Crochet Make Along Dinosaur T-Rex Toy Free Pattern

In this free t-rex crochet amigurumi pattern, we’re working on my Crochetasaurus Rex dinosaur toy.  This cute t-rex is perfect for dinosaur lovers of all ages and is accessible for beginner crocheters who have an understanding of basic stitches.

In this post, you’ll find detailed instructions for making the spikes for your dinosaur as well as assembly instructions.  Each part of this pattern has a video tutorial with step-by-step instructions.

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Crochetasaurus Rex Crochet Along

Because this pattern is Week 3 of the Crochetasaurus Rex crochet along only a little bit of the pattern has been released today. You can find the other parts of the pattern in the Week 1 and Week 2 posts here on my blog.

If you don’t want to flip between pages and want all of the pattern now, keep reading because there is an option for that as well. 

If you’re new here and want to learn more about the CAL, check out the Crochetasaurus Rex CAL homepage which has the pattern release schedule, links to helpful tutorials to prepare you to get started and more.


Where Can I Get a Printable Copy of the Pattern?

By purchasing the ad-free pattern, you’ll have instant access to all the goodness. No need to wait for weekly releases or flip between pages – you can start crocheting whenever the mood strikes!

Crochet Along Live Chat

The owner of Keenan Hand Dyed Yarn (Deidre) and myself will be going live to answer any questions you have about the pattern working on our crochet t-rex and chatting with CAL participants.  


Join us Monday April 22nd at 8pm EST on Google Meet (join via the button below):

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What Materials Do I Need?

For this part of the project, you’ll need your completed parts of your cuddly dinosaur toy that we made in Weeks 1 and 2 of the CAL (arm pieces, leg pieces, head/body piece, tail and eyelids). 

You’ll also need the accent yarn color, your crochet hook, scissors, stuffing and a yarn needle because we’ll be making spikes for our small dinosaur and then we’ll be assembling it today.

The yarn I used was supplied by Keenan Hand Dyed Yarn and they have created some great yarn kits to go with this delightful pattern.  Check out the yarn kits here.

Can I Use Cotton Yarn or Acrylic Yarn With This Dino Pattern?

Absolutely! Fiber content isn’t as vital when working on amigurumi projects as it is with say garments and accessories.  

I used a beautiful wool yarn from Keenan Hand Dyed yarn because of its durability and structure it lends to the fabric but if you’ve got another yarn you’d like to use, feel free to do so.

Can I Use a Chunky or Super Chunky Yarn to Make This Dinosaur?

Absolutely! When making substitutions like that, just keep in mind that the size of your toy will change, how much yarn you will need to make your dinosaur will change and you’ll need to adjust the size of your crochet hook.

As a general rule of thumb, I pick a hook size that is at least 2 – 3 sizes smaller than the recommended hook size given on the yarn label.  What hook size you choose depends on your personal tension and what the fabric looks like that you create with that yarn and crochet hook combination.  

You know you have found the best yarn and hook combination for amigurumi when it creates a solid, stiff fabric that is free of holes.  If you have holes in your fabric, you’ll need to try again with smaller crochet hooks until you get the desired fabric.  

If your fabric starts off with holes, once you add stuffing to it, those holes will get bigger.

Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created by this free crochet pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form (including video tutorials), or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   This pattern is for personal use and not for commercial use/distribution. 

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Skill Level

  • Easy

Terminology: 

  • U.S. Terminology

Materials: 

Abbreviations:
(Click links to view a tutorial for that stitch/technique)

Special Stitches & Techniques:  

  • Bobble (BOB): YO and insert hook into indicated ST. *YO and pull up a loop. YO and pull through first 2 loops on hook (2 loops remain on hook). Repeat from 3 more times (5 loops on hook). YO and pull through all 5 loops on hook.

  • Invisible Finish/Join: FO leaving a long tail. 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 a step-by-step tutorial invisible finish tutorial here.

  • Yarn Under Single Crochet: Insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn under hook and pull up a loop (2 loops on your hook), yarn over hook and pull through both loops on your hook.


Finished Size: 

  • Finished T-Rex is approx. 7.5” tall once assembled, when crocheted to gauge


 Gauge:
 

  • Rounds 1 – 4 of Legs = 1.25 inches across widest section

NOTES:            

  • Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.

  • Gauge is not vital to the project but it may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project and the size of your finished toy.   

  • Maintain a consistent tension throughout the project to ensure the pieces fit together as expected.  

  • A 3.25mm crochet hook is recommended for this pattern but I suggest using whatever hook size need to create a tight, closed fabric free of holes, or whatever hook size needed to match the given gauge.

    • If you find that you have holes in your fabric using the recommended hook size, try going down a hook size until you create a tight fabric with no holes in it and no stuffing is showing through.

  • This pattern can be worked in either regular single crochet or the yarn under single crochet. My sample was done using regular single crochet. Keep in mind that if you use the yarn under single crochet, it may affect the amount of yarn used and the size of your toy.

  • Reading the Pattern: Instructions in brackets: I.e.: (SC, SCINC) x 6, this means you’ll work 1 SC stitch in the first stitch and then SCINC in the next stitch and you’ll repeat that pattern a total of 6 times.

    • Numbers indicated in () at the end of a Round/Row indicate the number of stitches you should have at the end of the Round/Row. I recommend counting your stitches at the end of each Round/Row before moving on to the next.

    • Where SC followed by a number (i.e. SC 14), you’ll work 1 SC stitch in the next 14 stitches or chains, unless the pattern specifies to work those stitches into the same stitch or chain.

  • The pieces in this pattern are worked in continuous Rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the Round, 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 (except when indicated to work your ST in a different location i.e. BLO).  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease. Find my invisible decrease tutorial here

  • Color changes are done using the last YO of the last ST before the color change is indicated. Learn how to change colors in this color change tutorial here.

  • Place scrap pieces of yarn or stitch markers into the stitches indicated for safety eye placement until you have crocheted past that point far enough to insert the safety eyes with the back on them without them getting in the way of your crocheting.

  • Where it says PM, place a scrap piece of yarn or stitch marker to mark the place to make coming back to this point in the assembly process easier.

  • I recommend using sewing pins to help get the ideal placement of your pieces and to hold the pieces in place while you sew.

Crochet Make Along Dinosaur T-Rex Toy Free Pattern- Dinosaur Spikes Video Tutorial

Head Spikes (Make 3):

Round 1: Using Color C, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


Round 2: (SCINC, SC 2) x 2. (8)


Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 4. (12)


Round 4: (SCINC, SC 5) x 2. (14)


Round 5: SC around. (14)


Round 6: (SCINC, SC 6) x 2. (16)


Round 7: SC around. (16)


Round 8: (SCDEC, SC 6) x 2. (14)

FO leaving a long yarn tail to use for sewing.  Do NOT stuff.  Flatten the piece and set aside for assembly.

Back Spikes (Make 2):

Round 1: Using Color C, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


Round 2: (SCINC, SC 2) x 2. (8)


Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 4. (12)


Round 4: (SCINC, SC 5) x 2. (14)


Round 5: SC around. (14)


Round 6: (SCINC, SC 6) x 2. (16)


FO leaving a long yarn tail to use for sewing. 

Do NOT stuff. Flatten the piece and set aside for assembly.

Tail Spikes (Make 3):

Round 1: Using Color C, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


Round 2: (SCINC, SC 2) x 2. (8)


Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 4. (12)


Round 4: SC around. (12)


FO leaving a long yarn tail to use for sewing. 

Do NOT stuff. Flatten the piece and set aside for assembly.

Other fun crochet dinosaur projects available on my blog:

Dinosaur Toy Assembly Video Tutorial

Assembly:

Place the Eyelid with the foundation chain side against the Head of the dinosaur and curved over the top of the eye (see Image 1 below for assistance).

Use sewing pins to hold it in place (if using) (see Image 2 below for assistance). Use the yarn tail to sew the Eyelid in place. Repeat on other side.

image 1 – eyelid assembly
image 2 – eyelid assembly

Place Arms on the either side of the body over Rounds 23 – 26. Place them pointing forward, with the toes facing upwards.  Remove yarn marker / stitch marker and pin them in place using sewing pins (if using pins). 

Use yarn tail to sew each Arm in place working through the top of the Arm and the inside of the Arm where it touches the Body.

Place Legs on the sides of the dinosaur’s Body, lining up the tops of the Legs between Rounds 33 – 34. Place them facing forward, with the toes facing forward.

Remove yarn marker and pin them in place using sewing pins (if using pins).  Use yarn tail to sew each Leg in place working through the top of the Leg and the inside of the Leg where it touches the Body.

Holding the dinosaur in a standing position, place the Tail on the bum of the dinosaur so that it will assist it in standing upright. 

Pin in place (if using pins).  Use yarn tail to sew the Tail to the Body.

Pin the 3 Head Spikes to the dinosaur’s Head, placing the first Head Spike direction over the foundation row of the Head/Body and lining up the outer edge with the outside of the eye closest to the nose (see Image 3 below for assistance).

Place the other two Head Spikes in a straight line directly after them.  Use yarn tails to sew in place (see Image 4 below for assistance).

Pin the 2 Back Spikes in place, lining them up with the last Head Spike you attached, maintaining a straight line. Use yarn tails to sew in place (see Image 4 below for assistance).

Pin the 3 Tail Spikes in place, lining them up with the last Back Spike you attached, maintaining a straight line down the tail. Use yarn tails to sew in place, adding stuffing to the piece as you sew (see Image 4 below for assistance).

image 3 – top of the head
image 4 – spike placement

FO and weave in ends.


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​That’s it! I hope that you enjoyed this crochet dinosaur amigurumi pattern and crocheting along with us! I can’t wait to see your amigurumi dinosaurs!  

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