mystery dino CAL: plesiosaurus!

 

The 5th dinosaur is Nessie the Plesiosaurus!

The name plesiosaurus derives from Greek words for “almost-lizard”. Contrary to popular imagination, plesiosaurus were not great swimmers and could not breathe underwater. It also laid eggs and buried them in soft sand like sea turtles. It measured twice as long as a horse, and weighted twice as much as a pig. (source)

Here are two Nessies bobbing along in the ocean. The larger blue version is made with bulky weight yarn and 4 mm hook, and the pale green version is made with the usual worsted weight yarn and 3.5 mm hook.

As you may notice, plesiosaurus is crocheted mostly the same as brontosaurus, but with flippers. I took some process pictures to show you how I got the flippers on :D

I used:

  • Small amount of worsted weight yarn
  • 3.5 mm hook
  • 2.5 mm hook (optional, but it’s easier for weaving in ends)
  • Sewing needle, black thread and seed beads for eyes

Pattern:

Make body, neck and tail the same as brontosaurus, as follows.

The body begins as a circle.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 3: [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] six times (18 sc).

Round 4: sc in next 17 sc, sl st in next sc, don’t fasten off.

Neck & head: ch 8, [yo, pull up a loop] twice in the 3rd ch from hook, pull through all loops on hook, ch 1 (popcorn stitch made), 2 sc in the same ch as popcorn stitch, 1 sc in each ch down the neck, continue on to back of the dinosaur…

Back: Fold body in half, skip the sc immediately next to the neck ch (on both sides), sl st in next sc and each sc through both layers of body across back, continue on to tail…

Tail: sl st in last st through both layers on back, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in last 2 ch of tail, sl st in a space between the 3rd and 4th round in the body (belly part of the dinosaur). Fasten off.

Flippers:

ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc and hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch, pull yarn through loop, leaving a tail 18″-20″ long, cut yarn. It will look like this.

With right side facing, insert hook from the back of the dinosaur into a stitch where you want to position the first set of flippers, between the 2nd and 3rd rounds of body, like so…

Then, pull the yarn tail of the flipper just made through the body, like so…

With the wrong side of the dinosaur facing and the dinosaur positioned upside down, insert hook through the body again in the same stitch, then pull up a loop using the yarn tail, like so…

Then, ch 5, and continue with stitches for the other flipper.

After the last sl st made in flipper, pull out yarn tail, and weave it into the body through the same stitch where the flippers are attached.

Repeat as the start of the other flippers.

With right side facing and the dinosaur right side up, insert hook from the back in a stitch between rounds 2 and 3 of body, where you want to position the other set of flippers, like so…

Repeat as the other set of flippers.

Sew on eyes, and we’re done! :)

 

To recap, here are the mystery dino CAL posts so far:

Mystery dino CAL intro post

Stu the Stegosaurus

Dmitri the Dimetrodon

Trixie the Triceratops

Bronwyn the Brontosaurus

 

Make a splash with your dinosaur pics by:

  • Leaving a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Joining the Ravelry group
  • Posting your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :D

 

mystery dino CAL: brontosaurus!

Meet Bronwyn the brontosaurus!

Brontosaurus means thunder lizard! And this crocheted dino is named Bronwyn after the girl with mighty strength and the kindest heart in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children :)

Here the Brontosaurus are enjoying a peaceful moment sharing a snack of ferns. 

It was one of the largest creatures ever walked on earth, yet lived entirely on plants. In defense, its tail could produce a sound louder than the firing of a cannon when it was cracked like a bullwhip! (source)

But I picture brontosaurus living peacefully among trees, eating plants most of the time.

Because of the way the yarn twists in crochet stitches, the neck of the dinosaur tends to twist and not stay flat. I would suggest using a stiff-feeling heavy worsted (like acrylic) or even bulky weight yarn to help maintain its shape.

To make your own peaceful dinosaur friend, you will need:

  • A bit of worsted weight yarn in main colour
  • A length of worsted weight yarn in contrasting colour, for the spots
  • 3.5 mm hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Black seed beads, for eyes
  • Sewing needle and black thread

Pattern:

By now, you probably notice that all the mystery dino patterns follow the same dumpling base, with slight modifications for the prominent features of the different dinosaurs. So for the brontosaurus, it is its long neck! But the body is the same as the other dinosaurs in the series. If you’re new to the CAL, visit the first dinosaur of the series, stegosaurus, for a photo tutorial of crocheting the body, tail and the legs! 

The body begins as a circle.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 3: [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] six times (18 sc).

*Note that the last round is different from previous dinosaurs!*

Round 4: sc in next 17 sc, sl st in next sc, don’t fasten off.

Neck & head: ch 8, [yo, pull up a loop] twice in the 3rd ch from hook, pull through all loops on hook, ch 1 (popcorn stitch made), 2 sc in the same ch as popcorn stitch, 1 sc in each ch down the neck, continue on to back of the dinosaur…

Back: Fold body in half, skip the sc immediately next to the neck ch (on both sides), sl st in next sc and each sc through both layers of body across back, continue on to tail…

Tail: sl st in last st through both layers on back, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in last 2 ch of tail, sl st in a space between the 3rd and 4th round in the body (belly part of the dinosaur). Remove hook and pull out the loop. Pull through enough yarn so that you have a 12″ tail. Cut yarn.

Hind leg: Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle, weave the needle through the belly of the dinosaur so that the needle comes out through a stitch between the 2nd and 3rd rounds of body in the front. Pull the yarn tail through, remove the needle. Insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through. Pull up a loop using the yarn tail. 

ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, remove hook and pull the yarn tail out.

Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle again, insert needle in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body, then come out in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body in the front on the opposite side.

Front leg: Work as the same as hind leg, as follows: remove needle, insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through, pull up a loop with the yarn tail. ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, pull out yarn tail, thread yarn tail back in tapestry needle, insert needle through a stitch between 2nd and 3rd round of body, then come out near the top on the back of the piece, fasten off.

Using contrasting colour yarn and tapestry needle, make French knots on body for spots.

Using black seed beads, sewing needle and thread, attach eyes. Weave in all ends.

Woohoo! That wasn’t too hard, right?

 

To recap, here are the mystery dino CAL posts so far:

Mystery dino CAL intro post

Stu the Stegosaurus

Dmitri the Dimetrodon

Trixie the Triceratops

 

Don’t forget to share your dinosaur pics by:

  • Emailing genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Bloggers: leave a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Joining the Ravelry group
  • Posting your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

 

Stay peculiar, friends! :)

 

mystery dino CAL: triceratops!

This week’s feature dinosaur is everyone’s favourite vegetarian — Trixie Triceratops! Yes, she is named after the dinosaur toy down the street from Toy Story 3 :D

I made both versions of Trixie with a heavy worsted / bulky yarn and a 4 mm hook, because I’ve always had the idea that it’s a chunky kind of dinosaur. So the finished dinosaur is slightly larger than the other dinosaurs we have been making. The head of a triceratops is 1/3 of its total length! So I’ve also made the body a bit smaller.

Triceratops is named for the 3 horns on its head (literally means “3-horned face”), so it was important to get this feature right, and I spent quite some time figuring out a way to make the horns look like they are seamlessly attached to the head. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out and it’s actually not difficult to do :)

Materials:

  • A bit of heavy worsted or bulky weight yarn for body and head
  • A bit of sport weight yarn in white, for horns
  • 4 mm hook
  • 2.5 mm hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle, black thread, 4 mm round black bead (if you don’t have that, the regular black seed bead would look fine too)
  • Fabric glue (optional)

Pattern:

The body, tail and legs of triceratops is the same as stegosaurus, except that it has one less round on the body, and skips the head. Check out the stegosaurus pattern page for photo tutorial especially on how to make the legs! But I’ll write the entire pattern below so it’s easy.

The body begins as a circle, and with larger hook and main colour.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 3: [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] six times (18 sc).

Fold piece in half, sl st across back of dinosaur through both layers until last sc, don’t fasten off.

Tail: sl st in last st through both layers on back, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in last 2 ch of tail, sl st in a space between the 3rd and 4th round in the body (belly part of the dinosaur). Remove hook and pull out the loop. Pull through enough yarn so that you have a 12″ tail. Cut yarn.

Hind leg: Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle, weave the needle through the belly of the dinosaur so that the needle comes out through a stitch between the 2nd and 3rd rounds of body in the front. Pull the yarn tail through, remove the needle. Insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through. Pull up a loop using the yarn tail. 

ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, remove hook and pull the yarn tail out.

Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle again, insert needle in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body, then come out in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body in the front on the opposite side.

Front leg: Work as the same as hind leg, as follows: remove needle, insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through, pull up a loop with the yarn tail. ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, pull out yarn tail, thread yarn tail back in tapestry needle, insert needle through a stitch between 2nd and 3rd round of body, then come out near the top on the back of the piece, fasten off.

Head: 

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, don’t join in the round.

Round 2: 1 sc in every sc around (6 sc).

Round 3: [2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc] three times (9 sc).

Round 4: hdc in next sc, *[dc, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, dc] in next sc*, * to * will be known as the “V-stitch”. Repeat V-stitch in next 2 sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, sl st in next st, pull out a long yarn tail for sewing, cut yarn. 

Horns:

Using white yarn and smaller hook, and leaving a 3″ tail, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 3 ch, ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 3 ch, ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 2 ch, fasten off, leaving a 3″ tail.

You will end up with something that looks like this — 2 longer (forehead) horns separated by ch 3, and a shorter (nose) horn separated from one of the longer horns by ch 4.

Remember the V-stitch in the last round (round 4) of the head? Insert smaller hook (or an even smaller hook if you have one) into the base of the first V-stitch you made in round 4 (the V-stitch on the most right when you’re facing it), then insert tip of the hook through a loop at the top of the forehead horn on the right. Pull the horn through the stitch in head.

Then, insert hook into the base of the last V-stitch made in round 4 (the V-stitch on the most left when you’re facing it). Insert tip of the hook through a loop at the top of the remaining forehead horn, pull the horn through the stitch in head. 

Finally, insert hook into a space between two sc’s in round 1 of head, then insert tip of the hook through a loop at the top of the nose horn, pull the horn through the stitch in head.

Tie the yarn tails of the horns together. You can put some fabric glue at the stitches where the horns were pulled through inside the head to secure them more, but that’s optional.

Here’s a close up of the head so you can see how the horns are positioned…

Now we sew the head to the body. (When I took process pictures I forgot to put the horns on before sewing the head to the body, hence the head without horns in these pictures. That makes sewing on the horns more difficult — but not impossible — I would still suggest sewing on the horns first before attaching head to body)

Thread the tapestry needle through the yarn tail left on head. We’re attaching the base of the head to the nub on the neck end of the body.

You’re folding the head piece in half, and the head will sandwich the “neck” part of the body, like so. Stitch through all layers a few times, then fasten off.

Sew the eye right below the forehead horn. Weave in all the ends. And here she is, in Trixie colours! :D

 

To recap, here are the mystery dino CAL posts so far:

Mystery dino CAL intro post

Stu the Stegosaurus

Dmitri the Dimetrodon

Don’t forget to share your dinosaur pics by:

  • Emailing genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Bloggers: leave a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Joining the Ravelry group
  • Posting your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

 

Have a beautiful week everyone! :D

 

mystery dino CAL: dimetrodon!

Welcome to the second episode of mystery dino crochet-along! Meet Mike’s favourite, Dmitri the Dimetrodon! Known for the awesome sail on its back! Its construction is very similar to Stu the stegosaurus, with the same dumpling base :D

The prototype for Dmitri was made while we were waiting for our flight home at Calgary airport. The bulky light blue yarn was all I had, but I think it turned out great! 

Fun facts about Dmitri: It is a Greek name that means earth-lover, and the name of my grade 12 math teacher, Ms. Dmitri :)

Fun facts about dimetrodon (from here and here):

  • It’s actually not a dinosaur, but a prehistoric reptile! (but we love you anyway, Dmitri!)
  • It used its sail to regulate body temperature
  • Its name refers to its 2 different types of teeth, rather than its famous sail (and it’s a meat-eater!)

I didn’t have beads with me so the poor thing was eyeless the entire flight home :S

For the light blue one with chunky yarn, I used a 4mm hook for the body, and 2.5mm hook and a light worsted yarn for the sail on its back. It’s slightly bigger than the regular size one. Hook and yarn for the regular size is below.

 

Material:

  • Small amount of worsted yarn — for body (green)
  • Small amount of light worsted or sport weight yarn — for sail (pink)
  • 3.5 mm hook — for body
  • 2.5 mm hook — for sail
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing needle, black thread, black seed bead

Pattern:

It’s the same as stegosaurus for the body, tail and legs, so if you’ve made Stu the stegosaurus, you’d have no problem making Dmitri! But I’ll repeat the entire pattern here anyway so it’s easy. You might still want to check out the link for Stu though, because it has some explanatory photos that might help clarify the steps.

The body begins as a circle, and with larger hook and green yarn.

Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd sc from hook, don’t join in round.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 3: [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] six times (18 sc).

Round 4: sc in each sc around (18 sc), don’t fasten off.

Next, we make the head: in the same sc where last sc was made, [yo, pull up a loop] three times, pull through all loops on hook, ch 1 (cluster made), sc in same sc as cluster. Don’t fasten off.

We now fold the piece in half, and from here on crochet through both layers across the back of the dinosaur.

Sail: sl st in next 2 sc, sl st in next sc and attach pink yarn when pulling up loop to finish the sl st.

Don’t fasten off green, carry it as you work across the back with pink.

The sail is worked in rows perpendicular to the back of the dinosaur.

Row 1: ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next sc through both layers in body/back of dinosaur, turn.

Row 2: In front loops only (FLO), sc in next 2 sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, in back loops only (BLO), sc in next 2 sc, sl st in next sc in body, turn.

Row 4: sc in next 3 sc FLO, turn.

Row 5: ch 1, sc in next 3 sc BLO, sl st in next sc in body, turn.

Row 6: sc in next 3 sc FLO, turn.

Row 7: Skip first sc, sc in next 2 sc BLO, sl st in next sc in body, turn.

Row 8: sc in next 2 sc FLO, turn.

Row 9: Skip first sc, sc in next sc BLO, sl st in body by pulling up a loop using the green yarn that you’ve been carrying, fasten off pink, continue with green for tail.

Tail: sl st in last st through both layers on back, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in last 2 ch of tail, sl st in a space between the 3rd and 4th round in the body (belly part of the dinosaur). Remove hook and pull out the loop, as shown in the picture. Pull through enough yarn so that you have a 12″ tail. Cut yarn.

(You might want to check out the pictures in the stegosaurus post for the legs — it’s really easier than it looks in writing.)

Hind leg:

Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle, weave the needle through the belly of the dinosaur so that the needle comes out through the 2nd and 3rd rounds of body in the front. Pull the yarn tail through, remove the needle. Insert smaller hook (if you have it) through the stitch where the yarn tail came through, then pull up a loop using the yarn tail. 

ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, remove hook and pull the yarn tail out.

Thread the yarn tail through the tapestry needle again, insert needle in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body, then come out in a stitch between 1st and 2nd round in body in the front on the opposite side.

Front leg:

Work as the same as hind leg, as follows: remove needle, insert hook through the stitch where the yarn tail came through, pull up a loop with the yarn tail. ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, pull out yarn tail, thread yarn tail back in tapestry needle, insert needle through a stitch between 2nd and 3rd round of body, then come out near the top on the back of the piece, fasten off.

Weave in all the ends. Pull the long yarn tail into the body of the dinosaur to fill it out a bit :)

Using sewing needle and black thread, sew on the seed bead as eye. Weave in thread end.

And it’s done! :D

Hope you enjoy making the dinosaurs! Don’t forget to share your creations by:

 

  • Emailing genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Bloggers: leave a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  • Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  • Join the Ravelry group
  • Post your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages!

If you’re just joining now, here’s the recap of what we got so far!

 

As the saying goes… May the road rise up to meet you, and may the wind always fill your sail :) Have a terrific week! 

 

 

mystery dino CAL!

Introducing — mystery dino crochet-along! :D

This idea has been brewing in my head for a while, to make a series of tiny dinosaurs, thinking about different dinosaur shapes and ways to articulate them with crochet stitches… and I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to organize it and invite everyone to join in on the fun. But at the same time finding myself procrastinating with the designing… So I figure, I’d just launch it! That would make sure that I do it!

So here it is! Over the next little while you’ll find a dinosaur pattern posted every week, or, “excavated” from a square of the badlands above (ha!). Follow along to see what dinosaurs get unearthed! :D 

As you can see one dinosaur is already out! You can find the tiny stegosaurus here

What to do with tiny dinosaurs, you ask? It makes a wonderful zipper pull, brooch/pin, and travel companion…

They would also make really friendly fridge magnets. Or a baby mobile with all of them together. Or a pocket pal. They’re flat so it’s super easy to mail one to someone to brighten their day! Nothing says “never in a million years did I think I’d find someone so utterly perfect…” better than sending a dinosaur! (haha, maybe not, but still! Who doesn’t love a tiny dino?) 

So I invite you to journey along, and send me your dinosaur pics, and at the end I’ll put my amateur graphic design skills to good use and make a virtual dino party with all of your pictures! It will be a riot! :D

You can share your pictures by:

  1. Emailing genuinemudpie[at]gmail[dot]com
  2. Bloggers: leave a comment on any of the Mystery Dino CAL posts with a link to your blog post with the picture.
  3. Instagram: tag me @genuinemudpie and use the hashtag #mysterydinocal
  4. Join the Ravelry group
  5. Post your FOs to my Ravelry dino project pages

 

I hope you will join me! Have a rawrrring weekend everyone! :D 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Weather in Toronto finally feels a bit more like fall and more conducive to cozy yarn-crafting :)

 

I’m a big fan of Two of Wand’s simple but always interesting designs. I especially love the contrasting textures in this wrap. You can find the pattern here

 

Another design I really like is this cowl. It’s a simple modification of a regular cowl, but so much more cool-looking and sculptural. You can find the paid pattern here.

 

Cozy and bright. Paid pattern by Crochet Bit on Ravelry.

 

A yarrrrrn mouse! :D Pattern by Whodunnknit.

 

This is frankly hilarious, and reminds me of Sherman of Sherman’s Lagoon, and Liz Climo’s shark friend :D Pattern on Knitty!

 

 

Who doesn’t love an acorn with surprises inside? :D From Oh Happy Day.

 

For all the Miffy fans! A free (!!) knitting pattern by Knitter Bees. Can make different interchangeable sweaters!

 

But my skill level is probably a better match for this fox. This very cute square fox. By The Bushcrafter.

 

This, and many other inspiring ideas using toy dinosaurs, on Brisbane Kids. (Seriously thinking about making this, wonder how I could get the toy dinos on the wood though… epoxy, maybe? Or glue with a screw on the back? Hmm…)

 

Happy autumn! :D