too far apart use a few stitches to sew them closer together

 

 

Sew arms to body above the belly section of rows 33-44 and use pipe cleaners to shape arms.

 

 

Therizinosaurus Lower Jaw – make 1 starting in vanilla cream

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in m/c

4

2

Sc around

4

 

Switch to Granite Grey

 

3

Sc around

4

4

(sc, sc inc) x 2

6

5

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

6

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

10

7-9

Sc around

10

 

Sl st and cast off

 

10

Under one side of the jaw and using granite grey, s-sc around the edge to create a jaw line (leave rows 1-2 untouched)

 

11

Using white, s-sl st inside of the jaw line created in round 10 to make the teeth

 

 

Therizinosaurus Head – start in vanilla cream

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

4 sc in m/c

4

2-3

Sc around

4

 

Switch to lilac

 

4

Sc around

4

5

(sc, sc inc) X 2

6

6

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

7

(3 sc, sc inc) x 2

10

8

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

9

3dc tog, 5 sc, 3 dc tog, 5 sc

12

10

Sc around

12

11

2 sc, attach jaw with 4 sc (make sure the teeth side points towards the lilac head), 6 sc

12

12

Sc around

12

 

If using safety eyes attach now in the 3dc tog made in round 9 then stuff head

 

13

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

14

Use lilac to s-sc around the inside of the mouth on the lilac side to create the jaw

 

15

Using white, s-sl st inside of the jaw line created in round 10 to make the teeth

 

 

Therizinosaurus Tongue – work in red

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

fsc 1, then turn and sl st in the same stitch

1

 

Cast off and sew to the back of the mouth

 

 

·        Sew head to neck using lilac on the top side and granite on the lower side

·        Finish off the Therizinosaurus by using French knots in green to sew on eyes in the 3dc tog spots created in round 9 of the head.

Therizinosaurus Egg bottom – work chunky vanilla and 6mm hook

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

7-8

Sc around

36

9

18 sc, 5dc tog, 17 sc

36

10

Sc around

36

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Therizinosaurus Egg top – work chunky vanilla and 6mm hook

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

7-8

Sc around

36

9

18 sc, ch 5, 18 sc

36

10

Sc around

36

11

S-sl st 1/3 of the egg top to the egg bottom

 

 

Sl st and cast off, sew in ends

 


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