It’s back to school time and with it being the first time back to in-person school for many kids since the pandemic started, anxieties are running a bit higher than normal. I wanted to create something fun for kids that could be taken with them to school as a friend that may help ease their anxieties and also, help to break the ice with other kids. When I asked my kids what was the coolest thing that you could have on. your backpack, they said dinosaur. So I set about figuring out how to crochet a mini dinosaur, that could fit on a child’s backpack.
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This free crochet dinosaur pattern makes an adorable amigurumi brontosaurus that clips to your child’s backpack. Substitute your child’s favourite colour for the colour I’ve used or use a colour that matches their backpack. Get your child envolved in the fun of making your Backpack Bronto which makes it extra special for them. Don’t be surprised though, if they come home with requests from friends for you to make them their own crochet dinosaur.
The free crochet dinosaur pattern for the Backpack Bronto is made using worsted weight yarn. I used Brava Worsted Weight yarn from WeCrochet and this project takes such a small amount of yarn that you can use a single Brava Mini to make one. The PDF version of the pattern includes the materials list and instructions to turn your Backpack Bronto into a Giant Bronto which is made with blanket yarn. I’ve included this so kids can have a cuddle-sized friend at home and take a mini one on-the-go so no matter where they are, they have a friend with them.
Basic amigurumi techniques are utilized in this free crochet dinosaur pattern like invisible decrease, ultimate finish, magic circle and invisible join/finish. You can find tutorials for each of these techniques here on my blog by clicking on each technique name above. I also have YouTube tutorials for each of those techniques so if you’re unsure about any of them, there is also the video support as well. You can find those each embedded on the blog post for the techique so you don’t even have to leave the site to find the help you may need. Other than those basic amigurumi techniques, you’ll need to know how to do the single crochet stitch and how to increase and decrease single crochet stitches. Check out this tutorial on how to do the single crochet stitch.
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Supplies for Backpack Bronto:
- 3.5 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook
- 33 yards/30 m (15 g/ 0.5 oz) of We Crochet Brava Worsted in Avocado
- 2 – 9mm Safety Eyes
- 38mm Caribiner Clip
- Polyester Stuffing
- Clover Chibi Bent Tip Tapestry Needle
- Clover Mini Patchwork Scissors
- Multiple Clover Locking Stitch Markers
- CH = Chain
- FLO = Front Loops Only
- FO = Finish Off
- MC = Magic Circle
- PM = Place Marker
- SC = Single Crochet
- SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
- SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
- SK = Skip
- SL ST = Slip Stitch
- ST = Stitch
- Backpack Bronto: Approximately 5” tall (not including caribiner clip)
- Invisible Join: FO leaving a tail that is at least 5 – 6 inches in length. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle. Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through. Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work. Weave in the end. Check out my invisible join tutorial.
- This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise). Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated. A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
- For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of each stitch rather than under both loops. This is often referred to as an invisible decrease. Check out my invisible decrease tutorial.
- Gauge is not vital to the project but it may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project and the size of your toy.
Round 1: Make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Round 3: (SCINC, SC 1) x 6 (18)
Round 4: SC 1, (SCINC, SC 2) x 5, SCINC, SC 1 (24)
Gauge Check: Piece should measure 1.5” across at the end of Round
Round 5: SC around (24)
Round 6: SC, CH 7, SK 2, SC 21 (22 sts, 7 CHs) – PM in 2nd ST of Round 6
Round 7: SC in 1ST ST and the next 3 CHs, SCINC, SC in each remaining ST and CH around (30)
Rounds 8 -11 : SC around (30)
Round 12: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6 (24)
Round 13: SC 1, (SCDEC, SC 2) x 5, SCDEC, SC 1 (18) – Start adding stuffing, continuing to add stuffing as you work.
Round 14: (SCDEC, SC 1) x 6 (12)
Round 15: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
FO leaving a long tail. Weave tail through FLO of last round and cinch hole closed. Weave in ends.
Neck & Head:
Round 1: Attach yarn in the 2nd ST of Round 6 of the body, SC 11 evenly around the opening in the body. (11)
Round 2: SC, SCDEC, SC 2, SCINC, SC 2, SCDEC, SC (10) – Start stuffing, continuing to add stuffing as you work. Stuff firmly.
Rounds 3 – 8: SC around (10)
Round 9: SC 5, SCINC, SC, SCINC, SC 2 (12)
Round 10: SC 6, (SCINC) x 5, SC (17)
Round 11: SC 6, (SCINC, SC 2) x 3, SCINC, SC (21)
Round 12: SC 9, SCINC, (SC 3, SCINC) X 2, SC 3 (24)
Rounds 13 – 17: SC around (24)
Round 18: SC 1, (SCDEC, SC 2) x 5, SCDEC, SC 1 (18) – with dinosaur’s head facing away from you, place left safety eye in Round 16 and the right eye in Round 15, with 8 sts between them.
Round 19: (SC, SCDEC) x 6 (12)
Round 20: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
Legs (Make 4):
Round 1: Make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Rounds 3 – 5: SC around (12)
FO with invisible join (see special techniques), leaving a long tail. Stuff legs and sew all four legs to bottom of dinosaur.
Round 1: Make a MC and SC 6 into the MC (6).
Round 2: SC around (6)
Round 3: SCINC, SC 5 (7)
Round 4: SC around (7)
Round 5: SC 5, SCINC, SC (8)
Round 6: SC around (8)
Round 7: SC 3, SCINC, SC 4 (9) – Start stuffing, continuing to add stuffing every few rounds.
Round 8: SC 6, SCINC, SC 2 (10)
Round 9: SC around (10)
Round 10: SCINC, SC 9 (11)
Rounds 11 – 12: SC around (11)
FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the body. Stuff tail with stuffing and sew tail onto the body, using photo as reference.
Insert caribiner through the top of the back of your dinosaur.
Thanks to our friends at Clover USA, this pattern is free on my blog and the Clover USA blog I utilized Clover’s great tools to create this free crochet dinosaur pattern. I have linked to all of the products that I used in my materials list above.
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