Mini Crochet Stegosaurus

Remember Stuart the Stegosaurus? He was really fun to make and has been a quirky piece of home decor. (Scroll to the end to see where Stuart lives now). Recently I decided to get back into making amigurumi but I had wandered down the path toward creative block. I just couldn’t think of anything until I looked over at Stuart and an idea struck: Make a mini crochet stegosaurus! I learned that if you have creative block, just look to something you made in the past that brought you joy when you made it, then make it again but different.

In this variation of Stuart, I went with a much smaller body and I made the legs separate from the body. And because of the size difference, for the scales I went with a row of shell-like stitches instead of individual scales. This little guy turned out so cute and I just love having him on my desk. I hope you like this pattern and if you do make this I’d love to see your creation. You can find me on Instagram @popsdemilk_crochet.

Mini Crochet Stegosaurus

Mini Crochet Stegosaurus Pattern

Skill Level

Beginner/Intermediate

Size

Approx. 3.5” tall

Materials

  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn in: Green (body), Gray (scales) or other contrasting color
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • 3.75mm crochet hook
  • 3.50mm crochet hook
  • 6mm or 8mm safety eyes

Abbreviations (US terms)

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

inc:  increase (2 sts in same st)

inc3: increase (3 sts in same st)

dec: decrease (sc2tog)

dec3: decrease (sc3tog)

WE: work even – complete round/row without inc/dec

Notes

Stegosaurus is made up of the following parts:

  • Body
  • Tail
  • Scales

All pieces are sewn to the main body.

The body, legs, and tail are worked in continuous rounds – do not join or turn at the end of each round.

Body

With Green yarn and 3.75mm hook

Round 1: sc 6 in magic ring

Round 2: inc in each st (12 sts)

Round 3: complete the following [inc3, sc in next 2 sts] x 4 (20 sts) (Body Fig. 1)

Round 4: sc in next st, complete the following [inc3, sc in next 4 sts] x 3, inc3, sc in next 3 sts (28 sts) (Body Fig. 2)

Round 5: sc in next 2 sts, complete the following [inc3, sc in next 6 sts] x 3, inc3, sc in next 4 sts (36 sts) (Body Fig. 3)

Rounds 6-16: WE (Body Fig. 4 & 5)

Place eyes between Rounds 10 and 11, around stitch 17 and 20.

Round 17: complete the following [sc in next 3 sts, dec x 3] x 4 (24 sts) (Body Fig. 6)

Round 18: complete the following [sc in next 3 sts, dec3/sc3tog] x 4 (16 sts) 

Begin stuffing the body. (Body Fig. 7)

Round 19: complete the following [sc in next 2 sts, dec] x 4 (12 sts)

Round 20: dec x 6 (6 sts) Fasten off and sew shut. (Body Fig. 8)

Body Figures 1-4
Body Figures 5-8

Legs

With Green yarn and 3.75mm hook

Round 1: sc 6 in magic ring

Round 2-3: WE

Round 4: Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing to the body.

Tail

With Green yarn and 3.75mm hook

Round 1: Leave a long tail at the start for sewing, ch 10, sl st to join and form ring, do not turn.

Round 2: ch 1 (starting ch does not count as stitch) sc in first ch and each ch around, sl st to first st to join, do not turn.

Round 3: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first st, do not turn.

Round 4: ch 1, complete the following [dec, sc in next 3 sts] x 2, sl st to first st to join, do not turn (8 sts)

Round 5: ch 1, complete the following [dec, sc in next 2 sts] x 2, sl st to first st to join, do not turn (6 sts)

Round 6: ch 1, sc in next 4 sts, dec, sl st to first st to join, do not turn (5 sts)

Round 7: ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, dec, sl st to first st to join, do not turn (4 sts) Fasten off and weave ends.

Scales

With Gray and 3.50mm hook

Row 1: ch 2, inc in 2nd ch from hook, turn (Scales Fig. 1 & 2)

Row 2: ch 1, inc in each st, turn (Scales Fig. 3 & 4)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until there are 7 scales (Scales Fig. 5-8). As you work, the scales will look twisted but once the scales are sewn onto the body they will straighten out. Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.

Scales Figures 1-4
Scales Figures 5-8

Assembly

Sew tail onto the body. Sew the scales on the body and along the tail.

These days, when Stuart the Stegosaurus isn’t out luring the mysterious creature, he hangs out on one of our plant shelves (yes, we have more than one shelf dedicated to plants) and mini stegosaurus came by for a visit. Aren’t they adorable?!

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