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


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! :)