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 :)
- 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)
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.
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.
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
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Have a beautiful week everyone! :D