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. 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.
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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. You can find a tutorial on how to do the single crochet stitch HERE.
Skill Level: Easy
Terminology: U.S. Terminology
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
- SL ST = Slip Stitch
- ST = Stitch
- 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. Find my tutorial HERE.
- Backpack Bronto: Approximately 5” tall (not including caribiner clip)
Thanks to our friends at Clover USA, the free version of this pattern is currently available for free on their blog HERE. 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.